Tue, Jul 28th - 11:29PM
1Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. 2It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 3So watch yourselves.
"If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. 4If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him."
5The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
6He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.
7"Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'? 8Would he not rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'? 9Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.' " (NIV)
I decided to use the NIV tonight because the NIV says it plainly, it would better to throw yourself into the sea then to cause someone else to sin. Sin is always going be here until the end but if you are causing others to sin you are going to be judged for this. This could be selling drugs, selling alcohol, the pornography business, the sex industry, etc. A lot of people make a living off of selling sin. Well I hope they enjoy their money because they will pay the penalty for leading others astray.
Sun, Jul 26th - 10:50PM
19: There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21: And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22: And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23: And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24: And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25: But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26: And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27: Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
28: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29: Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30: And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31: And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
These are the verses those who deny hell hate. Here Jesus himself is describing hell. A lot of people on the liberal side of the house chose to deny hell or any type of eternal punishment. They paint God as loving, forgiving God that forgives everyone without repentance and sends everyone to heaven. God is a loving God but he is also a God of righteousness and justice. A God that will not let evil go unpunished. The Bible clearly states Jesus is the way to heaven and anyone who rejects the way will suffer the consequences of that choice.
Sat, Jul 25th - 7:34PM
1: And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.
2: And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
3: Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
4: I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
5: So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
6: And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
7: Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.
8: And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
9: And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
10: He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
11: If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
12: And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
13: No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
14: And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
15: And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
16: The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
17: And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
18: Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
There are several themes that are constant throughout the Bible. One of them is God’s stance on greed. The world often judges a man by how much wealth he has but God judges according to the heart. If you aint faithful with your earthly gifts you want be faithful with spiritual gifts.
Sun, Jul 19th - 11:31PM
11: Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12: I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14: He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15: All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
16: A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
17: Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?
18: They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.
19: Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye inquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
20: Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
21: A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
22: And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
23: And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24: Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25: These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
26: At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
27: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
28: I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
29: His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
30: Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
31: Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
32: Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
33: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
This young man was lost in every sense of the word. He left his father’s house to seek the pleasures of the world only to find that the pleasures of the world are fleeting and offer a false sense of happiness. Millions of people have discovered this sad truth over and over again. This young man found his way back to his father but how many don’t know the way back to the Father. This is the true mission of evangelist to show the lost the way back to the Father. The Father will not force any into the household of God but he is waiting patiently for the return of every sinner. But there is a deadline because the Son will return to judge the world. Once the Son returns and judgment is rendered either at the end or at death it is to late and the only thing that awaits the sinner is eternal punishment.
Sat, Jul 18th - 5:39PM
8: Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
9: And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
10: Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
There are many out there that say there is no need to repent. That we are already forgiven and saved. If that is true then why does the Bible spend so much time talking about repenting. We must turn away from our old lives and seek Christ. We can’t serve two masters. We can’t serve sin and God. The Bible says we must be born again. The Bible say we are new creatures. We must turn from a life of sin and seek to do the will of God. When we are living sin we are living to please ourselves. When we become believers we seek to please God. So turn from a life of pleasure seeking sin to serving the Savior of the world.
Thu, Jul 16th - 11:23PM
1: Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2: And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3: And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4: What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5: And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6: And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7: I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
There are many foolish people who say there is no need to repent, that we are all saved already. Well like I said they are being foolish just like this parable suggests we are all lost until we repent and turn to God.
Sun, Jul 12th - 7:17PM
25: And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,
26: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
27: And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28: For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29: Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30: Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
31: Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
32: Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
33: So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
34: Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
35: It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Is Jesus saying we have to hate our family to follow him? No of course not, what he is saying is that we must be willing to put him first in our lives above all else including our families. He goes on to say there is a cost for being a believer. You are going to be mocked, you are going to be hated, and you are going to be isolated. But no matter the cost the award far exceeds the cost. For the cost of not being a believer is eternal damnation.
Sun, Jul 12th - 12:48AM
15: And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16: Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
17: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
18: And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19: And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20: And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21: So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22: And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23: And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24: For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper
The Jews were the first invited to be part of the kingdom of God. They were God’s chosen people but yet when God sent his Son they rejected him and his invitation to join him in Heaven through him. So God sent his Son to invite the whole world to join him in heaven. I for one reject this idea that the Jews will be saved in the ends just because they are Jews. The Bible very clearly says the only way to heaven is through Jesus and that goes for everyone even the Jews.
Tue, Jul 7th - 11:22PM
7: And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them,
8: When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;
9: And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.
10: But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.
11: For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
12: Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.
13: But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
14: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
Jesus was teaching these religious leaders that made a practice of exalting themselves above others a lesson on humility. These leaders loved their positions of authority and the prestige that came with them. They saw Jesus as a threat to their hold on power. These corrupt leaders were more concern with worldly awards then heavenly. How many Christian leaders fit that category today. They stand in their pulpits and preach a message of prosperity instead a message of salvation. Well they can pursue earthly awards I am seeking heavenly.
Mon, Jul 6th - 11:12PM
1: And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.
2: And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.
3: And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?
4: And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;
5: And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?
6: And they could not answer him again to these things.
The Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus into breaking the law so they could have him arrested but of course Jesus knew their plans and turn the tables on them. They could not answer the questions he was asking because it would expose their hypocrisy. By this time in history the Jewish religion had become a religion of rituals and traditions with no real Godly worship. Jesus came into the scene of Jewish history about this time for a reason. The Jewish leaders were far from God and they were being given one more chance before God destroyed the Jewish nation. Which is what happened in AD 70, the nation of Israel disappeared from the scene until 1948. God is a patient God and a loving God but he is also a God of justice and righteousness. How long will he tolerate religious leaders and a people that have turn from true Godly spirit filled worship and have turned the word of God into a lie. Jesus is returning some day for his church and to judge the world of its sin. The Bible says first there is going to be a great falling away from God. Are we in the early stages of this? I don’t know. I don’t claim to be a prophet but I do know I see more attacks on the church then I ever seen and a whole lot of false teachers. Maybe modern mass media gives every nut a voice but I do know the internet and cable TV is full of false teachers and left wing attacks on the church. How much longer will God be patient with a ungodly wicked world before he sends his Son to finish it all up? The most important question is will you be ready when he does return or before your time on earth comes to a close?
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