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To: Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists, Missionaries, et al.

Dear Fellow Christian,

I’m passionate about glorifying God by trying my best to make Him known to those around me through any and every legitimate, God honoring way. I want to do my part in evangelizing the lost with the Good News concerning Christ’s death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection from the dead. I want unbelievers to know that by simple faith in Him alone, they can/will be saved.

I also want to have a part in edifying believers and helping them do their work of ministry through the use of their spiritual gifts with love (1 Corinthians 13).

I’d like to highly recommend to you several books and tracts written by veteran Evangelist Dr. R. Larry Moyer of EvanTell. God has used him in leading many people to Christ and helping Christians do the work of evangelism.

Note: I haven’t been paid to promote his books or tracts. But I appreciate him and others who faithfully and clearly present the Gospel so lost people can be saved.

Here are just a few of the books and tracts of Larry’s that I’d like to encourage you to get and read. Then put what you learn into practice in your daily life:

https://evantell-org.myshopify.com/search?q=the+3+minute+window

https://evantell-org.myshopify.com/search?q=101+tips+for+evangelism

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15, 3:16. 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Please contact us here or through our website if you have questions and/or comments. Please SHARE this with others. Thanks.

Happy to still be able to serve my Lord,

Wm. Kelsey Pietsch

www.kelseypeach.com

www.kelseypeach.wordpress.com

At Christmas time we often sing, “Go, tell it on the mountain…that Jesus Christ is born.” The angel said to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10, 11).

Virgin Birth. While His virgin birth was predicted (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23), and necessary for Him to be free from a sin nature, a baby in the manger can’t save anyone. [1]

The Gospel’s Power. The Apostle Paul told us about the power of the Gospel. He wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek [non-Jew]” (Romans 1:16). What is it specifically?

The Gospel For Salvation. “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again [bodily] the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; See Luke 24:36-43). [2]

No Resurrection = No Hope. “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep [died] in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable” (1 Corinthians 15:17-19). [3]

Which Jesus Saves? Consider the “Wafer Jesus” who didn’t finish the work of salvation, the “Elevated Jesus” who is the brother of Lucifer, the “Modernist Jesus” who wasn’t virgin born, the “Universalist Jesus” who won’t send anyone to hell, the “Prosperity Jesus” who promises wealth to the contributors, and others. [4]

Salvation. It’s not enough to know and intellectually believe the “facts of the Gospel.” We must transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works over to Christ alone if we are to be saved. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4, 5).

Assurance Of Salvation. “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:16, 17). “These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through out website: www.kelseypeach.com. Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on Follow.

[1] The Babe In The Manger

[2] Gospel Presentations – Audio, video, and written presentations

[3] No Resurrection = No Hope

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

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

In these troubled times, those who know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, can enjoy “peace with God” and the “peace of God” (Romans 5:1; Philippians 4:6, 7). They are the ones who have placed their faith and trust in Him alone, as the One Who died for their sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not right now? Need spiritual help? Contact us.

In the “Hall of Faith” (Hebrews11) you will find many Old Testament believers who were miraculously delivered by God from harmful or difficult situations. But you will also find other believers who weren’t delivered and yet endured without denying the Lord. [1]

Think about this – “God delivers us from all our sicknesses except the last one which will lead to our physical death.” It is a general rule that all men die once (Hebrews 9:27; See Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23). Some didn’t and some won’t die (Enoch – Genesis 5:21-24; Elijah – 2 Kings 2:1, 11; Christians who are alive at the Rapture – 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

But there are different judgments of men’s works which will take place at different times. The Lord Jesus Christ, the omniscient God-man, will be the “Righteous Judge” Who will determine each one’s sentence (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 20:11-15). He will determine the degree of enjoyment that believers will have in the next life, or the degree of suffering that unbelievers will experience in the next life (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15).

To encourage and uplift fellow believers who may be suffering, Christians over the centuries have written songs, perhaps from their own life experiences, to calm the troubled souls (emotions) of other believers (See 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). Here are a couple of them:

God Leads Us Along”

In shady, green pastures so rich and so sweet

God leads His dear children along
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet

God leads His dear children along

Some through the water, some through the flood

Some through the fire, but all through the blood

And some through great sorrow, but God gives the song

In the night season and all the day long. [2]

Furthermore

God hath not promised skies always blue, / Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain, / Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day, / Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above, / Unfailing sympathy, undying love. [3]

Jews vs Christians

The Jews, living under the “Mosaic Law,” could generally expect health and wealth if they were obedient; Disobedient Jews faced a curse (Deuteronomy 28). Christians (believers from the Day of Pentecost to the Rapture) who live godly lives, can/should expect to be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12; John 16:1-4, 33). But “…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). The “Crown of Life” awaits Christians who resist sinful temptations even up to the point of death (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10).

One More Thing. Don’t try to claim promises that weren’t given to you or you could be very disappointed and get angry at God when you shouldn’t be. [4] Beware of the “Health, Wealth, and Happiness Preachers” who proclaim a different Gospel and a different Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 13-15). “Your Best Life Now” is true for unbelievers who face an eternity without Christ in the Lake of Fire (Mathew 25:30, 41, 46). The Christian’s best life is yet future when we see Christ face to face at the Rapture (1 John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Perhaps Today!

Help. We’re here to offer assistance to those who are teachable, willing to change, and then grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Over the years, we’ve been through some “raging rivers” and on “rugged mountain paths.” But we’ve been comforted by God through His Word and some of His people, and so we want to extend God’s comfort to you if you long for it (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). Ask about “Barnabas Notes.”

We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] John Foxe’s – Book Of Martyrs. https://www.biblestudytools.com/history/foxs-book-of-martyrs/

[2] “God Leads Us Along” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMU0G7pTeLo

[3] “God Has Not Promised” – https://www.youtube.com/watch

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

Sticker Shock. I’m quite sure that you don’t need to be told that the prices of goods and services have risen dramatically over the last several months and years. People all over the world are in panic mode, fearful of the future. What about you? Are you at “peace with God” (Romans 5:1)? Do you enjoy the “peace of God” (Philippians 4:6, 7)? If not, would you like to have this kind of peace?

Threats. “Right now, there are at least nineteen existential threats that are currently hanging over our collective heads like a giant boulder teetering on the edge of a cliff on the San Andreas faultline. Crazily enough, none of these threats include Covid, transgendered bathroom rights, or man-made climate change. However, for the sake of argument, here are said nineteen existential threats to both our nation and the world: (1) Nuclear war with Russia, China, North Korea, (2) Dirty bombs detonated in major cities, (3) EMP attack by the aforementioned, (4) The collapse of the U.S. Dollar, (5) A serious bioengineered pandemic, (6) A massive cyber attack, etc. For more, click on link below. [1]

Blame. It’s not hard for us to blame others for all the problems were facing. Whom would you blame? The Republicans and Donald Trump, the Democrats and Joe Biden, the Big Corporations, your parents, your boss, or perhaps others? What role do you personally play and what are you doing to change things that you don’t like? [2]

First things first. “An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates [3] Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord, Standin’ in the need of prayer;…Not the preacher, not the deacon, but it’s me, O Lord, Standin’ in the need of prayer;…Not my father, not my mother, …Not the stranger, not my neighbor, but it’s me, O Lord, Standin’ in the need of prayer;” – African-American spiritual song. These dear people understood and believed what God had to say about all of us, regardless of our skin color. (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; 5:8)

The Problem. American NFL player, Benjamin Watson pointed out that the problem in the world today involves sin, not one’s skin color. He’s right. [4] Candace Owens provides “A Short History of Slavery.” [5] Sadly, it will exist even during the Seven Years of the Coming Tribulation which seems to be “just around the corner” when “The Man of Sin – Antichrist” is ruling over the whole world (Revelation 18:13). [6]

God’s Will. It involves both His determinative will which cannot be altered, and His desirous will which we may or may not carry out because of the limited freedom that we have been given. (7) He desires that all of humanity be saved (1 Timothy 2:1-4). How does someone do this? (8)

Help. We’re here to offer assistance to those who are teachable, willing to change, and then grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). We’ve been through many “raging rivers” and on “rugged mountain paths.” But we’ve been comforted by God through His Word and His people, and so we want to extend God’s comfort to you if you long for it (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] Pete Garcia – https://www.rev310.net/post/everything-everywhere-all-at-once

[2] The Blame Game – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/07/08/the-blame-game/

[3] An Unexamined Life – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/an-unexamined-life/

[4] The Problem – Sin. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/the-problem-sin-not-skin/

[5] A Short History of Slavery – Candace Owens https://www.prageru.com/video/a-short-history-of-slavery?gclid=CjwKCAjwsMGYBhAEEiwAGUXJaRwcAiV9LR_I9ibplx2PvdGTsp05ahXVOLsSUhFMnF8hLz5Qy-QTGxoCOGgQAvD_BwE

[6] The Order of Coming Events – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

(7) The Will Of God – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2008/05/10/the-will-of-god/

(8) The Bad News & The Good News – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

If you attend church, have you ever thought about those who may be sitting around you? Perhaps they, like you, are hurting deeply and may be looking for “… a church where folks in the lurch are encouraged, then healed from above; Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, and the truth is modeled in love.” – Charles R. Swindoll

I came across this piece by Beverly Palmer who wrote –

Church Is Hard

Church is hard for the person walking through the doors, afraid of judgement.

Church is hard for the pastor’s family, under the microscope of an entire body.

Church is hard for the prodigal soul returning home, broken and battered by the world.

Church is hard for the girl who looks like she has it all together, but doesn’t.

Church is hard for the couple who fought the entire ride to service.

Church is hard for the single mom, surrounded by couples holding hands, and seemingly perfect families.

Church is hard for the widow and widower with no invitation to lunch after service.

Church is hard for the deacon with an estranged child.

Church is hard for the person singing worship songs, overwhelmed by the weight of the lyrics.

Church is hard for the man insecure in his role as a leader.

Church is hard for the wife who longs to be led by a righteous man.

Church is hard for the nursery volunteer who desperately longs for a baby to love.

Church is hard for the single woman and single man, praying God brings them a mate.

Church is hard for the teenage girl, wearing a scarlet letter, ashamed of her mistakes.

Church is hard for the sinners.

Church is hard for me.

It’s hard because on the outside it all looks shiny and perfect. Sunday best in behavior and dress. However, underneath those layers, you find a body of imperfect people, carnal souls, selfish motives.

BUT, HERE IS THE BEAUTY OF CHURCH –

Church isn’t a building, mentality, or expectation.

Church is a body.

Church is a group of sinners, saved by grace, living in fellowship as saints.

Church is a body of believers bound as brothers and sisters by an eternal love.

Church is a holy ground where sinners stand as equals before the Throne of Grace.

Church is a refuge for broken hearts and a training ground for mighty warriors.

Church is a converging of confrontation and invitation. Where sin is confronted and hearts are invited to seek restoration.

Church is a lesson in faith and trust.

Church is a bearer of burdens and a giver of hope.

Church is a family. A family coming together, setting aside differences, forgetting past mistakes, rejoicing in the smallest of victories.

Church, the body, and the circle of sinners-turned-saints, is where He resides, and if we ask, He is faithful to come.

So even on the hard days at church—The days when I am at odds with a friend, when I’ve fought with my husband because we’re late once again. When I’ve walked in bearing burdens heavier than my heart can handle, yet masking the pain with a smile on my face. When I’ve worn a scarlet letter, under the microscope. When I’ve longed for a baby to hold, or fought tears as the lyrics were sung. When I’ve walked back in, afraid and broken, after walking away.

I’ll remember, He [the Lord] has never failed to meet me there.

Meet The Savior

If you’ve never met the Savior, and have never been told the Gospel (Good News) that Christ died for your sins, was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily from the dead, you need to know and believe these facts and then place your faith and trust in Him alone as the only One Who can deliver you from eternal condemnation and take you to heaven to be with Him forever. We are NOT saved by our good works, but by the grace of God (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9).

HELP. We’re here to offer assistance to those who are teachable, willing to change, and then grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). We’ve been through many “raging rivers” and on “rugged mountain paths.” For many years we’ve been comforted by God through His Word and His people, and so we want to extend God’s comfort to you if you long for it (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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From Tragedy To Triumph

“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

These are the words the Apostle Paul received from the Lord after he had asked Him three times to remove his “thorn in the flesh” and God refused to grant him his request. Sometimes God answers with a yes, a no, or wait. (Consider some of the Old Testament saints in the “Hall Of Faith” in Hebrews 11.) Note: “Prayer doesn’t change things. God does in response to proper prayer.” [1]

Questions. Whatever his thorn was, I’m quite confident that Paul’s initial response was, “Why me, Lord?” Instead of asking the “Why” questions, it would have been more appropriate for Paul to ask the “What” questions about God, and himself.

Suffering. Through all the suffering that the Old Testament patriarch Job went, God never did fully answer all his questions. Instead, God asked him a lot of questions in Job chapters 38-41 which he couldn’t answer. God wanted Job to trust Him. Are we willing to “Trust And Obey” God at all times? It’s the best and only way to really be happy and live an abundant life (John 10:10; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11).

Now You. Perhaps you’re going through some very challenging times in your life and your future doesn’t look very bright at this time. But if you’re a true child of God [2], and are loving God, you can be assured of this truth. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified” (Romans 8:28-30).

Giving thanks in all situations (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for all things (apart from sin – Ephesians 5:20), and for all men (i.e. even those who may “rub us the wrong way” – 1 Timothy 2:1), enables believers to do the desirous will of God. Sadly, most Christians fail this test when it comes their way.

Confess. When we, as Christians, fail and sin against the Lord, we need to confess it (name it specifically) to our heavenly Father and then claim His promise to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness that led up to our sinning (1 John 1:9). If necessary, we need to confess our sins to other people too (James 5:16) and ask their forgiveness. If it’s granted, we need to ask them not to keep holding it against us. This is something God doesn’t do (See Ezekiel 33:16).

Forget? God doesn’t and cannot forget anything because He is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24, 25). But most likely He will allow us to be tempted again, sometime in the future, when we may not be expecting the test, to determine if we’ll pass or fail the “pop quiz” or not (James 1:12-15).

Loving God. Those believers who truly love God more than the temporary pleasures they might derive from engaging in a particular sin (Hebrews 11:25), will take the necessary Biblical methods to overcome the temptations to sin – act lawlessly (1 John 3:4; See 1 Corinthians 10:31). [3] They will demonstrate their love for God, which isn’t hard, by loving His children, which isn’t always easy (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17).

I trust this article will stimulate you to think seriously about your personal relationship to God and to others. Are you certain that you will go to heaven the moment you die, or do you think that you have to go to a purging place first and try to get into heaven by the back door? Why do you think God should let you into His heaven? Do you believe that there is anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, please tell us how it has and then SHARE it with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] Prayer Doesn’t Change Things. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/prayer-doesnt-change-things/

[2] How To Become A Child Of God – Gospel Presentations

[3] How To Overcome Our Three Spiritual Enemies – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/tested-and-tried-daily/

Notable Examples to stimulate believers to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24, 25):

The “Hall of Faith” Believers – Hebrews 11

Fanny Crosby – Blind Christian Song writer –

https://wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpcrosby.html

John Newton – Author of “Amazing Grace”

https://wholesomewords.org/biography/biorpnewton.html

Horatio Spafford, Author of “It Is Well With My Soul”

https://www.thetabernaclechoir.org/articles/it-is-well-with-my-soul.html

Joni Erickson Tada – https://www.joniandfriends.org/

Her history – https://www.joniandfriends.org/about/our-history/

John Fox’s “Book Of Martyrs” – https://www.biblestudytools.com/history/foxs-book-of-martyrs/

Others: https://wholesomewords.org/biography/index.html

Your Story – After you’ve successfully gone through your “raging river” in life, God could use your

story to comfort others in their challenging times in life (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

Helpful Books I’ve Read About Suffering:

The Upside Of Down,” by Joseph Stowell

Stress Fractures,” by Charles R. Swindoll

When you feel like giving up on someone, please remember this – “… God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10).

Every time I read this story below, I get tears in my eyes. I’m thankful for those teachers and people whom God used to shape my life to help me be what I am today. But P.B.P.G.I.N.F.W.M.Y. “Please be patient, God is not finished with me yet.”

“[I’m] confident of this very thing, that He [God] who has begun a good work in [me] will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; …Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6; 3:12-14).

Please read this touching story of a troubled child and do your part to make a difference in someone’s life today – https://teachersforchrist.wordpress.com/2018/08/06/teddy-stoddard/

If you are unsure of your eternal destiny, please read “The Bad News & The Good News” here: http://www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow spiritually.

Speaking at his son’s commencement exercise at the Cardigan Mountain School, Chief Justice John Roberts said hardships in life were both inevitable and important for building character, so he would abstain from wishing them good luck in the future.

He said, “From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal, because that will teach you the importance of loyalty.

“Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time, so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck, again from time to time, so you will be conscious of the role of chance in life, and understand that your success is not completely deserved, and that the failure of others is not completely, deserved, either.

“And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you will be ignored, so you know the importance of listening to others. And I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.

“Whether I wish these things or not, they are going to happen, and whether you benefit from them or not will depend upon your ability to see the message in your misfortunes,” he said. [1]

When God Wants To Make A Man

When God wants to drill a man,
And thrill a man,
And skill a man,
When God wants to mold a man
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!

How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him
Into trial shapes of clay which
Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!

How He bends but never breaks
When his good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses,
And with every purpose fuses him;
By every act induces him
To try His splendor out—
God knows what He’s about.

—Author Unknown [2]

Do you feel like God couldn’t possibly use you? Remember:

~ Noah was a 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 had long hair and was a womanizer

~ Rahab was a prostitute

~ Jeremiah and Timothy were too young

~ David was an adulterer and a murderer

~ Elijah was suicidal

~ Isaiah preached naked

~ 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 too religious

~ Timothy had an ulcer

~ Lazarus was dead! [3]

F.A.T.F.R.E.E. Christians: Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, and Enthusiastic. Take the test yourself. [4]

Salvation

If you aren’t absolutely sure of your personal relationship with God, and that you will go to heaven the moment you die, please let us help you make sure of this matter. [5] 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 here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqzbEGA3x2I

https://www.vnews.com/Chief-Justice-Roberts-Speaks-at-N-H-Boys-School-Commencement-10665603

[2] https://bible.org/illustration/when-god-want%E2%80%99s-make-man

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

[4] F.A.T.F.R.E.E. Test. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/the-f-a-t-f-r-e-e-test/

[5] Gospel Presentations: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Treasures In Dark Clouds

Posted: February 18, 2022 in Compassion, Gospel

“Christians often learn more in times of darkness and trial than in the pleasant sunlight of prosperity. God may be shrouded in a thick, impenetrable cloud when He has something very important to teach us. Yet we will not enjoy the treasures of His grace until we master the lessons He brings us in those gloomy days of distress. Even when we feel utterly forsaken, God is near. We ought to approach our difficulties without flinching. Beyond the blackness of our most severe trial, God’s special blessing awaits us.

“A Christian sat near the peak of a high mountain, watching a storm as it raged below. Suddenly an eagle soared up though the clouds toward the sun-its pinions glistening like diamonds. The man thought to himself, had it not been for the tempest, the bird might have been content to remain in the valley. The same is true of believers. The sorrows of life cause us to rise toward God, where we see His grace in a new and refreshing light. This more than compensates for the momentary distress of our dark trials.” – Henry G. Bosch [1]

“God hath not promised skies always blue, / Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; / God hath not promised sun without rain, / Joy without sorrow, peace without pain. / But God hath promised strength for the day, / Rest for the labor, light for the way, / Grace for the trials, help from above, / Unfailing kindness, undying love.” – Annie Johnson Flint [2]

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:8-10). “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). [3]

If you haven’t yet placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, now is the time to do this so you can be saved from everlasting condemnation and enter heaven some day. (See Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24)

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, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com

[1] Henry G. Bosch, Rainbows For God’s Children In The Storm, Radio Bible Class, Grand Rapids, MI, c. 1981, p. 11

[2] https://hymnary.org/text/god_hath_not_promised_skies_always_blue

[3] Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

Gospel Presentations: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

“[Our] expectations can be high or low, reasonable or unreasonable, good or bad. The Bible speaks of expectations of redemption (Romans 8:19), expectations of judgment (Hebrews 10:27), delayed expectations (Proverbs 13:12a), realized expectations (Proverbs 13:12b), and unrealized expectations (Proverbs 11:7). Jesus told us to expect His return—although the timing of His return is beyond our knowing: “Be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him” (Luke 12:40). [1]

Dreams. Most, if not all of us, have or have had dreams and expectations in life. We want to be “successful.” But how is “success” measured and by whose standard? [2] We also have expectations of our spouses. We want them to conduct themselves in certain ways; we also set rules that we expect our children to keep. When these expectations are not met, we get disappointed in them and take measures to correct their behavior. Nagging [3] and yelling are often used to manipulate others.

Legalists. Do you have high expectations of other people? Are you tying to get them to live by your legalistic, unbiblical rules that are often unrealistic? This is what the Pharisees of Christ’s day did (Matthew 23:4). Consider Christ’s invitation to the oppressed (Matthew 11:28-30). When others don’t meet our expectations we sometimes turn on them and/or seek to harm them. Where in Scripture does the Christian find his/her rules for living today? (See our Dispensations Chart on our website.) Upon whose strength do we need to depend to carry them out – our own or God’s (Philippians 4:13)?

Messiah. The Old Testament Jews had high expectations of their promised Messiah. They were looking for a conquering King, not a suffering servant (Isaiah 9:6, 7; 53:1 ff). They wanted Him to deliver them from Roman oppression. They didn’t think that they needed Someone to deliver them from their sins and the consequences of them (Romans 6:23; 10:3). When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a little donkey, many cried out “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9). But when He didn’t overthrow Rome, who was their enemy, and allowed Himself to be arrested by His enemies (John 18:12 ff), they turned on Him and cried out for Him to be crucified (John 19:6).

Goals. While most of us can do far more than we think we can, sometimes we set unrealistic goals and/or expectations in life and depend on ourselves rather than on God to fulfill those desires (Proverbs 3:5, 6; James 4:13-17). Self reliance and acting independently of God leads to failure in His sight. It led to Lucifer’s (Satan’s) fall (Isaiah 14:12-15). He tempts us to act this way today (Luke 22:31-34).

Trust. Now that I have been saved by grace through faith in Christ, I (my new nature) want to trust in the Lord with all my heart (mind, will, and emotions), and not lean on my own understanding. I want to acknowledge Him and depend on Him to make wise decisions that will affect not only me but others (Proverbs 3:5, 6). [4] As a child of God I can expect Him to give me wisdom when I humbly ask Him for it and when I’m not double minded (James 1:5-8; See 1 John 2:15-17).

Formula. I want to pursue a simple formula that I have often shared with my children. It is expressed in these words from the Scriptures. “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require [expect] of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8). These are things that don’t come naturally to us.

Goodness (happiness) will be the result of my doing what is just (right). It is not doing what is right in my own eyes, but what is right in God’s eyes (Judges 21:25). [5] He makes the rules; I need to obey them if I want to show my love and appreciation for Him (John 14:15), and if I want to be well pleasing to Him (2 Corinthians 5:9). I don’t want to grieve God (Ephesians 4:30).

Mercy. God has been very merciful to me when I’ve suffered as a result of my own sins or the sins of others. So I want to be merciful and compassionate to those who are suffering (Ephesians 4:32; 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). Where would you and I be without God’s mercies that are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22, 23). Great is His faithfulness to us. Let us be faithful to Him and to others (1 Corinthians 4:2; 15:58).

Humility. I also want to walk humbly before God (James 4:10). He hates it when we walk in pride (Proverbs 6:16, 17; 16:18). Everything you and I have has come from His gracious hand (1 Corinthians 4:7). I want to be like Christ by displaying the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23; Philippians 2:5-11). I want others to see Christ living His life through my life (Galatians 2:20; 4:19).

Forgiveness. When we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, God judicially forgives us (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 8:1). We become children of God when we believe on Christ as our personal Savior through the message of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:16 17). We all start out life as children of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). If we don’t ever get out of his family and enter into God’s family by simple faith, and not by our works (Ephesians 2:8 9; Titus 3:5), we will spend eternity with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Colossians 1:13, 14). Contrary to what some cults and religions teach, the wicked dead are not annihilated or reincarnated.

Poem/Song. It’s “Not what I wish to be nor where I wish to go / For who am I that I should choose my way / The Lord shall choose for me tis better far I know / So let Him bid me go or stay.” – C. Austin Miles. Is the Lord Jesus Christ your Shepherd and Savior? If not, why not place your faith and trust in Him alone today?

Help. If you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny, or if you need spiritual help, you may contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16. 17). If this has helped you, please SHARE it with others.

[1] Expectations, https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-expectations.html

[2] Charles Stanley, Success God’s Way, https://www.amazon.com/Success-Gods-Way-Achieving-Contentment/dp/0785265902/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=success+charles+stanley&qid=1583909509&sr=8-1

[3] How To Stop Nagging And Start Teaching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hrPJrG2aHM

Nagging, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17L7eS6pt_A

[4] For the struggle between the Christian’s new nature and the old nature read Romans 7:15-25.

[5] Other Helpful Articles:

When Doing Right Is Wrong. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/when-doing-right-is-wrong/

Wrong? It Feels So Right, https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/wrong-it-feels-so-right/

Expectations In Life https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/06/27/expectations-in-life/