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“Be Like Jesus?”

Posted: January 7, 2022 in Christian Life, Uncategorized

Be like Jesus, this my song, / In the home and in the throng; / Be like Jesus, all day long! / I would be like Jesus.” – James Rowe. [1] Is this your desire and prayer too? It’s mine. Of these two places, it’s probably more difficult to be like Jesus at home with your family than it would be in the throng.

We, as Christians, can’t do everything that Jesus did while He was here on earth because He was/is the God-man (See John 20:30, 31). But we can and should have a Christlike character that stands out, especially in spiritually dark places. Are you surrounded by darkness? Will you let your little light shine so others can find their way to Jesus, the “Light of the world” (John 8:12)?

WARNING: Choosing to live a godly life and be like Jesus will result in persecution, and possibly your death (2 Timothy 3:12). But it also could mean the salvation (deliverance from hell) of your family members, friends, and fellow workers (2 Timothy 2:10). Consider carefully what you really want.

The Fruit of the Spirit – Christ Likeness

(Galatians 5:22, 23)

God the Holy Spirit can/will produce this kind of fruit in the lives of Christians who are rightly related to Him and who are “abiding” (feeling at ease) in Christ (John 15:1-8). We must make sure that we have all our known sins confessed to God the Father (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16). We must not be grieving God by engaging in sin (lawlessness – 1 John 3:4), or quenching Him (rendering Him ineffective) by saying “No” to Him as He desires to lead us in the way we should go (Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 2 Timothy 2:12; Romans 8:14; Philippians 2:13).

We are exhorted to be “filled with the Spirit” and let Him make up in our lives where we are lacking in Christ likeness (Ephesians 5:18). What are the implications from this phrase? Not all Christians are filled with the Spirit. All should be filled with the Spirit. All can be filled with the Spirit. All can/should be filled again and again with the Spirit. Are you? If not, why?

Once the Holy Spirit has produced this “Fruit” in our lives, we are responsible to direct it toward the right objects at the right time and for the right reasons (1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17; Ephesians 5:16; 1 Corinthians 10:31). It is one “Fruit” with nine parts to it (Galatians 5:22, 23). Let’s examine them:

Love – Seeking the highest wellbeing of someone (1 Corinthians 13:4-7; 1 John 3:16, 17; John 3:16). As Christ loved us, we ought to love others (John 13:34, 35; Romans 5:5, 8; Contrast Leviticus 19:18).

Joy – The mental willingness to accept and appreciate any circumstance without resentment or frustration (James 1:2). We need to find our ultimate source of joy and delight in God (Philippians 4:4). Joyful Christians are attractive to others and they may ask you about it (1 Peter 3:15).

Peace – “Peace ‘with’ God” comes at the time of our salvation (Romans 5:1). But the “peace ‘of’ God” comes and goes. When we have it, it enables us to have an untroubled, or unruffled mind that is able to confront any eventuality without fear (John 14:27; Philippians 4:4-7; 1 John 4:8; 5:14, 15).

Longsuffering – A long holding out of temper toward those who would be unreasonable or objectionable just as God is and has been toward us and others (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Corinthians 13:4).

Kindness (Gentleness) – A sweetness of temperament that keeps a spiritually maturing believer from giving pain or offense to another, and can cause another person to be at ease (1 Corinthians 2:15; 13:4).

Goodness – This involves that which is beneficial, and it describes an inner pleasure, satisfaction and well-being. God’s goodness makes Him a happy God (1 Timothy 1:11). Happiness is contagious and productive. Sullenness and gloom in a Christian can negatively influence others.

Faith – When a Christian does anything while doubting, he sins (Romans 14:23). This kind of faith enables the Christian to continue to walk (order his life stye) by faith, not by sight ( 2 Corinthians 5:7).

Meekness – It’s not weakness, but strength under control (Example: a well trained horse). Spiritually maturing believers can/should attempt to restore other believers who are overtaken in a trespass (e.g. A bad attitude can lead to a sin – Galatians 6:1; 1 Peter 3:15, 16).

Self-Control – The ability to overrule physical needs and desires without hindering one’s spiritual service, or be disapproved (2 Peter 1:6; 1 Corinthians 7:9; 9:24-27).

Would you like for your life to be characterized by these things? I certainly would. But keep in mind that having these qualities and displaying them before others could cause others to persecute you just as they did Jesus.

He said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also” (John 15:18-20).

“[This] inner fruit [of the Spirit] affects outward actions; our words and our activities will glorify the Lord, and God’s will is accomplished. God’s desire is to transform us into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29) and make us as fruitful as He was. In our allegiance to Him, we want to be characterized by good works (Ephesians 2:10; Titus 2:7; Colossians 1:10), humility (Ephesians 4:2; Titus 3:2), and forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13). We want to always be ready to “give an account for the hope that is within [us]” (1 Peter 3:15). [2]

While some people would try, through self effort, to produce these Christlike qualities, they end up with counterfeit fruit. God, the Holy Spirit, must do His part first in the life of a believer who is rightly related to Him. Then our responsibility is to direct this “fruit” toward the right objects.

Unbelievers can’t have this Holy Spirit produced fruit until they first place their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day. When they do this, they will be transferred out of the Devil’s family into God’s family (Colossians 1:13; John 3:3 ff; 1 John 3:8-10) and will no longer be under condemnation (Romans 8:1).

“Be like Jesus…” Is this your true desire and prayer? It’s mine. Glorifying God (i.e. making Him known to others) ought to be our highest priority in life (1 Corinthians 10:31). Need more help?

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Portions of this article were taken from “Maturing In Christ” by Dr. H. L. Schafer, pp. 123-130.

When we’re mistreated and “stabbed in the back” by others, it’s quite natural for us to want to retaliate and take vengeance into our own hands. God’s Word instructs us, as Christians, to put the matter in His hands and let Him take vengeance on our behalf (Romans 12:19). Since He is the righteous One, He can do it much better and effectively than we can.

We need to remind ourselves that Jesus was unjustly and horribly mistreated and even crucified on a cross by wicked men. But He committed His spirit into God the Father’s hands and died a horrible death for our sins (Luke 23:46: Isaiah 53:6; 1 Corinthians 15:3). Thankfully, He rose again on the third day to prove to us that God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins (Romans 4:25).

When we’re tempted to have a bitter, unforgiving spirit (2 Corinthians 2:10 11) against someone who has wronged or hurt us, we need to remind ourselves of the huge debt that God forgave us when we placed our faith and trust in Christ as our personal Savior. Keep this in mind. No one has ever wronged you or me to the same degree that we have wronged and sinned against God. 

When we’re tempted by the devil to have an unforgiving, bitter spirit, we need to put on the whole armor of God and focus on the “helmet of salvation” (Ephesians 6:17; 4:32). Those who are unwilling to forgive others open themselves up to demonic oppression (Matthew 18:34) which could involve physical, mental, and emotional problems. If this doesn’t cause us to have a change of mind and behavior, God might even take a believer’s physical life from him/her (1 Corinthians 11:30).

“But even if you [as a Christian] should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. ‘And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.’ But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil” (1 Peter 3:14-17). Read also 1 Peter 4:12-19 Click on [1]

We’re here to assist those who aren’t sure of their eternal destiny, and to help Christians grow in the sphere of grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18).

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ATTN: All Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers, Missionaries, Sunday School Teachers, Parents, Others. There is a “Crown of Rejoicing” for believers who point lost people to Christ for salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). But there are warnings to all those who twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16). Take heed to some of them –

“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers [of God’s Word], knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1).

“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8).

“As I [Paul] urged you [Timothy] when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:3).

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:13).

“These [false teachers] are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (2 Peter 2:17).

What exactly is the Gospel for our salvation? [1] Are you presenting it clearly to those in your care or confusing them with other requirements for salvation? There are many false teachers and many false Christs (Matthew 24:5; 1 John 2:18). Which Jesus saves from eternal condemnation? [2]

Repentance. Throughout the history of Christianity, great confusion has surrounded the condition for eternal life and the meaning of the term “repentance.” Does it mean to do penance for one’s sins? To feel sorrow or remorse for sin? To forsake all and follow Christ? To stop sinning or at least make a determination to sin less? [4]

Dr. Michael Cocoris writes with clarity in explaining the biblical meaning of this term as simply “a change of mind” or “a change of belief.” This book [3] offers a distinctively biblical approach to the subject of repentance. It surveys the words “repent” and “repentance” in the Bible as they are used by John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Apostles Peter, Paul, and John, and the writer of Hebrews. The key Greek and Hebrew terms are also explained. The result is a refreshing treatment of repentance that is based upon the authority of God’s Word rather than human tradition. This is “A Must Read.”

We’re here to assist you if you are unsure of your eternal destiny. If you’re a true Christian, we want to build you up in your faith and equip you for service to God and others (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10).

If you have questions and/or comments, we’d like to hear from you here or through our website: Please help us by SHARING this with others in your “circle of influence.”

To Be Saved From Eternal Condemnation, We Must –

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily

from the dead on the third day” (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

[1] Clear Gospel presentations –

“Bad News & Good News”

Dr. Manfred Kober:

Dr. Ron Shea:

[2] Which Jesus Saves?

[3] Repentance, The Most Misunderstood Word In The Bible, by Dr. Michael Cocoris (Click here)

[4] Lordship Salvation

Upon their being saved, many people are told in some “Gospel tracts” to read the Bible, pray, and tell others about Jesus. That’s good. Some tracts don’t present the Gospel correctly, in its entirely. Some of them have multiple conditions or requirements for salvation in addition to faith (believing on the Lord Jesus Christ through the Gospel – Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Read Dr. Ron Shea’s Clear Gospel booklet, especially the first few pages. (See below.)

Many new believers aren’t told what part of the Bible is for them, and what parts of the Bible are addressed specifically to them. Did you know that all of Scripture is to believed (2 Timothy 3:16, 17), but not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9)? Do you know that there are eight ways they can communicate with God, and not just asking and receiving? They may not be taught how to share the Gospel clearly with others so they can be saved.

If you’re a Christian, could you share the Gospel to a dying person with 25 words and have confidence that if that person died shortly after believing on Christ through the Gospel you presented that he/she would be in heaven? (Read Dr. M. Kober’s article below.)

Christians who don’t know where to find their “Rules for Living” within the pages of the Scriptures aren’t going to grow spiritually as they should (2 Peter 3:18). Sadly, they will be like “spiritual dwarfs” and will have their worthless works burned up on Judgment Day (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Hopefully your Pastor-teacher and other mature believers in Christ can help you with these matters as God wants them to do (Ephesians 4:11-16; Romans 14:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:11).

To help you in these areas, our FREE “Understanding The Times Bible Study Book Marker” can be found and downloaded from our website: We’re here to assist you and others if you have questions and/or comments.

Clear Gospel presentations –

“Bad News & Good News”

Dr. Manfred Kober:

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Christian Life

Dr. J.B. Hixon

To Be Saved From Eternal Condemnation, We Must –

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily

from the dead on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

The wicked, defiant rulers of this world don’t want to submit to God or His authority. Some won’t even acknowledge that He exists. They refer to themselves as atheists whom God calls fools (Psalm 14:1). Skeptics should refer to themselves as agnostics.

The Psalmist asks, “Why do the nations [e.g. United Nations] rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.’He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision” (Psalm 2:1-4). Read the rest of this Psalm to find out what God will do to them. (Click below)

God could, and eventually will, destroy in a moment those who fail to trust in Him for their salvation. But before He does this, He is going to allow them, for seven years, to try to establish a New World Order that consists of a One World Government, a One World Religion, and a One World Economic System without the true “Prince of Peace” – the Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 9:6).

If God were to allow “The Man of Sin – Anti-Christ” to rule over the earth for more than seven years, no flesh on earth would survive (Matthew 24:22). Do you know that there are diabolical men who want to reduce to world’s population down to 500 million? [1] By today’s standard, that would mean more than 7 billion people now living on earth would have to die. Even though they are trying hard to modify man’s genetics through drugs, and using AI, they can’t/won’t become gods as some religions and cults teach and repopulate other worlds.

During these seven years of the Tribulation, (which seems to be imminent) that were predicted by the Prophet Daniel (9:24-27), God will also pour out His wrath through 21 plagues (Revelation 6-19). [2] Believe me, you won’t want to be here on earth during this time. You can be delivered today from this awful period of human history if you will place your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). [3] The Scriptures teach us that at least half of the world’s population will die during the seven year Tribulation (Read Revelation 6:8; 9:15).

At His “Second Coming” Jesus will crush all His enemies with a word from His mouth (Revelation 19:15). Then He will set up His millennial kingdom on/over the earth and true peace will come to earth (Isaiah 2:4; 9:6). It was postponed when He was on earth the first time because most of the Jews rejected Him since He didn’t meet their expectations (Matthew 16:20; 23:38; Luke 13:25; 19:14).

If you’d like to learn more about Bible prophecy and receive a FREE Bible Study Book Marker, contact us through this site or our website:

We’re here to help those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

[1] Georgia Guidestones.

[2] The Order of Coming Events

[3] Clear Gospel presentations –

“Bad News & Good News”

Dr. Manfred Kober:

Dr. Ron Shea:

Psalm 2

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

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“The Jab”

Posted: November 12, 2021 in Death, Uncategorized

Whether you’ve taken it or not, you’re going to die. There are a 1,000 ways to die. [1] You may die sooner than others. Then what happens? Is there an afterlife? Is there a hell to avoid and a heaven to gain? If so, how? Is there an authoritative source upon which we can rely for such information? Jesus said, “I AM…the truth…” (Read 14:6), “…Your Word (the Bible) is truth (John 17:17), and “…God cannot lie” (Titus 1:2).

Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little time and then it vanishes away (James 4:14). God’s Word declares “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but [sometime] after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). [2] This is a “general rule.” Two men (Enoch and Elijah) who lived in the Old Testament times, didn’t die physically and passed into another realm (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 1:1 ff). [3] And there will be a whole generation of Christians who won’t die either (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Will you be in that number?

Someday everyone of us will stand before Jesus, the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8) to have our works evaluated to determine the believer’s rewards, crowns, and praise, or the unbeliever’s degree of suffering in the lake of fire (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 10:15; 11:22). Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead guarantees the resurrection of all who die, each in his/her own order. [3]

Some people erroneously think that as soon as they die they will be judged (perhaps by St. Peter) to determine if they get into heaven or if they will be cast into hell which they think will be determined by the amount of good works they did or didn’t do. Not so. Some people believe in Purgatory, the annihilation of the wicked dead, or in reincarnation. These aren’t taught in Scripture. [3]

“For by grace you [believers] have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). “[It’s] not by works of [self] righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).

One’s entrance into heaven or ending up in the lake of fire is determined by his/her faith or lack of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. We need the right method – faith, and the right message – the Gospel, if we are to be saved. [5]

If you aren’t absolutely sure you’ll go to heaven when you die, we’re here to help you gain assurance of this (1 John 5:13). We also want to help believers who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow spiritually.

We can be reached here or through our website:

[1] 1,000 Ways To Die

[2] Other Judgments

[3] Hell vs Hades –

[4] Five Resurrections

[5] Clear Gospel presentations –

“Bad News & Good News”

Dr. Manfred Kober:

Dr. Ron Shea:

Discipline Your Child

Posted: November 11, 2021 in Discipline, Fathers, Uncategorized

Cliff Barrows, song leader of the Billy Graham Crusade ministry, tells a story about his children when they were younger. They had done something he had forbidden them to do. They were told if they did the same thing again they would have to be disciplined. When he returned from work and found that they hadn’t minded, his heart went out to them. “I just couldn’t discipline them,” he said. Any loving father can understand Cliff’s dilemma.

Most of us have been in the same position. He said, “Bobby and Bettie Ruth were very small. I called them into my room, took off my belt and then my shirt, with a bare back I knelt down at the bed. I made them both strap me with the belt ten times each. You should have heard the crying. From them, I mean. The crying was from them. They didn’t want to do it. But I told them the penalty had to be paid and so through their sobs and tears they did what I told them.”
“I smile when I remember the incident,” he said. “I must admit I wasn’t much of a hero. It hurt. I haven’t offered to do that again. It was a once-for-all sacrifice, I guess we could say, but I never had to spank those two children again, because they got the point. We kissed each other. And when it was over we prayed together.” 

To learn more about the proper, Biblical way to discipline your children, please read this article too:

[1] Discipline:

Clear Gospel presentations –

“Bad News & Good News”

Dr. Manfred Kober:

Dr. Ron Shea:

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

We, who have placed our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins… and rose again bodily on the third day have been saved from eternal condemnation by God’s grace through faith in Him (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 8:1). [1]

Some people erroneously think that “once saved, always saved” means that they can go out and keep on sinning (acting lawlessly). But they either don’t know or have forgotten some vital truths taught in the Scriptures. Instead of living out their full “potential years” they end up suffering greatly or dying prematurely with their “actual years.” (Read Scripture passages below.)

Yes, many Christians don’t live as long as they could/should have lived on earth, and they don’t do the good works that God planned for them to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). If they had been obedient to the Lord and relied on Him and His Word to live victoriously over their three spiritual enemies (the devil, their own sin nature, and the present world system), chastening from God wouldn’t have been necessary.

Even though God has made provisions for His children so we don’t have to keep on sinning (acting lawlessly – 1 John 3:4), He knows that we will sin periodically (1 John 2:1 ff; 3:9, 10). When we sin we need to promptly confess our sins to God by agreeing with Him about what we did and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). NOTE: Confession of every sin a person has ever committed in life is NOT a requirement for initial salvation. None of us can remember all the sins (expressions of lawlessness) that we’ve committed.

When God forgives us, He doesn’t forget what we’ve done. He is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10). He doesn’t hold our confessed sins against us (See Ezekiel 33:16). Sometime in the future He will allow us to be tempted in the same area again so we have another opportunity to demonstrate our love for Him rather than for the temporary pleasures we get from sin (Hebrews 11:26; James 1:12-15).

Are you certain you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do to lose your salvation? If so, what? Are you a carnal Christian who is about to suffer greatly or die prematurely so you are not condemned with the world (1 Corinthians 11:32)? “It is a fearful thing [for a carnal Christian] to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

We’re here to assist those who are uncertain about their eternal destiny, and to help Christians who have fallen into sin get back up and live victoriously so they can grow spiritually, and learn how to serve God and others with love. We can be reached here or though our website:

If you claim to be a Christian, and you think that you are free to live a sinful (lawless) lifestyle,

Please Read These Passages Carefully

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:5-7).

“If anyone sees his brother [another Christian] sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He [God] will give him [extended physical] life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death” (1 John 5:16, 17).

“Brethren, if anyone among you [another Christian] wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner [another Christian] from the error of his way will save a soul [another believer] from [physical] death and cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:19).

“But let a man [a Christian] examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup [at the Lord’s Supper]. For he who eats and drinks [the bread and the cup] in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many [Christians] are weak and sick among you [have mental, emotional, and physical problems], and many sleep [have died physically and prematurely]. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world” (1 Corinthians 11:29-32).

If you’re unsure of your salvation, please read these –

[1] Clear Gospel presentations –

“Bad News & Good News”

Dr. Manfred Kober:

Dr. Ron Shea:

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Cut Off Big Toe

Posted: November 8, 2021 in Spiritual Gifts, Uncategorized

Once when our late son, Bill was mowing the grass on a steep hill without proper shoes, he almost cut off one of his big toes. Needless to say, it wasn’t a pretty sight.

In Old Testament times the conquering kings sometimes would cut off the big toes and thumbs of those whom they had defeated (Judges 1:6, 7). Why? Because without your thumb you can’t swing a sword well, and without your big toes you can’t run well.

Many people in Bible believing churches today either are missing or not using their spiritual thumbs or their big toes or some other body parts that were designed by God to function for the well being of others within the spiritual “Body of Christ.” [1]

“For as the [human] body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ [the “New Creation” – See 2 Corinthians 5:17]. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit…But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased…And the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’; nor again the head [Christ] to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’” (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13, 18, 21). Yes, Jesus needs those whom He saves, and so do other believers who depend on you and me to function in the body.

Think about the time your arm or leg “fell asleep” and you were limited in what you could do. Imagine what it would be like to you lost your sight, hearing, smelling, feelings, or some essential body parts. It’s been said that 20% of the people in a local church do 80% of the work. What are you doing for the glory of God, the salvation of the lost, and the edification of believers?

Part of Christ’s current work in heaven involves His directing, through the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), the members of His Body, the Church (including those believers who make up local churches). He wants us to do what we do for His glory and the good of others, especially those within the household of faith (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10).

If you are a true Christian, but haven’t discovered your spiritual gift yet, why not devote some time in Bible study and prayer so you can do the good works with “agape” love that God planned for you to do while you’re here on earth (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 13)? You’ll feel so much more fulfilled in life and you will be amply rewarded by the Lord on Judgment Day for any suffering you may endure as you serve others (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 6:10; Romans 8:18).

It’s part of the Pastor-teacher’s job to equip the believers in his care for their work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16). Don’t be looking for or wanting to have one or more of the “temporary gifts.” If you aren’t sure which ones are temporary and which ones are extant, contact us here or through our website: We’re here to help those who are teachable, willing to change and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

[1] “The Body of Christ, The True Church.” We become members in this Body when we place our faith and trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Bible believing local churches are, as to their character and quality, like the spiritual Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). Christ is the Head of the Body (Ephesians 1:22) and He is the One who decided what spiritual gift would be given to which believers (Ephesians 4:11-16) and how it should be used with love (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13).

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“Bad News & Good News”

Dr. Manfred Kober:

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Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Those who have been in the pastorate for any length of time have quite probably had people in the congregation who opposed them and wanted them to quit or at least not talk about certain things that could offend some people. Sometimes it’s because they’ve had “their toes stepped on” or for some other reasons. Maybe they’re unsaved or carnal Christians (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff). “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). The truth needs to be spoken in love (Ephesians 4:15; See also 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Galatians 2:11 ff).

Jesus. While He was here on earth, Jesus had many religious, Jewish leaders who opposed Him and tried to silence and kill Him. They objected to His claims to be the eternal “I AM” (John 8:58), to His being the promised Messiah (Matthew 26:63), and to His being the rightful King of the Jews (Matthew 1:1-17; 2:2; 27:11), and for many other things He said and did. And yet His miracles attested to the reality of who He claimed to be (John 10:25, 37, 38; 20:31).

Peter. He and the other disciples were also commanded by the religious leaders not to preach in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:17; 5:28). In spite of that, they kept on preaching the Good News concerning His death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection. “But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:29).

Paul. He ran into opposition for preaching the Gospel concerning Christ and insisting that His bodily resurrection be included in the Gospel message (2 Timothy 2:8-10; 3:12). A dead Christ can’t help anyone. Without His bodily resurrection from the dead, we have no hope of a bodily resurrection either and we are of all people most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:19). His resurrection guarantees the resurrection of all who have died, each in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:20-24).

There is no annihilation of the wicked dead or reincarnation or universal salvation taught in the Scriptures. Neither are there second chances to be saved once one is physically dead as some cults teach.

If, when you try to help someone get saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire to heaven, do you garble the Gospel with confusing conditions or an incomplete message? Or do you present it clearly so God the Holy Spirit can do His work of convicting them of the sin of unbelief, of their need for Christ’s righteousness to enter heaven, and of judgment to come to all who reject Christ as their personal Savior (John 16:8-11)?

Unless an individual is genuinely saved, there is no use in trying to help him/her to live a righteous life. It’s impossible (Hebrews 11:6). Our salvation is secured by one act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Once saved, the new believer is supposed to continue to live in an attitude of faith in the promises of God given to New Testament believers (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). Don’t try to claim promises that were given exclusively to Old Testament Jews or you will be disappointed.

BTW. Old Testament believers could expect good health and other physical blessings if they kept the Mosaic Law (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Malachi 3:10). If they violated it, they could expect curses (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). New Testament believers can/should be content [and thankful] with food and clothing (1 Timothy 6:8). But think about all the other material things He has provided for us. More importantly, consider the “spiritual blessings” that are ours to enjoy as Christians (Ephesians 1:3 ff).

If you’re consistently presenting the clear Gospel to lost people (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), as you are being lead by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), keep on doing it even if fewer people respond positively to it and are saved. Most of God’s Old Testament prophets got negative responses from the people to whom they proclaimed God’s messages. When a disobedient prophet reluctantly proclaimed God’s message to some people he hated in Nineveh, the whole city responded and believed his message from God. Do you know who that was?

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Bad News & Good News”

Dr. Manfred Kober

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