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I’ve gone back and forth, and back and forth about publishing this post. Because, let’s be honest, a lady’s not supposed to talk about politics, religion or money.

But then, when have I ever followed the rules when it comes to that.

But my final push to publish this post came when I was having a quiet hour this afternoon, preparing to write tonight’s post…which was, admittedly, not this.

But I looked up today’s gospel reading (MT 19:16-22), and in very clear, very bold, very plain-as-day letters, I was given — nay, commanded — the “green light” to put this post out into the blogosphere.

You see, Jesus was asked what one must do to gain eternal life. To which He replied “Keep my commandments.”

And when asked “which ones?” the very first commandment out of Jesus’ mouth is, “You shall not kill.”

And in that moment, I knew I had to publish this post….

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Daily Devotional – Known Fruit

Is Judging Always Wrong? - FaithGateway

AMP and RVR 1960 


CONTEXT:

The other day I was watching some political commentary on TV about the upcoming election. There were two participants in the discussion (plus the host) one a syndicated conservative commentator himself and the other a former chief aid to Chuck Shumer. 

Somehow the subject matter got around to abortion and the conservative made a remark something to the effect ‘VP Biden calls himself a Catholic but supports Abortion on demand’ to which the former Schumer aid responded; ‘How dare you question Mr. Biden’s Faith.’

I had two immediate observations: 1) He (the Schumer aid, sidestepped answering the question and 2) He (a non-believer I think) immediately imposed Matthew 7:1-5 upon the the other guy. 

Since I have Previously posted on Matthew 7:1-5, Is Judgment Always Forbidden?,The Most Popular Bible Verse Among Unbelievers, The Whole Counsel of God;  suffice it to say that Biblical Judgement (Discernment) is warranted  at all times and Mr. Schumer’s former aid should know better than to try and deflect answers. 

I will concentrate today instead on a much neglected (my opinion) aspect of our faith, that is How can we tell if someone is saved or not?

Most Bibles are sectioned off somewhat around Matthew 7:15-20 with a Heading of A Tree and Its Fruit. Here the theme is knowing the difference between TRUE FOLLOWERS and FALSE PROPHETS, we will know both by the fruit or works of God they bear. 


BREAKDOWN:

Ye shall – In v.15 Jesus said theses False Prophets would disguise themselves as gentle, innocent sheep. But YOU can see through their camouflage and distractions. 

know them by their fruits. – All false prophets lack Good Fruit. Oh they got fruit, it is just rotten to the core. It goes against the very Word of God. 

Do men gather – When you are hungry Physically or Spiritually, mankind will gather almost anything to eat. 

grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? – But even the most suborn and foolish should know enough that while Grapes and Figs are Good to eat, the little berries found on thorn and thistle bushes are not. Yet false prophets will lead men to these time and again. 


APPLICATION:

Thistles and Thorns can never never produce fruit, it is not in their nature. The same is true for those who claim to be children of God but are just great pretenders or as Jesus said Wolves in Cheeps Clothing. 

Is our “Judging” others Faith Biblical and Important? In a word YES! James dedicates most of Chapter 2:14-26 to the subject. Someone can claim to be whatever they want, in my example above Joe Biden claims to be a practicing Catholic but is pro-abortion, but if their lives (Fruits) do not bare witness to that claim they are Liars and False Prophets.  

The Apostle John in his 1st Epistle 2:3-6 makes the same point only this time with an inward focus. Are we really children of God that we claim? Are we working for the Kingdom or our own Glory? 

As always we need to take in the Whole Counsel of God and no go off half Cocked and start accusing and aggressively pointing fingers at everyone claiming they are False Prophets. Matthew 7 is part of the Sermon on the Mount and earlier in that Sermon Jesus said  “Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the [b]gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth. 

The Bible clearly teaches we need to be bold and point out the false prophets but doing so with a gentle spirit of humility that shows Christ in us. We need only the Word of God to be our weapon of choice and we need only use it in a manner that mortally wounds the sin while bringing peace to man. 

What type of Fruit are you known by?

 

Saturday’s Military Devotional – Following Orders

 

John 15:3-14 KJV - Now ye are clean through the word which I have ...

John 15:12-17

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

Military personnel on air, land or sea, worldwide since the inception of fighting forces are used to being given commands (orders). Commands are there to regulate the smooth operation of the overall and individual military units; from large armies down to the smallest squad.

The same holds true to God’s Soldiers. As exampled in our text Jesus made sure he left clear commands to His disciples concerning their relationship to one another. 


BREAKDOWN:

Ye are my friends, – “What a friend we have in Jesus…” , is often sung in church pews across the world but is it sung sincerely? Are we really friends with Jesus just because we said some short prayer, or walked down an isle?  Jesus says NO!!!!

if ye do – Jesus says His friendship, that is true sincere fellowship is based upon your actions. 

whatsoever I command you. – The action here that we have been commanded to take is simple v.12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.


APPLICATION:

First, I want to be clear this is not Works based anything. You will take action not because you must to gain something but because your entire being desire to do so. A true Christian is compelled to obedience because of His love for God and his desire to please God. This is not something natural man will do and is the mark of a true believer. 

Second, natural man HATES following orders/commands. When Adam the first man rejected God for all mankind it was put into mans seed this rebellion against authority. It is why recruit training is so difficult, they break us down to build us back up to be able to follow orders. The same is for those in Christ, we had to realize our brokenness in order to see our need for Christ and be ready to follow Him, to have Him as Lord (commander) of our lives. 

Lastly, God made it really simple when Jesus said all the commands of life can be boiled down into two Matthew 22:36-40, we are to love God and our neighbors. By this we can have true Joy in this world. 


Today’s Questions:

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on Following Orders? 

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?

Grace to You Series – The Truth About Man

First, the Bad News

The following 10 articles are from G2Y “Truth About Man” series; I hope they are a blessing to you. 

First, the Bad News

The Universal Guilty Verdict

Man’s Enduring Guilt

The Arraignment of Mankind

The Indictment of Mankind

Sin’s Corruption of Our Character

Why No Man Seeks After God

Sin’s Corruption of Our Conversation

Sin’s Corruption of Our Conduct

Sin’s Corruption of Our Conversation

 

Daily Devotional – Couch Potato Christian

There are two types of “Christians” in the world, one hears God’s Word and says that’s nice let me sleep on it, the other says that’s great let me take action because of it. 

Are you a DHaggiaoer or Couch Potato Christian (CPC)  

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CONTEXT:

First I must admit I was a little surprised at the amount of content I found when I googled “Couch Potato Christian.”  There are many articles and even a few books on the subject. 

So today instead of focusing on one text I am going to use two to explain what I mean by “Couch Potato Christian” and why God does not look favorably upon said people. 

Wednesday's Word ~ Haggai 1 – Michelle Lesley

AMP and RVR 1960

Haggai begins with the Lord speaking to Haggai and asking a simple question; how is it you people live so comfortably yet my temple is in ruins? ‘ The chapter goes on to say that the Israelites have lived a life of excesses but have nothing to show for it. They are lazy and indulgent. 

Compare them to what James says a true believer should be: 

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22

AMP and RVR 1960

James makes it clear a true hearer of God’s Word, consistently and actively proves his love and obedience by actively pursuing or doing what they have heard. They go about having God work through them for His glory.  In other words, no CPC’s here, they, no matter their limitations (Physical, mental, financial, etc.) will be about God’s work.


COMPARISON: 

Spiritual Couch Potato Christian’s (SCPC’s) will always take the easy way out:

They will be silent on important issues: Abortion, LGBT, Religious Freedom, to name a few yielding to the popular (worldly) thought of the day 

Play the Swiss Card (Neutrality) trying to claim Jesus never took sides: Of course they have not read the Bible, or skipped the GOSPELS when Jesus cleanses the temple, curses (Woe unto you) the Pharisees and Scribes, and so on. 

They are Unwilling to fight the “Good Fight” Somewhere online I saw the term Spiritual Pacifists and it makes sense, those unwilling to Armor Up daily and get in the fight, are just that pacifist and pretty much useless in God’s Army. 

The Doer Christian: Can never be silenced: 

Refuses to be silent on important issues: Will always Obey God rather than man. 

Follows Jesus example of Good Works no matter the consequence: We were saved to with a Holy calling not to sit idly by and let the world happen around us. 

Shares the Good News: Man’s first duty is to Love God and Glorify Him forever. Inherent in that is obedience to God’s commands none of which is more important than the spreading of the Gospel this is never a burden for a true Christian. 


APPLICATION:

We are not calling into question here anyone’s “salvation” although the bible certainly does say we will know you by your fruit. Granted it is specifically speaking of false teachers and the like, but bearing fruit is applicable to all “Christians.”

So the question remains what type of Christian are you? 

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One who cheers from the comfort of your comfortable couch? 

 

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Or an Fruit Bearing “Christian” not afraid to put your Faith in Action

 

 


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Sunday’s Sermon Series – The Least of These

 

Who Are 'The Least of These'?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto meMatthew 25:40 (KJV)


CONTEXT: 

This portion of the Gospel of Matthew begins in v.31 and goes to the end of the chapter v.46. In it Jesus is speaking about two themes, the coming judgment of man and man’s need to do good unto others. 

Some “religious” groups take the combination to mean we must do good deeds in order to be saved. If that were true Christ died in vain and was an idiot; which I am fully convinced was not the case on either account. 

Another issue revolving around these verses as of late is the renewal of the Social Gospel messageWhile there is no doubt that we are to show mercy and compassion to those in need THAT IS NOT THE GOSPEL!

The Gospel is Christ, Him crucified and Raised up for the sins of the elect, 1 Corinthians 15:1–4. Neither is this text to be rightly applied to the masses, that is the public in general. A careful study of the Greek, and Whole Counsel of God, clearly reveals, Jesus is referring to fellow saints (the church). 

There are many applicable text that one could pick for “Mercy Ministries” that is to those outside the church, my favorite would be Galatians 6:7-10. Note even here Paul emphasizes we are to “especially [be a blessing] to those of the household of faith (born-again believers).” 


SERMONS:

The Least of These by Sinclair Ferguson from After Darkness …
Doing Mercy to the Brothers of Jesus and the Broken Neighbor – John Piper

RESOURCES:

Who Are the Least of These (and Why Does It Matter)?
Who are ‘The Least of These’? – Bible Study – Crosswalk.com
Calvin’s Commentary on the Bible
John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible
Matthew Poole’s English Annotations on the Holy Bible

 

Daily Devotional – “IF”

10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. John 15:10

AMP and RVR-1960


CONTEXT:

This verse comes one verse from the end of the parable of the Vine (Jesus) and the Branches (Disciples) John 15:1-11. 

In the previous verse, v.10, Jesus declares His love for His disciples (The Apostles specifically) and then tells them to love Him steadfastly in the same manner. 

Our text explains how this can be accomplished. 


BREAKDOWN:

If ye – Maybe the most powerful two letter word recorded in scripture If, note Jesus did not say when you but if you are capable of…

keep my commandments, keeping His commandments (precepts, laws, teachings, instructions, etc.) Wait a minute we know that no man is actually capable of keeping the law (Man’s Inability to Keep the Moral Law) that is why we needed Christ a redeemer Savior. So what is He speaking of. 

Remember earlier in v.3-5; Jesus says that those who remain in Him, love Him, follow His (precepts, laws, teachings, instructions, etc.) will bear much fruit, this is what He speaks of now. 

ye shall abide in my love; Wow, how original :), Jesus says ‘If you Love me I will Love you’.

even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. – Jesus gives us the ultimate example the relationship between Father and Son. He followed the commands of the Father and in doing so demonstrated or showed His love for Him. In returned the Father declared His love for Jesus, Matthew 3:17,Matthew 17:5,Mark 1:11,Mark 9:7,Luke 3:22,Luke 9:35,2 Peter 1:17.


APPLICATION:

How often have you heard (or maybe used the excuse) ‘there are to many rules and I Don’t Want To Be Religious.’  While not explicitly implied in our text I also am convinced there is application to the “Greatest Commandments” here. Folks, it just don’t get much simpler than that. 

Of course it all hinges on the two letter word “IF” there are a whole bunch of folks warming pews across the world (pre-Covid of course) who are on the wrong side of that word and one day will be standing before the LORD and here the horrible words: (ESV)  “…I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ ” Matthew 7:21-23

Where do you stand today are you an “IF” person of God?

 

Saturday’s Military Devotional – Hungry and Thirsty

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AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

AT first glance this may not seem the most logical verse for a “Military” devotional but bear with me through the next two sections and I hope I can convince you otherwise.

We have here a verse from the great text known by two distinct names. First it is part of the “Sermon on the Mount” , Matthew 5-7, which Jesus preached from a mountaintop for the first time educating the larger audience and not just his immediate disciples. 

It is also part of the sermon know as the “Beatitudes” , Matthew 5:3-11,  as each verse begins with “B”lessed. 


BREAKDOWN:

Blessed are they – I keep looking for them, but have yet to find that person who says “yes sir I get up every morning and pray I will be cursed.” That would be nuts, folks want to be BLESSED, and here in these Beatitudes Jesus tells us how we can be. 

which do hunger and thirst –  I dare say that all of us have been there done that. I mean at some point in our lives we have been hungry or thirsty. Whether it was self imposed or forced upon us in some manner we have all experienced it.  So you understand the craving the deep desire to fill the need for food and drink that Jesus is referring to here. 

after righteousness: – Yet Jesus is not speaking of the physical needs of man, that would be too simple to accomplish. (Do not lecture me on the staving of the world, if society as a whole was not depraved and corrupt, we could fix that quickly). Jesus was speaking of eternal hunger and thirst

for they shall be filled. –  This life and the nourishment thereof is only temporary, eventually we all die and then eternity in Heaven or Hell kicks in. Jesus is says which is more filling the stuff of the world or God?  

 


APPLICATION:

We all need physical nourishment to survive. When I was on active duty, back in the day MRE’s had like 3000+ calories or some crazy thing. The thought was if a soldier only got one a day they were good to go. Well anyone who serves(d) knows first most MRE’s suck, and “one a day” is a vitamin not a daily meal count. We need more to survive and be combat ready and efficient. 

The same holds true for God and or future.  Here in this verse Jesus is saying what nourishment for your eternal future are you eating daily? Are you reading His Word? Are You fellowshiping with like-minded believers? Are you propagating the kingdom by sharing the Gospel message? In others words are you Filling your Spiritual Bellies

 


Today’s Questions:

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on being HUNGRY and THIRSTY?  

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?


OTHER RESOURCES:

Check out the series on our website: Daily Devotional – The Beatitudes by Thomas Watson Part by typing in the search box. 

 

5 Myths about Hell

5 Myths about Hell

Mark Jones

We need to convince people that hell is not people ultimately getting “what they wanted” as if there were some victory for the wicked.

We all want happiness, and as such we should all come to the fountain of blessedness, the Lord Jesus Christ, so that he can give to us all that we really desire: joy unspeakable.

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Sunday’s Sermon Series – JESUS WEPT

Luke 19:17-40 KJV - And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant ...

LUKE 19:41-44 (AMP and RVR 1960) 


Some days you wake up and think you have a plan but God has another. I was all set to use Psalm 19:1 “The Glory of God” for today’s text and while researching it came across today’s sermon and felt I had no choice but to use it. I hope it blesses you as it did me. – Mike


The incident of Lazarus’ death (John 11:35) this  and in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-42) are the only other records of Jesus weeping. What is significant here is He is doing so because is Israel’s ongoing disobedience. 

Let me briefly break it down:

v.41: Jesus is making his triumphant entry into Jerusalem and begins to weep 

v.42: Jesus sees the complete arrogance and ignorance of the Jewish people

v.43: He foresees the coming siege of Jerusalem

v.44: He knows because of their disobedience and turning away from God, the nation of Israel will be destroyed. God will lift His hand of divine providence and protection.

As I read the sermon this morning I began to think not “what would Jesus do” but  What Would Jesus Think?  Would He Weep; if He entered say Minneapolis, Seattle or Washington D.C.?

Has God already lifted His providential hand from the U.S.? If so can we blame Him? Consider how steadfast we have as a nation turned our backs on Him, how far we have come from We the people…


SERMON: 

Walter Maier held a doctorate in philosophy from Harvard and taught at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, but is best known for his worldwide radio broadcast, Bringing Christ To the Nations. He was heard in over 120 nations and by over twenty million souls. He was a Lutheran at a time when his denomination was denying the old time religion. He stood true, extolling the reliability of Scripture and man’s need for the sacrifice of Christ.  His preaching was inspiring and direct.  Early in his ministry he won the Billings Prize in Oratory and used all of the rhetorical tools of the good communicator.  Billy Graham called him the greatest evangelist of the 20th century.  In the face of harsh opposition, he never dipped his colors or compromised his principles.

Tears Over America

by Walter A. Maier (1893-1950)

Editor’s Note:  This sermon was written and delivered during World War II.  The illustrations and allusions to war belong to this time period.  Maier supported the war and the troops but many liberal religious leaders opposed it strenuously.


Other Resources:

 

LUKE 19:41-44 Jesus Weeping Over Jerusalem’s Defiant Ignorance by Geoff Thomas