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Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

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Is Holiness Still a Requirement of the Holy GOD?

Leviticus 11.44-45

Great thoughts on holiness here from Tim A from Shiloh Baptist Church. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy!


First, what is holiness? It is first and foremost a characteristic of GOD our Creator, the One who has made all things, and has called for the crown of His creation to love Him in holiness.  It is also a distinction; a difference from all others.

Have you ever heard someone referred to as “Different”?  Well, that is what the child of GOD, the Christian is supposed to be: Different from the rest of the world around him/her.  God is set apart and different from all the gods that man has made, or ever will make…..Read the rest of the post here: Is Holiness Still a Requirement of the Holy GOD?

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Just a Thought

 

Ephesians 2.8 10

We do not work to be saved; we work because we are saved

Appear in the Presence of God for Us

Hebrews 9.28

Hebrews 9:23-28

During the various feasts and periods of sacrifice in Old Testament times, the blood of sacrifices would flow freely. The idea of blood atonement for sin is taught throughout scripture, beginning in Genesis when Adam and Eve were covered with the skins of animals that had been killed. We know that, “without shedding of blood is no remission.” Hebrews 9:22 God has taught us that for sin to be forgiven, there must be a sacrifice, or a payment.

The multitudes of sacrifices in the Old Testament time were never designed to be permanent, or to offer permanent salvation to the participants; full salvation even then was based upon the faith and belief of those involved in the sacrifices. In our devotional passage we see the words, “patterns” and “figures.” That is exactly what these were. They were no more than the foreshadowing, or a type of the ultimate, permanent sacrifice which was to come. That sacrifice, or course, was to be Jesus.

Jesus paid it all. He was “once offered.” Friends, no further sacrifice is needed. Back then the people often forgot that faith and belief was their salvation and got caught up in rituals, traditions, rules and regulations as the means. Nothing has changed. Many still are striving to pay their own way to heaven by rituals, traditions, rules and regulations. If you are reading this, and are doing that, cease striving and rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Your turf, or mine?

Christian service in the local church is indeed a cooperative effort! Great thoughts here from Dawn at Inspiration With an Attitude. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy.


I love the description of the rebuilding of the wall in Jerusalem under Nehemiah’s close eye.  We read phrases like “next to him”, and “beside him” throughout the narrative as each family group takes responsibility for a part of the reconstruction.

Obviously, Nehemiah couldn’t accomplish the project on his own; it may have been his vision, but the people’s participation was not only expected, but necessary.  There’s a lesson for the church right there—pastors can’t do it all; in fact, not even most of the work in building God’s kingdom……Read the rest of the post hereYour turf, or mine?

Just a thought

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There is no freedom in flight from God

Philip Decourcy

The Resurrection Changed Everything

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1 Corinthians 15:16-23

We have talked at some length about the Resurrection as an encouragement to believers, and it surely is; however, it is far more than just that.

Joseph Smith founded the Mormon Church. Buddha founded Buddhism. Charles Taze Russell founded the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The prophet Mohammed founded Islam.  Other than founding a religion, what do all of those have in common? They are all dead. In fact, they all died just like normal people die, from normal things which cause human death. They died normal deaths, and have stayed quite dead. There are a couple of things of additional note. None of these claimed to have died for their followers, and their follower do not claim this. None of these made any claims that they would come back to life, and their followers do not claim that they did.

Friends, only Jesus claimed that His express purpose was to die for those who follow Him. Only Jesus claimed he would overcome that death and rise again to life. Furthermore, Christians are the only people who claim that their savior actually did all of these things.

The equation here is astoundingly simply, and Paul summed it up well in our verse today. If Christ is not raised, our faith is useless; in fact it is nonexistent. If Christ stayed dead, then when we die we will as well. In fact, if Jesus stayed dead, then we are already dead in our sins and will stay that way.

It’s much more than love me or die

The refrain from doubters that God is an evil monster who merely threatens all of His into belief by threats is almost never ending. “Love me or die!.” is what many think. This is simply not true. Here are some very well articulated thoughts from James at the Isaiah 53:5 project. Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy. 


I got a comment a while back from a skeptic who believes Jesus is not that unlike an abusive spouse who offers the world what amounts to little more than a “love me or die” ultimatum. This is a scripturally inaccurate assertion that misrepresents both the true nature of God and the love God showed for us.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

– Romans 5:8

Since the God of the Bible is all about love, I would reword “love me or die” to the more accurate “chose to love me as I love you, chose to honor me, worship me, and receive my free gift of salvation, or chose to live out your eternity forever separated from all that is good”.

Think about that for a second.……….Read the rest of the post here:It’s much more than love me or die

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