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Do we continue to obey our government regarding not to go to our houses of worship during this pandemic?
“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29.
“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.” Romans 13:1.
A. To Obey or Not To Obey (the government)?
1. This is not persecution.
2. This is not stopping churches to worship the God of the Bible.
3. This is not telling you to give up or surrender the Bible, or to stop praying.
4. This is not telling Christians to stop evangelizing.
5. This is not closing churches.
6. This is for precaution and responsibility.
7. This is about applying common sense.
8. This is for safety.
9. This is taking care of people like us.
B. We in the Christian world:
1. Should humble ourselves.
2. Should pray.
3. Should ask for healing.
4. Should ask for forgiveness.
5. Should ask for restoration.
C. Be Faithful
1. This is a tough time but we should not lose hope.
2. Help and Encourage one another.
3. This is a challenging time but God is in control.
May God take care and protect us all.
False Repentance Leads to False Conversions
By Michael Lawrence
Repenting means exchanging our idols for God. Before it’s a change in behavior, it must be a change in worship. How different that is from how we often think of repentance.
Too often we treat repentance as a call to clean up our lives. We do good to make up for the bad. We try to even the scale, or even push it back to the positive side. Sometimes we talk about repentance as if it were a really serious, religious New Year’s resolution:
“I’m not going to blow up at my kids anymore.”
“I’m not going to look at po*******hy ever again.”
“I’m never going to cheat on my hours at work.”
“I’m going to stop talking about my boss behind his back.”
But even if we clean up our behavior in one area or another, our hearts can still be devoted to our idols. The Pharisees illustrate this problem. They were the best-behaved people in Palestine, the kind of people you would have wanted for a neighbor. They never let their kids throw their bikes in your yard. They didn’t throw raucous parties and leave cigarette butts in your flowerbed. They always picked up after their dogs. They were upstanding people. But Jesus called them white-washed tombs: clean on the outside, corrupt on the inside (Matt. 23:27). The point is that it’s not just bad people who are idolaters. Good, moral, even religious people are idolaters too. Repentance isn’t the same thing as moral resolve.
Sometimes we talk about repentance as if it’s feeling bad or guilty about our behavior. We feel guilty if we’re caught. We feel guilty if we’re not caught. We feel guilty if we’ve let someone down, or let ourselves down.
There’s no question that repentance requires us to be convinced of our guilt. But you can feel guilty and still love the sin you’re guilty of. Anyone who’s given in to the pull of lust can tell you that. “Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly” (Prov. 26:11). Repentance isn’t a feeling.
Real repentance is a new worship. It looks like a changed life, but that changed behavior results from a change of worship, not the other way around.
Repentance is being convicted by the Holy Spirit of the sinfulness of our sin—not the badness of our deeds but the treachery of our hearts toward God.
Repentance means hating what we formerly loved and served—our idols—and turning away from them.
Repentance means turning to love God, whom we formerly hated, and serving him instead. It’s the new deepest loyalty of our hearts.
If repentance really is a change of worship, then our churches must not pressure people to make hasty, ill-considered “decisions” for Jesus, and then offer them quick assurance. Instead, we must call people to repent. When we separate repentance from conversion, either because we think it can come later or we fear scaring people off, we reduce conversion to bad feelings or moral resolve. Worse, we risk assuring a “convert” that he’s right with God when in fact he isn’t. It’s almost like giving someone a vaccine against the gospel.
You know how a vaccine works. It uses a defective agent to fool the body into thinking it’s been infected so that it will produce antibodies. Then, when the real infection shows up, the body is prepared to fight it off. Likewise, calling people to “make a decision” without calling them to repent not only risks creating a false convert, it also risks vaccinating a person against the real gospel. They think they already have Christianity! Then we double down by saying, “Once saved, always saved.”
What does a false convert look like?
Often, it’s someone who is excited about heaven, but bored by Christians and the local church; thinks heaven will be great, whether God is there or not; likes Jesus, but didn’t sign up for the rest — obedience, holiness, discipleship, suffering; can’t tell the difference between obedience motivated by love and legalism; is bothered by other people’s sins more than his or her own; holds grace cheap and his own comfort costly.
But how does the New Testament describe a genuine Christian?
According to 1 John, the genuine Christian is someone who loves fellow Christians and the local church because he or she loves God (1 John 5:1); desires fellowship with God, and not just ease in heaven (1 John 1:6–7; 5:1);
understands that following Jesus means discipleship (1 John 1:6); obeys God out of love for God (1 John 5:2–3); is eager to confess and turn away from his or her sin (1 John 1:9); holds grace costly and his own desires cheap (1 John 1:7, 10).
To become a Christian is to take up a life of repentance. Jesus described it as taking up our cross and following him. It begins at a point in time, but it continues in a life of service and love to God. Dietrich Bonhoeffer put it well when he said, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”
TGC Editors’ note: This is an adapted excerpt from Michael Lawrence’s new book, Conversion: How God Creates a People (Crossway, 2017).
Michael Lawrence serves as the lead pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon. He earned a PhD in church history from Cambridge University and an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Lawrence is the author of Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church and Conversion: How God Creates a People.
Filipino-American Baptist Church - Orlando, FL's cover photo
Filipino-American Baptist Church - Orlando, FL's cover photo
Diver shore church fall festival, great day had fun and good time to get together with one another and to share the love of our Lord Jesus to all. Thank all and God Bless
Source: Days of Praise (A daily devotional providing real biblical "meat" to strengthen and encourage the Christian witness)
By Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
Institute for Creation Research
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments.” (Psalm 111:10)
The Bible insists that the God of the Bible is the only true God (Isaiah 44:6; 45:5-6) and that Jesus Christ is the only way to God (John 14:6). All other religions, while stressing their “paths,” would allow for some other contingency. The biblical record is very precise: Adam’s sin introduced death into the world (Romans 5:12) and a curse pronounced on all creation (Genesis 3:14-19).
Actually, it’s pretty simple. Adam and Eve refused to believe that God was telling them the truth and died because of their rebellion. God still loved them and all the people who would come into the world through them, so He provided the only solution possible: He gave Himself to solve the problem.
The Lord Jesus took our own form and nature, lived our life, was subject to every kind of temptation and problem humans could ever face (Hebrews 4:15), willingly accepted unjust condemnation and death for our sakes (1 Peter 2:24)—and then, to prove that He was really God in the flesh (Acts 17:31), came back again from death (after paying our “wages,” Romans 6:23) as the resurrected Lord.
Now He sits in heaven as the Advocate (defending lawyer) on our behalf, acting as the eternal High Priest interceding for us, all the time preparing a place for us to live with Him forever. One day He—that same Jesus who died for us and rose again from the grave—will come to Earth again as King of kings and Lord of lords to end the rule of the Enemy and make a “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness ” (2 Peter 3:13)! HMM III
God of Knowledge
You think about His omniscience, He knows everything. God is the God of all knowledge. God inhabits eternity. God sees the beginning. God sees the middle. God sees the end. God sees it all at one time. God is all-knowing - He can't learn anything. God knows everything that's going to happen. Not a blade of grass moves but what He knows it. If you're saved, God knew that you would receive the Lord Jesus Christ. Nothing takes God by surprise. God never says, "Ooops. I never thought of that."
God is omniscient. I don't understand how He swung the stars in the night sky. Or scooped the oceans and heaped up the mountains and runs this mighty universe. Romans 11:34 says, "For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been His counsellor?" We don't have to know all that our Father does for Him to be our Father.
Related Scripture: 1 Samuel 2:3; Romans 11:33-36; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
SOURCE: Love Worth Finding Ministries by Dr. Adrian Rogers
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God Is Faithful
By Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. (Institute for Creation Research)
“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (I Corinthians 1:9).
When we place our trust in Jesus Christ as omnipotent Creator and gracious Redeemer, He then faithfully undertakes to provide everything we need to live an effective fruitful, victorious Christian life.
For example, when we are tempted to sin or are tested in any other way, “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (I Corinthians 10:13). In this connection, He undertakes to ground us firmly in His truth and to keep us from moral and spiritual harm. “The Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil” (II Thessalonians 3:3).
When we do sin, however, He assures us that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). With all our failings, He has undertaken to eventually perfect us in Christ, and He faithfully will continue this until it is done. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; . . . Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it” (I Thessalonians 5:23,24).
All that He has promised, He will do. Even when we are unfaithful to Him, He remains faithful to us. “If we believe not [that is, ‘are unfaithful’], yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself” (II Timothy 2:13).
Our text above, assuring us of God’s faithfulness, follows the promise that He will “confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 1:8). Therefore, we seek also to be faithful. “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;)” (Hebrews 10:23). HMM
As we remember and meditate on the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
Let's remind ourselves of how much God loves us:
John 11:25-26! "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"
1 Corinthians 1:18, "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."
1 Peter 1:3, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
Romans 6:8-11, "Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Remembering God Our Help By Henry M. Morris, Ph.D.
"When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice" (Psalm 63:6-7).
The 63rd Psalm was written by David when he was out in the wilderness at night and in grave danger from "those that seek my soul, to destroy it," yet he could confidently affirm that "the king shall rejoice in God" (Psalm 63:9,11), for God had always been his help.
And is that not just as true today, for those who trust in God? New Year's Eve may be, for many at least, a time of merry-making and fun. But when the parties are over and we realize that the old year has really gone and we fall into our beds, would that not be an especially fitting time to "meditate on thee in the night watches?" Whatever may have been the difficulties encountered in the year that has just passed, for the believing Christian God has always been there to help, and the blessings of the year must also be taken into account. "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits" (Psalm 103:2).
Just to "meditate on thee," the wonderful plan of God for His redeemed in the ages to come, will turn distress into confidence and sorrow into rejoicing. "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee" (Psalm 139:17-18).
In another of his incomparable psalms, David could sing out joyfully: "Thou crownest the year with thy goodness" (Psalm 65:11). Can that not also be our testimony as this year ends? The same coronation word was also used by David in the matchless 103rd Psalm. God, the psalmist sang, "redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies" (Psalm 103:4). So, "bless the Lord, O my soul" (Psalm 103:22). HMM
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The Bible says, "In everything give thanks."
The question is:
Should we be thankful if we are hurting, let's say:
Physically - because of sickness or injury or dental problems.
Financially - you are just living paycheck to paycheck or broke or you owe too much and on top of that, the interest is astronomical.
Emotionally - you are always stressful, too many problems, your mind is always wandering, you are living in a dream world to escape the reality.
Spiritually - you are always defeated, you keep on doing the things you shouldn't do.
How about people that get robbed, r***d, abused, unemployed, misunderstood by loved ones, divorced, afflicted by infighting among loved ones, homeless, alone, rejected by family, and get unanswered prayers, etc.
You don't need to be thankful "for" everything, but "in" everything.
As I read those words -- particularly the words "in everything give thanks" -- I realize that this is not easy. As for me, I experienced a death in the family before (my dad died when I was young). I know what it meant to experience all kinds of trials and hardships in life, so that as a parent, I don't want my children to experience it, and of course all parents always want the best for their children, that's why they are working hard and praying for them.
As we look back and remember our trials and tribulations, we might have been bitter and resentful that day, this should not last, because as children of God, there is something that God placed in our hearts, a heart that loves God and knows that God loves us. If we are bitter and ungrateful, ask God to forgive us and cleanse us from all our unrighteousness and disobedience.
I know how painful trials are. Some folks who have went through such things came out of the other side bitter, hateful, and resentful toward God for allowing such things to happen to them. They are certainly ungrateful and unthankful, but others become stronger, loving, caring, understanding, helpful, responsible, more wise, and certainly very "grateful" and "thankful".
I believe that it is very important that we appreciate, analyze, and think about what Paul says. He doesn't say to thank or praise or hallelujah God "for" everything. That would involve a passive, misinformed, robot, "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)," fatalistic "victim" mentality to the troubles, pains, hardships, tribulations, and trials of life. It seems to me that we become unrealistic or we begin to develop Alzheimer's or we don't want to face the reality or we just numb ourselves to reality.
Paul doesn't say, give thanks "for" all things. Notice instead that this passage commands us to give thanks "in" all things. There's a big difference. To give thanks "for" all things is a matter of surrendering to those things in a passive way.
To give thanks "in" all things is a bold act of victorious attitude in Christ, loving, and having faith in God. Overcoming faith that recognizes that all is not as it should be -- but knowing and believing that God is always in charge and knows what He is doing, and is able to bring about great things through times that seem so painful or bad.
The Bible tells us that "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28), "And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope" (Romans 5:3-4). Because that's true and should be our godly attitude, we can give thanks to Him "in" all things because of what He's accomplishing "through" those things.
HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING TO ALL!
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