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"Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee…"


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Just “Sinners”

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He Hath Said

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world tosavesinners – 1 Timothy 1:15

“Just as I am without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God I come.”

Mr. Roger, Mr. Sheppard, Mr. Flavel, and several excellent divines, in the Puritanic age, and especially Richard Baxter, used to give descriptions of what a man must feel before he may dare to come to Christ. Now, I say in the language of good Mr. Fenner, another of those divines, who said he was “but a babe in grace when compared with them”- I dare to say it, that all this is not Scriptural. Sinners do feel these things before they come, but they do not come on the ground of having felt it; they come on…

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Answers to the Questions Thinking Young People Ask: Why Do We Still Eat Apples?

Question:

If an apple was the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden, why do we still eat apples?

Short Answer:

The use of the word apple has changed. Eve did not eat the fruit we know today as an apple. When the Bible was first translated into English; however, the forbidden fruit was known as an apple.  Hence, the common misconception lingers till this day.  (Even though the Bible never mentions the word apple in conjunction with the story of the fall of man (Genesis 3:1-24).)

Explanation:

As late as the 17th century “apple” was a term applied to any fruit specifically not from Europe.  For example: dates were known as finger-apples, bananas were apples of paradise, tomatoes were love apples, and potatoes were apples of the earth.  In the French language potatoes are still referred to as “apples of the earth” – pomme de terre.

During the Renaissance, the term apple became known solely as the fruit which originated in Central Asia.  This is the fruit we know today as an apple.  So, Renaissance painters portrayed Eve as giving an apple to Adam and the misconception still lives today.

So much so, that a man’s larynx is referred to as an Adam’s apple because folk lore believes the forbidden fruit became lodged in Adam’s throat after he ate it.

Objections:

Some people believe the confusion comes from the old Latin word for apple.  The old Latin word for apple and the old Latin word for evil sound similar.  Therefore, some people believe Eve partook of the “evil.”

Different cultures, teachers, and traditions have all suggested many different and various kinds of fruit.

Regardless, don’t take my word for it.  Research it for yourself (2 Timothy 2:15) and spend more time in your Bible.

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Answers to the Questions Thinking Young People Ask: Where Was the Garden of Eden?

Question:

Where was the Garden of Eden?

Short Answer:

We do not and we cannot know.

Explanation:

The Bible gives us many physical landmarks to identify the location of Eden.  However, the world that existed prior to Noah’s Flood in Genesis 6-8, was destroyed.  The landmarks mentioned in the book of Genesis that identified the location of Eden are no longer the same or no longer exist.

I repeat, the flood mentioned in Genesis 6-8 was not just the earth being covered in water but rather the world being destroyed by water.  Water fell from the sky and water blew up from out of the ground (Genesis 7:11).

The world that emerged from the flood was very different from the world that existed prior to the flood.  The world was different in weather, barometric pressure, topography, geography, etc.  The world was so different in fact that the lifespan of both man and beast quickly plummeted to the levels we see maintained today.

Again, the world was not just flooded, it was destroyed.  That world perished (2 Peter 3:6).

Objections:

People will say there was no garden of Eden and there was no great flood.  First, the Bible says it and that makes it true regardless what man says.  Second, the physical evidence points to a worldwide flood.  Every major culture on earth, Christian or not, has a great flood story.  We find fossils of marine creatures on the tops of mountains.  Investigate the information for yourself.  If you genuinely seek the truth, you will find it.


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Answers to the Questions Thinking Young People Ask: How Did Joseph Store Corn If It Is a New World Discovery?

Question:

Beginning in Genesis 27:28 the word “corn” is used repeatedly throughout scripture.  The problem is corn is a New World crop.  It was brought back to Europe in 1492.  If corn was domesticated in Mexico, how could it have been in the Middle East and North Africa prior to 1492 A.D.?

Short Answer:

The use of the word “corn” has changed.  Corn originally referred to any cereal crop.

Explanation:

The plant now known in a number of western countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States of America) as corn is technically called maize.  The use of the word corn in countries such as England or Scotland still refer to the leading cereal grain for that region.  For example:

In England the use of corn refers primarily to wheat.

In Scotland the use of corn refers primarily to oats.

With that in mind, passages such as Genesis 41:49 would mean Joseph gathered wheat, and barley, etc.

“And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.”

Objections:

Some will argue they saw a video or movie of Pharaoh’s dream where it was ears of corn.  That is just an artist’s concept.  It is not scripture.  Also, an ear refers to the grain-bearing tip of any cereal plant.  Please click on the links in the article to refer back to reference material.  Thank you.


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Generational Warfare

Great truth!

A harmful battle is being waged in many churches today that is violently destructive to our present situation, as well as disruptive to our future effectiveness.  I address the generational front of the war on worship.  It is the battle that pits the senior saint against the millennial “Jesus follower.”  It is the conflict that unnecessarily partitions the local body into age-divided worship styles and preferences.  Its stated goal is to overwhelm the orthodox system with a series of new ideas, emergent principles, and music that resembles the bar stool more than the piano bench.

Within the last week we were made aware of a local church heart-deep in the middle of this said conflict.  The church of which I speak used to be independent Baptist but was moved to a non-denominational identity.   Their music has been drifting liberal for many years.  The organ is gone, and the piano…

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It’s Time for Us to Pray

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At the noon hour on the twenty-third day of September, 1857 Jeremiah Lanphier sat alone in a room on the third floor of the Old Dutch North Church on Fulton Street in New York City.  Hired by the church for the work of visitation, he had spent the last three months in nothing but slow and fruitless visitation.

The bustle of the city’s streets, however, gave him a thought: what if the businessmen of the city would enjoy a short time of prayer at noon?

Lanphier, then, calmly waited.  Noon…ten after…now twenty… finally, at 12:30 six footsteps could be heard climbing the stairs to Lanphier’s Mt. Carmel.

The second week he welcomed twenty; then, the financial collapse of 1857 hit.  Within weeks, Lanphier was welcoming lawyers, bankers, porters and mechanics to the tune of 3,000 in number.  Revival had sprung from the wells of prayer!

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The Heart of the Matter

Thought for the Day:

Proverbs 4:23; Proverbs 14:34; Psalm 33:12a

 

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…”

 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, will be the 58th presidential election in the United States of America.  From what I hear in the news and see in the press many people consider this a pivotal election that will decide the fate of America.

The so called conservatives believe America is headed in the wrong direction and if Hilary Clinton becomes the next president she will destroy what is left of America.  Some of these same people believe Donald Trump is the answer.  

I read a Letter to the Editor by John Grychak, Sebastian in the TC Palm (a subsidiary of USA Today) that stated, “Donald Trump will be the savior of America.”  There was a video on the Internet titled: Donald Trump: the Savior of America.  

If you do a search on the Internet and type in “Savior of America” you will see similar hits ad nauseam.

NO POLITICAL CANDIDATE CAN FIX OR SAVE AMERICA.

America’s problems are NOT political.  America’s problems are spiritual.  What made America great was the LORD.  At one time, America was even known as a Christian nation that sent out missionaries around the world.  She was great because God made her great.  “Righteousness exalteth a nation…

The only thing that can change the current situation in America is prayer and repentance.  God’s people must pray and ask the LORD to forgive them and repent of their wickedness.

God gave a promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14:

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Barak Hussein Obama did not create the current situation.  He is not the great mastermind behind the destruction of America.  He is a symptom of a much larger problem.  Barak Obama is president because America as a nation has turned her back on God.

The Bible states in Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”  This means President Obama is president because God made him president.

If you truly wish to see America saved then you as an individual must make the change in your life.  You must seek the LORD (Matt. 6:33; Acts 17:27).  You must pray  (I Thess. 5:17; James 5:16).  You must repent of the wickedness in your life (Matt. 3:2; Matt. 4:17; Mark 1:15; Mark 6:12; Luke 13:3; Luke 13:5).  You must fast (Matthew 6:16-18).  You must forgive your neighbor and mend your broken relationships (Luke 17:4; Matthew 18:35) .  You must stand in the gap (Ezekiel 22:30).

If you think this is not the answer, you are wrong.  One person makes the difference.

God is not a respecter of persons (2 Chronicles 19:7; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; I Peter 1:17).

God does not change (Malachi 3:6; James 1:17).

That means the way the LORD was with Moses, He can be with you.  Moses defeated the most powerful army on earth in his day with a stick (Exodus 14).

The way the LORD was with Elijah, he can be with you.  Through prayer Elijah started and ended a drought, raised the dead, and defeated his enemies even though he was out numbered 450:1 (James 5:17-18; I Kings 17-18).

If you want to look at a long list of people who through faith and obedience changed their world, simply read Hebrews 11.

shutterstock_101942641Today, do not focus on treating the symptoms of America’s problems.  Get to the heart of the matter and deal with the sin in your life.  If you and I truly do our part to obey, worship, and honor the LORD, things will be changed for the better.

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