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Baseball. Someone has described it as being as boring as watching paint try. It’s too slow for them. And yet from time to time the fans are shocked when they see grown men acting like little children who put on temper tantrums when the umpire calls a strike on them. Some parents are known to act this way at their children’s games. One of my nephews, who is an umpire and a referee, can attest to this. (View Opie and the Spoiled Kid episode below.) [1]

Recently I watched some clips of highly paid athletes using bats and their fists to pound on things in the dugout. They vented out their frustrations and no one tried to restrain them. Is this the way we want our children to act when they don’t get their way? Consider also the horrific casualties that come from “road rage” on the highways. Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits’” (1 Corinthians 15:33). With whom do you and your children “hang out”? What are you and they watching on TV? Who are your heroes/idols and their heroes/idols?

This reminds me of what the Minnesota Crime Commission wrote many years ago about babies. Every baby starts life as a little savage. He is completely selfish and self-centered. He wants what he wants when he wants it: his bottle, his mother’s attention, his playmate’s toys, his uncle’s watch, or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which would be murderous were he not so helpless. He’s dirty, he has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children, not just certain children but all children, are born delinquent. If permitted to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free reign to their impulsive actions to satisfy each want, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist. Are we currently reaping what we’ve sown? Thanks Dr. Spock.

Lawless (sinful) behavior is on the rise all around the world just as the Scriptures predicted it would in the last days just before Christ’s second coming to rule on/over the earth for 1,000 years (Matthew 24:12; Revelation 20:1-7). One of these days these lawless people will be led and governed by the “lawless one,” better known as “the antichrist” (2 Thessalonians 2:7). He will deceive many people by performing the same kind of miracles that Jesus and His disciples did while there were here on earth (Acts 2:22; 2 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:9). We hope you will be in heaven, rather than on earth, when he comes on the scene. We don’t set dates, but these days seem to be just around the corner. [2]

But we also need to know that Christians have two natures (See Romans 7:15-25). Those who are dominated by their own sin nature rather than by their new nature from God, can act like unsaved people and engage in all the “works of the flesh” which are perversions of good things (Galatians 5:19-21). The Christians in the church in Corinth are examples of this kind of behavior (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff; 5:1 ff; 10:1 ff). When we’re tempted to act this way, we can/should rely on God the Holy Spirit for strength to overcome these strong, sinful desires (lusts) so we don’t sin (Galatians 5:16, 25; Romans 6:11-14). The temptations you have are not unique to you (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Did you know that we can/should be angry without sinning (Ephesians 4:26)? Jesus was (Matthew 21:12, 13). [3] You can learn a lot about a person by discovering what makes him/her laugh, cry, or get angry. What are others learning about you from your actions and reactions? Are you being hypocritical? Do you claim to love God and hate other Christians (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 2:9-11; 3:16, 17)? We don’t have to like what other people do, but we are supposed to seek their highest well being which may involve our speaking the truth to them in love (Ephesians 4:15; See 2 Timothy 2:24-26). We need to display the “Fruit of the Spirit” at the right time, for the right reasons, toward the right people (Galatians 5:22, 23), and for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and the good of others (Galatians 6:10).

Believe it or not, Christians don’t have to sin but we still will sin from time to time (1 John 2:1 ff; 1 John 3:9, 10). God has provided everything we need for life and godliness within the pages of the Scriptures so we can glorify Him in a spiritually dark world (2 Peter 1:3; Philippians 2:15). No temptation has overtaken you [Christians] except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it”* (1 Corinthians 10:13).

When we, as Christians, sin (act lawlessly) we need to do three things: We need to discern/judge/be aware of what we have done (1 Corinthians 11:31), repent/change our minds about what we did (2 Corinthians 7:8-12), and then promptly confess our known sins to God our Father (i.e. say the same thing about our sins that He does about them). Then we need to claim His promise to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness so our family fellowship with Him and other believers can be restored when we walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:5-10).

When necessary, we also need to ask forgiveness from those against whom we have sinned (James 5:16). If they grant it to us, we need to ask them not to hold a grudge against us. God won’t hold against us the sins we’ve confessed to Him (See Ezekiel 33:16). But He doesn’t forget anything (Isaiah 46:10). Sometime in the future, He most likely will allow us to be tempted in the same area again so we have the opportunity to overcome the temptation and show our love for Him (James 1:12-15) rather than yield to the temptation and sin again.

If you’re not a true Christian, it’s not a matter of confessing every sin you’ve ever committed in your life before you can be saved. Neither is it that you promise God that you will never sin again, or that you will make Him the Master of your life (Lordship in exchange for salvation). It’s believing in/on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). [4] Have you done this yet? If not, why not now?

Once you’ve been “born again [from above]” God wants you to grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18) [5] and serve Him and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 2:10). He wants you to lead others to Christ so they can be saved (Acts 1:8). We’re here to assist you and others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). Contact us for more information at www.kelseypeach.com. Please let us know if this article has helped you and SHARE it with others so we can help them too.

[1] Opie and the Spoiled Kid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSTdHClwwSg

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

[3] https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-angry.html

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

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

The Human Problem. The Divine Provision. The Personal Procurement.

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/

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

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

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

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Beloved Hymn Stories

I love to learn how certain songs came into being. What led the author to write what he/she did? Some songs have a way of sticking in my mind. What kind of songs are appealing to you? Why?  Please share some of your favorite songs with me and why you like them.

Ebenezer. This particular name was used in a Christian hymn. Do you know in which one? (If you do, let me know.)  Ebenezer was the name that the prophet Samuel gave to a rock. Yes, to a rock. It came about when the Old Testament Jews were defeated by their enemies and when the ark of the covenant was taken from them. Samuel reminded the people that they could count on God to help them in the future just as He had helped them in the past if they would turn back to the Lord. Ebenezer means “Thus far the Lord has helped us” (1 Samuel 7:12). The implication is that God hasn’t changed (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8).  He could/would could help them in the future if they would turn back to the Lord and “Trust And Obey” Him. This is the title of another wonderful song that is worthy of our consideration.

God’s Care. The song “God Will Take Care Of You” came about in the following way. “On a Sunday in 1904, Civilla Martin was in Lestershire, New York, when her husband, Walter, was compiling a collection of hymns for the Practical Bible Training School. They were planning to travel to another town that day, for Martin had a preaching assignment. Civilla woke up sick, and Martin was about to cancel his plans, when their child piped up and said, ‘Oh, Daddy, you don’t have to stay home because of mother – God will take care of us.’ Martin proceeded to the train station and fulfilled his appointment. When he returned, Civilla handed him the words of “God Will Take Care Of You,” which she had written in his absence. Going to his little organ, Martin composed the music, and it was first published in the songbook he was compiling for the school.” (Listen to it below.)

J. C. Penny. Apparently this song once served as a great encouragement to him during the depression when his business deals went sour. He heard the words to this song coming from a chapel one day as he was passing by. “Be not dismayed whate’er betide / God will take care of you.” It brought him out of his dark dungeon into the warm sunlight.

Anxiety. Are you a Christian who is full of cares and worries? Then consider these important words penned by the Apostle Paul: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:4-8 NKJV). The Apostle Peter wrote: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:5-7 NKJV). Are you doing this or worrying needlessly?

Meditate. Please reread these words and meditate on them for awhile (See Psalm 1:2 ; 1 Timothy 4:15). Let them sink into your spirit that belongs to your mind (Ephesians 4:23). Let them have an effect on your soul (emotions) too. Memorize and claim some promises that were given to us as Christians. Remember, not all the promises in the Scriptures are ours to claim. Here are a few of them that need to be mixed with faith so you can enjoy the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Hebrews 4:2): https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/promises-to-claim/

Believe. This is the only condition God has placed on us if we want to be saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Acts 16:31; John 3:16; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). The object of our faith needs to be in the Lord Jesus Christ, (not in the Christ of the cults) who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43). Are you trusting in any of your good works to get you into heaven? If so, stop! Salvation is not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

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Stories in this article adapted from “Then Sings My Soul” by Robert Morgan, Thomas Nelson Publishers, p. 259

If you’re not sure of your salvation, read the Clear Gospel:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

If you are full of anxiety and fears about the future, listen to these songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92_BfspZngQ

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“There is perhaps no more potent power on earth than a [believer] in the midst of crisis. Both [King] Nebuchadnezzar [of Babylon] and [King] Darius [of Medo-Persia – modern day Iran] gave public praise to Daniel’s God [Jehovah] when they saw Daniel’s stability in the midst of adversity (Daniel 4:37; 6:25-27).

Glorifying God. If you’re a Christian, do you want to bring glory and honor to God like Daniel did? The key is your reaction to situations where it’s tough to be a Christian! Consider the promotion you deserved (but didn’t get), the speeding ticked you got (but didn’t deserve), the time you did what was right (but it turned out all wrong) – those are the occasions when your faith is in the “fishbowl.” What are others learning about your God from your life? – Adapted from Your Daily Walk, Walk Thru The Bible, p. 278

The Apostle Paul. He wrote, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). He also 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). Was he familiar with suffering? He certainly was. Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. [That is 195 times.]  Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;   in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;   in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness—  besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches”  (2 Corinthians 11:23-28 NKJV).  Why did he do all this?  “…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 2:10 NKJV).

The Lord Jesus Christ. His sufferings were predicted by the Prophet Isaiah long before Jesus the Christ (Messiah) came down from heaven to this earth to live a sinless life and then die for our sins and then be raised from the dead so that we could be saved. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth” (Isaiah 53:4-7). Christians have a High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses. He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:15, 16).

Temptations/Trials. “No temptation has overtaken [a Christian] except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).  The Lord’s half brother, James wrote – “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing…Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:2-4, 12).

Came To Pass. The trials that Christians experience in this life came to pass. Contrary to what one “Preacher” says, our best life is yet to come. The unsaved person’s best life is right now. Without Christ as their personal Savior, their future is bleak (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). Why not let them know that the Lord Jesus Christ died for their sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? Invite them to believe on Him alone (Ephesians 2:8 9) and be saved. Doing this could earn for you the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

Promise. “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.” Author: Annie Johnson Flint

Help. If you’re struggling under a load that seems unbearable, cast your cares and concerns on the Lord because He cares for you. Beware of Satan’s devices and attempts to crush you with disappointment, discouragement, and doubt or by some other means (1 Peter 5:7, 8). As Christians, we can/should bear one another’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2; See also John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17).

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As quick as a click, it was gone. All of it. Two weeks of work, including a Saturday when he could have flown a kite with his kids. Two weeks of peering into the amber glow of a computer screen. Two weeks of honing, fine-tuning, and formatting. Gone with the wind. Gone to that twilight zone where all erased computer messages exist in perpetual limbo.” This is what Chuck Swindoll wrote about his editor, Larry Libby, in the introduction of his book entitled “Stress Fractures.”

Stress. If you’re like the rest of us, you have stressful incidents that come into your life from time to time. How we respond to them is very critical to us and those around us. Believe it or not, God tells us in His Word that He wants all true Christians to “give thanks in the midst of every situation” that comes into our lives (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Doing this and giving thanks for all things and for all men isn’t possible unless a believer is filled with God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-20; 1 Timothy 2:1). To be filled with the Spirit, we must make sure that we aren’t grieving or quenching the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19). Do you know what this entails?

Joseph. After spending many years in prison for something he didn’t do, and when he could have taken vengeance out on his brothers who had mistreated him, Joseph said, “But as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” (Genesis 39:13-23; 50:20).

Promise. “And we [Christians] know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Not all Christians love God and keep His commandments to New Testament believers (John 13:34, 35; 14:15). Maturing Christians are told not to love the present world system (1 John 2:15-17). Do you know what it is that you aren’t supposed to love?

World System. Among other things, it consists of human government, commerce, entertainment, education, industry, and senseless warfare (Genesis 4:16-26; Luke 11:50, 51). “In the sense of the present world system, the ethically bad sense of the word refers to the order or arrangement under which Satan has organized the world of unbelieving mankind upon his cosmic principles of force, greed, selfishness, ambition, and pleasure…[It] is imposing and powerful with military might; is often outwardly religious, scientific, cultured, and elegant; but, seething with national and commercial rivalries and ambitions, is upheld in any real crisis only by armed force, and is dominated by satanic principles.” – Taken from Scofield Study Bible note Revelation 13:8. As Christians, we can use the world system, but we are not to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31).

Believe. This is the only condition placed on an unsaved person for him/her to be saved. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). He is the One who died for our sins…and who rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Believe on Him through these facts and you will be saved and can have assurance of your salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16). Beware of those who teach “Lordship for Salvation.” (See Below)

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Lordship For Salvation. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/lordship-salvation/

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

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

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