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  1. Not So Much

    Maybe, availability of thoughts flooding the market is what is cheapening grace: say so much, more products than we can buy. The more we say, we’re demanding, the less we depend on the Merchant of Love and His Hand of disciplines. And ain’t it a revelation to not know so much? A poet’s more driven with quiet between lines, space between images, truth that hammers over time at its own intervals. Fabrication breaks all the rules, makes trust a crime. Who is the rebel who will ache for a...
  2. Be Encouraged, This Is The Day The Lord Has Made

    “This is the day that the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). Each day is just one single brick in the foundation of our lives. In a life without Christ, one’s bricks are made from the clay of this world. These perishable bricks are held together with the temporary mortar each passing day holds until the final brick has been laid and life in this world ends. In the life of those who are true followers of Christ, we have a free-will choice of what type of bricks...
  3. No Cash Register Store

    Can you imagine going to a store to shop for items you need, yet not having to pay anything for them? Well this is exactly the experience Austin We Care has created for families in need. For years, Austin We Care has invited families in need to come select needed items at no cost to them. On a designated day in December, Austin We Care volunteers would transform a local community gymnasium into a department store. Sections were included for brand new toys, brand new shoes, barely used...
  4. Restorationism And Beyond Part 4 - Restoration Through The Ages

    Can what is lost be brought back? With God all things are possible. But can it be brought back by human effort? Or can men of faith put pressure on God to act at a time and place of their choosing? It seems many throughout history have reasoned: yes. Let's look at how that turned out. I can scarcely find a Protestant denomination that doesn't claim to be a restoration of the original Apostolic Church. But at first they came to the position reluctantly. Most of these started as reform...
  5. Rise Over Run

    How is it that the Holy Spirit has gotten us "this far by faith"?* Remember that algebraic formula for the slope of a line: "rise over run"?** I'm thinking our walk with the Lord Jesus--like it's the risen Christ in us (rise) over our stepping out to obey by faith (run). That's "Pilgrim Progress", isn't it? Amen. So, we must walk in light, as He is in the light (1 John 1:7 - KJV) Hey, have you wondered what is this faith? We're told, "Read John", right out the gate. Plainly, there...
  6. The Holy Spirit Is Just That...

    I have concluded that people who will not subscribe to the eternal security of the believer are those who ascribe eternal salvation to the whims of men (choice, decision, etc.) and lay no emphasis at all upon the sovereign power and work of the Holy Spirit. People are born again because God wills it, and He grants it to men 'from above', in and by the power of the Holy Spirit (John 1:12-13; Romans 9:15-16; John 3:3-6). Such a person is truly born again, a new creature in Christ for which...
  7. Complicated?

    The New York Times headline reads thus; As Passions Flare in Abortion Debate, Many Americans Say ‘It’s Complicated.’ NO, it is not complicated. It is quite simple, Thou shalt not kill (meaning to commit murder) (Exodus 20:13)!!
  8. Infilling

    [All scriptures from the NLT] My soul, the infilling of the Holy Spirit is what you see in others and what others see in you. Acts 2:3 reads "Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them". Each saw the Anointing on the other. This happened because, "... all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm" (Acts 2:1-2). Local believers: familiar, united in...
  9. That This ‘noon-day-devil’ Could Not Be Run From

    That this ‘noon-day-devil’ could not be run from The 1st and 2nd and 8th instruments of good works The mind or the ego is unable to bear the frustrations of time. The feeling of crawling instead of charging through frustrates the ego. It demands immediate action, coercing our body and forcing it to engage in some activity as if to solve the problem right away. Through this agitation of body and emotions, we think we are doing something useful and thus this relieves the guilt and...
  10. God Is Sovereign..

    I am a firm believer in the sovereignty of God in the salvation of the sinner. This for two reasons. First, there are many Biblical evidences for it (Deuteronomy 7:6-8; John 1:12-13; John 6:37-45; Romans 8-9, etc.). Second, it alone is, and can be, anyone’s certain hope of eternal life. The word of divine election does preclude the word of human choice; yet it also underscores the word of promise. There are many who would not have divine election. They insist upon the sovereignty of the...
  11. The Last Word...

    Hebrews 1:1-4 In giving us his only Son, God also gave us His final Word (John 1:1-4). In Christ, God spoke everything to us that He desired to speak, all at once and once and for all. Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the heir of all things, by Whom also the worlds were made. Christ is the brightness of God’s glory, the express image of God’s person, the upholder off all things by the word of his power. When he had, by Himself, purged our sins, He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty...
  12. Dance Of Mercy

    Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me ~ John 2:29 (NLT) My soul, you can better understand high prices when you are out of debt. It is then that you know best what you alone do not have and the full attractiveness of what you wish to possess. You have insufficient to reach and grasp; you cannot even secure a credit limit to cover the gap. But, then you stumbled on the Pearl of Great Price! Free, credited to you by...
  13. A Good Day

    it was a good day. got so much done. I asked God to help me be productive today and He did. i got ready early and went in to town early and found some great flowers and decorations for a cake I am icing for a celebration later this week. bought rubbish bags and a plastic container for recycling. When I got back did some weeding for quite a while, swept the drive to get rid of many leaves and swept the front doorstep and porch area, cleaned up the mat by the door, put 5 bags of bark on the...
  14. In-depth Study Of Proverbs - One For The Men

    How Do We Make Godly Decisions? Study of Proverbs 6:24-29 - Watch Out Men What men want the most might be the number one thing that sinks them. Find out what it is in this week’s posting. GodsTruthInLove.org
  15. Message For My Life

    And now I want to remind you, my friends, of the Good News [i.e. the Resurrection to Life in Messiah Jesus] which I preached to you, which you received, and on which your faith stands firm. That is the gospel, the message that I preached to you. You are saved by the gospel if you hold firmly to it—unless it was for nothing that you believed ( 1 Corinthians 15:1 – NLT) My soul, remember--encourage others with whom you interact, to hold to the Good News, the message of Jesus! Message for...
  16. Beware Of Your Own Opinions...

    And of others before God's. Jeremiah 7:24 This makes me look at what is going on in the world today. How wicked this world is becoming to the point of Sodom and Gomorrah. You see and hear of many ‘backward’ things and most of all, hate for one another. A great modern example of this is New York. Sin has increased everywhere, however, at an alarming rate. I’ve never seen or heard so much hate in the guise of love before. “I love you only if you agree with me” attitude. It’s true that the...
  17. An Encounter With The Lord

    An encounter with the Lord "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" ---When reading the stories in the New Testament that deal with how Jesus dealt with those he met during his life as an itinerant Rabbi. How that story is processed will vary from person to person. So the short essay below brings to light how I look at the story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well. My own life experiences, as well as what I have observed, of course, has a...
  18. Four Stories Of Service To God & Community

    Sending Out Volunteers In Gulfport, Mississippi, (upper left) there’s an Assemblies of God church that is growing largely as a result of their continued willingness to serve their community. Connect Fellowship Church is committed to sending out volunteers to assist in city events. CFC Volunteers are known for their hard work and dedication to go the extra mile in their service. In addition, CFC volunteers are also helping at the local schools through a program called Campus Life. Teen...
  19. Restorationism And Beyond Part 3 - That Was Then, This Is Now

    I say again: the early Church was about the acts of the Apostles. There is nothing like the Apostles in the current age. To begin with, the Apostles' powers did not persist to this day. According to the Church fathers themselves, they ceased sometime in the mid 2nd Century. But wait, you say. Are there really no miraculous signs today? What of the most compelling and undeniable sign: healings? Frankly, this has been done to death. Faith healing is shot through with scams and hoaxes. Must...
  20. Conspiracies??

    For most of my life, and for all of my Christian life, I have resisted believing in conspiracies. This is not because I think that such things do not exist (I am convinced that there is an ongoing Satanic conspiracy to lead men into revolt against God). My hesitancy is based on the fact that such things inevitably lead to extreme and dangerous nuttiness on the part of the advocates. Recently I have begun to adjust my views. I now think that there are at least two valid conspiracies, both...
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