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“Call Your Witness”

Posted: August 19, 2017 in Crowns, Evagelism, Gospel, Salvation

I have a question for you. Have you ever been called upon to be a witness in a criminal case? If so, we’re you scared? I haven’t ever had to be a witness, but I was on a jury. Think about this. A witness doesn’t really need to prepare what he is going to say unless he plans to lie on the stand. Here’s some good advice if you’re ever called upon to be a witness. Always tell the truth so you don’t have to remember the lies you told.

Command. Before going back to heaven (John 3:13; 14:1-3; 16:16, 17), Jesus gave His disciples a command to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8). All they had to do was tell what they knew about the Lord Jesus Christ. They knew that He had died on a cross for their sins, and that He was buried for three days and nights. But they also knew that He had risen bodily from the dead on the third day. There were over 500 eye witnesses who had seen Jesus on ten different occasions for forty days after His bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; See Luke 24:33-43).

Pentecost. Fifty days after the Passover feast, when Jesus was crucified, Peter, who had denied three times that he knew the Lord (Luke 22:34), was empowered by God the Holy Spirit to preach a powerful message that resulted in 3,000 Jews being saved (Acts 2:41). Then the church began to multiply because these Christians kept on telling other Jews about Jesus (Acts 6:7).

Multiplication. Just think about this. If you reached four people for Christ, who in turn reached for more people, who reached four more people, etc. you’d go from 4 to 16 to 64 to 256 and on and on. Many businesses are built this way by word of mouth advertising. Are you willing to be used by God to reach others for Christ? Are you a F.A.T.F.R.E.E. Christian who is Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, and Enthusiastic? If not, with God’s help, why now start becoming one today?

Problem. The early Jewish Christian’s problem was that they didn’t share this information with the half breed Samaritans or the non-Jews until a sever persecution broke out. Many Samaritans responded positively when Philip, a deacon, preached the Gospel to them. So did the Ethiopian eunuch who carried the message back to his own country (Acts 8:1 ff).

Results. Although we may not see the same kind of results today as they did, we still have the joy and responsibility to keep on sharing the Gospel with lost people until the Lord returns. We aren’t to keep back the Good News from anyone to whom the Holy Spirit leads us (Acts 8:26; Romans 8:14; James 4:17).

Joy. Recently I had the joy of sharing a tract entitled “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” with some folks from Ethiopia who have come to our country to live. Maybe God is bringing them here since very few missionaries are going out today to foreign countries with the “Clear Gospel” concerning Christ.  If someone had only a few minutes to live, could you share the Gospel with them with less than 25 words so they could be saved?  It can be done.  Read the article below.

Types. Notice what kind of people God saved in the city of Corinth. They had been fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). My friend, God can save anyone. He doesn’t require you to clean up your life first before you can be saved as some “false teachers” are saying.

Testify. Those of us who have been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and who have, after we’ve been saved, presented our bodies to God as a living sacrifice, and who know what God has done and is doing in our lives, can/should bear witness to the power of God to transform anyone’s life (Romans 1:16, 17; 12:1, 2; Ephesians 2:8, 9; 3:20, 21). Who would have thought Saul/Paul, the persecutor of Christians, would be saved and then go on to lead others to Christ and start local churches in many areas? 

Questions. Have you ever shared your faith in Christ with another person? Has the devil successfully silenced you by using fear and intimidation? God didn’t give us a spirit of fear but one of power and love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7; See 1 John 4:4). Are you ashamed of Jesus who paid the debt you owed to God (Romans 6:23; 1 Peter 1:18, 19)? What if He hadn’t been willing to die for your sins and rise again to demonstrate that He was/is able to save any and all who come to Him to be saved from the lake of fire (John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36)? Yes, the lake of fire is real and all who die as unbelievers will suffer there forever.

Concern. Do you care about lost people? Have you left your first love (Revelation 2:4)? Leading others to Christ for salvation entitles us to earn the Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Will you earn one so you can cast it at His feet someday as an expression of your love and appreciation to Him for saving you (Revelation 4:10, 11)? Are you living to please yourself or God (2 Corinthians 5:9, 10)?

Armor Of God. By the way, a Christian can overcome the temptation from the devil to be a coward by putting on the armor of God and focusing on the helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17). Do you know what his other 13 temptations include and how you can overcome them? If not, ask for more information.

Help. If you’re serious about obeying the Lord’s command and leading others to Christ so they can be delivered from the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8), then we invite you to take/make time to read the following tract and two articles to help you be a better witness for Jesus while He keeps you here on earth. We glorify God by making Him known to others. This ought to be our highest priority in life (1 Corinthians 10:31). Is it yours?

Contact. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. We also ask that you be ready to share the Gospel with others at a moment’s notice (1 Peter 3:15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation by Ford Porter in 24+ languages

http://kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

The Gospel In 24 Words by Dr. Manfred Kober

https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

The Clear Gospel illustrated by Dr. Ron Shea.

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

You can gain entrance into heaven to be with God and other believers forever without understanding all the “House Rules” and pledging to keep all of them in order to be saved. But you cannot get into heaven if you are trusting in the wrong Jesus or are trying to get in by your good works (Matthew 24:5; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6).

Christ. Who is the Christ of the Scriptures? He is fully God and shares an equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9). He added to His deity a true human nature and a real body (Philippians 2:5-11). He was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23 ). He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He died for our sins, was buried for three days and three nights, and then rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 24:33-43). Then He made Himself visible to more than 500 witnesses over a forty day period of time before ascending back to heaven (Acts 1:9-11). He promised to return (John 14:1-3).

Object Of Faith. If your faith in resting in Him alone, you will have the witness of God the Holy Spirit bearing witness with your spirit that you are a true child of God (Romans 8:16). You can also have the witness of God’s infallible Word to give you assurance of eternal life (God’s quality of life) to enjoy while you are here on earth (John 10:10). Heaven is also a gift to believers from God that will be enjoyed at the time of physical death or the rapture (2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 John 5:13; John 10:28, 29; 14:1-3; Ephesians 1:13).

Good Works. Once a person in genuinely saved, he/she can begin to do the good works that God planned for him/her to do (Ephesians 2:10). These good works are related to the spiritual gift that each believer was given at the moment of salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11). The “Grace House Rules” apply to all Christians. They generally can be found between John 13 and Revelation 3. The six other “House Rules” given to other people in other times are not applicable to Christians unless the same rules are also given to Christians. (Example: 9 of the 10 commandments given to the Jews are repeated somewhere in the rules given to Christians.)

Differences. Since all the “House Rules” come from God Himself, and since He can change them to test some or all of mankind, we need to realize that while all Scripture is to be believed, not all of Scriptures is to be believed and practiced (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). A Christian who tries to come to spiritual maturity by keeping the Old Testament sacrificial system (that included bloody sacrifices) or certain dietary rules (example: Leviticus 1-15) will surely be adding worthless works to himself and will be cutting himself off from benefits that could have been his to enjoy (Galatians 1:6-9). The Christian’s works that have the quality of wood, hay, and straw will be burned up at the “Bema Seat Judgment” without the loss of salvation, but those works that have the quality of gold, silver, and precious stones will be rewarded (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Degrees. It is our understanding that some Christians will enjoy heaven more than other Christians will. Not all Christians are filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), walk by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25), or are led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14). They rarely do the desirous will of God for their lives. (Example: They don’t give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:18) They won’t receive the crowns, praise, and rewards that obedient Christians will receive. Many Christians are carnal (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; See 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). On the other hand, some unbelievers will suffer more in the lake of fire than others do. The Great White Throne judgment is not designed to determine one’s entrance into heaven or not, but to judge the unbelievers wicked works (Revelation 20:11-15). Jesus Himself said that it will be more tolerable for some than others (Matthew 10:5; 11:22, 24). If you don’t believe this, you’re calling Him a liar.

Hell. The lake of fire is a real place to which real people go to spend eternity apart from God where there will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30, 41, 45). God doesn’t want people to go there (1 Timothy 2:4). The God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ, came to glorify God the Father by dying for our sins…and rising again bodily from the dead. Only a living Savior can help us. By observing nature, anyone can know that there is a God who exists and that He is powerful. All are without excuse (Romans 1:20; See Psalm 19:1). Fools deny the existence of God (Psalm 14:1).  The only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in Christ (John 16:9).

Application. In which family are you right now – God’s or Satan’s (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10)? Not until you’ve been “born again from above” (John 3:3-5; 1 Peter 1:23) do you enter God’s family. By one act of faith you can enter into God’s forever family. Once you’ve entered it, God wants you to walk in a continual attitude of faith in His promises that are for us to claim (Romans 1;17; Hebrews 4:2). He desires that you grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), and serve Him and others with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). He’d like for you to reproduce yourself by sharing the clear Gospel with others so they can be saved (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20).

Help. We’re here to help 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 article has helped you, please share it with someone else and let us know about it too. We invite you to join us on Facebook Live as we study God’s Word together: www.facebook.com/kelseyandjanet.pietsch. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

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

Dispensations Chart. http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

Do you ever feel like a gerbil running on a wheel in a cage but getting nowhere? Maybe you’re in the older generation that likes to sit in a rocking chair and go back and forth without getting anywhere either. As Zig Ziglar used to say, “Some folks are like wandering generalities and others are meaningful specifics.” Which would describe you right now?

As you look at your current situation in life, are you finding significance to your life? Do you dread having to go to work on Monday mornings? Would you rather be in a bed in great pain like some folks are?

How would you answer these questions? Where did I come from? Why am I here on earth? Where will I go when I die? What is the meaning and purpose for man’s existence. Is it all vanity as King Solomon suggested as he pursued the pleasures of life? What can we know about life after death? Who has the answers? What can I do to be assured of a better future? Why are so many Christians not much different from unbelievers?

Do you claim to be a Christian? How did you become one? Are you sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die or do you have to go to Purgatory first? What is the formula for salvation? What if you sin after you’ve been saved? Is there anything you could do to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? What is “Lordship for salvation” all about?

By what rules are Christians supposed to live – the Old Testament or New Testament rules? How many different sets of rules are found in the Scriptures? What are they and what is the purpose for God’s giving them to some or all of mankind? Are Christ’s words more inspired than the rest of the Scriptures?

If you’d like to learn how you can become a Christian and know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die, and if you’d like to learn what you, as a Christian, can do to be well pleasing to God rather than grieving or quenching Him, we invite you to join us for some Bible studies on the Internet on Facebook live. If you can’t join us live, you can watch them later when you have time. If they are too long to watch at one time, you can stop them and pick it up later.

We will be using our “Dispensations Chart” for these sessions. We’d like for you to make a copy for yourself on a colored sheet of paper, and then make four more copies to give out to other believers who are teachable and willing to change and who acknowledge the authority of the Scriptures over their lives (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Do you know what part of it is for us and which parts are to us?

Please read “The Clear Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea so you have a clear understanding of what it means to be a true Christian. There are many people who think they’re going to heaven who aren’t going there. Become familiar with this information so you can share it with other lost people and introduce them to the Lord Jesus Christ so they can be saved.

By your sharing this information with just one person who in turn shares it with others, you can find great satisfaction and joy as you see people coming to Christ and being saved and growing spiritually while glorifying God here on earth.

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

Dispensations Chart. http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

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If you continue to think as you’ve always thought, you will continue to get what you’ve always got.” Is this what you want, or would you like to really live and enjoy the life that God has graciously given to you (John 10:10)? Perhaps you’re thinking only in the physical and material realm rather than in the spiritual realm. After all, “…what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own [life]” (Mark 8:36) and ends up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels forever (Matthew 25:41, 46)? Our lives are like “a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). This was true of our late son, Bill who died at age 38. You and I never know when our time on earth will come to an end. So we need to treat each day as though it might be our last day on earth. Are you doing this? What needs to change? With whom do you need to make things right (1 John 1:9; James 5:16)? What things are really important to you?

Money. We’re told that “money can buy a bed but not sleep; books but not brains; food but not an appetite; finery but not beauty; a house but not a home; medicine but not health; luxuries but not culture; amusements but not happiness; religion but not salvation; and a passport to everywhere but heaven.” -The Voice In the Wilderness, quoted in Discipleship Journal, Issue 53, 1989, p. 21

Impacting Others. Whether you want to admit it or not, you are affecting the lives of other people every day. You do this by what you say and do, or by what you don’t say or do. My dear mother used to quote this verse to me. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). Your presence or absence and your attitude toward life affects others too.

Freedom. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances….” Viktor E. Frankl. What kind of an attitude do you have? If your friend is having a bad day, what are you doing to help him/her see life from a different perspective? What should a spiritual Christian do (Galatians 6:1-5, 10)?

Viewpoint. Most of us look at things from a horizontal position. But when we look at our circumstances and trials in life from above, things take on a new perspective as we see God at work in our lives (Romans 8:28). Of course, if you’re not a true Christian, you’re left to fend for yourself.

Insignificant? There are many Christians who feel insignificant and unable to contribute much to the glory of God and the good of others. Maybe you feel like “a wandering generality” instead of “a meaningful specific.” In the Scriptures we have examples of virtually unknown people who touched the lives of one person who in turn touched and blessed the lives of countless other people.

Andrew. Not many people know much about this disciple of Jesus. But he was the one who led his brother Peter to the Lord (John 1:40-42). Peter in turn was instrumental in leading thousands of people to Christ on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41). Andrew was also the one who brought a lad with five loaves and two fish to Jesus who multiplied them and fed over 5,000 hungry people (John 6:8-14).

Barnabas. He went to get the converted Apostle Paul from his home town in Tarsus and brought him to the believers whom he had persecuted and brought reconciliation to them (Acts 11:25-26). Then Barnabas and Paul went on a missionary journey that brought many people to faith in Christ (Acts 13, 14).

Rahab. She was a harlot in the city of Jericho who became a believer in Jehovah and then became an ancestress of Jesus the Messiah (Joshua 2:1-14; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31).

Lois and Eunice. They were the grandmother and mother of Timothy. They taught him the Old Testament Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:5; 3:14, 15). He later traveled with the Apostle Paul and Silas on their missionary journeys and helped establish churches in various places (Acts 16).

Spiritual Gifts. Each true Christian has been given a spiritual gift (1 Peter 4:10). When you, as a Christian, discover and use it with love (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13) for the glory of God and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10), you will find fulfillment in life and receive rewards, praise, and crowns from the Lord at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Help. To help you and your friends grow spiritually, we’d like to ask you to get our “Dispensations Chart” and make five copies of it. Keep one for yourself, and share the other four copies with believers who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). This information changed my life and I trust it will do the same for you.

Facebook Live. We’d also like to invite you and your friends to join us on Facebook for Bible studies dealing with “The House Rules” and other topics. Many Christians are tying to live by rules that weren’t given to them. Are you?  All the Bible is for us, but not all of it is addressed to us (See Titus 1:9).  Not all the promises in the Bible are ours to claim.

Gospel. If you’re not sure of your salvation and that you would go to heaven the moment you die, please read “The Clear Gospel.” Make sure of it. God’s Word and the Holy Spirit can give you the assurance you need when you place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

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Dispensations Chart. http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

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

Spiritual Gifts: http://kelseypeach.com/bible_basics.htm

Does it really matter where you squeeze the tooth paste to get it out to brush your teeth?  Does it really matter which way the toilet paper rolls out?  So many things over which people argue and fight are so insignificant.  The Lord’s half-brother James asks the question,Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members” (James 4:1)? Yes, Christians can and sometimes do act like unsaved people because we still have an old sin nature to which we yield from time to time (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:15-25). The Christian man in Corinth certainly wasn’t acting like one while he was engaged in incest with his mother (1 Corinthians 5).  Neither do Christians who engage in the other “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21).

To Tell The Truth.  Does it really matter in which Jesus you place your faith?  Recently there has been a revival of the show “To Tell The Truth.”  Three people come out and claim to be a certain person.  Obviously, only one of them is telling the truth about himself/herself.  The panel is supposed to figure out which one is telling the truth.

Illustration.  Now suppose you wanted to fly from one city to another.  Three people came out on the stage and claim to be an experienced pilot.  You must decide which one is the experienced pilot and which two are just learning how to fly.  Suppose you picked the person who thought he could fly an airplane but really couldn’t.  How comfortable would you be flying with that pilot?

Which Jesus Saves?  Before leaving His disciples and returning back to heaven from where He had come (John 16:16), Jesus told them that many false Christs would come in His name and deceive many people on earth (Matthew 24:5).  While this will be especially true during the coming 7 years of the Tribulation, we also see many people today who are following the wrong Christ and who will end up with the devil in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41, 46).  Is it possible that you might be in that group?  (Please read “Which Jesus Saves?” at https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/)

The Object.  For us to be saved from everlasting condemnation, our faith must rest in the Christ of the Scriptures alone.  He shares an absolute equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-18; 10:30; Colossians 2:9).  He was born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1: 23).  He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15).  He laid down His life voluntarily to pay the debt we owed to God the Father (John 10:14-18; Romans 6:23)

The Gospel.  The Good News that leads to our salvation is clear.  “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…He was buried [for three days and three nights],…He rose again [bodily] on the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43; Matthew 12:40). Merely knowing and believing the facts of the Gospel doesn’t save anyone.  A person must transfer his/her faith over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone apart from his/her good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  Have you done this yet?  If not, why not now?  For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

How God Saves.  Does God offer salvation to mankind on the basis of their promise to do 10 things before He will save them?  If you have a Study Bible, check the comments found in James 4:7-10?  Some men are teaching that a person must make Jesus the Lord and Master of his/her life before he/she can be saved?  This false teaching is known as “Lordship Salvation” or “Lordship in exchange for salvation.” How could anyone be sure of his/her salvation before death if it were dependent on our doing something rather than believing on Christ alone who offers the gift of eternal life to us that we receive by faith? (Please read Dr. M. Kober’s article in the link below.)

One Condition.  In the Gospel of John, the word “believe” is used about 100 times to inform us that this is the only condition God has placed on us if we are to be saved.  The Apostle Paul told the jailer to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [exclusively] and [he] would be saved…” (Acts 16:31).  The members of his house would be saved too if they believed on Christ for their salvation.  Parents can’t decide and believe for their children or anyone else.  As someone rightly said, “God has no grandchildren.”  Neither can a person be baptized for the dead so they can have a second chance to be saved. At the time of one’s death, his/her eternal destiny is forever settled (Hebrews 9:27).

Living Faith.  While we are saved by one act of faith, Christians are called upon to live in an attitude of faith (Romans 1:17).  To do this, we must know and claim the promises of God that have been given to New Testament grace believers.  Claiming promises that weren’t intended for us can bring great disappointment.  Ladies, would you really want to have a baby when you are 90 years old as Sarah was when she gave birth to Isaac? Don’t confuse the promises that were given to the Jews alone with those that are promised to the Church.  The Church has NOT replaced Israel!

Dispensations.  Think of them as “House Rules.”  The rules you have in your home may vary from your neighbor’s.  A house without any rules and many children will result in disharmony.  Since the beginning of man’s existence on earth, God has imposed on some or all of mankind certain rules by which they are to live.  They aren’t different ways of salvation as some men have suggested.  They were given by God to test man’s obedience to God.  Upon careful examination of each “Dispensation,” we learn that no matter what rules God imposes on mankind, men always fail to keep the rules when they act independently of God (See John 15:5).  It proves that “The heart [of man] is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9)?  For more information about “Dispensations” and what God expects of believers, down load a free copy of our chart at http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

Help.  Our desire is to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). We want you to know that you have eternal life (God’s quality of life) as a present possession (1 John 5:13). Then we want to help new believers grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18) so they can serve God effectively (1 Peter 4:10) and earn the crowns, rewards, and praise that God desires to give to His children (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has been helpful to you, please share it with others and let us know too. Together, we can reach more people for Christ. To receive future articles as they come out, click of “Follow.”

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

Clear Gospel – Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/the-gospel-audiobook/

God Honoring Music: www.abidingradio.org

Understanding The Times: www.kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or False Doctrine,” by Dr. Manfred Kober

Part 1 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-1/read

Part 2 http://www.faith.edu/resources/publications/faith-pulpit/message/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or-a-false-doctrine-part-2/read

Promises for Christians to claim. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/promises-to-claim/

When I mention the name “Ebenezer” of whom do you think? If you’re like others to whom I have asked this question, you would probably mention Scrooge. He was a fictional character, the name of the protagonist in the novel “The Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens which was published in 1843. He was a rich businessman who was stingy and despised the poor.

Names. But do you where in Scripture the name Ebenezer is found? What about the name Ichabad? Ebenezer referred to a place in Israel where the Jews encountered their enemies, the Philistines, who took the ark of the covenant from them and placed it in the house of their god, Dagon in Ashdod (1 Samuel 4, 5).

Death. During this time, Israel’s first King Saul and his sons were killed. Upon hearing of Israel’s defeat by the Philistines, Eli the priest’s daughter-in-law became so upset at her husband’s death that she named her son Ichabod. This name means “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of the God has been captured.”

Repentance. Before the Lord could/would bless the nation of Israel, there was a need for the Jewish people to get right with God. When they did, God came to their deliverance and defeated their enemies. The prophet Samuel then took a stone and set it up and gave it the name, “Ebenezer.” This means “Thus far the LORD has helped us” (1 Samuel 7:12).

Providence. If you’re a Christian, can you see how God has been working in your life since you were saved? He has promised never to leave or forsake His children (Hebrews 13:5). Because He loves you, He has your best interest in mind. If necessary, He will chasten you when you are disobedient (Hebrews 12:5-11), but He won’t ever throw you out of His family (John 10:28, 29).

Blessing. We can’t expect God to put His approval on our sinful (lawless) behavior. He can’t and He won’t. Are you grieving or quenching God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)? When I ask God to bless people (i. e. bring happiness into their lives), I do it this way. “Lord, we ask your blessing on us as we are obedient to You and Your Word.”

No Condemnation. We are saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire the moment we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ of the Scriptures who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Romans 8:1; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? Do you know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die or do you believe that you have to go to a purging place first? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation once you’ve received it? If so, what would it be?

Attitude. Once we’ve been saved, God wants us to live in an attitude of faith (Romans 1:17). Do you know and claim the promises of God that have been given to New Testament believers? Do you try to claim the promises that were given exclusively to Israel? Do you live in the light of Christ’s imminent return? Is so, how does it and should it affect your daily life (1 Thessalonians 4:18; Titus 2:13; 1 John 3:3)? What crown does God promise to believers who love His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8)? When was the last time you thought about it? What preoccupies your mind most of the time?

Growth. Are you growing regularly and becoming more like Christ each day? Do you have and display the “Fruit of the Spirit” before others (Galatians 5:22, 23)? Do you misdirect it (1 John 2:15-17)? Are you living victoriously over your spiritual enemies: the devil, your own sin nature, and the present world system?

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“You’re Going To Die”

Posted: July 4, 2017 in Death, Salvation

   Recently I came across an article in a Christian magazine entitled, “You’re Going To Die, But How?” by my late father-in-law, Dr. Austin L. Sorenson.  I would like to share with you some of the content of it.

   He quoted King Solomon who wrote, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2).  This is a general rule (Hebrews 9:27).  Do you know what the exceptions were and will be (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; See Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:11)?
   “The infidels and agnostics have a perverted view of life and a horror of death.  Socrates once remarked that ‘life is a disease,’ and Edgar Allan Poe spoke of the ‘fever of living.’  The philosopher Jean-Paul Satre sarcastically commented that ‘life made him puke…[and was] ridiculous.’
   “Sigmund Freud, to whom modern psychologists owe so much nefarious knowledge, died a horrible death.  He continued to smoke cigars until his palate was gone and his jaws almost completely rotted away.  A mosquito net was placed around his body to remove the flies.  The stench of his decaying body was suffocating.”
  Nietzsche, whose teaching of the superman of Nazi fame and who promoted the “God is dead” doctrine died as a raving maniac in an insane asylum.
   All those who claim to be atheists must someday meet face to face the God whom they say never existed.  Do you claim to be an atheist or an agnostic?  Where will you stand on judgment day?
   On the other hand, the future of true believers is as bright as the promises of God.  God, who cannot lie (Titus 1:2), through the Apostle Paul, tells us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord in heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8).  There is no purging place that a believer has to go to before he/she can enter heaven.
   My friend, do you know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die?  God’s Word tells us that we can be sure (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13).  The Gospel is that Christ died for our sins…was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day.  Any and all who believe on Him alone for their salvation, will be saved.  
   Once a person has been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, spiritual growth can/should take place (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18).  Knowing which part of the Bible is for Christians and which part is addressed to us makes the Bible come alive.  We have a free “Dispensations Chart” on our website: kelseypeach.com.  This information helped me greatly, and I trust it will help you too.
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