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Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

Evidence of God

From Mark “Hat,” Rackley. If we see a painting, we know there was a painter. If we see a building, we know there was a builder. How can we then look at a creation and deny there is a Creator?


“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.
Does not the ear test words
as the tongue tastes food?

  • Job 12:7-11

A true believer can see God in all things.  The unbeliever thinks coincidence, chance, and impossible odds rule the day.  God reveals Himself each day, but people have their blinders on.

I see the Grand Canyon, and I see a magnificent God who can carve structures with wind and water.  The unbeliever sees erosion and devastation caused by years of uncontrolled weather events.  Yet, I see God in the wind and water.  I see a God that placed the type of soil and rock in the Grand Canyon so that it would erode in such a beautiful manner.  I see a magnificent God.

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Just a Question

How do we know there were no Baptists on Noah’s Ark?

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Prepare To Meet Thy God

Amos 4:12

Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.


First, let’s have a little background on who Amos was and what was going on. Amos was just a regular fellow first of all. He did not come from any royal line or any line of prophets. In fact, among the minor prophets, only Amos give us any real background on who he was or what he did before answering God’s call to preach. Amos was a shepherd from the small town of Tekoa, about 10 miles or so south of Jerusalem. Amos himself made clear his complete non-credentials as a prophet of God in Amos 7:14,15

Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

Amos preached during about the midpoint of the 8th Century B.C., during the Divided Kingdom period. At the time Uzziah was King of the Southern Kingdom of Judah and Jeroboam was King of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. What makes this unusual was that, although Amos himself was from the Southern Kingdom of Judah, he delivered his message to the Northern Kingdom.

Materially speaking, Israel at the time was enjoying a period of relative peace and prosperity. Economically things were booming, and a wave of peace existed with both the Southern Kingdom and other neighbors. Despite, or perhaps because of, the relative material success of the time, Israel had slipped into some behaviors which displeased God greatly. If one reads the book of Amos, a theme develops of apparent economic success at the expense of the less fortunate. We see the rich were taking advantage of the less fortunate, oppressing the poor, and using women immorally. Amos 2:6-83:104:15:11-128:4-6.

Does any of this sound vaguely familiar? A country, in apparent prosperity, yet descending into a spiral of sin and immoral behavior? Normal men and women called to proclaim the message of God? It sounds like this county and this day to me! Amos went to this country with a message of judgment from God. His message was simple; repent and come to God, or be judged. That is the message God has for us today as well. So, let’s take a look at the substance of the message.

He is Your God. Believer, or nonbeliever, He is still YOUR God. If one is a nonbeliever, the following apply.

No amount of not belief or contrary belief changes this fact

No theory, theology, or philosophy changes this fact

No amount of objection or protest changes this fact.

He is YOUR God

The meeting is coming, ready or not; it is inevitable.

Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

Hebrews 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

We have to prepare for this meeting. In our natural states, we are NOT prepared for this meeting. Why not? Well, because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and there is none righteous, no not oneBecause God is perfect and Holy, nothing less than perfect and Holy can enter His Heaven when they face Him. None of us meet that requirement, as the smallest of transgressions doom us as much as being a mass murderer. for whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

When we meet God, we either have to pay, or someone has to have paid before we get there. Someone did. Jesus Christ, the Son of God. All man because mankind sinned and mankind had to pay. All God, so that the infinite price for the sin of every person who has ever lived, is living, or will live could be paid. Let’s take a look at some points:

Romans 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

God is everyone’s God, and all are accountable to HIm. We, believers and nonbelievers, will meet Him someday. Now, during this lifetime, is our only chance to prepare for that meeting, Once the meeting takes place, the decision has already been made. There will be no deals cut at that meeting. If you have not, repent and believe today.

Are You Prepared To Meet Thy God?

 

 

 

 

Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Express Message Of the Holy Spirit

by Robert Brock

The Express Message of the Holy Spirit

1 Timothy 4:1-5

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron,” 1 Timothy 4:1, 2.

God made bees to be amazing creatures, collecting pollen from flowers, going from flower to flower pollinating and carrying pollen back to the hive. There it is converted to honey which feeds the hive and makes royal jelly to feed the queen.

Paul said in our lifetime nominal believers will be seduced by wandering spirits like bees looking for flowers. This implies that Satan’s advocates will wander from church to church spreading heresy among Christians and weak believers or fake Christians who will fall away from the truth—apostasy.

“That day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). This express message of Paul was preached two thousand years ago. It is now more imminent than ever.

“For the time will come…they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3, 4). Paul was teaching that the reason for this great falling away from the faith was because some folks in the congregations had itching ears. They knew how to manipulate the speaker to say what they wanted to hear. This is nothing new. “That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (Isaiah 30:9, 10).

THOUGHT: Thank God for the faithful. He has special rewards for them.

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After Being Forgiven Much; and We Do Not Forgive

Great thought on forgiveness from the Broken Pieces blog. If Jesus is our example, and He forgave it ALL, why do we struggle to forgive even small things sometimes?


As a man, and as all who will admit and confess to it we need forgiveness from our transgressions.  God has forgiven me more than I could ever repay.  How can I not forgive another who owes me very little?  Or owes me nothing?

Read the rest of the post here: After Being Forgiven Much; and We Do Not Forgive

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Just a Thought

Jesus would not be alone in His time of trial; neither will we be in ours


John 16:32 

Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

Play Nice Part Four

Luke 6: 27-38

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

In my personal Bible, I have this passage highlighted, underlined, boxed out with an outline, and even have stars up at the top and down at the bottom.I do my best to read it every single day at some point. If I fail to actually read it, I try to think about it and meditate on it some. Why you ask? Well, because left unattended and unminded I frankly tend to be a jerk. I tend strongly towards grumpiness, extreme seriousness, being overbearing, and being quite insistent that my way is the only acceptable way.

I am not, however, alone it this matter. In fact, my inspiration to do this came after attending the funeral of one of my favorite Uncles, my Uncle Billy. Now, my Uncle Billy and I were very fond of each other, and he always seemed especially fond of me. The Uncle Billy I know was the kindest, gentlest, and sweetest guy on the planet. Apparently, according to family lore, this was not always the case. According to family lore, provided by his siblings, Billy was just not that nice as a young man. It is reported that this was just not general run of the mill not niceness, but genuine meanness gravitating towards semi cruelty.

But, if you were to ask any person who knew him what they thought about my uncle, the answers would across the board be such: kind, gentle, always willing to lend a helping hand, loves everybody, and on and on.

What happened? First and foremost, I suspect Jesus happened. My uncle was, like everybody in his town, raised in the church. At some point, however, he became very serious about his faith. More than that occurred; what we have here is a man who not only believed in God, loved His Word, but took actual measure to implement that Word into his life as a real force.

Like many believers, Uncle Billy had a favorite Bible, one that he had had for years. It was noted up, scribbled in, and underlined in many many places. This passage was one of those places, along with some other notes to himself about the passage in question. Apparently, this scripture changed a man’s life in this case. Of course, God’s word will do that to anybody willing to place it in their hearts, into their lives, and into action.

For the next few days, we will spend some time in this passage, break it down some, and maybe even chase some rabbits. Okay, for sure we will chase some rabbits because I love to chase rabbits!

See you next time!

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