Keep Watch

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Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. – Matt 25:13 (KJV) 

Do you remember playing Hide and Go Seek as a kid? If you were the seeker at the end of counting to 100 you’d yell out “ready or not here I come.” If I had to pick an analogy for this verse (and the preceding parable (vs. 1-12) that easily comes to mind. 

Let’s look at the parable briefly; we have ten marriages happening all at night. Of the ten, half are smart prepared in advance for the nights activities the other half get so caught up in the hoopla of the event that they are ill prepared for the actual event itself when it comes (pretty hard to have a wedding in the dark). 

Let us leap forward and make a practical application to the church today. The oil in the lamps represents the Spiritual food or daily bread we need to sustain us and prepare us for Christ’s second coming. Many, actually far to many, can be likened unto the foolish brides to be. Oh the are pretty (brides) “Christians” they go to church, they tithe, and do the “right” things. What they do not do is what the God commands that is to study scripture, to be prepared. (Joshua 1:8, 2 Timothy 3:16-17.) They were content in whatever their preacher said on Sunday and are convinced that is all they need, they are not Bereans (Acts 17:11). 

Unlike Harold Camping, Jack Van Impe and other false teachers the bible makes it clear no one knows neither are they to guess at the day of Christ’s return. What we are to do, as the Amplified Version puts it is to be on the alert [be prepared and ready]” keeping watch for that glorious day. 

 

 

 

 

Good Works

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We have all heard a multitude of sermons on 2 Timothy 3:16, scripture in it’s entirety was put to paper by human authors using their individual styles (one can see the difference between Paul and John or Luke’s writing) but the ultimate author was God himself.

Today however let us look at verse 17, rendered in the KJV as That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.I want us to consider what Paul (God) is saying here for a moment. It is really quite simple:

1.  Do you want to be a “Complete (perfect) man of God? That is a mature man, ready to be a husband, father provider then Know Scripture. I have a few big regrets in life on the top of that list is the fact I wasn’t a Christian when my kids were young, I didn’t raise them in a Christian home, I didn’t Know Scripture.

2.  Do you want to be a man “Equipped to do Good Works”, we are speaking specifically of kingdom works here but it applies to all works, then Know Scripture. I cannot think of a more wasteful resource than sending an untrained person out into the “world” to plant a church or into the foreign mission field. Yet many who go today are just that barely trained in the Knowing Scripture.

God’s infallible Word should be the basis for all we do. It is foundation upon which we build our lives.

 

 

 

False Teachers and Deadly Doctrines – Tim Challies

Never has it been more important for Christians to commit themselves to rejecting false doctrine and pursuing sound doctrine. False teachers and their teaching in this article and the ones that follow….

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