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Friday, September 25, 2015

From the Pastor...

Whosoever Shall Call...

For an individual to receive eternal salvation, God has ordained that the human spirit contact Him through prayer. This is not "saying" so many prayers so many times, or praying about everything under the sun, but a specific request for the once-for-all forgiveness and the acceptance He has promised. "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.... For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:10,13

As much as some wish it were so, God is not an object or a system, but a living Person, as we are persons created in His image and likeness. Addressing Him in prayer is His appointed way for us to respond to His offer of pardon. When God's Word of love is heard with the heart, and made alive in the human spirit by the Holy Spirit, the individual is empowered to say the "yes," then the "decision in freedom" must be made.

Although God by His Spirit, using the truth of the Gospel, empowers us to say the "yes," a response of silence maintains the "no."

There are incidents recorded when an official pardon was obtained by the friends or family of a person on death row, but was rejected by the condemned. In one case efforts were made to force acceptance by legal action, but the court determined that if the pardon is refused the verdict stands, and in this instance the offender was executed.

In the spiritual realm, "the effectual fervent prayer of (the) righteous" is God's way of releasing the Holy Spirit's power on earth, for the illumination of the truth of His love, that can melt the hardest heart. It has happened too many times to be denied. (Ref. James 5:16)

This is where the "supply of the Spirit" is dependent on intercessory prayer in the Church. How many know from experience that their coming to the Savior can be directly connected to the persistent prayer of someone who cared enough to prevail with God? If this is true, how can we excuse our lack of fervent, faithful intercession for the lost all around us? (Ref. Philippians 1:18)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Please look at this please

Posted by Kerlene Rogers on Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Thursday, September 17, 2015

From the Pastor

     However dim or inaccurate our perceptions, truth must ever be our ultimate goal. Unless there is an honest, even merciless, examination of presuppositions, including our own, we may be accepting assertions and making decisions based on misinformation, deception and worse, self-deception.
     If we assume that an expert in a field of study has some evidence upon which he or she bases certain skeptical assertions regarding God and the Bible, and accept his or her statements as truth, not bothering to ask: "On what empirical facts do you base your unbelief?" or "How do you know what you assert is true?" we may be following the path of misplaced authority.
     It should be obvious that simply because someone is "successful" in one field (or a "celebrity") this does not automatically qualify them as an authority in another. This includes many scientists, philosophers, and other "professionals," who imagine themselves authorities on everything; especially "religion."
     Those who choose to place their trust in the unproved ideas and theories of sinful men rather than the Word of God should heed Jesus' grave warning, that many build their lives on "sand," which symbolizes a life lived and lost because individuals hear but refuse to heed His words as foundational for the knowledge of eternal truth and life. Matthew 7:24-29
     For those who do not live their daily lives experiencing the Presence and power of God through a life-giving faith in the living Christ, it is natural and necessary to place ultimate trust in their own wits; their ability to reason, in order to get by in dealing with life in this world.
     The fact remains; those who make a "rational" decision to reject the Biblical record do so on the basis of faith alone; a faith whose presupposition leads to blind atheism, or innocuous forms of religion, which leave spiritual emptiness, moral confusion and ultimate meaninglessness.
     Many willingly allow themselves to be conditioned to live with this spiritual vacuity in order to settle for the temporary satisfaction of their sinful desires, until their "inborn sense of deity" becomes so stunted and distorted that either their atheism, some bogus idea of humanistic "spirituality," or baseless superstition, actually suffices.
     In the words of Isaac Asimov: "I have faith and belief myself. I believe that the universe is comprehensible; that nothing beyond those natural laws is needed. I have no evidence for this. It is simply what I have faith in and what I believe in." Again he writes: (We don't) "have the information to prove that God doesn't exist... emotionally I'm an atheist."
     Freeman John Dyson is a world-renowned theoretical physicist and mathematician, called "the heir to Einstein, known for his seminal work in quantum electrodynamics, sold-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering. While not claiming to be an evangelical Christian, Dr. Dyson is living proof that to be a brilliant intellectual and successful scientist in no way must logically lead to skepticism and atheism. 
     He writes: "To me, to worship God means to recognize that mind and intelligence are woven into the fabric of our universe in a way that altogether surpasses our comprehension. The more I examine the universe and the details of its architecture, the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming."
     Dyson beautifully dismantles the famous remark by atheist, physicist, Steven Weinberg that; "With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil - that takes religion." Dyson responds: "Weinberg's statement is true as far as it goes, but it is not the whole truth. To make it the whole truth, we must add an additional clause: "And for bad people to do good things - that [also] takes religion." The main point of Christianity is that it is a religion for sinners. Jesus made that very clear. When the Pharisees asked his disciples, "Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?" he said, "I come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance." Only a small fraction of sinners repent and do good things but only a small fraction of good people are led by their religion to do bad things."
      New Testament "repentance" is literally a change of mind. Again, it is the first proper response to the call of God through the Gospel; the good news of Jesus Christ's death for each of us on the cross; it is the inward turning from sin and self, with a willingness to be empowered to do His will. 
      New Testament "conversion" is a once-for-all experience. It is the miraculous work of God in the heart that makes possible the progressive change toward a Christ-like life. Spiritual life is evidenced by spiritual growth toward Christian character.
     It is not an intellectual belief of religious ideas, or mentally accepting Biblical facts or teachings. Eternal Life comes when one repents and the heart trusts the living Person, Christ Himself, the One Who, through our hearing the Gospel message, by His Holy Spirit, supernaturally stands before that hearer, calling for the unconditional "Yes," in order that He Himself may enter the heart and begin his process of glorious transformation. "Strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith...." Ephesians 3:16,17 (NKJV) "Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27
     Mental assent to creeds and catechisms must be accompanied by a personal encounter with the living Christ, in a prayer of true repentance, which is the expression of a heart-willingness to allow God's process of spiritual and moral cleansing, as well as a desire to be forgiven.
     Giving intellectual assent to propositional truth and historical facts about Jesus without true repentance can too easily become a fatal simulation of a true surrender of the heart to Christ. Here preachers must beware of preaching "faith alone" without genuine repentance. New Testament saving-faith clearly includes, not only the desire to be forgiven, but a willingness to be empowered to a life of obedience to God's Word; to begin, by His Spirit,  to be made holy as He is holy.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

From The Pastor...

When God sent His Son into the world in our nature it was that He might work out in His life a holy nature and disposition, which might be imparted to him who believes in Christ as a thing already prepared and brought into existence for us. When Christ died, it was that He might lay down His life, and then, just as the kernel of corn dies and reappears in the full ear with its hundred-fold reproduction of the seed, live again in our lives here upon earth. To this end the Father gave Him, when He ascended to the throne, the Spirit to pour down as His own life in the heart of His people. "God gave us the Spirit of His Son, crying, Abba, Father." The Spirit communicates the holy nature and tempers of Christ with a divine power to all who believe, and in such measure as they believe. They live by the Spirit and are led by the Spirit; the Spirit is their life.

In the wonderful union of the divine and the human life in the believer everything depends on the true relationship being maintained between God, working all in all, and man receiving all from God to work it out in trust and obedience.

- Andrew Murray