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After people “get saved,” when they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel, they are often encouraged to read the Bible (let God talk to you), pray (you talk to God), and witness to others about Christ. This all sounds like a good idea. But we believe that new believers need some help in these areas so they don’t get disappointed, discouraged, and begin to have doubts.

Like newborn babies, we all should start out with the “milk of the Word” and then go on to “solid food” (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14). Older, more mature believers can be a great asset to newer Christians (Galatians 6:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:11).

If you’ve been saved for some time, what are you doing to help rather than hinder new believers? How much spiritual growth has taken place in your life? Maybe you need this information too.

Do you know that Christians have Eight Ways To Communicate With God” and that the Bible has Seven Distinct Rules For Living” for different people living in different times?

If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, [1] you’ll want to help your family, friends, and fellow workers get saved from everlasting condemnation (John 3:18; Romans 8:1) so they can join you in heaven some day? Did you know that Christians can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for having a part in the salvation of others (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? [2]

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out [not for] your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12, 13). Imagine that – He energizes us to do the things that will please Him. It should be our goal in life to please and glorify God by making Him known to others (2 Corinthians 5:9; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

Sadly, many Christians quench Him (i.e. render Him inoperative in their lives) and grieve Him by sinning – acting lawlessly (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30; 1 John 3:4). Are you doing this? If so, confess it to Him, claim His forgiveness, and move on toward spiritual maturity (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13).

Our FREE “Bible Study Book Marker” [3] was designed to help you and others gain assurance of your salvation, to help you get the most out of God’s Word by using our “Bible Study Aids,” and to communicate with God more effectively (How To Pray), and to know what portions of the Bible are for you and which are addressed to you (See our “Dispensations Chart”).

All of the Bible is truth (John 17:17). It even records the lies of the devil and other people. It is what God wants us to know for now. In His Word, God “has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3, 4).

All of the Bible needs to be believed, but not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9). Example: Dietary rules and types of sacrifices offered to God by the Jews differ from Christian rules (Leviticus 11; 1 Timothy 4:4; Hebrews 9:13; 10:4; 13:15, 16).

May we suggest that you download a copy of our FREE Bible Study Book Marker for yourself on light colored paper and make some additional copies for those who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18)? Keep one in your Bible as a handy reference guide.

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

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

[3] FREE Bible Study Book Marker: https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

[4] Final Test Questions: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/the-test-questions/

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

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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

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Some people think of salvation as a “Get Out Of Jail (Hell) FREE” card. They fail to realize that Jesus said, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:16). Please read Dr. Charles Ryrie’s comments regarding fruit below. [1]

The Apostle Paul wrote, “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. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).

We understand that the “good works” which God wants believers to do relate primarily to the the “spiritual gifts” that we were given to all Christians at the moment of our salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:8-16). Sadly, most Christians know little or nothing about them. To learn about “spiritual gifts” click on the link below. [2]

Instead, they expect “Clerical George” and the “Professionals” to do all or most of the work. No, Evangelists and Pastor-teachers are to teach them about these gifts and equip them for their work of ministry (Ephesian 4:11-16). These gifts need to be used with “agape love” (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13). Christians are more than “bill payers” and “pew warmers.”

The believer’s primary purpose/objective in life is, or ought to be, to glorify God by making Him know to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). Jesus did this (John 17:3-5). This is done by our “life” and our “lip.” Both are needed just as an airplane needs two wings to fly.

We can glorify God by getting to know Him better (John 17:3) and making sure of our salvation (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13), by growing spiritually mature through the intake and application of “Bible doctrines” to our daily lives (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9), by the use of our spiritual gifts (Galatians 5:13; Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11), and by reproducing ourselves through the salvation of the lost (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15) and helping them repeat the process (2 Timothy 2:2).

God’s desirous will for Christians may or may not be carried out in the lives of believers. His determinative will (The Decree) will be carried out regardless of what we do or don’t do. Believers who fail to glorify God are in danger of having their physical lives terminated prematurely – some painfully (Acts 5:1 ff; Romans 8:6; 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Jesus holds the “Keys of Death” today (Revelation 1:18). The devil held them in O.T. Times (Hebrews 2:14, 15; Job 1:18, 19).

Examine Yourself. Before a believer participates in the “Lord’s Supper,” he/she is supposed to examine himself/herself (1 Corinthians 11:28) through the “upward look,” the “inward look,” and the “outward look,” to determine his/her relationship to God (John 15:1- ff; 1 John 1:5-10), the need to confess known sins to God and others when necessary (1 John 1:9; James 5:16), and to evaluate one’s relationship to other believers (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17). “An unexamined life is not worth living.” [3]

Christian Responsibilities. Some of them can be found on our FREE Bible Study Book Marker. [4] Our “Rules for Living” as Christians can be found GENERALLY between John 13-Revelation 3).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2,15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on FOLLOW.

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[1] Spiritual fruit will begin to be evident in a believer’s life (John 15:1-8). This fruit could be seen in Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), a faithful witness (1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15), and through generous giving of one’s money (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17).”

Quote by Dr. Charles Ryrie in his book, “So Great Salvation” p. 50 (Good book to have and read.)

[2] Spiritual Gifts – https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

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

[4] FREE Bible Study Book Marker (Make a copy of this for yourself and some others.)

Recently, especially because of the current economic condition, I’ve been trying to make it a habit to sincerely thank those who come to work in the places I go to shop. Without them we wouldn’t have the products/services that we want or need. Think about the people who stock the shelves, the cashiers, the janitors, the truckers who bring the products to the stores, the Doctors and nurses, the grocers who provide us with the food we need, the people who work at the power plants, sanitation workers, garbage disposal workers, etc. (See an additional list below.)

Consider the job you have. How many people would be at a disadvantage it you didn’t show up for work. I read an interesting statement recently. “Too many people want $20 an hour when they contribute about $3 worth of work.”

God wants every Christian employee to think of his/her ultimate employer (Boss) as being the Lord Himself (Ephesians 6:5-8). He is the One who gives us the strength to get out of bed in the morning, the vehicle to get us to work, the ability to think on the job, and so much more. Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The Apostle Paul wrote, “…for in Him [the Lord God] we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Moses wrote these words to the Jews who were about to go into the Promised Land (Genesis 15:18-21; See also Exodus 12:25). “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 8:18).

Christians employers (managers, foremen) shouldn’t threaten [or abuse] their employees, knowing that they have a Master (Boss) in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him” (Ephesians 6:9; See also James 5:1-6). Without productive workers, managers would be in trouble. Both managers and laborers should work cooperatively and diligently to supply the customer with the services/goods he/she wants or needs. Remember, ultimately, it’s the customer who “signs your paycheck” each week.

The Christian’s good work ethic could provide him/her with a platform from which to share his/her faith with non-believers (1 Peter 3:15). The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved” (1 Corinthians 10:31-33).
Simply put – We glorify God when we make Him known to others. We are the only Bible some people will read. What is the message they are getting?

Maybe you’re not a Christian. To become one you must “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins, was buried for three days and nights, and Who rose again bodily from the dead (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We’re not saved from hell to heaven by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com or through messenger on Facebook.

Additional list: Policeman/Fireman, Dry Cleaner, Auto Mechanic, Travel Agent, Pilot/Flight Attendant, Bus Driver, Piano Teacher, Carpenter, Bus Driver, Editor/Printer, Lab Technician, Computer Programer, Chef/Waitress, Social Worker, Secretary/Librarian, Air Traffic Controller, Grocery Store Clerk, Mailman/UPS Driver, Paperboy/Editor, Physician/Nurse, Chiropractor, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Mortician, Insurance Agent, Stock Broker, Barber/Beautician, Principal/Teacher, Salesman/Clerk, Tax Advisor, Babysitter, Banker/Credit Manager, T.V. Repair Man, Plumber/Electrician, Florist/Gardener, Painter/Welder, Pet Shot Owner, Real Estate Broker, etc. All these people need the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Will you tell them about Him and what He’s done for you?

WWJD. These “What Would Jesus Do?” bracelets used to be quite popular with some Christians. They were used to start up a conversation with others about Jesus. But to do so, it’s important that we know who the Christ of the Scriptures is rather than the Christ of the cults. Which Jesus saves? [1]

To see our world and all that is in it more clearly, many of us need eye glasses. To see inside of our bodies, Doctors need X-ray equipment. To see things far away we need telescopes and microscopes to see very small things. To see into the future we need to turn to God’s infallible Word and interpret Bible prophecy [2] normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually as we do the rest of the Scriptures. One of the main reasons why we should believe the Bible is because of fulfilled prophecy. (See our Bible Study Book Marker & Dispensations Chart on our website.) [3]

But to see into the souls of people, with all their pains and struggles, we need “Jesus Glasses.” He saw people in their lost condition like sheep without a Shepherd. He offered Himself to them as their promised Messiah, but they didn’t recognize Him for Who He really was (John 1:11, 12). They wanted a political Deliverer, not a spiritual Savior from their sins. In fact, did you know that He turned down their offer to make Him their King because it would have been on their terms, not on God’s terms (John 6:15, 60-66; See Psalm 2)?

Just before He went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again bodily on the third day, [4] Jesus looked over the city of Jerusalem and wept for the people (Jews) who rejected Him. He 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! ‘See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’” (Matthew 23:37-39). This will happen at the end of the “Seven Years of Tribulation” or “The Time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] Trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). [5] Believe it or not, these days seem to be just around the corner.

Questions

If you’re a Christian, when was the last time you wept over lost people, who are headed for the lake of fire to suffer forever with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8)? Do you share the clear Gospel [4] with them on a regular basis or leave that up to the “professionals”? While most people will reject God’s offer of salvation because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:19), some will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (John 1:12; 3:16, 18).

As He promised, He will return for His Body, the true Church (John 14:1-3), when all whom the Father has given to Him have come to Him and been saved, and have done some praiseworthy works (John 6:37, 44; 1 Corinthians 4:5). Are you ready for this event? Perhaps today!

Action Steps

If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins, was buried, and Who rose again bodily on the third day, now is the time to do so. [4] There are no second chances to be saved from the lake of fire once you die physically (2 Corinthians 6:2; James 4:14; Hebrews 9:27). The Scriptures don’t teach reincarnation or the annihilation of the wicked dead as some cults teach.

Rather than living if fear during these uncertain days, Christians can/should keep looking up while anticipating and loving the imminent arrival of Christ. If we, as believers, do this, we will receive the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). We can also earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for pointing people to Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

Whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, our primary goal in life should be to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). Are you doing this? If not, why?

Contact

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

[2] Bible Prophecy https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/bible-prophecy/

[3] Dispensations Chart https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

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

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

Fame, fortune, power, or pleasure. Which one of these things is your highest priority and pursuit in life? Of the 168 hours you have each week, how much of your time is devoted to your dream? Do you have one or more dreams? Are you a “wandering generality” or a “meaningful specific” as motivational speaker Zig Ziglar used to ask?

He would tell people who came to his talks on this subject – 1) You need to have a clearly defined, written down dream/goal in life, 2) then a realistic time frame in which you want to achieve it. 3) Consider the obstacles you’ll probably face, 4) and the people, groups, and organizations you may need to help you achieve your dream. This may require you to learn some 5) new skills that you currently don’t have. 6) Specific steps need to be followed. And finally, you need to ask yourself exactly 7) Why do I want to achieve this dream? At what cost to my family, my health, and my sanity? Balance is the key.

To help me remember these things, I drew some pictures in seven frames with a word under each one: Dream, Time, Obstacles, Helpers, Skills, Steps, Why? Most of us can accomplish far more than we think we can, but we cannot achieve whatever our minds can conceive. We can’t add a foot to our height (Matthew 6:27), or do everything we might want to do. We can’t/won’t become gods.

But Christians can can/should do those things that God planned for us to do in life. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things [that God planned for me to do] through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, 19; Ephesians 2:10). And “… for it is God who works in you [energizes you] both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Are you resisting, quenching, or grieving Him (Acts 7:51; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 2 Timothy 2:12; Ephesians 4:30)? Do you know what things He has in mind for you to do? Would you like to know? Are you a maturing believer who is being lead by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14)? If you’re not sure, keep reading.

The Christian’s priority in life should be to glorify God [make Him known to others] and enjoy Him now and forever (1 Corinthians10:31; Psalm 16:11; 73:25-26). We become a Christian when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). Have you placed your faith and trust in Him alone to save you, or are you depending on your good works to be saved and/or to keep yourself saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? Your final answer will determine your eternal destiny in hell or heaven.

In His High Priestly prayer to God the Father, Jesus said, And this is eternal life, that they may [experientially] know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:3, 4).

He also said this to His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another” (John 15:16, 17; 13:34, 35).

Every true Christian will bear some fruit in his/her life while on earth (John 15:1-8). Some believers will bear more fruit than others, but every Christian will have some praise worthy works (fruit) which Christ will reward at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

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

We believe that our good works are related to the “spiritual gift” [1] that each Christian receives at the time of his/her initial salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 2:10; 4:7-16). These gifts (enablements) need to be developed and exercised with love primarily toward other believers in the spiritual “Body of Christ,” the true Church (1 Corinthians 12:12,13; 13:1 ff; Galatians 5:13; 6:10).

The Apostle John wrote this to maturing Christians,  Do not love [stop loving] the world [system] or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of [for] the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17). We may use it (the world system), but we are not to abuse it by making it the number one priority in our lives (1 Corinthians 7:31). “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen” (1 John 5:21). An idol is anything that comes between us and God.

Questions: Do you know where you came from, why you’re here, and where you will go when you die? Do you know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? If not, would you like to be sure? Why do you think God should let you into His heaven? If you believe that you’re going to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would that be? Do you know the difference between eternal security and assurance of salvation?

Some Closing Thoughts

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world [fame, fortune, power, pleasure], and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). The lake of fire [hell] was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons, but all unbelievers will spend eternity with him in that awful place (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46).

The devil made a legitimate offer to Jesus when he told Him that He could have all the kingdoms of this world if Jesus would fall down and worship him (Matthew 4:9). Jesus turned down his offer. Why?

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). Satan offers counterfeits.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10). Sadly, God can’t trust too many Christians with a lot of money. If He should entrust it to you, use it wisely for His glory and the good of others – fellow believers first (1 John 3:16, 17; Galatians 6:10).

Help

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow (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 To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Please let us know if this article has helped you and SHARE this with others.

[1] Spiritual Gifts: To learn more about them, go to https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

Far too many Christians, who claim to believe that Jesus will come back to earth as He said He would (John 14:1-3), don’t love His appearing.” As a result, they won’t earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). When you truly love someone, you want to please him/her and do the right things. If you claim to be a Christian, when was the last time you even thought about Him and His return for you?

In the “energy of their own flesh” (Romans 8:8) many of these same people often do their own brand of “good works” that they want to do rather than the “good works” that God planned for them to do while they are here on earth (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). They aren’t “led by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 8:14), and they don’t “walk by [means of] the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16, 25). So they give in to the strong desires (lusts) that come from their own sin nature (See Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8) and engage in the sinful “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21). Divine chastening may be necessary (Hebrews 12: 5 ff) if confession isn’t timely (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13).

Most people work for someone else. Suppose you went to work and did whatever it was that you wanted to do rather than what the owner wanted you to do. How long do you think he would keep you employed? The owner needs to make a profit so he can pay you a salary. His customers are really the ones who enable him to sign your paycheck. This is why we need to do quality work that will keep customers satisfied and bring them back for additional products and/or services. (See Ephesians 6:5-8).

In like manner, Christians should do their work on earth as unto the Lord so they can be well pleasing to God because one day all of us will stand before Judge Jesus to give an account of what we did on earth (John 5:22; 2 Corinthians 5:9, 10; Romans 14:12). He will judge our works (not us – Romans 8:1) to determine their quality. If they are like gold, silver, and precious stones, we will be rewarded. If they are like wood, hay, and straw, they will be burned up without our losing our salvation (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

The Lord’s imminent return is called a “Blessed Hope” (Titus 2:13), a “Comforting Hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:18), and a “Purifying Hope” (1 John 3:3). This “Hope” is not wishful thinking, but a confident expectation based on the promises of God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2).

The “Rapture” of the true Church was a mystery in the Old Testament (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; See Romans 16:25, 26). But once it was revealed to spiritually maturing believers, it is no longer a mystery, and shouldn’t be mysterious to Christians. When we interpret the Scriptures normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually we can gain a clearer picture of the Word of God and the future. [1] We believe in the “Pre-tribulation Rapture” of the true Church (not the apostate church – See Revelation 17, 18). Our FREE “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” has been helpful to many Christians. (Ask about it.)

We are much more likely to make better decisions in life when we keep the imminent return of the Lord in mind (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). What would you do differently if you really believed that the Lord would return this evening or that today might be your last day on earth? How would your plans change? God’s wisdom is available to every Christian when we ask Him for it (James 1:5 ff). Those Christians who pursue the philosophy and wisdom of this world will have their works burned up (Colossians 2:8; James 3:13-18).

To spiritually maturing Christians, the Apostle John wrote, Do not love the world [system] or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of [for] the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17; See 2 Peter 3:10 ff).

“The [cosmos] as a system includes all unsaved mankind under Satan as its ruler. It consists of society with its culture, commerce, education, entertainments, religions, governments, armies and senseless warfare. It is based on greed, idolatry, selfishness, religious superstitious awe, heresy and the constant striving for power. It is all society at its best and at its worst.” – Dr. H. L. Schafer [2] (See Luke 11:50, 51; Genesis 4:16-24).

The primary purpose of every Christian is/should be to glorify God by making Him known to those around us by any and every legitimate means (1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Timothy 2:5) as we are led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14). This includes our sharing the Gospel [3] clearly with lost people so they can place their faith and trust in the Christ of the Scriptures alone and be saved. The false Christs of the cults and a perverted gospel can’t save anyone (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; See Matthew 24:5.)  All unbelievers, who die physically in unbelief, will be cast into the lake of fire where they will suffer forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; John 16:8-11). “[God] desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). He died once and for all (Romans 6:10; Hebrews 10:10) for the sins of the whole world (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 4:10; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 2:2). But judicial forgiveness is only granted to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Ephesians 1:7; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not now? If you have, will you help us spread the Gospel to others?

Once a person has been saved, Spirit filled believers (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 6:1) need to help the new believer grow in the sphere of grace (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18). They need to be taught about serving God with their spiritual gift (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 4:10). Reproduction is/should be an important goal of every believer until the Lord takes us home through death or the Rapture (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15).

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. If you’ve found this helpful, please SHARE this with others too.

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

[2] Dr. H. L. Schafer, Maturing In Christ, Second Edition, 2016, Xuon Press, p. 216

https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

[3] Dr. Manfred Kober: “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”

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

The Human Problem. The Diving Provision. The Divine Provision.

Friend, You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again.

Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!”

Dr. Ron Shea, The Clear Gospel,(Illustrated)

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

My Presentation: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

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

We firmly believe that while there are many ways for someone to die physically, there is only one way for someone to enter heaven. Jesus said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). This is not a “politically correct” statement and it raises some people’s ire (anger, wrath, fury) when we say this. But it is still a true statement.

The Apostle Peter. He got himself into “hot water” with the religious, Jewish leaders when he said, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name [i.e. Jesus’] under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). They threatened him and told the disciples not to speak to any man in Jesus’ name (Acts 4:18). “But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard’” (Acts 4:19, 20). The persecution of Christians has been going on since the early days of the Church. Jesus told His disciples to expect it (John 16:2; See 2 Timothy 3:12). It’s happening in may places around the world and it’s intensifying in our country. We should pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for the cause of Christ.

The Apostle Paul. When he went to the city of Philippi to point people to Christ and to start a local church, there was a young girl who was possessed with a spirit of divination. She followed Paul and Silas around and said, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17). From the Greek text, in which the New Testament was written, she actually was saying that “these men…proclaim to us ‘a’ way of salvation.” This greatly annoyed Paul. So he commanded the demon spirit to come out of her. This kept her from making money for her masters which led to Paul and Silas’ being beaten unjustly and thrown in jail. This eventually led to the salvation of the jailor and his family when they put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for their sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31-33). Yes, good can come out of bad situations.

Suffering. Has your personal suffering for Christ been responsible for someone’s being saved? Do others even know that you are a Christian? Maybe you’re not truly saved yet. Are you ashamed of Jesus as Peter was? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you are depending on any of your “good works” for your salvation, you’re not saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Be honest with yourself! If you have doubts, we’re here to help you gain assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13).

Abundant Life. Not only did Jesus come to show us the only way to God in heaven and how to secure “eternal life” (God’s quality of life), He also wanted us to enjoy this kind of life “more abundantly” (John 10:10). Every person has everlasting life (existence) and will spend it either in God’s presence or he/she will be separated forever from God in the lake of fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46). The wicked dead are NOT annihilated or reincarnated as some cults and religions teach. Our living “abundantly” involves –

Walking By Faith. “The [justified ones] shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). We need to know the promises that God has given to Christians and mix them with faith so we can enjoy “Divine rest” and the “peace of God” that surpasses all understanding (Hebrews 4:2 ff; Philippians 4:6, 7). Not every promise in the Bible is ours to claim. Some of them were addressed to the Jews alone. Some were conditional (Example: The “Ten Commandments” Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 28). Others were unconditional. (Examples: Genesis 12:1-3; 15:18-21; 17:1-8; 2 Samuel 7:4-17; Jeremiah 31:31-33). Some promises were given to specific individuals like Abraham regarding his having a son in his old age (Genesis 15:1-6).

Living By The Right Rules. When we interpret the Scriptures normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually, as we should, we soon discover that God has different rules for different people in different times. They’re called “Dispensations.” Three main ones include “Law,” “Grace,” and “Kingdom.” Sadly, many Christians try to live by the wrong set of rules – “Mosaic Law,” or “Kingdom” instead of by “Grace” principles. The seven “Dispensations” are designed to test mankind’s obedience to God which most people fail. They are not different ways of salvation as some have suggested. They are designed to demonstrate to us that no matter what a person does independently of God, he/she can’t please God in his/her own strength (John 15:5). (Download a FREE copy of our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” on our website.)

Doing Good Works. These are not the things a person must do to be saved, but they are the things that God planned for believers to do once they have been saved (Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 4:10). Jesus said,“You [disciples] did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:16). In his book entitled, “So Great Salvation” Dr. Charles Ryrie points out this fruit of which Jesus spoke can be (1) a Christlike character, (2) a life characterized by good works, (3) a faithful witness, (4) a pair of lips that praise God, and (5) a generous giving of one’s money. [1] Question – If you claim to be a Christian, do others see any of these things in your life? James, Jesus’ half brother, wrote, “…Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:18-20).

Giving Thanks. Christians are instructed to give thanks for all things apart from sin (Ephesians 5:20), in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and for all men (1 Timothy 2:1) whom God may use for His glory and for our good. Christians who are “filled with the Holy Spirit” will have singing hearts, thankful hearts, and submissive hearts (Ephesians 5:18-21). What kind of heart do you have? What comes forth from it? A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).

Having The Right Purpose. Our primary purpose in life is/should be to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. We glorify God when we make Him known to others through our words and deeds (1 Corinthians 10:31). God is also glorified when believers grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), serve Him by serving others with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10), and when we share the Gospel clearly with those who are lost as we are led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) and as He gives us opportunities and opens doors for us (Revelation 3:8).

Summary. There’s only one way to be saved. There is a distinct set of rules to govern Christian’s lives. There is a specific purpose for our being here on earth.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2,15; 3:16, 17) and who want to SHARE what they learn with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, we’d like to know how it has. To receive future articles as they come out, click on FOLLOW.

[1] Dr. Charles Ryrie, Christian Fruit https://bible.org/illustration/christian-fruit

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

Recently I got my grandsons some kites to fly. It brought back some memories of the days when I used to fly them when I was a little boy growing up in Japan. (The Japanese have some very interesting designs for kites.) I had a box kite that we lost when it got tangled in the electric lines and then got away from us.

Memory. I have a happy memory of the time when my oldest son, David was still a little boy. Once we went out to fly a kite on a summer day as the sun was setting. Although the wind had died down, the thermal updraft from the hot ground kept pulling the kite upward and we had a hard time pulling it down in the dark.

Song. This made me think of God’s pulling His children home to heaven and the song, This world is not my home I’m just a passing through / My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue / The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door / And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore / Oh Lord you know I have no friend like you / If heaven’s not my home then Lord what will I do / The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door / And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.” – Albert E. Brumley. Do you ever feel this way when life gets hard? I’ll admit, I do at times.

Responsibility. But while we’re here on earth, every Christian’s responsibility is to glorify God by making Him known to those around us through the words that we say, and by our actions that display the “Fruit of the Spirit.” He wants us to share the Gospel clearly with others as the Holy Spirit leads us and opens doors for us. God wants us to grow spiritually, and to serve Him by our serving others with “agape” love, especially those who are His children.

Bad News / Good News. The Bad News is that we’ve all sinned against God and deserve to be eternally separated from Him in the lake of fire. But the Good News is that Christ died for all our sins once and for all, was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. Any and all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are promised eternal life as a present possession.

Questions. Have you placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to save you, or you depending on your good works, or your faith plus your good works? Be honest. Your eternal destiny will be determined by what you do with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you aren’t sure about where you will spend eternity, please contact us so we can help you have assurance of salvation. If you have questions/comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on Follow.

Personal Applications

Memories – What are some happy memories that you have from your youth? (See Ecclesiastes 12:1)

What could you do today that might bring you happy memories as you look back on them in the future?

Songs – What songs/hymns bring delight to your soul (emotions) and why? (See Job 35:10)

What is your favorite song/hymn?

Responsibilities – What is/should be your primary purpose in life? (See 1 Corinthians 10:31)

In what ways are you trying to carry out this responsibility?

Assurance – Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? (See 1 John 5:13)

Why should God let you into His heaven? (See Ephesians 2:8, 9)

Sharing. Here is how I usually share the Gospel with others. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Here is another helpful, expanded explanation of the Gospel. http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Death is a subject that most people don’t like to discuss, but it’s inevitable. Or is it? “And as it is appointed unto men [and women, boys and girls] once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27). The Apostle Paul wrote: “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).

Apocalypse. The “Fourth Horsemen of the Apocalypse is death. It is preceded by a false peace, war, and famine (Revelation 6:1-8). These conditions could be “just around the corner” from where we are today. Is there a way for us to avoid or delay these events from coming?

Approach. In journalistic style, let’s ask Who…? What…? Where…? When…? Why…? How…? Who dies and who lives? What is death? Where does a person go at the time of death? When will a person die? Why death came upon the human race? Can death be reversed?

Death. From the Scriptures we learn that there are three kinds of death. [1] Death isn’t annihilation or reincarnation but separation. Physical death takes place when the soul and spirit depart from the body (2 Corinthians 5:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Peter 1:9). It can be and will be reversed by the Lord Jesus Christ sometime in the future (1 Corinthians 15:26, 51, 52). Spiritual death involves an individual’s separation from God which began in the Garden of Eden when Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 2:17; 3:1-6). We all were born into this world physically alive but spiritually dead and separated from fellowship with God (Ephesians 2:1). This condition can and will be changed the moment a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23; Ephesians 2:1). The Second death takes place at the time of an unbeliever’s physical death (Revelation 20:6, 14; 21:8). It is irreversible. There are no “second chances” to be saved from the eternal lake of fire as some cults and false religions teach. Today, when an unbeliever dies, he/she goes to the lowest section of Sheol/Hades, in the heart of the earth, where they will suffer (Luke 16:19-31; Deuteronomy 32:22). At the time of the Great White Throne Judgment, which takes place at the end of Christ’s millennial reign on/over the earth, they will be raised from the dead, given another kind of body that will suffer forever in the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). Their degree of suffering in the lake of fire, will be determined by Christ, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 20:11-15). The souls and spirits of true Christians, at the moment of physical death, are transported immediately from this life into God’s presence in the third heaven. Here they are given a temporary body to house their souls and spirits until the time of the Rapture when they will receive their resurrected, glorified bodies that are like Christ’s resurrected, glorified body (2 Corinthians 5:1- 8; 1 John 3:2). We do NOT become gods. At the time of the Rapture, the works of New Testament believers will be evaluated at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15) to determine if we will receive crowns, rewards, and praise from Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). It isn’t a time to determine if we get into heaven or not.

Life. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, came into this world to glorify God (John 17:4) by making the Godhead known to mankind and to spirit beings whether they be cherubs, seraphs, and angels (Ephesians 3:10). God didn’t offer salvation and deliverance from the lake of fire to the devil and his angels/demons who rebelled against Him. But surprisingly God graciously demonstrated His love for rebellious mankind and provided the means of our salvation and deliverance from the lake of fire. He added to His deity a true human nature and a real body (John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-11).  He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), and then offered Himself as our Substitute and died in our place for our sins to satisfy (1 John 2:2; 4:10) God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature (Isaiah 53:6; Hebrews 10:10). Had He remained dead, we would have no way knowing if God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins (Romans 4:25). But on the third day He arose bodily from the dead, made Himself visible to over 500 witnesses over a forty day period of time before He ascended back to heaven from where He had come (1 Corinthians 15:1 ff; Acts 1:1-11). He promised to come back for His Bride, the true Church (John 14:1-3; Ephesians 5:32). Those who place their faith and trust in Him alone will receive “eternal life” (God’s quality of life) as a present possession (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 1 John 5:13). Christ came to give us “eternal life” and an “abundant life” (John 10:10).

Response. Merely knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:2) isn’t enough to save anyone from having to spend eternity with the devil in the lake of fire forever. We must transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5) over to the Person of Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. Have you done this yet? If not, why not now (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14)?

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. If this has helped you, we’d like to know how it has and then ask you to SHARE this with others too.

Gospel. Dr. Manfred Kober summed up the Gospel with these 24 words: “Friend: You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” [2] Please share this Good News with others as you are led by God the Holy Spirit as He opens up opportunities for you (Romans 8:14).

[1] Death. See Dr. C. I. Scofield’s Bible Study notes: Physical – Hebrews 9:27; Spiritual – Ephesians 2:5; Second – Revelation 20:14.

[2] Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”  https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

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