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The Great Tribunal !!!!!! (A John Newton Poem)

John in vision saw the day
When the Judge will hasten down;
Heav’n and earth shall flee away
From the terror of his frown:
Dead and living, small and great,
Raised from the earth and sea;
At his bar shall hear their fate,
What will then become of me?

Can I bear his aweful looks?
Shall I stand in judgment then,
When I see the opened books,
Written by th’ Almighty’s pen?
If he to remembrance bring,
And expose to public view,
Every work and secret thing,
Ah, my soul, what canst thou do?

When the list shall be produced
Of the talents I enjoyed;
Means and mercies, how abused!
Time and strength, how misemployed!
Conscience then, compelled to read,
Must allow the charge is true;
Say, my soul, what canst thou plead
In that hour, what wilt thou do?

But the book of life I see,
May my name be written there!
Then from guilt and danger free,
Glad I’ll meet him in the air:
That’s the book I hope to plead,
‘Tis the gospel opened wide;
Lord, I am a wretch indeed!
I have sinned, but thou hast died.

Now my soul knows what to do;
Thus I shall with boldness stand,
Numbered with the faithful few,
Owned and saved, at thy right hand:
If thou help a foolish worm
To believe thy promise now;
Justice will at last confirm
What thy mercy wrought below.

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Ticket To the Kingdom!!!!!!

Every true disciple of Yeshua should expect to experience persecution in one form or another, sooner or later, but there is an upside to it: Entrance to the kingdom.

Yeshua taught His disciples to expect persecution. He said, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10). By saying “theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” Yeshua indicated that those who endure persecution for His sake will find entrance into the kingdom.

To be persecuted for the sake of righteousness means to suffer for the sake of faithfulness to God despite various types of insults and ridicule and attempts to force a person into compromise and apostasy.

The Jewish people have had a long history of enduring suffering and persecution for their allegiance to God, and most of it done to them in the name of Jesus. In the days before the Hasmonean revolt, the wicked Syrians and Greeks persecuted and even martyred Jewish people who remained faithful to the commandments of circumcision, Sabbath observance, and dietary laws. The same torture awaited the faithful Jews of the apostolic and post-apostolic age as the Roman world attempted to thwart the practice of Judaism.

Yeshua warned His disciples that they would be insulted, persecuted, and falsely accused specifically because of their affiliation with Him. He said, “Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man” (Luke 6:22). Some New Testament scholars suggest that the original Hebrew of Matthew 5:10 reads, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of The Righteousness One (HaTzaddik), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Yeshua is the Tzaddik, the “Righteous One.”

Yeshua reminded His disciples that the prophets of old suffered similar persecution from their countrymen. He said, “Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets” (Luke 6:23). In fact, Yeshua’s disciples should be concerned if they do not experience some measure of persecution for the sake of the Master: “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way” (Luke 6:26). The reward of the persecuted is laid up in heaven, that is to say, it remains with the Father to be paid out at the coming of the kingdom of heaven: “They came to life and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4).

Something to think about on this almost Spring day,

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Obedience and Sacrifice !!!!!!

For many of us, holiday gift buying is very difficult, because most of whom we purchase gifts for already have almost everything. Speaking for myself, there is nothing that I really want from the material perspective. Can we even begin to imagine what kind of gift we can offer God since He is both the Creator, and owner of ALL that exists?

What gift can you get for the God who already has everything? Does God desire sacrifice? The book of Leviticus opens with a gift registry that offers a few suggestions.

What gift can you get for Almighty God? It’s hard to shop for a God who has everything. The Hebrew word for sacrifice, korban, could be translated as “something brought near,” or to put it another way, it could be translated as “gift.” The Israelites were to view the sacrifices as gifts that they could bring to God.

He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf. (Leviticus 1:4)

In Romans 12:1, Paul urges us to present our bodies as a “living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God.” What does this mean in practical terms? Is Paul asking us to build altars and literally sacrifice ourselves upon them? Of course he’s not. Paul is using the sacrificial language as an illustration for obedience. He is urging us to set aside our stubborn wills, our wayward flesh and our self-centered egos and force them to submit to the commandments of God. When we set aside our own personal desires and inclinations for the sake of obeying God, we are sacrificing ourselves for the sake of heaven. Instead of offering a bull, a goat or a lamb to God as a gift, we are offering ourselves. This is why the prophet Samuel declared that obedience is better than sacrifice:

Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)

Through the prophet Hosea, the LORD declared, “I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6). Yeshua was fond of quoting this verse to prove that God was more concerned with ethical behavior than half-hearted ritual obedience. This is an important principle for all religious people. Regardless of one’s religion, it is always easier to attend to ritual concerns than to live godly lives. This is very true with Christians of every denomination as well. The writer of the book of Hebrews says, “Do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16).

In today’s world there is no Tabernacle or Temple in which a person might offer a sacrifice. If we desire to give God a gift today, what can we give Him? We can give no better gift than our own humble submission to His will. We can give Him the simple sacrifice of grateful obedience.

 

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

 

Levi

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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The Word Quick and Powerful (A John Newton Poem)

The word of Christ, our Lord,
With whom we have to do;
Is sharper than a two-edged sword,
To pierce the sinner through.

Swift as the lightnings blaze
When aweful thunders roll,
It fills the conscience with amaze,
And penetrates the soul.

No heart can be concealed
From his all-piercing eyes;
Each thought and purpose stands revealed,
Naked, without disguise.

He sees his peoples’ fears,
He notes their mournful cry;
He counts their sighs and falling tears,
And helps them from on high.

Though feeble is their good,
It has his kind regard;
Yea, all they would do, if they could,
Shall find a sure reward.

He sees the wicked too,
And will repay them soon,
For all the evil deeds they do,
And all they would have done.

Since all our secret ways
Are marked and known by thee;
Afford us, Lord, thy light of grace
That we ourselves may see.

 
 

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Peacemakers !!!!!!

The kingdom of heaven will be an era of universal peace on earth. Sons and daughters of God should not be content to wait until the kingdom arrives, we should be busy making peace in today’s world.

Yeshua said to His disciples, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). Yeshua’s beatitude about peacemakers went against the first-century zealot impulse that called for taking up armed resistance against Rome. Several of His disciples were zealots. The beatitude about making peace attempted to turn their thoughts away from armed revolution.

Yeshua calls the peacemakers “sons of God” because, in the Bible, God is called the Oseh Shalom, that is, “the One who makes peace in His heights” (Job 25:2). Peacemakers imitate God who makes peace above.

Peacemakers are those who pursue peace as written in Psalm 34:14: “Seek peace and pursue it.” A man who pursues peace also strives to make peace. He does not just wait for his enemies to be reconciled to him. Instead, he pursues after peace like the working man pursues his daily wages. He pursues peace with his enemies and seeks to make peace between a man and his neighbor, and between a man and his wife.

James the brother of Yeshua says that the peacemaker is like the man who sows his field. He plants peace, but when the crop ripens, he harvests righteousness: “The seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:18). And it’s for this reason the writer of the book of Hebrews urges us to “pursue peace with all men” (Hebrews 12:14), and Paul tells us, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18).

When Yeshua saved us from our sins and imparted to us eternal life we gained peace from within. Because of what He has done for us we are now to be peacemakers with our fellow man. We need to get used to it. This is the way it will be in the kingdom age.

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
 

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Time to Pray to God About God

Originally posted on Messy Christians:

The first thing we notice in the Lord’s Prayer is this:

“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.”

He’s our Father, not our own personal possession.

He’s a Father, perfect in all aspects of fatherhood, completely different from all earthly fathers. Discover who he is by reading your bible every day.

We are to hallow his name. What does that mean?

It’s a petition. God himself is our priority. He is not a means to any end. He is the end of all ends.

How often do we pray to God about himself?  Lamb of God

Ouch! I confess it’s rarely, if ever. I’m more eager to unroll my long list of petitions that center on me and my desires.

Hallowed means to make holy, to recognize his holiness, separation, not common.

God is unlike his created beings.

There is an unbridgeable gap between him and me and…

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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Look Where You Lost Him !!!!!!

Night after night on my bed
I looked for the man I love.
I looked for him, but I didn’t find him.

Song of Solomon 3:1

Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find Him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find Him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust dwells. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, “Look for a thing where you dropped it–it is there.” So look for Christ where you lost Him, for He has not gone away.

But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyan tells us that the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbor of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest he had ever traveled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence. Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to Him.

But how is it you have lost Him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch Him every moment for fear of losing sight of Him? Yet, since you have let Him go, what a mercy that you are seeking Him, even though you mournfully groan, “O that I knew where I might find Him!”

Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without your Lord. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd, like a tree without water at its roots, like a withered leaf in the storm–not bound to the tree of life. With your whole heart seek Him, and He will be found by you. Only give yourself thoroughly up to the search, and truly you shall yet discover Him to your joy and gladness.

Truth For Today Daily by Alistair Begg

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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