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Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

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In the Garden

Just another trip to the garden from this morning, as well as one of my favorite hymns sung by a favorite performer. Enjoy!

At Calvary

At Calvary

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
caring not my Lord was crucified,
knowing not it was for me He died
on Calvary.

Years I spent in vanity and pride. While not all of us may be living exactly as Peter describes here. We may not have walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatriesbut all of us have a life prior to salvation that could only be described as all vanity. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. We may not have lived that kind of life, but we all have sinned so that we are separated from God. We might say that all of these things flow right out of our pride; pride is our soul killer. Starting with Adam and Eve, we all suffer the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.

Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary. Even if we know it, we think it’s foolishness, for  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness. 

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
till my guilty soul imploring turned
to Calvary. 

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned; then I trembled at the law I’d spurned We all understand that there is a lawgiver, and thus a law. We know of him by the invisible things of him from the creation of the world and because we know, we are without excuse. All of us have the Law imprinted on our hearts, even those who don’t know it, because despite not having it, do by nature the things contained in the law.  However, the law was never designed to save but to be our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
at Calvary. 

God loved us so much that he gave his only begotten Son. God cannot not love for God is love. There was a gulf that separated us from God, for our sins have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Yet, he loved us even while we were yet sinners; despite our sin, Christ died for us.

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
pardon there was multiplied to me;
there my burdened soul found liberty
at Calvary.

Mercy means we don’t get what we deserve, and grace is us getting something we never deserved. What we deserve is a judgment; what we get by faith is forgiveness. It is a gift. Like any gift, we have to accept it, however. Will you today?

At Calvary

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
caring not my Lord was crucified,
knowing not it was for me He died
on Calvary.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
till my guilty soul imploring turned
to Calvary. 

Now I’ve given to Jesus everything,
now I gladly own Him as my King,
now my raptured soul can only sing
of Calvary. 

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
at Calvary. 

Refrain:
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
pardon there was multiplied to me;
there my burdened soul found liberty
at Calvary.

Written by William R. Newell

Scripture References

1 Peter 4:3  For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

1 John 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

1 Corinthians 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Romans 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Romans 2:14 King  For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Galatians 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

John 3:16 King  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.

1 John 4:8  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Isaiah 59:2 King  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 

I Know That My Redeemer Liveth

I Know That My Redeemer Liveth

Job 19:25-26

 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

I know that my Redeemer liveth,
And on the earth again shall stand;
I know eternal life He giveth,
That grace and power are in His hand.

I know that my Redeemer liveth, And on the earth again shall stand; Job certainly knew a thing or two about tough times right? He lost his family, his livelihood and everything he owned. He had fallen victim to various physical maladies. His friends had come to “help,” and had done nothing but rebuke him. Yes, Job knew a thing or two about tough times. He also knew a thing or two about the nature of God and told us things about the nature of God that we need to understand. We need to understand that these things we know about the nature of God are not new, but have been known since the days of the earliest believers. Job knew His redeemer liveth, and would return physically to His creation someday, as he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. Job also understood a thing or two about his own nature as a believer in the Redeemer, understanding that though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. Job understood his Redeemer was alive, and that he would live eternally with Him; we can understand this too, my friends.

I know eternal life He giveth,That grace and power are in His hand. While Job was clearly saved the same way we are today, that being faith in the Redeemer, his was the PROMISE of the Redeemer. Friends today, the promise has been delivered to us in person, and we can know this through God’s Word. We can know that we needed a Redeemer and that He is it. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, and we all need redemption. Yet, by God’s grace through our faith we can be justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Today we know and understand in whom we have redemption through his blood, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. We know that redemption comes according to the riches of his grace;. He is able to do this because The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand, including us. As he left this Earth and ascended to Heaven, Jesus told us that All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth, and that we could know He will come again because He promised that He would be with you always, even unto the end of the world.

I know His promise never faileth,
The word He speaks, it cannot die;
Tho’ cruel death my flesh assaileth,
Yet I shall see Him by and by.

I know His promise never faileth, The word He speaks, it cannot die. God’s word is eternal. The Word is eternal. His word never fails and He says it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. To us later is scripture He wrote to us that the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword. God makes promises to us, friends, and biggest is the promise for redemption if we believe. He never breaks a promise and is not slack concerning his promise,but is waiting patiently for men to repent and believe, he is is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Tho’ cruel death my flesh assaileth, Yet I shall see Him by and by.Sadly, the death rate in this life is 100 percent; we brought sin into the word and with it death. Due to the fall of Adam and Eve, we will all sin eventually, by nature and choice, for by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. We all have an appointment with death, as it is appointed unto men once to die, and we all need to be ready for our appointment for after this the judgment.

I know my mansion He prepareth,
That where He is there I may be;
Oh, wondrous thought, for me He careth,
And He at last will come for me.

I know my mansion He prepareth, That where He is there I may be. Friends, the death rate for this life is 100 percent, but the odds of existing eternally are also….100 percent. Because we are God’s special creation and Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. We will all live eternally in some place. Those who are judged and found to have rejected the Lord Jesus will live forever separated from Him in torment and regret in a place called Hell. Bad news, that is, but not for those who have believed, because, we see That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. No one and no one is rejected, or excluded from this offer my friends For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Oh, wondrous thought, for me He careth, And He at last will come for me. Despite ourselves and our sin, God loves YOU. Even knowing who we were,  God commendeth his love toward us, and He showed us how much He cares. We know He cares because, despite ourselves, Christ died for us. God loves each and every one of us so much that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For those who believe we need not be worried, he told us to Let not your heart be troubled. Why did He say that? Because He didn’t just leave us here to survive as best as we can, but promised to be with you always, and He is through His Holy Spirit. He is not just in Heaven awaiting us though, friends, He has gone to prepare a place for you, and finally will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

I know, I know that Jesus liveth,
And on the earth again shall stand;
I know, I know that life He giveth,
That grace and power are in His hand.

Friends, Jesus did die, in order to pay the penalty for our sin; but His death was not the end for Him. In three days He arose gloriously from that grave and lives today at the right hand of the father. For after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God. He is alive, at the right hand of God the Father, and He will come again someday for those who are his. The only question is when He comes back, is he coming back to claim us as His, or will he be coming back to exercise judgment on us?

Which will it be for you, my friend?

I Know That My Redeemer Liveth

I know that my Redeemer liveth,
And on the earth again shall stand;
I know eternal life He giveth,
That grace and power are in His hand.

I know His promise never faileth,
The word He speaks, it cannot die;
Tho’ cruel death my flesh assaileth,
Yet I shall see Him by and by.

I know my mansion He prepareth,
That where He is there I may be;
Oh, wondrous thought, for me He careth,
And He at last will come for me.

Chorus:
I know, I know that Jesus liveth,
And on the earth again shall stand;
I know, I know that life He giveth,
That grace and power are in His hand.

By Jessie Brown Pounds

Scripture References

Job 19:25-26 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

Romans 3:23-24  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;   Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

John 3:35  The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Romans 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

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

Genesis 2:7  And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Romans 10:9 King That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

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

Romans 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16  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.

John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

 

 

What a Day That Will Be

Revelation 21:4

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

What a Day That Will Be

There is coming a day,
When no heart aches shall come,
No more clouds in the sky,
No more tears to dim the eye,
All is peace forever more,
On that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be

Sometimes, when the trials of life seem to be beating us around, we may exclaim, “Oh, what a day that was!.” Sometimes life seems to just stink. We get sick, we lose jobs, and loved ones die and leave us behind. It wasn’t supposed to be that way friends and is not the way God made it all. At the end of each day, He looked out upon it and declared it to be good; at the end of creation God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. What happened? There was to be no sickness, no death; there was only to be never-ending fellowship with God. What happened was Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God, and do the one thing they were commanded not to do. They had been warned: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. They ate, and death, sickness and pain entered into the world. 

There is coming a day, The day is coming, but we don’t know when. But our Lord cometh as a thief in the night, will come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. He will set foot in the very place He left from and shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof

When no heart aches shall come, No more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye. If the Lord doesn’t come back first, we all have an appointment with death. The death rate is this life is 100 percent, with no exceptions. We all die, and it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment, Of course, those redeemed by the Lord need not fear that, as we have made our peace with God already.  We can ask, O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? As we know, being absent from the body by death, we will then be present with the Lord.  That will all change in an instant and for those entering His rest, God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

All is peace forever more, On that happy golden shore. In our natural states we don’t have peace with God but in fact we were enemies. But for those is us in Jesus Christ, that has been changed because justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:. If we have believed then we passed from death unto life. Because we have trusted in the Lord, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever

There’ll be no sorrow there,
No more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain,
No more parting over there;
And forever I will be,
With the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be

There’ll be no sorrow there, No more burdens to bear, No more sickness, no pain. We already learned that all or our sorrows will disappear, as God shall wipe away all tears. But, that is not all, not only will all tears and sadness be gone, but there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

No more parting over there. And forever I will be, With the One who died for me. Knowing in eternity past that we would rebel and sin against Him, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. In our natural states, we sin by birth and by choice, and he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Yet, God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

What a day, glorious day that will be. This is what the redeemed hope for and look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. We will be forever free from the very presence of sin, for the Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;.

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be

Friends, that day is coming, when we each will see Jesus. We will understand on that day that Jesus IS the Lord of our lives. The only question is, will he be Savior or Judge? 

What a Day That Will Be

There is coming a day,
When no heart aches shall come,
No more clouds in the sky,
No more tears to dim the eye,
All is peace forever more,
On that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

There’ll be no sorrow there,
No more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain,
No more parting over there;
And forever I will be,
With the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

Chorus
What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be

James Vaughn Hill

Scripture References

Genesis 1:31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Genesis 2:17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

1 Thessalonians 5:2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Acts 1:11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Zechariah 14:4  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

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

1 Corinthians 15:55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Revelation 21:4nd God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Romans 5:10 King  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Romans 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

John 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Psalm 23:6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever

Romans 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

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.

2 Peter 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Matthew 13:41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb?

Are You Washed in the Blood?

Revelation 1:5

 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? We have to go to Jesus for cleansing from our sin, and nowhere else. He told us that, saying, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The Apostle Paul taught us, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Friends, there is no other way to be washed of our sins besides the Lord Jesus Christ….none. Sin you say? What sin? What am I guilty of? Well, “all have sinned” and come short of the glory of God“, and “there is none righteous, no not one.” In the eyes of a perfect and Holy God, we are all unclean and in need of cleansing, and Jesus is the ONLY way.

Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour? To be cleansed, we have to trust only, only, only in the completed work of Jesus Christ, “ For by grace are ye saved through faith;” We cannot work for, nor contribute to our own salvation, because “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;” in the eyes of a perfect and holy God. Friends if we are working and trusting in anything besides His grace, we remain doomed.

Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side? Once we are clean, then we can work. In fact, to work for him is why we were saved, and what God foreordained us to in eternity past. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Do you rest each moment in the Crucified? When we do that work, we are promised peace and rest, too! We can cease our fruitless labor, as Jesus told us, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” We may work but the work is easy when our Lord is with us, for his “yoke is easy, and” his “burden is light.

When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white? Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright? One way or another we will all meet Jesus. We may meet him upon His return, or we may meet Him upon our own death. At some point, we will all meet Him because “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” We will meet Him as either savior or judge, for “every knee should bow” and “every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Friends, He is Lord of your life no matter what you have done with Him.

Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
O be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

That is an invitation, my friends. Are you still stained by the weight and guilt of sin? Do you understand that you are and that you exist separated from a  just and Holy God? Lay aside those garments, agree with God regarding your sin, and ask him to save you.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved

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

 

Are you Washed In the Blood?

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Are you walking daily by the Savior’s side?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Do you rest each moment in the Crucified?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

When the Bridegroom cometh will your robes be white?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Will your soul be ready for the mansions bright,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
O be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

Chorus:
Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless?
Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Elisha Hoffman

Scripture References

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be save

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Not of works, lest any man should boast. 

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

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

Philippians 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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?

 

 

 

 

Now, There is Some Unity in Diversity

Patricia over at Beholding Him Ministries first posted the above video, and it really got me thinking.

We talk a lot about things like diversity, and unity in the body of Christ. Look, it’s just a true thing that humans like to assemble with people they share commonalities with; I can’t really be convinced that there is anything inherently wrong with that. People feel comfortable in differing worship environments, and some of the things they find comfortable may be driven by cultural or ethnic background. That’s just truth.

Now, having said that, at no time, in no place in God’s house should ANYBODY be excluded simply for any of those cultural or ethnic considerations. The two examples used are not the same. If somebody from a more…..lively background….decides they want to come in my rather boring, staid Baptist church, then we ought to welcome them with open arms. Period.

But, I digress. This wasn’t actually about any of that; it was only about a really good song sung by a fairly diverse group of singers. It just caught my eye and made me think that going to church with these guys would be seriously cool.

Jessy Dixon-Singing lead on this song. Truth here. Jessy Dixon has MUCH soul. He would not like our place very much.

Guy Penrod. One of the great tenors of Southern Gospel. Lot of hair. Ranches cattle at his homestead in Tennessee. We might let him in if he got a haircut.

David Phelps. Can hit high notes like no person I ever saw. Full metrosexual type. Sometime after this, he actually permed his hair. We’d let him in no problem. I was a city boy, and they let me in after all.

So. I have no real thoughts here, except I think Heaven’s Choir will look like that.

Galatians 3:28 

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

It Is Well With My Soul

Isaiah 66:12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon hersides, and be dandled upon her knees.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Horatio Spafford certainly knew a few things about peace like a river, as well as sorrow attending his way. In the mid 19th century, he was a prominent lawyer and real estate investor in the city of Chicago. He was also a good friend with Evangelist D.L Moody and devout man of God. Despite his wealth and prominence, things would not always be a peaceful river for Horatio Spafford; soon things would take a very bad turn for this fellow. First came a serious financial setback. Spafford, having invested heavily in the city of Chicago which was expanding northward, lost most of his substantial investment in the Chicago fire of 1871.

It was two years later when Horatio Spafford’s faith really became tested, it was then that the sorrows began to roll like sea billows in his life. He, his wife Anna, and their four daughters had decided to sail across the Atlantic to be with their friend D. L. Moody as he preached in Europe. Horatio himself was delayed by business, so we sent his wife and daughters on ahead, planning to meet them later. As they traveled across the Atlantic on the steamship  Ville du Havre , it collided with another ship and was sunk. All four daughters died, and only Horatio’s wife Anna survived.

Upon receiving word of his great loss, Horatio Spafford immediately got on a ship of his own and headed across the Atlantic. It is thought that the inspiration for this song was given to him as he was notified that his own ship was passing the very spot where his four daughters had perished.

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,It is well, it is well with my soul. Whatever my lot, through the good times and the bad times. God is with us during all of these. James talked about this when he said, Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. There is a man we are all familiar with who’s story sounds so like the one told above. That man is Job, of course. Faced with the loss of everything: his children, his possessions, and ultimately the loss of his own health. Yet through it all, Job had one thing to say: Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before himJob did not know why God was allowing these trials; however, Job knew God. Job knew he had the promise of eternal life with his creator; it was well with his soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should comeTime and time again in God’s Word we are told of the simple fact that trial WILL come our way. The words if are never used; trials are a promise and a guarantee. As he began his great writing on living the Christian life, James pointed this out to us when he wrote, My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;. He was letting us know that, first of all, trials in this life are simply a part of life. He also instructed us that sometimes trials have a purpose in this life, in that they worketh patience and make us perfect and entire.

Sometimes they are even simply to show us the grace God provides to get us through the tough spots. We all remember Paul and the thorn in his flesh, and how he besought the Lord thrice that he be granted relief; but, the Lord didn’t remove that thorn, instead telling the Apostle, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

 Let this blest assurance control,That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,And hath shed His own blood for my soulAnother great song is Blessed Assurancewhere we see the followingBlessed Assurance, Jesus is mine, and how true that is. We are his also, as He did shed His blood for our very soul, and we are bought with a price

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—My sin, not in part but the whole, My sin, your sin, and the sin and sins of the entire world. All of us have sinned and transgressed God’s moral law; God Himself inspired Paul to tell us that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and there is none righteous, no not one. We can say to our ourselves, “Oh, I’m not THAT bad” or, “Hey, I’m not as bad as THAT guy!” The problem is, we are not evaluated against our own standard of good and bad, or by comparison with any other person; we are evaluated against God’s standard of Holy perfection. Sin literally means “To miss the mark.” If an archer misses the mark or the bullseye, it does not matter if he misses by a tenth of an inch, or by 10 feet, the mark was still missed. That is our problem with God’s standard, we can miss by one “tiny” little sin, or we can be the most heinous criminal who ever lived; we miss the mark either way. Read what James taught us: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

Now, however, comes our problem. God is perfect, and God sets the standard. Holy means perfect and without sin, and it also means God is incapable of abiding with or tolerating sin. But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. It started way back in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve only had one small thing they could not do, and that is eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for God told them on that day you will surely die. Not only would they die physically, but spiritually, as their disobedience separated them from God. That is our problem as well, for the wages of sin is death.

Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! The writer of this song had joy in the face of all of his tribulation because he knows all was well with his soul. He knew despite what he faced during his life here, that his eternity and his future were secure and that his eternity would be with Jesus in Heaven. Because even though the wages of sin is death, we also see the following promise come right after, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What was paid for on that cross? Every sin past, present, and future. My sin, not in part, but the whole.


And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. Some day, no matter what happens in this world, and to us, we can always remember this one thing: The Lord is coming back, and things will be made right. If it is well with our soul, then we are Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,Even so, it is well with my soul. Remember that right after Jesus ascended into Heaven, that the angels promised the staring disciples this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. This world is not our home, and what we may face and endure here is merely temporary, as  our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: If it IS well with our souls, then we can have the hope of all of these things, and always know that the trials of this life are only passing as we prepare for an eternity where no sin and no death exist anymore.

It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Is it well with YOUR soul?

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

By: Horatio G. Spafford

Sung by: The Gaithers featuring David Phelps and Guy Penrod

I am Redeemed!

This post was previously published. Blessings and enjoy!

 

I Am Redeemed

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

I was a slave in a foreign land
So very far from the Father’s loving hand
He rescued me, one glorious day
He brought me out, paid a debt I could not pay

I was a slave in a foreign land. A slave? Yes, a slave. Of course we are all slaves to something; in our natural state we are slaves to sin and in it’s bondage. In our saved states we are slaves to the Lord Jesus Christ. Being a slave implies that one has no will of his or her own, that they are under the power of what controls them. We see how Jesus told the Pharisees, Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. They Pharisees, like all of us in our natural states, were under the control of, or slaves, to their sin. All of us. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Not only under sin’s control, but we are under sin’s penalty, for the wages of sin is death. What then, sets us free? The atoning work of Jesus Christ does, of course. At the moment of our salvation we are free from the penalty of sin, Not only are we free from the penalty of sin, but Jesus b egins a work in us to free us from the influence of sin in our lives, as Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

So very far from the Father’s loving hand. God is Holy, and we are not. The Seraphim in Isaiah’s vision at the throne proclaimed this: And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. Paul was inspired to write of His God, What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. Because God is perfect and holy and we are not, we are forever separated from Him, But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

He rescued me, one glorious day. That glorious day, of course, was the day we repented of our sins and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as our savior and Lord. That salvation is available to everyone, as For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. He brought me out, paid a debt I could not pay. Well, that is not strictly true, as we can in fact pay our own sin debt, as the wages of sin is death; however, we certainly do not want to pay the debt we owe by suffering an eternity separated from a perfect and Holy God. . We do not, however, have to pay it, as Jesus has paid it already. Even though the wages of sin is death, we also see that the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Still I live, in a foreign land
Now I’m free according to redemptions plan
Soon I’ll join the robed in white, the redeemed
We’ll sing a song the holy angels, cannot sing

Still I live, in a foreign land. Now I’m free according to redemptions plan. We are free from the penalty of our sin, and we are free from the power of sin; however, we remain sinners until the day of our deaths, or the return of Jesus. The process of our sanctification continues until our dying breath. Because, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new, we should not continue in habitual sin, We should not want to continue in habitual sin, because we can see that those who belong to Jesus will be chastened and corrected for our transgressions, and if we are not, then we are not His children: If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Soon I’ll join the robed in white, the redeemed, We’ll sing a song the holy angels, cannot sing. We have been saved from the penalty of sin, and are saved from the power of sin; some glorious day we will be saved from the very presence of sin as well. One day, if The Lord does not return before then, we all pass from this life on Earth into our heavenly eternity; that is, we will if we are saved and redeemed by the grace of God. Either way, at that moment we will then be free from the very presence of sin. We will be like HIm, our Lord, in that, Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. Read this great spoken narrative from this amazing song:

“Some glorious morning they will come from all nations,
from every generation. Side by side they will march into the
celestial city of Jehova and in perfect harmony they will begin
humming a brand new song. A song composed by God
Himself, arranged for His children. And as the saved by grace
approach the land of their dreams, the host of Heaven will
step aside. Even the angels will be silent. For they cannot
sing this new song. For this song is reserved for voices that
once cried out for a redeemer. Those washed in the blood
of the Lamb.”

Finally, the chorus

I am redeemed, I am redeemed
Jesus loosed the chains of sin and set me free
I am redeemed, I am redeemed
Jesus loosed the chains of sin and set me free

Are you still under bondage to your sin? Are you not redeemed? Do you still face the impending penalty for the sin you were born with and which you have committed? Are you still breathing? Then, it doesn’t matter, as it is not too late. No matter what you may have done, our how you may have lived: no one is beyond the reach and scope of God’s grace. Today, even as I type and you read, Jesus will loose the chains of your sin, set you free, and redeem you. It’s simple. Repentance toward God and belief in the atoning work of Jesus Christ.

I was a slave in a foreign land
So very far from the Father’s loving hand
He rescued me, one glorious day
He brought me out, paid a debt I could not pay

I am redeemed, I am redeemed
Jesus loosed the chains of sin and set me free
I am redeemed, I am redeemed
Jesus loosed the chains of sin and set me free

Still I live, in a foreign land
Now I’m free according to redemptions plan
Soon I’ll join the robed in white, the redeemed
We’ll sing a song the holy angels, cannot sing

I am redeemed, I am redeemed
Jesus loosed the chains of sin and set me free
I am redeemed, I am redeemed
Jesus loosed the chains of sin and set me free

“Some glorious morning they will come from all nations,
from every generation. Side by side they will march into the
celestial city of Jehova and in perfect harmony they will begin
humming a brand new song. A song composed by God
Himself, arranged for His children. And as the saved by grace
approach the land of their dreams, the host of Heaven will
step aside. Even the angels will be silent. For they cannot
sing this new song. For this song is reserved for voices that
once cried out for a redeemer. Those washed in the blood
of the Lamb.”

I am redeemed, by love divine
Glory, glory Christ is mine, He’s mine
All to him, I now resign
Jesus loosed the chains of sin and set me free.
My Jesus loosed the chains of sin and set me free.

Written by Phil Cross sung by Poet Voices

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