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Friday, January 29, 2016

From Pastor's Book...

Only Either/Or
When we decide seriously to consider our view of life, there are only two ultimate starting points; one begins with God, the other begins with man (ourselves). Again, this has to do with how we think and feel; how we view ourselves in our relationships with others and life as we live it.  

We can picture these antithetical views as two people standing back to back atop a high mountain. One is looking directly north and the other directly south. Both views include a wide peripheral landscape, filled with many other ideas and lesser issues, but the central determinative focus of each person’s perspective is either-or. Facing opposite directions; looking one-hundred-eighty degrees away from each other, neither can see the other’s focus-point.

God Centered Perspective
The Theistic or Biblical worldview presupposes the existence of an all-powerful Creator-God, who is love. Who designed and created man in His own spiritual image and likeness; whose revealed will for man is to share His glory and goodness forever.
       
“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart (the imagination) of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” I Corinthians 2:9 
Further, this worldview is based on the conviction that the Creator-God is deeply concerned about the details of every individual life, and has spoken a definitive Word for humankind. It is His living message of love, through His unique historical Self-disclosure in the Person of Jesus Christ, Who was: 

      “ Made like His brethren in every respect.”
Hebrews 2:17 (Amp. Bible)

 “God sending His own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh…”
Romans 8:3

 “…yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15

Living Perfection
The Biblical view also holds that God has provided man with eternal principles of life contained in the Old Testament moral law; the Ten Commandments, and the New Testament Sermon on the Mount.

The Christian position is that these principles were perfectly and uniquely disclosed in the life and teachings of Jesus.               

“…You denied and rejected…the Pure and Holy, the Just and Blameless One…you killed the very Source (the Author) of life.”   Acts 3:14, 15 (Amp. Bible)

“(We have) a high priest who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners…. Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God.” Hebrews 7:26, 9:14

“(Ye were redeemed) with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot…the just for the unjust.”    
I Peter 1:19, 3:18

“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth.”    I Peter 2:22

“…He was manifested to take away our sins; in Him is no sin.”    I John 3:5

“…He is pure” I John 3:3

“…He who knew no sin….” II Corinthians 5:21

Christ’s perfect life culminated in His ultimate obedience; His sacrificial death on the cross. With His resurrection and ascension, God completed the historical revelation of His loving provision of eternal salvation for those who believe.

Our Potential
As Christ lived, and lives in the perfection of the Father’s love, power and truth, so it is the will of the Father that His Son, “the Beloved,” in Whom “is all His delight” be the “Firstborn among many brethren.” God is ever active in his Creation; working out His sovereign purpose in mercy and justice, in history and in individual’s lives, to bring men into His salvation that they “may be conformed to the image of His Son.” While His perfection is our potential it will only be fully realized in eternity, but the process begins now. This process is an evidence of the “washing of regeneration.” (Ref. Matthew 3:17, 12:18, 17:5, Romans 8:29, Titus 3:4-7)

From "Third Millennium Antivirus

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

From the Pastor...

Too Purist For You?
If followers of Christ are to cease being just another part of the world’s problems and become a part of God’s solution, they must get serious about greatly diminishing, and if possible, terminating the exposure of their minds and hearts to the defilement of the violent sex-soaked system in which we live. This may be difficult but it is not impossible.

Willing exposure to that which rouses the “lust of the flesh (and) the lust of the eyes,” and an underexposure to the Presence and power of the Holy Spirit upon sound doctrine faithfully proclaimed, is a simple but certain reason why there is so little deep desire for the “sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (Ref. II Corinthians 11:3, NIV)

When James addresses Christians as “adulterers and adulteresses,” their sin is not immoral behavior, but no more than “friendship” with the world-system. (Greek: kosmos, from which our word cosmetic is derived; that superficial, shallow treatment of artificial beauty that covers the real ugliness just below the surface of man’s godless culture.) Again, James gives us the spiritual principle: “the friendship of the world is enmity with God.” (Ref. James 4:4) The heart cannot, at the same time, give itself completely to two things, let alone opposites. Jesus did not say it is difficult to “serve two masters,” He said it is impossible. (Ref. Matthew 6:24) If this sounds too purist, you might want to reread Jesus’ call to discipleship.

The liberating inward peace which accompanies the complete baring of the soul to the Lord; the full assurance of being fully accepted by His great grace, remains impossible if we continually imbibe the same “spirit of the age” which veils the minds of unbelievers. (Ref. II Corinthians 4:3-4)

The call of the Savior is a call to life more abundant. It is the eternal life of God, which begets within the heart the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-discipline - what worldlings long for but can never find until being “born from above.” (Galatians 5:22-23, John 1:12, 13, 3:1-8, I Peter 1:23, I John 2:29, 4:7)

But there is one straight and narrow way.

“Except a kernel of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life, in this world, shall keep it unto life eternal.” John 12:24-25

The most powerful spiritual weapon is not a weapon as we know it, but an invisible spiritual force which flows from the felt Presence of the Living God, which illuminates and melts hardened hearts; drawing them to the Savior. His followers must realize that this Presence and power is inseparable from the very Person of Christ Himself who, by the Holy Spirit, is manifested in the believer’s life as it is lived in holiness and love.

Tolerated disobedience, any form of self-will, and most of all a bitter  and negative spirit, will diminish, if not destroy, the effect of the power of Christ in and through His people.

“So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work.”  II Timothy 2:21 (Amp. Bible)
From Third Millennium Antivirus

Friday, January 15, 2016

From Pastor John's Book...



It’s All Of God 
Our repentance and faith are not the source or cause of our salvation.  We are saved by God. God’s salvation, total pardon, and the gift of perfect standing before Him, involve His thoughts and feelings toward us. This Divine acceptance flows from the love, grace and mercy in God Himself. He alone is the source of our salvation. It is through repentance and faith, when we are drawn by His Spirit to believe the true New Testament Gospel, that we rely completely on God’s perfect redeeming work in Christ on the Cross as the complete payment for our lifetime of sin. 

Salvation is our acceptance by God. A spiritual reality which has its sole source in and from His heart and gracious will, not our faith. Just as our Lord Jesus “came down from heaven,” and He Himself in us is our new life, so now:“Salvation is from the Lord.” Jonah 2:9 (NASB) 

Biblical repentance and saving faith, that turning of the heart (the human spirit) to the Lord, may be described as the opening of the hand that we might receive the free gift, which is undeserved and can never be earned. Opening the hand does not produce the gift or cause us to deserve the gift. It allows us to receive what we could never produce or deserve. 

Dare we imagine that the inward act of our turning the heart, or opening the hand, could ever be considered sufficient to satisfy eternal justice and make up for our lifetime of sin against God, no matter how “good” we fancy ourselves to be?“Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling.” Augustus Toplady

A Positive No, To The Negative No 
The “decision-in-freedom,” to turn the heart to the Lord, is the conscious and decisive renouncing of the natural “No”; that deep willful resistance to God as the rightful Lord of one’s life. This no, to the “No-of-resistance” in the heart, is an evidence of true repentance; and makes possible the pronouncing of the spiritual “Yes” to His offer of love and forgiveness in Christ, and the beginning of the spiritual freedom that comes from His total Lordship over one’s life. 

When one hears the New Testament Gospel of salvation and the yes is given, that person is not passive, nor active, but truly and freely responsive. 

Where You Belong 
Only this attitude of surrender, puts man in his proper place before, and under, God; his Creator and Savior. This is a singularly personal matter; it is you alone before the Lord.

Coming to Him with the genuine “Yes” in the heart and on the lips ensures a gracious and merciful reception.“…Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37

“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

"Third Millennium Antivirus" by John Cerrato, Jr.
Available on Amazon.com

Friday, January 8, 2016

Orthodox Rabbis Bring Jesus Home for Christmas



By David Lazarus / December 24, 2015 
More than 25 prominent rabbis from Israel and abroad recently issued a statement calling for a renewed look at Jesus, Christians and the New Testament faith. Quoting from their own sages, these outstanding  Orthodox rabbis are not ashamed to exalt the name of Jesus, welcoming the carpenter from Nazareth back into the Jewish fold.
“Jesus brought a double goodness to the world,”declare the group of well-known rabbis.  “On the one hand he strengthened the Torah of Moses majestically…  and not one of our Sages spoke out more emphatically concerning the immutability of the Torah,” and on the other hand “he removed idols from the nations.” 
Saying that Jesus, even more that any other Jewish Sage, honored, strengthened and protected the “immutability of the Torah,” is an extraordinary acknowledgement. These leading rabbis are turning the tides of history by removing one of the main stumbling blocks in the path of a major Jewish reclamation of Jesus!
You will recall, that religious Jews rejected Jesus from the beginning, with the accusation that he did not obey the Torah, therefore he could not be the awaited Messiah. In the New Testament, we find the Pharisees arguing with Jesus over Sabbath rules, dietary laws, ritual cleanliness, marriage regulations and more. They insisted that Jesus cannot be the Messiah because “he is teaching everywhere not to obey Moses.” (Acts 6:14) 
What we are now witnessing is the undoing of 2,000 years of Jewish rejection and animosity towards Jesus, a miracle by any estimation. For the out-and-out refusal by Jews to accept Jesus is slowly, but surely, coming to an end, as growing numbers of prestigious Orthodox rabbis welcome Jesus back.
And there is more. “After nearly two millennia of mutual hostility and alienation, we Orthodox Rabbis who lead communities, institutions and seminaries in Israel, the United States and Europe… seek to do the will of our Father in Heaven by accepting the hand offered to us by our Christian brothers and sisters,” the statement reads.
From - Glory of God on Cape Cod

Friday, January 1, 2016

From the Pastor...

     Here is a New Year's Resolution every true follower of Christ should make, and keep - to pray daily for family and friends who are not truly in Christ, to come to know Him.
     Carnal Christians, to at home in this world, have a deep resistance to believing this. But the word of God is clear, in spite of man's unbelieving wish-thinking, and Christian's spiritual dullness, those who resist and reject the message of the Gospel, no matter how "nice" they are, will miss heaven. Jesus spelled it out, there is no eternal life for those who refuse to repent, and "call upon the name of the Lord" for eternal salvation, and let the Lord begin to change their lives.  John 8:24
     We must remember, God has ordained that His word must be accompanied by His power, in order to affect hearts to see the truth, and turn to Him. He has also ordained that the release of this transforming power is in answer to the prevailing payers of His people. Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8,10, Romans 10:1, 2 Thessalonians 3:1.
     It is an eternal principle involving God's relationship with mankind; it is called the Law of Prayer. God's people have a definite responsibility in this area. Luke 11:5-13, James 4:26
     Sin blinds and blinds hearts, and sin is everywhere today. We must trust our Father in heaven to work in the lives of our loved ones, His way, to draw them to seek His forgiveness.
     Here are five suggestions for praying for the lost.  Ask the Lord in His great love:
  1. Mercifully to chasten, if necessary, to draw their thoughts toward Him, to get their attention.
  2. Powerfully to convict; to begin to convince them of the deadly seriousness of sin.
  3. Graciously to convert; to change their hearts by being born from above, to be made alive with God's life.
  4. Totally to cleanse; by His indwelling Holy Spirit, and create in them an absolute desire and intention to please Him always and in all ways.
  5. To grant them continuance in the Word of God and prayer.
"The Lord is...not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9
"God our Savior...will have all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3,4
"Call unto Me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things..." Jeremiah 33:3
"So shall we forever be with the Lord" 1 Thessalonians 4:17

     In that great day may no one we love be missing!