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          Beloveds, we must clear up the lie that when the Lord told Joshua he would have good success through obeying the Law, that this was meant for Christians today. The Lord told this to Joshua that in obeying the Old Covenant of the Law God would give him success in conquering certain lands and taking these lands for the nation of Israel: Joshua 1: 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
          
          
          
          Also in keeping the Old Covenant of the Law, (which is all they had from God), he would not face the wrath of God and die as Aaron and Moses did for their disobedience to God in not keeping the Old Covenant of the Law: Num. 27: 12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. 13 And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. 14 For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
          
          Moses never preached that the Old Covenant of the Law would make anyone permanently righteous in the sight of God. Here is the truth, preached by our Saviour Jesus Christ: Jhn 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
          
           Luk 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.
          
          See Galatians 3, which explains God’s purposes for the Law; and how Jesus Christ has delivered us from it for all time. Feel free to study on your own the numerous verses that fully declare that Jesus Christ is the eternal Saviour and final sole source of eternal salvation for all time for all who believe in Him. See John 14:6.

          

          Anyone willfully claiming salvation based on keeping the Old Covenant of the Law and/ or combining it with the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, or anything else is not considered a Christian according to the Bible.

          
          Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, THEN CHRIST IS DEAD IN VAIN.

          
          Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the CURSE: for it is written, CURSED is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that NO MAN is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

          1Ti. 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
          7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

          1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

          John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

          
          

    Tue, Apr 19th - 8:43AM



    I thank God that He has given us the courage for self examination, it certainly increases humility and helps us to avoid being a  hypocrite. Beloveds, we know that self examination has nothing to do with narcissistic self absorption, or "self discovery". In fact the scriptures states that: Pro. 18:2  A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

    When we examine outselves with self as the center, we abandon sound principles of conduct, and dishonor God. Without any condemnation we can stand before God, and allow the Holy Spirit to help us see and amend our blind spots so that we can see clearly to help a brother or a sister to do what God wants. I freely admit that when I followed God's instruction-No! Command, to first get the beam (Mt. 7:3) out of my own eye so that I could help my brother with the mote that was in his, I was unhappy and saddened at what was revealed about myself.

     This was short-lived; as I accepted and repented of my own past behaviors of a similar nature, and the love of God which is never diminished flooded my heart. Suddenly anger about him left and instead of being angry with my brother, I felt compassion. Now, instead of just seeing his offence, I saw his many virtues, and support that he has given me over the years as my very good friend-like family in word and deed.

    I called my brother to thank him for his consistent friendship and encouragement of many years, and praised God for his many virtues. I frankly let him know how grateful I was to God, for putting him in my life, to provide a godly example of faithfulness on many levels. Then without much ado, I simply encouraged him that ALL of us have to be careful to give everyone an opportunity to offer up their prayers to show them that we All valued one another, as having something worth hearing. That was that. The next prayer meeting he monitored and checked himself, the offending behavior was gone, he was now conscious of the need to give others a chance to participate in the prayer meeting. 

    Brethren, I am so glad that God checked me, and kept my big mouth shut and kept me from running in anger to "correct" my brother. God has given us a clear path to know how we must conduct ourselves with one another. My brother and I are closer than ever-thanks be to God. Only what we do for God will last. One final thought one day I noticed a young infant, hitting itself in the face, and was surprised-not realizing it was his own hand doing it. Of course as infants develop they come to realize that their hands are a part of their own body that they can control. I think in the same way -even as adults- we have to spiritually develop to understand we cause some of our own problems, that we can amend when we recognize their origins are out of self, which  God expects us to mature and correct.

    Lets keep on growing brothers and sisters, lets keep on doing what God wants, not what we want, out of love for Him. Now the God of peace enpower you and me to live the life of Christ, until He returns.

    love

    serola



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    Fri, Apr 8th - 9:46AM



    At a recent prayer meeting, a brother instead of praying began a long rambling tirade about how bad things were-the church had too much emphasis on making money; nobody wants to hear the gospel, and on and on. He was completely blind that he was taking much of our limited time with his personal pontifications. One brother firmly but gently reminded him, that our focus was to be on prayer. He took up so much time that others did not get much input. Even after the prayer service, he cornered others to tell them of how he thought they should live, while spewing out various criticisms of anyone and any thing he could think of.

    I read an interesting article on communication that said when we want to do all the talking, and little or no listening, we communicate that the other person has nothing worth saying, and also that the person has little value to us. This is so true. No obviously, holy brothers and sisters, this cannot be allowed to go on, as it is hurtful to the brethren, and out of order before the Lord. It would be easy for me to wait for the next meeting and just jump on the brother when he acts out again, but God expects us to operate on a higher level. We only have ONE standard-the Holy Bible correctly interpreted and lived out before God and men.

    I have begun to look at the beam in my own eye, some want to correct others without examining their own behavior. I want to do what God wants, and self examination does not come easily; but with the help of the Holy Spirit, I repented of the times that I talked too much and listened too little; and was made to see how damaging and hurtful I was to my hearers. I am continuing in prayer that God will help us to  look at our own blind spots, and turn from them to do things God's way.

     I will continue to pray for all of us that our Lord will help us to live consciously that our behavior good or bad, impacts the lives of others, and to pray that our Lord will continually strengthen us to live according to His word, and not our own selfish desires, that His Name will be glorified.

    Our words have power, and must be used with wisdom and care to build up and not tear down, even in correcting, admonishing and disciplining one another, for Lord Jesus' sake. The scriptures has everything we need for this life, and we must trust God and take Him at His word for our lives to have true meaning. Beloveds, lets keep on growing in the Lord, Lets seek to know and live the life He has given us according to His everlasting, unchanging  and eternal standard. I thank God mightily for all the brothers and sisters He has planted in my life, and has given us the opportunity to show forth the love and care that God has given us for one another.

    love

    serola



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