Can You Help A Broken Heart On Mother’s Day?

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One of the saddest statements in all the Bible was spoken to Mary by Simeon when he said in Luke 2:35, “Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also.”

Mother’s Day ought to be a happy day. Clearly it is a happy day for florists, greeting card companies, telephone providers, and restaurants. But, Mother’s Day can be a particularly sad and painful day for many. Some people no longer have their mothers. Some people just lost their mom. Some widowers for the first time are trying to figure out how to celebrate this day for the first time in decades without his wife being there. There are mothers today, trying to smile when their heart is just broke because their child is deathly ill, or they just lost a child. I think of the mother of Ambrose Manye, a 28-year-old medical student in Chicago who just disappeared on the 22nd of April. Or, what about the mother of Donnell Phelps, who was just murdered at Fort Valley State University because he was standing up for some older teenage girls who were being harassed and groped outside a restaurant. Or what about the poor mother of the 11-year-old Navajo girl named Ashlynne Mike, who had a stranger lure her into a van before he beat her to death with a crowbar.

Jesus taught in Matthew 5:45 that the sun shines on both the good and evil, and the rain falls on the just and the unjust. And while some events are planned by an Almighty God, Jer. 1:5; Gal. 1:15. There’s a certain randomness within the human experience that authenticates faith. And how is that? Well, if going to worship, and living a Christian life was an automatic exemption from suffering, everyone would be a believer. But, we know that convenient faith for selfish reasons is profitless and a waste of time.  The point is bad things happen to good people, and because of that, Mother’s Day to some is not always a time of joy.

We know all things work together for good to them that love the Lord, Romans 8:28. And Paul is not teaching that everything that happens in life will be good. Nor, is Paul teaching that everything that happens in life is God’s will. But, Paul does teach that there is nothing that happens that is beyond God’s ability to turn it into a spiritual triumph of some kind.

Simon told Mary that bad things would happen to her son, so bad, her heart would be pierced. And indeed at the end of the Gospel, she is standing at her son’s cross, weeping, trying to make sense of what was happening to Him.

I hope today; you have a great Mother’s Day. I hope your day is filled with joy, laughter, fellowship and true worship to God. But, I also, would ask, that you take time out today and weep with those who are weeping, Romans 12:15. Pray for those who are suffering. And if you know someone today who is hurting, and you know good and well Mother’s Day 2016 is tearing them up, please, why not take a few minutes and reach out to them and tell them, “I love you.”

Jesus’ Faith or Mine?

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There are plenty of erroneous doctrines in this world today. Satan is doing a great job twisting the minds of humanity with his seducing doctrines, 1 Timothy 4:1.  Another one of those false doctrines is the doctrine that teaches that salvation is based upon the faith of Jesus and not our own.

Now this false doctrine may seem a bit bizarre, or is it that I am simply ignorant of the position. Did or does Jesus have faith? And am I saved based on His faith or mine?

If humanity is saved today because of what Jesus believed, then salvation is universal today, because through the grace of God Jesus tasted death for every man, Hebrews 2:9. However, the Bible makes it clear that saving faith is mine, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” The previous statement shows that saving faith begins with me, it is, “faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ,” Acts 20:21. Faith which Paul declared in Romans 1:12 was “both of you and me.”

When Paul wrote Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:5, he praised the faith that was in Timothy, not the faith that Jesus had, “The unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt fir

st in thy grandmother, Lois, and thy mother Eunice: and I am persuaded that in thee also.” This was not Jesus’ faith that entered Timothy, but “your faith in Christ Jesus,” Colossians 1:4.


This concept can be further explained by looking at the love of Christ. Did Christ love? Did He not love His creation enough to die for us? But, does His love and offering of His love mean everyone is saved? No, it is as Jesus taught in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” It is in keeping the commandments of Christ that we evidence our love toward Him.

To conclude, this “Jesus’ faith, not ours” is false doctrine and very comparable to “grace only, no obedience.” “For by grace are ye saved through faith,” Ephesians 2:8.




The Omnipresent God

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The Omnipresent God

To say God is omnipresent is to say that God is present everywhere He wants to be. To say that God is everywhere is to make a claim that humanity is not all too familiar with because we are bound by space. We cannot be in two, three or more places at once. Right now, I’m in my office at my computer. I can be at my office physically, and mentally wish I was elsewhere. Mentally I can daydream and pretend I’m fishing, golfing or driving a race car. But all in all, I’m limited by time and space, and I’m still in the office. However, God is not limited by time or space. To say that God is omnipresent is to say God is everywhere at all times. He can be in Bedford/Hurst, London, Sydney, and Tokyo all at once. He can be in my office, your office, your home, and your school simultaneously. God is simply everywhere, and anywhere He wants to be at one time.

The Lord himself claims to be omnipresent. In Isaiah 66:1 the Lord spoke of His omnipresence and said, “The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.” In Matt. 5:34, Jesus taught that we should not swear by the heavens for they are God’s throne. And Stephen while preaching to the “Stiffnecked and uncircumcised,” Acts 7:51, quoted the Lord from Isaiah 66:1 in Acts 7:49 to prove that God is omnipresent, and not locked up in a single temple in the midst of Jerusalem.

Even Old Testament writers wrote concerning the attribute of the omnipresence of God. In Psalms 139:7-8, David wrote, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.” In Jeremiah 23:9ff, Jeremiah was blasting the false prophets, who believed that they could hide their sins against God. And He wanted them to know that God had seen their spiritual fornication, adulteries and lies. Even the sins committed in the temple, Jeremiah wanted them to know that God has witnessed everything. Therefore, God spoke in verses 23-24 and said, “Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? Saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth, saith the Lord.” Point being, there is no hiding from God. “Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering,” Job 26:6. “But all things are naked and opened before him with whom we have to do,” Hebrews 4:13. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good,” Proverbs 15:3.

Brethren, God sees everything He desires to see. And this attribute of the Almighty should comfort His children, and scare sinners to repentance. I find comfort in knowing my Father is nigh unto me. I find comfort in knowing He knows the number of my thinning hairs. I find comfort in knowing when I speak, He listens. I find comfort in knowing He is never far off. The Psalmist wrote of this comfort in Psalms 139:17-18, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I wake, I am still with thee.” How comforting it is to know that the Almighty’s eyes are everywhere, and over me, Prov. 15:3.

This attribute of omnipresence should also scare people to repentance. This attribute should serve as a warning. God sees what is in you. God sees what is in your home, refrigerators, bedroom, and office. God knows exactly what we are doing and at all times. You can’t hide, you can’t run, ask Jonah about that. You can’t place God in a single temple, and claim He has no clue. Ask the country of Judah how that worked out for them. Brethren, God sees you! When Hagar attempted to flee from the presence of Sara, she learned really quickly; she could hide from Sara, but not God. And she called the place where the Angel of the Lord appeared to her “El-Roi,” meaning, “Thou God seeth me,” Genesis 16:13. God sees you, and God is watching you. He sees all, Prov. 15:3.

The Omnipotent God

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The Omnipotent God

And Elijah laughed, he chided, he ridiculed…Let Baal answer by fire (1 Kings 18:24).  Elijah begged the prophets of Baal to let their inanimate and lifeless object of their affection prove that he is God.  So, the prophets of Baal danced and chanted themselves into a frenzy.  They cut, they bled, and they cried out loud, but nothing, Baal proved to be another farce Satan sent to steal the hearts of Israel (18:25-29).

Ephesians 4:6, tells us there is one God.  However, in the world, humanity recognizes thousands of gods, though the Bible teaches, there is only one living God.  Only one omnipotent God is our creator, and our earthly, physically and spiritual provider and sustainer.  This God, “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” is the God that brings His will to pass.  He is the one that knows no bounds or limitations when is comes to His will being carried out.  “Hath he said, and shall he not do it?” Numbers 23:19.  Job declared, “I know that thou canst do everything and that no purpose of thine can be restrained,” Job 42:2.  Moses declared, “For what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to they might?” Deut. 3:24.  Brethren, is there “anything too hard for the Lord?”  Gen. 18:14.

There is nothing too hard for God.  An example of this is when He spoke (Gen. 1:3) His words alone “Laid the foundation of the world,” Job 38:14.  Psalms 33:9 says, “He spake and it was done.  He commanded, and it stood fast.”

So, not only did God create the earth with His words, but “He commanded, and it stood fast,” Psa. 33:9.  Meaning, God sustains the earth as well.  He brings forth each morning, Job. 38:12.  He fashions the weather to feed and nourish the earth, 22-30.  He controls the constellations in the heavens, 31-33, which determine our seasons, days and years, Gen. 1:14.  He has fashioned the entire creation and controls it for His personal will.

Not only did God create and continue to sustain this universe.  But He also controls the spiritual realm as well.  In Daniel 4:25 as Nebuchadnezzar was finally confessing the power of God, Nebuchadnezzar admitted that even the army in heaven, the angelic beings are under God’s control, Dan. 4:35.  And it is just not the angelic beings under God’s control.  The Bible makes it clear that even Satan and his angels and in subjection to God.  In Job 1-2, we witness Satan asking God to tear down fences, to allow him to tempt Job, even more, Job 1:10ff.  The incident in Job 1 shows who was subservient to whom?  Also, in Revelation 9:1-5, God for a predetermined amount of time, released Satan from the bottomless pit with great power.  However, Satan was limited, and could not hurt certain people, 4-5.  Then, when God’s will was accomplished, in Revelation 20:2, we witness God sending His angel again to bind once again Satan.  All of this is evidence of God’s power over the entire spiritual realm. And Satan and his angels will eventually feel the entire wrath of God when they are sent to eternal judgment, 2 Pet. 2:4.

The greatest evidence of God’s omnipotence is through the victory we can achieve in His Son.  In Genesis 3:15, God made a promise to deliver humankind from the grasps of Satan.  And when the fullness of time came, Gal. 4:4, God sent His Son born of a virgin, to deliver man from their sins, Matt. 1:21.  Unfortunately, Satan soon went to war with Jesus on earth.  And eventually, Satan had Jesus nailed to the cross.  Then, after Christ’s burial, we see the greatest work of God, the resurrection of His Son.

While Peter was defending his belief before the Sanhedrin, he told them that He had to obey God instead of men, and obeying God consisted of addressing the fact that “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, who ye slew and hanged on a tree,” Acts 5:29-30.  Jesus arose.  And through that act, we today can now come in contact with the blood of the Lamb, Rev. 1:5-6, through the act of baptism, Romans 6:1-4, which is a representation of His death, burial, and resurrection.  And through that washing, we can be regenerated, Titus 3:5, and saved, 1 Peter 3:20-21.

God is omnipotent.  Now Satan has done a good job in convincing men otherwise.  However, the Bible declares that the clay has no right, to strive with the Creator.  And for those who stand firm against the Almighty God.  God has left you with a warning.

“Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker!  Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth.  Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What maketh thou?  Or thy work, He hath no hands?”  Isaiah 45:9.

The Omniscience of God

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The Omniscience of God

If I asked you to list all the attributes of God, how long of a list would you have?  If I asked you to write a paper on each attribute, how many pages would there be?  The attributes of God, are like God Himself, infinite.  There are not enough trees on the earth to process enough paper to print and define all the attributes of God.  Though the list is long and beautiful, we still from time to time, must be put in remembrance of various attributes.

We first must understand that God is omniscient, meaning God knows all things.  His knowledge is absolute, eternal, absolutely comprehensive, perfect in man and the ways of man.

John wrote in I John 3:20, “God is greater than all our hearts, and knoweth all things.”  What a statement!  God knows all things?  About yesterday, about today, about tomorrow?  Really, can that be true?  Can God foreknow everything concerning our nations, national changes and destinies of this world?  Isaiah 46:10 reads, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done.”  Isaiah believed God could declare everything from yesterday until the end of the world.  In Acts 3:18, Peter tells us that God announced before the time that Christ would suffer.  In Acts 2:22-23, Peter in preaching the first gospel sermon taught that the events of that day were foreknown and part of a predetermined plan of God.  In prophesying about these events, God told Isaiah in 42:9 (around 712 BC), “Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.”  And sprung forth they did.

What about us?  Does God know everything about us?  Remember 1 John 3:20, God knows what?  In Psalms 139:1-5, David in praising God for His infinite knowledge, praised God because God knew his thoughts and words before David had a chance to form them.  David, a prophet of God, believed that God knew beforehand everything David would speak or think.  David even went so far at one point (39:4) to ask God to let him know, when his end was coming.  David may have had various reasons to want to know when his demise would be, but one thing is for sure, he understood that God knew when his demise would come.

What about those that question or deny the omniscience of God?  If we turn to 1 John 3:20, the Bible declares God knows all things.  David declared God knows what we will say and do before the situation even arises, Psalms 139:1-5.  Is it easy for the finite to understand the infinite?  No!  Romans 11:33.  But God did leave a warning behind in Psalms 73:9-19:

“They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth….And they say How doth God know?  And is there knowledge in the most High?  Behold, these are the ungodly.”

Three Arguments Concerning The Existence of God

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Cosmological Argument

The cosmological argument for the existence of God is considered perfectly logical and straightforward to understand.  The argument is: We exist, yet the possibility is there for us not to exist though the possibility not to exist is there, we still exist, thus someone or something has caused us to exist.  Meaning our existence is not based on our life.  Just as cornbread could not have produced cornbread, but something caused the bread to exist.  We exist not by our power, but because of a cause.  Our existence depends on something that causes our existence.

Today we exist.  There has to be a cause for it.  God is that cause, and we are the effect.  The Bible teaches us that God created us (Gen. 1:26-27), in His image, Gen. 5:1; 1 Cor. 11:7; James 3:9.  And we were created to glorify Him, Isa. 43:7.  However, we quickly proved that we would like to glorify Him, but we often fail. And since we failed, and created a schism between us and the cause of our existence. Our Cause sent us a Redeemer and through that Redeemer we can now conform to the express image of God through Christ, 1 Cor. 11:7; Heb. 1:3; Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18; Col. 3:10.

Teleological Argument

The teleological argument is better known as the “Designer” argument today.  This case is considered logical and straightforward to understand as well.  William Paley (1743-1805) is famed for giving us the “Watchmaker” analogy, which helps us understand this argument.  The “Watchmaker” analogy goes something like this.  If you were walking through a field and found a watch, you would know that the watch just did not evolve out in the field.  Instead, the watch was designed with many intricate parts and was made for a purpose.  So, if there is a design, then that means there must be a designer.  The same would be true for the grass, weeds, and plants in that same field.  They too just did not evolve, but something created them for a purpose.  So, as the watch did not form from a random formation, then it is only natural to believe that the flowers, weeds and grasses of the field did not develop from a random formation as well.

Many apologists will use Illustrations about the eye to promote the designer belief.  Within the eye, there are dozens of convergent parts.  And each part on its own is worthless, yet when God molds those varying parts together, then we understand the real value and function of the eye.  Who molded them together? A designer or random formation?  Just as the watch, a designer molded the dozens are varying parts together to give us a time keeping device.

Paley would say since archeologists have discovered plenty of human artifacts that is evidence of purposeful, intelligent design.  The universe, in itself, resembles such artifacts.  Therefore, the universe is of design.  And since its components are much more complicated than a watch, the designer must be much more intelligent than us.

The Bible too supports such this view.  Romans 1:20, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly see, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”  And even though people may try to change the image of God, the truth still stands, Rom. 1:20-32.

The Anthropological Argument 

The anthropological argument concerns the condition of basic human moral standards.  Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) a Frenchman, is perhaps famed most for the development or thrusting this evidence into the public eye.  First, if you have never heard or studied about Mr. Pascal, it is worth it to search him on the internet and read about his very short life, he died at 38. As a teenager and young adult, his intellect was captured by Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Then in 1654, at the age of 30, he switched his focus to Theology.  The advances this man made in Mathematics and Physical Sciences at such a young age are astounding.  He made significant contributions to the design of the calculator, the study of fluids, and he clarified the concept of pressure and vacuum.  So, remarkable was his work at such a young age critics denied he was the author of his work.  His critics claimed he was simply too young to have understood what he did, especially since he was a homeschooler.

In 1654, the child prodigy began to devote himself entirely to Theology.  And he is quoted as saying, “it was a better ‘bet’ to believe in God than not to do so.”  Why did he come to such conclusions?  Because of at least two points: 1) Man is intellectual and moral.  And why are we moral, intelligent beings?  The creator instilled that in His creatures.  Therefore, when humanity searches for a higher being, it is because God instilled that desire.   2) He concluded our emotional nature is evidence of a God.  Our consciences teach us to be good, loving, and holy.  And our consciences show us that certain things are wrong.  Where did we get such information or such a standard today?  Because this standard is not optional, it is something everyone with a sound mind understands.  Thus, it is concluded that our emotional nature, our desire to be good, and to do good, can only come from the existence of God.  Cardinal Newman said, “Were it not for the voice speaking so clearly in my conscience and my heart, I should be an atheist, or a pantheist when I look into this world.”

The anthropological argument is simple; we are a people of inherent morality.  We just know, some things are wrong, and others are right, and the entire world has those same feelings and understandings. And the question that remains is how?  GOD!

The War On Genesis 1

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The War On Genesis 1…

Genesis 1 is powerful!  Ask any good English teacher to look at chapter 1, and they will scream that it is a “Polysyndeton nightmare.”  Yet there is a purpose behind all the repeated conjunctions found in chapter one.  If the Holy Spirit wanted, He could have precisely recorded these days over thousands of volumes without one grammatical mistake.  Did He not know language skills before there appeared a single human language?  You see, the continual use of conjunctions in such proximities is a tool the Spirit uses to slow us down while reading this section.  So, as readers, we will look intently at every phrase, and search each word with acute interest.  The Holy Spirit desires us to divide, measure and weigh each word, thus the explanation for the “Polysyndeton nightmare.”

Satan despises Genesis chapter 1.  And Satan is trying his very best to get men today to deny the accuracy of this chapter.  Hoping to convince men; this chapter is a: fairy tale, legend, myth, unreliable, unrealistic and unfactual.  Why?  Because if Satan can get us to deny the very first assertion of God that He is God and Creator of this Universe, then Satan can get us to deny anything God has written.  Once the door of denial is open to inspiration, then he knows he can waltz in and destroy.  Thus, if Satan can get us to question Genesis 1, why not question Genesis 12?  If Satan can get us to deny the creation, why not reject salvation as well?  If we cannot trust God to tell us the truth in Genesis 1, then please tell me how we can trust Him in John 3:16?

Brethren, there is a war today concerning the work of the Holy Spirit in Genesis 1.  And we expect this war today especially from Atheists, Agnostics, and Darwinists.  But the war is closer home today than that.  For we now have those who teach and instruct in our Christian Colleges today, who deny the reality of Genesis 1?  And if Genesis 1 is not legit, then where does it end?  And who gives scholars the right to decide which Scriptures are to be accepted or not?

When all is said and done, who wins when people start to deny any inspiration from Scripture? We clearly know the answer to that one, Satan, 1 Timothy 4:1. Why would anyone give in to him today?

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