Month: May 2016

John 3:16

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Do we truly understand the most quoted, the most well-known verse in the Word of God? Do we really believe this verse, that our Creator-God has given to us?

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“FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD,

THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY [BEGOTTEN] SON,

THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM

SHOULD NOT PERISH

BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.”

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Words of Comfort

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The tough reality is that we don’t live in a very nice world! Things happen that can really be a challenge to our system! Relationsh5691334593_986de7cc8b_oips aren’t always as we envisioned them to be. Our health can suddenly take a turn for the worse. Our safety could be in jeopardy. For some, things can get downright ugly! Yet, amidst all this chaos, Jesus makes us this offer, “Come to me, all w
ho labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29) Isn’t this wonderful? “Rest,” offered by One who says that He is “gentle and lowly in heart.” I wonder, have you found “rest” in your life? Or are you struggling along, trying desperately to hold it all together? Let us now see how we too, can have “rest.”

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Are You Righteous Like God?

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“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty.” (Revelation 4:8) Yes, Jesus Christ is, “Holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.” (Hebrews 7:26)

 

No question, God is holy, being without sin and separated from sinners. This was most vividly demonstrated in the giving of the ten commandments on Mount Sinai. God instructed Moses, “Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death. No hand shall touch him, but he shall be stoned or shot; whether beast or man, he shall not live.” “On the morning of the th3396896241_f15bb8baba_oird day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that the people in the camp trembled. Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the LORD had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly….Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and stood far off and said to Moses, You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” (Exodus 19:12-13, 16-18, 20:18-19) Indeed, then, God did speak to Moses and gave him the commandments written in stone.

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IT IS FINISHED!

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Yes, Jesus Christ Himself said these words from the cross with a shout of triumph! Why? Because the perfect Lamb was found and offered up as the sin-offering for our sins. It is Jesus who is the Saviour of the world, and the only Saviour. For it is written, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) Yes, that is right, Jesus saves. The real question here is, do you believe this to be true? Do you believe that Jesus is able to save you completely?13230737_10154206884837386_1677564643_o

This jigsaw puzzle is finished!

Yes, the penalty for sin is death. Death speaks of separation between us and the Holy God. Yet, God so loved the world, that He sent His Son, Jesus, to be your Saviour! What did He do to save you? He died in your place, because He took the wrath of God instead of you! With a certainty Jesus completed the work on the cross to save you to the uttermost! (See Hebrews 7:25) Now, if Jesus finished all the work to save you, what is left for you to do? Nothing at all! All you need is to believe that it is done for you! Oh, yes, they buried Him, but He was raised to life the on the third day just like the Scriptures had foretold! Jesus is the living Saviour! Will you trust Him to save you?

 

Indeed, it is clear, the wrath of God is coming upon the ungodly of this world, but the good news is that we can right now find refuge in Jesus Christ as our Saviour from sin and its terrible consequences! “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”! (Romans 10:13)

 

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV), copyrighted © 2001 by Crossway. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

A Shocking Test!

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Abraham, a name that to many immediately brings respect. Known in the Bible as a man of faith. Abraham, a person called away from his country’s pagan ties, and called to a land he knew not, but by faith he went. As the years went by, he and his wife remained childless. At long last, God told Abraham, you will have a son and one from your descendants will be the one through whom all the nations will be blessed. Once again time elapsed, and finally, running out of patience, takes6345201880_4e3a8bd1de_z matters into his own hands and his wife gives the servant woman to Abraham to have a child through her. However, God said, no, but through your wife Sarah, you will have a son! Now keep in mind that this couple had gotten really old in the meantime! Yet, God’s promise did come true, and Sarah did have a son in her old age! But…God told Abraham, go and offer him as a burnt offering on an altar on Mount Moriah. “What?! I am to go kill my only son?!” We can just imagine Abraham’s reaction! Yet, we are told, that Abraham reasoned that God would be able to raise the d
ead. So Abraham proceeded to make preparations. Now, you can just imagine the thinking in his mind, should I tell my wife what God said? Should I inform my son, Isaac? As Abraham was deep in thought, he was gathering all that he needed for the journey. Looking in the tent he will have found the knife he needed for the task. Looking the blade over, well, he just couldn’t imagine…his son, his son…perhaps tears trickled down the gentleman’s now wrinkled face, we don’t know, but no doubt, the test before him was staggering!

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Entering The Temple

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Solomon’s temple10807400715_4bd16e43c2_z, what a great marvel it was! Now, back in the origin of the earthly temple it was called the tabernacle, and it was nothing to look at! That is, if you looked on its outward appearance, yet, inside it was filled with splendour! We find that the tabernacle was the mobile version and the temple would be a stationary version of the same. Yet, what was the purpose in God having the Israelites construct something so impressive and elaborate? Why all the attention to every detail? It seemed as if God were setting up a massive illustration in order to teach us all some very fundamental lessons! Let us see what God might have to teach us then…

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