Sunday, February 16, 2020

Come!



It couldn't be any easier— because it cost God everything.

Salvation is a free gift. It does require humility— humbling yourself to see your need for a Savior. Realizing that there is a God with whom you are accountable. And repentance. Biblical repentance means that you have a change of mind— turning from yourself, your old life, and turning to God, accepting the new life He desires for you. It means that you will die to yourself, but become born again in Christ Jesus, through the cross of Calvary where He paid the penalty for our sins.

Your own works will not save you. You and I could never do enough good works to please God. It took His own Son to do the work. And the work has been done. Jesus declared, His last words on the cross, “It is finished.” Now it's up to you to accept or reject His gift.

If you want to know more contact me. This is the greatest decision you'll ever make. You only get one shot at this life. You may not have tomorrow.

Time is short. Today is the day of salvation.

—Dave

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Apostles‘ Creed, The Resurrection, and The Rapture

The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest creed of the Christian faith. I grew up reciting this every Sunday. It's a beautiful and forthright statement of faith, of what the believer in Christ believes.


At the end of the creed it says, “I believe in...The Resurrection of the body...” That is the believer in Christ's very hope! Our blessed hope, where this body of corruption shall one day put on incorruption. The believer's body will be transformed into a glorified body fit for Heaven.

I don't know about you, but this 65 year old body of mine looks forward to that day! An incorruptible body means that it will never, ever see decay again! No more pain. No more disease. No more sorrow. No more worries. No more sin. No more evil. And the best part? Spending eternity with the God of the Universe who created me.

Jesus Christ made it possible for one, everyone, to have this hope. Through His death, burial and resurrection He made eternal life in Heaven available to all who believe on Him. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

As I’ve stated so often, we are living in such tumultuous and unpredictable times. Yet the Bible did predict just what these present times would be like hundreds of years ago. In the past few years Bible prophecy has sped up. Events are now materializing at break-neck speed. Evidence is pointing to this “blessed hope” for the believer to happen soon. It will take place in what is known as the rapture. The apostle Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians speaks of it:

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep (died in Christ), lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up* together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”


*Caught up in the original Greek language is the word, harpazo, which was later translated into the Latin word, rapio, where we get the word rapture. It means to be caught up, taken by force, snatched out of harm’s way.

The rapture is God’s rescue mission for the Body of Christ. All born-again believers in Jesus will be changed into glorified bodies “in the twinkling of an eye” and caught up in the air to meet Jesus. Sounds like an episode from a sci-fy show doesn’t it?! But I do believe in it with all my heart, just as I believe that Jesus Christ is the only way, the only truth, and the only life. He is the only way to the Father. The only way to Heaven.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
A rescue mission? 

“For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” (1Thessalonians 5:9-11)

What follows this great event, called the rapture, is another event that is also great, but horrific. It’s called the Tribulation. It is God’s wrath, His judgement upon an unrepentant world. For seven years it will be Hell on earth. There are many that are aware (even many who don’t believe in Christ) that something terrible is coming. Whether they believe it to be a great world war, governments collapsing, frightening weather and geological events, or a combination of all the above; people know something is about to break. Once again the Bible predicted these things would happen and we are already seeing precursors, what the Bible refers to as “birth pains.”

Prepping supply companies are thriving. Many people are stocking up for whatever might happen. But all the prepping in the world won’t keep one safe from those seven tumultuous years to come.

So God has promised to keep His Church from this horrific time via the rapture.

Many Christians say that those who are looking for Christ and this blessed hope of the rapture are just escapists. To that I say, “Guilty as charged!” Yes, I do want to escape what is to come and go to the place that my Savior has been preparing for me—“and for those who long for His appearing.”

Are you rapture ready?

What does it take to escape God’s wrath to come? How is one counted worthy to do so? His name is Jesus. If you have trusted in Him as your Savior and Lord, believing that is through God’s grace only and not of your own works or righteous deeds, you will be saved from having to go through the Tribulation. That’s what it takes to escape.

I hope to see you on the Other Side, that great “by and by!” It’s going to be glorious.

Please, come to Jesus Christ. Trust in Him now. Time is running out.

I’m praying for you.

—Dave

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

On Eternal Security - Wise Words from Jack Kinsella

Humans know right from wrong because right and wrong are relative to actions. One can do right, or one can do wrong. Saving a person from being hit by a streetcar is a right thing. Pushing him in front of one is wrong -- one might even say, 'evil'.

But good and evil are outcomes -- and the outcome of our actions is known only to God.

Allow me to illustrate…

You are in Vienna, Austria, and the year is 1905. A man is painting a landscape portrait of downtown Vienna and doesn't realize he has stepped back into the path of a street car. You see him, and push him to safety.

You did the right thing, right? It was a 'good' thing that you did, and not 'evil', right?

If you knew what the outcome of your good deed in 1905 would be -- that is, if you knew at the time that you had just saved the life of Adolph Hitler and knew what he would become -- did doing 'the right thing' result in a 'good', or 'evil' outcome?

The first lie of the Garden of Evil was that man should trust in himself and on his own understanding. The Scriptures teach the precise opposite.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

The doctrine of eternal security flies in the face of that first lie by removing man from the equation altogether. Eternal security says that human righteousness is as 'filthy rags' before the Lord, therefore, Jesus paid the FULL penalty for sin.

It teaches that man plays no greater role in his salvation than that of accepting the gift of Pardon offered him by repenting (which means to change one's mind) about his sin and trusting in the shed Blood of Christ as a completed work.

The Scriptures teach us we can be; “confident of this very thing, that He which hath BEGUN a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phillipians 1:6)

One doctrine, that of salvation plus works, teaches that once He hath begun a good work in me, it is up to ME to perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

The other, that of eternal security, teaches that, once He hath begun a good work in me, HE will continue to perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Which doctrine lines up best with the main theme of the revealed Word of God?

We return to the message of salvation, but presented WITHOUT the implicit promise of eternal security for the believer…

“You are lost and deserve to go to hell. But Jesus has made a way for you to be saved.
All you have to do is believe in Him and not sin again. Go to church, learn the Bible, quit smoking, drinking, swearing, having lustful thoughts, avoid all your old sinful friends, do good and don't sin, and you shall be saved. But if you continue in sin after trusting Jesus, you will go to hell anyway.”

If one discounts the doctrine of eternal security as some kind of Satanic lie, then giving the Gospel in any manner differently that the one above is deceptive advertising.

But the Scriptures teach; “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” (Galatians 6:15)

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2nd Corinthians 5:17)

If one is turned into a 'new creature' through God's extension of Sovereign grace accepted through faith, how then does one turn ONESELF back to the old creature by an act of human will (sin)?

Finally, there is the logic argument, as further advanced the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians.
“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Galatians 2:21)

“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:28)

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Jack Kinsella, 1952-2013 — Founder of The Omega Letter
The above article was taken in part from the website, Rapture Notes. For the full article click the aforementioned link.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Do you know Him?

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” (John 6:29)

The first paragraph are harsh words from Jesus Himself. This knowing goes beyond head-knowledge knowing. It refers to an intimate communion with God, with Jesus Christ. Many know a lot about Him, but few truly know Him.

In the second paragraph Jesus tells us the one thing we must do, that is of utmost importance, believing in Him. Not just facts about Him. James 2:19 says that “even the demons believe and tremble.” God's will, His desire, is that no one should perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16), but there is that thing called “free will” that He gave us.

We choose where to live, what to buy, what to think. God didn't create a bunch of robots, but a human race with the ability to freely think and freely choose... to freely choose or freely reject Him and His most amazing grace.

Knowing Him begins with, “I believe, Lord – help me with my unbelief!” That prayer has the power to transform a life from meaningless to purposeful... from guilt and shame to forgiveness and joy... from knowing about Him to truly knowing Him.

Know God, know peace. No God, no peace.
Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live!

Come To Jesus, Chris Rice
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

When you fear God you fear nothing else!


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❤️“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” —Proverbs 9:10When we come to know God, through Jesus Christ His Son, we discover how deep His love truly is for us. Fearing God, with this understanding of His love, brings joy, peace and contentment—such that this world can never give. In this we discover our purpose, His purpose for us, and what life is truly all about.

Life without Him, without Jesus, is one consumed with fear, worry, discontent and a sense of purposelessness. I know. I've been in both places. And I am so glad that I know Him now, my True Peace, my Almighty Father, Lord, Savior, Brother, Wonderful Counselor and Friend.


How I desperately wish that all those I know, who don't know Him,
would come to know Him. 
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“There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love.” 

—1 John 4:18

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
—Proverbs 9:10

“The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else. ‘Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord.’”
—Oswald Chambers,
“The Highest Good – The Pilgrim’s Song Book”
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