Famous Last Words

Our text is from John 19:30.  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

son of man fixed it up 2A number of books have been written over the years that have famous last quotes from great men and women over the centuries.  Words that have been recorded right before they die or last words that someone heard them say or that was recorded by them, however, none so great, victorious, complete, and final as the words spoken by our Loving Lord while hanging on the old rugged cross.  “It is finished.”

Let us give thanks for these words, for had they not been spoken and fulfilled, we would always be trying to get saved by something unacceptable.  But God accepted the finished work of His Son on the cross as payment for our sins.  Our works would never do.

You see, when we trust Christ, God puts us in Him, so when God looks at His son, God accepts us because God accepts his Son and His finished work.

Praise God for his…

Famous Last Words!

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I Would Die for Her

Our text is from Ephesians 5:25 today which states:                                                              Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

valentine daySince at this time of year we celebrate Valentine’s Day I thought it would be appropriate for me to give you what the Bible says is the greatest love story.

Jesus Christ came all the way from Heaven to pay for the sins of the world because He loved the world and His dying for it, proved it.   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.                                                                                                                                                         Yet, for even a more intimate love, it is said in our text that He (Christ) gave His life for the church showing a special love for it that He didn’t have for any other.  That is, He died so the church could be cleansed and sanctified.  (See the next 2 verses in our text).  What a great God and a great love He had for His bride.

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day may this be a reminder of the great love Jesus Christ had for His bride (the church) and may the cross be the reminder of that great love.

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 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13

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My Old Account was Settled Long Ago

 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;                 Philemon 18.

paid in full

 

 

 

 

I don’t like to be behind on my bills.  I have been very fortunate and blessed up to now to be able to keep up with my bills.  I know that the longer I leave my bills unpaid, the bigger they become and the harder it is to pay them off because of late fees and interest.

Friend that is true with your spiritual debts as well.  Your sin account is growing everyday and you must have assistance to get your account paid off because you cannot pay them off by yourself.                                                                                                                                                How do you do that?  I was hoping you would ask.

The Bible says,  Who his own self (Jesus Christ)  bare our sins in his own body on the tree…2 Peter 2:24

Jesus paid your sin debt for you with his own blood and it is available to you if you will only acknowledge your sin debt.  Tell him that you can’t pay it off by yourself and ask Him to pay your sin debt for you, then your debts will be paid in full and your sin account will be settled.

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.     Mark8:36.                                                                                                                                                 A great song entitled The Old Account goes like this…

Well there was a time on earth when in the book of heaven
An old account was standing for sins yet unforgiven
My name was at the top and many things below
But I went unto the keeper and settled it long ago

(Refrain)
Long ago, long ago
Yes the old account was settled long ago
And the record’s clear today cause he washed my sins away
For the old account was settled long ago

Well the old account was large and growing every day
For I was always sinning and never tried to pray
But when I looked ahead and saw such pain and woe                                                            I went unto the keeper and settled it long ago
(Refrain)

When in that happy home, my Savior’s home above                                                                        I sing redemption’s story and praise Him for his love                                                                  I’ll not forget that book with pages white as snow                                                                   Cause I went to the keeper and settled it long ago.

(Refrain)

When at the judgement bar i stand before my King                                                                    He the book will open he can not find a thing                                                                                 Then will my heart be glad as tears of joy shall flow shall                                                             Cause I went to the keeper and settled it long ago.

(Refrain)

Now sinner seek the Lord repent of all your sins
Cause this he has commanded if you would enter in
And then if you should live a hundred years below
Well you know you got it settled cause you settled it long ago
Long ago (down on my knees)…

Jesus paid a sin debt– that he did not owe:                                                                                        So you would not owe a sin debt– that you could not pay.

Don’t get covered up with sin debt—Get covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.

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Who is Your Daddy?

Our text will come from Luke 3:38.  Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

who is your daddyOur text may seem to start in an unusual way but it is a continuing passage clear back from verse 23 with the lineage of the Lord Jesus Christ all the way back to God in verse 38.   The important thing to know is that God is well aware of these men and who their father was. Many, many times in the scripture there are names of men listed along with their father and perhaps their father’s father even to the 4th and 5th generations or even more.

Did you ever wonder why all the lineages are given in the Bible? The Bible is a book of life. In Hebrew and Greek all names have meanings. Therefore it would be no surprise to find you’re name listed somewhere in scripture. Undoubtedly, everyone’s name is in there somewhere, perhaps hidden by another name. The whole point of all this is to get you to see that God knows you and who your father is.

In the Bible there are only 2 kinds of people spiritually.  Saved and Lost. Each one has a father.
One is said to have the devil as their father. That would be the Lost.  Jesus said in John 8:44—Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.          See, some people’s father is the devil. They just don’t realize it.

Then on the other hand God is father to the Saved. In Romans 1 verse 7 the Apostle Paul speaks. To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. The saved have a father also. The saved have been born from above.  Jesus said in John 8  verse 23 that he was from above so our spiritual birth is from above making our Father from above. James 1:17 speaks of the Father which is from above. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

So I want to conclude with this question—Who is your Daddy?

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Life After Death?

Our text will come from 1st Corinthians 15:32.  If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

_empty_tomb a (2015_06_19 22_54_23 UTC)Many just have not thought this matter of life after death through. There would be no point in being here.
No point in doing right, being a good citizen, helping others, trying to stay alive and just living from day to day. In a sense we would all be like zombies just going through the motions of living and then one day we cease to exist.

Our text indicates that there is no point in fighting for what is right if there is no resurrection. We should just live it up and do what we want because we will be dead tomorrow.

May God help you to see in the Word of Life (The Holy Bible) that we can have abundant life here and in eternity.

… I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.   John 10:10.

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No Power

Our text will come from Matthew 10:1. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

no powerIt’s been said when candles are needed there is no power. That is true in many instances. Along with this I think of many churches that utilize candles in their services. I can’t help but think…oh, never mind.

In our text Jesus sends out his disciples to heal folks and cast out unclean spirits. It is he that gives them this power. It is not being good, going to church, sitting cross-legged and tripping out, being one with nature, getting baptized, or being healthy and strong. The power comes from the Son. Not the ‘sun’ but the ‘Son of God.’  You can’t get this power by physical exercise but through a spiritual walk with God. That includes reading your Bible, praying, witnessing, and putting God first in your life, in other words self denial. These are spiritual exercises and you think it takes discipline to exercise physically, try reading your Bible through in one year or even every three years. That’s one chapter a day.  Many are too occupied with their phones to read the word.  You will see that you will get a lot of opposition from others, the devil, and even your own will. I didn’t say it would be easy. It’s not always, but as they say our in the world “no pain, no gain.”

Now you can see why we have so many Christians with no power.  They are trying to get their power from other sources or by cutting corners.  Sorry, it won’t happen. They just have a candle, but no power.

My prayer is that God will give you the desire to want the power to serve the Master for he is worthy.

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