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.”

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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/

His name is not mentioned in the book and yet God’s unseen hand was constantly at work in the events that took place in this suspense filled story to preserve the Jews from annihilation. National intrigue, an attempted assassination, and political unrest fill its pages.

Sovereign. But throughout the story, one can see the sovereign hand of God at work. God hasn’t abandoned the Jewish nation. Today, the Jews, as a nation, have been set aside temporarily and spiritually blinded until “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” (Romans 11:1, 25). The “Church” hasn’t replaced Israel as is being taught in many churches these days. Today God is taking a few folks from the Jewish community and more from the Gentile community and making those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel one new creation known as “The Church which is His [spiritual] Body” (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:14, 15; 5:32;1 Corinthians 12:12, 13).

Consternation. Try to imagine how this young Jewish girl, Esther must have felt as she entered the “Miss Persia” beauty contest without others knowing about her Jewish heritage. God was working on her behalf and was going to see to it that she would be chosen by the king and made the queen in place of Vasthi (Esther 1:19). After all, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 22:1). Furthermore, “…the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, [and] gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men” (Daniel 4:17).

Plot. When wicked Haman, the Agagite (Esther 3:1; See 1 Samuel 15:8) tried to annihilate all the Jews because Esther’s cousin, Mordacai wouldn’t bow down to him, she endangered her own life to preserve God’s people, the Jews. When Haman’s diabolical plot was discovered, she called for fasting among the Jews as a sign of their humility before God. This reminds me of another promise that God gave to the Jews. “If my people [the Jews] who are called by name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Humility. It goes a long way with God. After all, what do we have that wasn’t given to us (1 Corinthians 4:7)? The pride of race, place, and face shouldn’t be named among believers. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10). By the way, the ten commands found in James 4:7-10 are not how an unsaved person receives saving grace as one author suggests. This instruction was given to those who were already saved to help them in their Christian growth and the outworking of their faith (See Philippians 2:12; Ephesians 2:10).

Praise. As we remind ourselves of God’s sovereignty, let us meditate on this quality of God and read what the Psalmist said. God wants us to “Be still and know that [He alone is] God; [He] will be exalted among the nations, [He] will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10). This day may come a lot sooner than most believers think. Are you eagerly anticipating Christ’s any moment return (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)? Believers can earn the “Crown of Righteousness” by loving His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8). Will you be one of them?

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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?

Help. We’re here to glorify God by helping people come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:3; 1 John 5:13). Once they are saved, we want to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Would you also share this with others who may need this information? If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click of “Follow.” We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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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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“The Aspirin Age”

Posted: July 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

“Whoever dubbed our times ‘The Aspirin Age’ didn’t miss it very far.  It is correct to assume there has never been a more stress-ridden society than ours. For many, gone are the days of enjoying bubbling brooks along winding pathways or taking long strolls near the beach. The relaxed bike ride through the local park has been replaced with the roar of a motorcycle whipping through busy traffic. The easy-come, easy-go lifestyle of the farm has been preempted by a hectic urban family going in six directions…existing on instant dinners, shouting matches, strained relationships, too little sleep, and too much tension.

“Add financial setbacks, failure at school, unanswered letters, obesity, loneliness, a ringing telephone, unplanned pregnancies, fear of cancer, misunderstanding, materialism, alcoholism, drugs, and an occasional death; then subtract the support of the family unit, divide by dozens of opinions, multiply by 365 days a year, and you have the makings of madness.  Stress has become a way of life; it is the rule rather than the exception.” – Chuck Swindoll, Stress Factures. p. 15

Wow!  Does this describe your life right now? If so, perhaps you need to get aside and spend some time alone with God through His Word and some God honoring music.  You may need to be assured of the fact that He is in control of everything. He will put an end to all evil one of these days. He will be exalted among the nations and in the earth when He comes back to rule and reign for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-7). All this may happen much sooner than you realize.  Until then, a Christian can/should realize that He is both with us and indwells us (John 14:17).  He can/should be our refuge during the storms of life.  Do you have a noisy heart right now?  Read Psalms 23 and 46.

Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?  He died for all our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day.  By one act of faith you can be transferred out of the devil’s family into God’s forever family.

If you aren’t sure that you will go immediately into the presence of the Lord at the time of your death, we’d be happy to show you from Scripture how you can have assurance of your salvation right now (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13).

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An old missionary couple had been working in Africa for years, and they were returning to New York City to retire. They had no pension; their health was broken; they were defeated, discouraged, and afraid. They discovered they were booked on the same ship as President Teddy Roosevelt, who was returning from one of his big-game hunting expeditions.

No one paid much attention to them. They watched the fanfare that accompanied the President’s entourage, with passengers trying to catch a glimpse of the great man.

As the ship moved across the ocean, the old missionary said to his wife, “Something is wrong. Why should we have given our lives in faithful service for God in Africa all these many years and have no one care a thing about us? Here this man comes back from a hunting trip and everybody makes much over him, but nobody gives two hoots about us.”

“Dear, you shouldn’t feel that way,” his wife said.

“I can’t help it; it doesn’t seem right.”

When the ship docked in New York, a band was waiting to greet the President. The mayor and other dignitaries were there. The papers were full of the President’s arrival, but no one noticed this missionary couple. They slipped off the ship and found a cheap flat on the East side, hoping the next day to see what they could do to make a living in the city.

That night, the man’s spirit broke. He said to his wife, “I can’t take this; God is not treating us fairly.”

His wife replied, “Why don’t you go into the bedroom and tell that to the Lord?”

A short time later he came out from the bedroom, but now his face was completely different. His wife asked, “Dear, what happened?”

“The Lord settled it with me,” he said. “I told him how bitter I was that the President should receive this tremendous homecoming, when no one met us as we returned home. And when I finished, it seemed as though the Lord put his hand on my shoulder and simply said, ‘But you’re not home yet!’”

From Talking To My Father, by Ray Stedman. Barbour & Co. 1997.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). And the Apostle Peter wrote these words to faithful Pastors.  “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; not as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away” (1 Peter 5:2-4).  As the song writer put it, “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus!/ Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ./ One glimpse of his dear face, all sorrow will erase./ So, bravely run the race till we see Christ.” – Esther K. Rusthoi

Are you ready to meet Jesus?  Have you placed your faith in Him alone as the One who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day?  If not, why not do it right now and be saved from eternal condemnation (John 3:16, 18, 36)?

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 As some of you already know, we are moving?  On April 8th we received an e-mail from the owners of the house in which we have been residing for the last eleven years, stating that they would like to move back to Paso Robles and live in their house.  It came as quite a surprise to us. We need to be out of the house by May 31st.  We’ve had a good relationship with them over the years and appreciate their letting us stay in their house.  It was an answer to our prayers when we got to Paso Robles to pastor the church here.  We’ve tried our best to take good care of their house.

After much prayer and seeking the will of the Lord for our lives, we also decided to resign from the church, effective May 28th, 2017, and move back to Minnesota, Lord willing, where our children and grandchildren live.

We feel a lot like Abraham and Sarah did when God told him to leave Ur and go to a land that He would show him.  He obeyed God and went while trusting the Lord to lead him and supply his needs.  I’m about the same age as he was, but he also lived much longer than I believe I will.  Thankfully we have the same God that he had, and He has promised never to leave or forsake us.

Looks Are Deceiving

            While our oldest son has offered to let us stay in his home for a while when we get there, we desire to find a place of our own in the Twin Cities area.  We got on the Internet and found a house that we thought would be ideal for our needs at this time. We even put money down for a background check.  But not feeling completely at ease about it, we asked our children to go to an open house to check things out for us.

To their surprise, when they entered the house, there was a very strong smell of incense.  Our daughter could hardly breathe.  When they went into one of the bed rooms, they discovered a prayer room with a rug on the floor and a large picture of an individual to whom they prayed apparently.  So that house was out of the picture.

We have another issue in that my wife is very allergic to some animals and I have some breathing challenges too.  So please pray for us as we seek to find a place that will meet our needs.  When the days become hectic and stressful, we remind ourselves of our need to trust the Lord one day at a time and moment by moment.

Support

            With my resignation from the church, our income from it will also cease.  The mission with which we have been associated will allow us to receive support from those who desire to help us financially.  We don’t ask for nor solicit financial support from unbelievers.

I would like to do some supply preaching in churches if the Lord should open up some doors for us. I also have some other things that I’d like to do in the next chapter of my life.  There is still much work that needs to be done for God while we are here on earth.  We believe the Lord’s return is very near.  Perhaps Today!

Prayers

            We would appreciate your prayers for us during this challenging time of our lives.  God’s grace has been and always will be sufficient for our everyday needs.  He is a great God and the One in whom we trust.  We’d like to hear from you. Let us know how we can pray for you too.

Kelsey and Janet Pietsch

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