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Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.
Acts 2:2-4

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THE FOLLY OF ALL RELIGION

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(Jesus speaking)
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
John 4:39-40
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Islam teaches that the Scriptures point to Muhammad as the final prophet.
Judiasm teaches that the Scriptures contain all the necessary rules that must be followed to be accepted by God, and they reject Jesus as the Messiah.
Jehovah Witnesses believe the Scriptures teach that Jesus and God are not the same, but that He is God’s ‘first created thing.’
Rastafarians believe the Scriptures point to Haile Selassie I as the second coming of Jesus, God incarnate.
Mormons believe Jesus is not Jehovah of the Old Testament so therefore do not pray to Him.
And the religious and unbelievers alike believe that all of these fallacious teachings of Scripture are what the Bible teaches and what Christian’s believe.
Is it any wonder why so many people reject the mere mention of ‘Jesus’ or ‘the Bible’ today?
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The worst part is that these are only a ‘few’ examples amidst hundreds of other false teachings by organizations and tribes all across the globe that have twisted Scripture in such a way that their adherents have no true understanding that the very history captured in the sixty six books that make up the Holy Bible are a testimony to one – and only one thing… His-Story!

JESUS!

“These are the very Scriptures that testify about me”
John 4:40


Imagine you wrote a biography about your own life as a revelation to the world of who you are, and in that revelation, you happened to mention the choices you made regarding certain situations; the way you chose to do things, the paths you chose to travel; you even mentioned some people you met along the way.
What if someone picked up that book to read it and because they noticed that you mention some people in passing in it, imagine they somehow missed the point and concluded that the book was about those other people…
Wouldn’t that be so frustrating to you as the writer?
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Well imagine how God the Father might feel, who sent His Holy Spirit to inspire men to write these books in hope of revealing God the Son to the world when instead, they preach and teach His Word while completely missing this point altogether!
This happens simply because these false teachers of the Bible overlooked one VERY important detail…
The Holy Spirit who inspired Scripture, is the only Spirit who reveals it to men!
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‘All Scripture is God-breathed’
2 Timothy 3:16
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(Jesus speaking)
But when he, the *Spirit of truth*, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the *Spirit* will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
John 16:13-15
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Office of the Holy Spirit:
– the Spirit of truth must ‘come’ to you (so ask God to ‘send’ Him)
– He will guide you into ALL truth
– He will ‘speak’ to you
– He will not speak on His own though
– He hears
– He then only speaks what He hears
– He prophesies (knows future events)
– He will glorify Jesus
– It is from Jesus that He hears and therefore speaks (reveals)
– He will therefore even confirm that these words from Jesus are true
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However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”
    the things God has prepared for those who love him
    these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. *The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God* but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because *they are discerned only through the Spirit*. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:9-16
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Don’t let another day pass you by without receiving this awesome gift from God – the ability to have personal fellowship (relationship) with your Creator by His indwelling Holy Spirit!

Trust Jesus!

Santa or Jesus?

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SANTA OR JESUS?
by John Piper
My question is this: How could we possibly even think of giving our children a bowl of bland, sugarless porridge when they are offered the greatest meal in the world? Why would we give them Santa Claus when they can have the incarnation of the Son of God? It is just mind-boggling to me that any Christian would even contemplate such a trade — that we would divert attention away from the incarnation of the God of the universe into this world to save us and our children. I scarcely have words for it that people would contemplate this. Not only is Santa Claus not true and Jesus is very truth himself, but compared to Jesus, Santa is simply pitiful and our kids should be helped to see this.
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1. Santa Claus offers only earthly things, nothing lasting, nothing eternal. Jesus offers eternal joy with the world thrown in. Yeah, the fire engine is thrown in.
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2. Santa Claus offers his ephemeral goodies only on the condition of good works. He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you are awake. He knows when you have been bad or good, so be good for goodness’ sake. That is a pure works-religion. And Jesus offers himself and all the gifts freely by grace through faith.
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3. Santa Claus is make-believe. Jesus is more real than the roof on your house.
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4. Santa Claus only shows up once a year. Jesus promises, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). You say to your kid every night: He is standing by your bed. He is with you when you get up in the morning. He is with you when you go to school today. If mommy and daddy die, he will be right there with you. Santa doesn’t hold a candle to this flame: Jesus.
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5. Santa Claus cannot solve our worst problem, and Jesus did solve our worst problem — our sin and our alienation from God. Santa Claus can put some icing on the cake of the good life, but he cannot take a shattered life and rebuild it with hope forever. And our kids need to know that about Christmas.
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6. Santa Claus is not relevant in many cultures of the world. And Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords and of all the peoples of the world.
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7. Santa Claus will be forgotten some day, and Jesus will be the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
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So there is no contest here. I cannot see why a parent — if they know and love Jesus, if they have found Jesus to be the greatest treasure in the world — why they would bring Jesus out of the celebration and Santa into the celebration at all. He is just irrelevant. He has nothing to do with it. He is zero.
My counsel is to give all your efforts to making your children as happy as they can possibly be with every kind of surprise that is rooted in the true meaning of Christmas.
Let your decorations point to Jesus.
Let your food point to Jesus.
Let your games point to Jesus.
Let your singing point to Jesus.
Out-rejoice the world.
Out-give the world.
Out-decorate the world,
and let it all point to Jesus.
And if being Jesus-focused is a killjoy for your Christmas, you don’t know him well.

Trust Jesus!

 

A House Divided Against Itself…

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Chances are pretty good that if you’ve attended a local fellowship for any significant amount of time, you’ve heard the grumbles of one of two contentions among the adherents:

1. There is either consistent attention on the fact that believers have compromised and adapted to the spirit of the age and therefore have become powerless to effect any real change in their communities.

Or the opposite:

2. That we need to stop the Christian-on-Christian bashing and recognize that the body is in need of healing just like anyone else and therefore needs to be nutured and not harshly criticized; admonished in love and not made to feel lesser.

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When you consider the diverse dynamics of any congregation you’ll quickly notice that the truth is – the body needs both! We need more ministers of the Gospel (by which I mean – you and I) who walk in the humility of recognizing our own weakness and need for a Savior; have experientially received and are filled with the love of God who – more than a mere act of obedience – can then recognize, empathize, and have compassion for the hurting and therefore are *compelled* to reach out and be used as a vessel that brings healing to a broken world.

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For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.
Hebrews 4:15

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But we also must recognize that we are completely powerless to do so if we hope to do so on sheer emotional love alone with no knowledge or accurate understanding of the Word of God to minister to others with.

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All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17

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For what separates the humanitarian, atheist, religious zealot, or monk – from doing good deeds like any Christian fellowship can do, except for the power and objective truth in the Gospel of our salvation?

The fact that we do good works ‘from’ having received salvation as a free gift from God, and not because we are trying like all the other religions of the world to ‘earn’ our salvation through our own efforts, should be central to our own understanding of the salvation found in the Gospel, our motivation, and then to what we preach to others.

Too often there’s a sense of Christian Pharisaicalism where we believe the grace of God was something earned by our flawless church attendance, or our ‘well mentioned’ giving to various causes/needs; by intellectual pride, or even by our church attire.

But even these examples are not mentioned to insult believers. Because at the heart of many shows of religious zeal I recognize that there is sometimes just an inner heart cry that’s screaming out ‘notice me,’ ‘validate me,’ ‘acknowledge me,’ and ‘love me.’

And we do love you!

For this reason every minister must continue to speak the truth, but their life and profession must be unified in step with the Holy Spirit so that it can clearly show forth that it is indeed sincerely driven by love.

And *that* is what *this* message is really a call for.

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If I have the gift of prophecy

and can fathom all mysteries

and all knowledge,

and if I have a faith that can move mountains,

but do not have love,

I… am… nothing
1 Corinthians 13:2

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Speak the Truth in Love
And Love, in Truth

Trust Jesus!

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Trust JESUS!

Ten Deceptions in the Church

Scripture gives us many warnings not to be deceived nor deceive ourselves.

Here are a few scriptural idea’s of deceptions to beware of in your personal walk.

May the Spirit of Truth seek out and bring to light any areas of your life where the enemy might be trying to deceive you.

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10. If you are a hearer of the Word and not a doer of the Word

You might be deceived

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9. If you say you have not sinned

You might be deceived

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8. If you say that you are entirely sanctified

You might be deceived

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7. If you think you’re something when you’re nothing

You might be deceived

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6. If you think you’re wise when you’re foolish

You might be deceived

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5. If you say or think you are religious, when your tongue is unbridled

You might be deceived

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4. If you think you won’t reap what you’ve sown

You might be deceived

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3. If you think you can go on sinning and inherit the Kingdom

You might be deceived

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2. If you think that contact with bad company wont affect you

You might be deceived

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1. This last one is probably going to be the hardest one for most Christians to face.

But if you have the sort of idea that somehow Christians won’t see the big trouble; that somehow they’ll just be caught out of it all and be taken on the first bus to heaven before any trouble hits them…

Then I believe you may be duped by a huge and totally unscriptural deception.

This last one is probably the one that will cause the most opposition because of the popularized idea in and out of the church, but I believe it truly is an unscriptural idea. And even if I am wrong regarding this last one, I’d rather be wrong my way, then to be wrong in any contrary way.

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Nevertheless, in all things,

Trust JESUS!

Asking the Right Questions

ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
by David Platt

 

Many people struggle today with two major questions about the Christian faith. One is regarding the very existence of the supernatural being we call ‘God’, and the other is the Christian worldview that there is only ‘one way’ to Him.

 

Today I hope to lend some insight that will assist you to find the answers to these two questions if you’re willing to do your part in considering these things.

 

First of all, for just for a moment I’d like you to imagine that there ‘is a God’ and that He is perfect in justice and holiness and love – and this God was to create a world where the pinnacle of His creation was to create a man and a woman for the express purpose to “know” Him and enjoy Him and walk with Him and have fellowship with’ Him – And He wanted us (His creation) to experience life with Him forever.

 

And imagine that one day that the creation was to look at the Creator and say “I think I don’t want to follow my Creator’s ways, I want to do things on my own”

 

Imagine the Creator has said “if you turn from me and eat from this tree, then you’ll experience death but I don’t want you to experience death I want you to live forever with me”

 

Imagine the creation were to say “I don’t think we can trust Him”

 

So they were to eat from that tree and totally turn from their Creator

 

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And imagine that Creator said to them “I told you that if you ate from that tree you would die but I have this plan in motion for you to still live”

 

And then the Creator began to send people to His creation to bring Good News of His great love for them. He even called some of them to Himself personally and said “I want to enter into a covenant relationship like a marriage covenant with you to show My love to you so you can then reflect My love to everybody in the world”

 

And then imagine those people were to say “Yes! We want to do that (their called the nation of Israel in the Old Testament)

 

And then imagine that the people of Israel who had entered into this marriage covenant relationship with God had decided to themselves that – they would rather take their gold and their silver and put it together and worship that instead of our Creator

 

And then imagine that the Creator were to send messengers to His creation to say “turn back, I love you. Turn from your sin. Trust in Me.”

 

And imagine that creation were to take the messengers sent by their Creator and were to stone them, saw them in two, beat them, imprison them; persecute them…

 

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And after all that,

 

Imagine that the Creator was to commit the ultimate act of condescension and come to the Creation Himself – To love and care for His creation, serve His creation, wash their feet, heal their sicknesses, deliver them from their infirmities, and then make a way for the creation to know their Creator

 

And imagine that the creation were to take the Creator Himself – in the flesh – and to mock Him, beat Him, scourge Him, spit upon Him, nail Him to a cross in the most cruel form of death they could imagine.

 

And imagine in light of all of that the Creator was to say that “if you’ll simply trust in My love for you, and what I did for you, then I will forgive you of all your rebellion against Me and you can live with Me forever”….

 

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If that were all true, then doesn’t it seem a bit bold to look in the face of that Creator and say “why have you only made one way for us?”

 

Because once you realize the whole story, the question isn’t
“why is there only one way for us?”
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the real question the becomes:
“why is there any way at all???”

Trust Jesus!