October 26, 2014

Refuge In Times Of Trouble – Ken Weliever

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The Old Testament Patriarch, Job, observed over 3,000 years ago, “Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.”
I have been reminded of that this week.  Again.

Rescue teams have been searching the Barren River in Bowling Green, Kentucky, looking for Adam Smelser, missing since Sunday afternoon.  Evidently he went for a run.  Then a swim. And hasn’t been seen since.  I feel the grief and heart-break of his parents, family and friends.
Then on Monday Norma Jean received a call that her cousin, Carolyn Parslow, collapsed suddenly. She was taken to Florida Hospital and never regained consciousness. She passed away on Tuesday evening. We are leaving for Tampa tomorrow where I will preach her funeral service on Saturday.
I think back this year of those who have left us too soon. Azaiah DeGarmo. Marty Pickup. Ted Brewer. And there are many others. Friends that I have loved. Families we’ve been close to. Earthly relationships that are severed.

Then there are those who are suffering with an incurable, debilitating disease. A fire that has destroyed a family’s home. A father who has walked out on his family. Someone who has lost their life savings.And people who have lost everything in the Typhoon stricken Philippines.
So what is the answer? How do we cope? Where do we turn when Trouble troubles our lives?
The Psalmist says, “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”  (Ps. 9:9-10)

Let me suggest four ways God can be your refuge that I have observed from my friends who are suffering and based on Biblical teaching.

(1) Live in God’s Presence. James said, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” Jesus promised “I am with you always even to the end of the world. Mt 28:29.
When we suffer adversity, we can know that we are in the presence of God. What a great encouragement, comfort and consolation.
One man said, where was God when my son died?” The answer is: The same place he was when His son died. If you feel forsaken, Jesus knows how you feel. God is not a spectator of our pain, we are in his presence.

(2) Learn from God’s Promises. The Psalmist affirmed that God would be with us. That he is “our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.” God promises help. Comfort. Hope. He says, “I care. And I will care for you.” (I Pet. 5:7). He feels our pain. And will supply our every need.

(3) Lean on God’s Power. When Sennacherib, king of Assyria invaded Judah, the king stood up and said. “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him.  With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah” (2 Chronicles 32:7-8)Finite strength is undependable and expendable, but God’s infinite power is sufficient for every need. Indeed we are “kept by the power of God” (1 Pet 1:5)

(4) Look For God’s Purpose. God’s purpose is not to make you miserable. Paul said to “rejoice in the Lord” God does not send pain, problems and pressures. God is the giver of good gifts. (Jas. 1:18)
Why does trouble come? Maybe it is because of the evil of other people. Sometimes it is the result of living in a natural world that is filled with sin, suffering and separation. It could be through our own poor choice (Gal. 6:7-8) Or maybe the Devil is trying to trap us (1 Pet. 5:8)

So what is God’s Purpose for me as I experience life’s problems? To walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7) To use adversity to make me stronger (Jas 1:2-3) To focus on God’s eternal plan in Jesus. (Eph. 3:11) To claim victory through His love, grace and mercy. (Rom 8:30-31)

We all will suffer trouble in this life. Sometimes extreme tragedy will befall us. Yet, whatever the trial or trouble, there is help. Hope. There is God.

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October 19, 2014

Savior of the World – Don R. Patton

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We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. (I John 4:14)

This title of the Lord Jesus Christ tells us something that many who claim to be Christians do not know. Jesus did not come to earth just to teach people to be kind and caring. It wasn’t primarily about time. It was about eternity. Furthermore, He did not come just to be the Messiah of the Jews. It was not to assume David’s throne as King of Israel or to punish the wicked Gentile nations. This passage, along with numerous others, assures us that when the Father sent His Son from the glories of heaven down to a world lost in sin, it was to save lost sinners (not just the elect, those predestined to be saved). He came to offer salvation from the eternal consequences of sin, to everyone in world.

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)

“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:17)

In fact, the special title in our text is used only one other time in the Bible, and it was used by the Samaritans rather than Jews. They understood this momentous idea as a result of Jesus’ teaching them for two days. They were mostly of Gentile background with a mixture of Israeli heritage, who had become adherents of a perverted quasi-Jewish religion that was also part pagan.

But, they understood that the prophets foretold a coming Messiah for them.

“Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it.” (Isaiah 2:2)

They were looking for a Savior. Their conclusion after listening to Jesus was:

“…we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42)

They perceived that He had come to bring salvation to lost sinners in every nation, not just to Israel or Samaria.

And so He taught His disciples…

“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” (John 12:32)

“that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations,” (Luke 24:47)

“He became to the Father “the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” (I John 2:2)

He came to save those engrossed in the foolishness of Roman idolatry, those deceived by Buddha or Confucius or Egypt’s Isis, and those who would be forcefully converted by Mohamed’s soldiers. The followers of Christ were not told to just respect people of these erroneous religions. They were commanded to convert them.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19)

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16)

“…you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and it is our job to make sure the world knows it.

We who have believed on Him as our Savior are now to be His witnesses “in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). HMM

 

 

 

October 12, 2014

Premillennial Errors – Ney Rieber

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  1. Premillennialism questions the power and fore knowledge of God when it says that Jesus came to establish His Kingdom, but because the Jews rejected him, had to establish the church instead.  Daniel 2:44, Job 42:2
  2. Premillennialism makes God a respecter of persons when it assigns a special favor of God to the Jew today. It fails to recognize that all believers, whether Jew of Gentile, are now God’s chosen people and that this has always been His plan. Galatians 3:28-29, Acts 10:34
  3. Premillennialism rejects the plain statements of Jesus when it insists that Jesus came to establish a material, earthly kingdom. John 18:36, Luke 17:21
  4. Premillennialism denies the present existence of God’s kingdom when it insists that the kingdom is yet to be established, and they still look forward to its establishment and a millennial reign.  Colossians 1:13; Rev.1:9
  5. Premillennialism  denies that Jesus is now ruling as king when it contends that Jesus is still  to come and establish a kingdom in the future.  Acts 2:3
  6. Premillennialism denies the plain statements of the Old Testament when it contends that God has not yet kept his promises (to the fathers) concerning the land promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.   Joshua 21:43-45
  7. Premillennialism teaches error when it teach es that there are going to be several resurrections instead of only the one resurrection that the Bible teaches. John 5:28-29
  8. Premillennialism fails to recognize the true nature of the judgement and Christ’s return when it teaches that Jesus will return several times.    Hebrews 9:28
  9. Premillennialism denies Bible prophecy when it teaches that Jesus will rule the earth from Jerusalem during the millennium.  Jeremiah 22:30, Matthew 1:11
  10. Premillennialism makes  the church of Jesus Christ  an afterthought and a temporary substitute when it contends that Jesus failed to establish His kingdom, so established the church instead.   Ephesians 3:11

October 5, 2014

Pray For THEM – Don R. Patton

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23 “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you;… (I Samuel 12:23-24)

The nation of Israel rejected Samuel as their Judge. Samuel needed to be reminded that ultimately they had rejected Jehovah, but the immediate object of their rebuff was Samuel himself.

Samuel had served the children of Israel as their faithful judge for years and years. His guidance played a significant role in the fact that the Lord had blessed them and their land. But now, they wanted to discard God’s chosen Judge and replace him with a king AND they insisted that Samuel get one for them.

Both Samuel and the Lord Himself were displeased with their proud, selfish, ungrateful attitude, but the difference between a Judge and a King was not a moral issue. God chose to make use of their foolish judgment to teach them and us. Finally, Samuel anointed Saul to be their king.

Nevertheless, Samuel’s great heart, both for the Lord and for His people, is revealed in his magnanimous promise.

23 “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way. 24 “ Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. (I Samuel 12:23-24)

Although he was hurt and disappointed, because he had led them successfully and justly his whole life, he would still pray for them and do his best to teach them.

Intercessory prayer is not always easy, especially if those for whom we pray are unappreciative and rebellious. Nevertheless, it is a type of prayer that pleases the Lord, and that is not dependent on human gratitude.

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all,… (I Timothy 2:1-6)

Paul taught them to pray for the emperor, Nero, who had imprisoned him and would eventually have him put to death. Paul was an ambassador for the King who said …

…love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? (Matthew 5:44-46)

King Jesus is the greatest intercessor of all.

…if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; (I John 2:1)

… He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)

Since Jesus intercedes for us sinners, and prayed for those who nailed Him to the cross, …

the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. (I John 2:6)

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris