In Acts 3-4 Peter healed a lame man by the temple which made all of the people go into shock because this guy had been lame for 40 years. Then, "the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them (4:1) and they were put into custody.
"And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, 6 as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, "By what power or by what name have you done this?" (4:5-7).
"let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole" (4:10).
Throughout these two chapters, Peter is always giving the glory and credit to God for doing the work of healing the lame man. The healed man and the observing people didn't praise Peter, they praised God (3:8-9). We need to give credit to God when he works in and through us to accomplish His will. A great work of the Lord will result in the people praising God rather than elevating a person.
Ok, ok, I know. Not too many of us have healed someone who was lame for 40 years. But practically, every good gift is from above (James 1:17), so we should give the Lord the credit for the good that is in our lives. Of course, we all fail at this and we have unthankful hearts many times, but it will be a great benefit to us if we realize that every good gift is from the Lord. So instead of taking credit for the things that happen in our lives, we, like Peter, should give the Lord the credit for what He is doing. Whether it is healing a lame man, receiving a promotion, or accomplishing a great task, let us give the Lord the credit.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). Notice: the glory does not go to us, but to the Father.
Needless to say, the teacher tried answering it without offending anyone, which I respect in a professional classroom, but the answer came out in a somewhat relativistic way. But the truthfulness of the answer does not need to be disregarded. Ultimately, we know that they do not have the right view of God and of salvation, so how can it be obtained if they have false information? It just seems like we (Christians) have a hard time of explaining why people who "believe" in some type of Jesus are not going to heaven (cults).
People seem to want the heaven of the Bible, without having the God of the Bible. Hence the questions, "Can so and so go to heaven without believing in Jesus?" Or in other words, "Can so and so go to the heaven of the Bible without believing in the God of the Bible?" The answer is no.
The logic is simple:
If you have a false Jesus, a false Spirit, and a false gospel (II Cor. 11:4), then you have a false salvation. If the biblical gospel is not accepted (Galatians 1:6-9) then the result is to have a false gospel that does not provide salvation; there is no saving power in it.
Yes, it is a hard truth to admit and explain, but I think the easiest way (and most logical) is:
False Jesus + False Gospel = False Salvation
THIS IS NOT AN OBAMA BASH.
I have read several different blogs concerning our new President. I agree with all that we need to pray for him and our country and also show respect. But, we ultimately need to show respect to God and follow his word.
Anyways, I have been thinking a lot about how Obama was sworn in on Abraham Lincoln's Bible. My thought has been, "Why would you swear on something that you don't even believe in?"
Please watch this video to understand our President's view of Scripture.
I am not talking about any policies he has or what may be changed, I am focusing on how he is supposed to be an honorable man, but yet he is swearing his presidential oath on something he doesn't even believe in. Where is the honesty at? Why swear on it when he admits it is not authoritative? Does this discredit the honesty of his oath?
This is not an Obama bash. I do give him respect as our Commander and Chief, I am just thinking critically and trying to honor the true "Commander and Chief," our King Jesus. His word is above all, yet it is mocked at by the same person who swears by it?
A side note, this is a wonderful day in American history as logical diversity (as in ethnicity and skin color) can finally be celebrated. Amen.
This not only applies to Obama, but to many of our past Presidents and other government officials. Something to think about.
This guy was huge! He was stinkin' buff. It is just crazy to think that he died while playing basketball on a cruise ship, even while being in good shape. This is just a fresh reminder that our days our numbered and that death can strike at any time, even while playing a basketball game on a cruise ship. The Lord be with his friends and family.
1) Friday night in Costa Mesa, Ravi Zacharias spoke on "Need God? What If I Don't?"
2) Saturday morning and afternoon in Diamond Bar, the topic of an Apologetics Seminar was "The Challenge to the Church in the Last Days."
Chuck Smith - Matthew 243) Sunday Night in Costa Mesa, Norman Geisler spoke on "The Innerancy of the Bible."
Ron Rhodes - Ezekiel 38-39
Norman Geisler - Islam
Charlie Campbell - The Emergent Church
Raul Ries - Ephesians 5
There was a lot of great information presented that was informative, challenging, and encouraging.
To sum it all up, we need to be educated in the Word of God, redeem the time, and let biblical truth influence the world as we accurately represent Jesus Christ.
I was able to "meet" Ravi Zacharias after he spoke. In other words, I shook his hand, said hi, and took a picture with him. He is very inspiring.
Volition (n): The act of willing, choosing, or resolving; exercise of willing.
People are willfully choosing to strip human rights away from helpless people. In the past, African American slaves were so horribly dealt with, then Nazis tried to extinguish the Jewish race, and now abortion runs wild in America, deliberately killings millions of babies.
This movie, "Volition," is a great short film (15 minutes) that ties African American slavery, Nazi Germany, and abortion all in one. It is an amazing film. I highly recommend it! Please watch it and let it stir up your emotions and touch your heart, motivating us to love on others in a Christlike manner and view them as He does.
Go to http://www.thedoorpost.com/hope/Volition/
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You can’t take it with you–but you can send it on ahead.
T r e a s u r e P r i n c i p l e K e y s
God owns everything. I’m His money manager.
We are the managers of the assets God has
entrusted—not given—to us.
My heart always goes where I put God’s money.
Watch what happens when you reallocate your money
from temporal things to eternal things.
Heaven, not earth, is my home.
We are citizens of “a better country—a heavenly one”
I should live not for the dot but for the line.
From the dot—our present life on earth—extends a line
that goes on forever, which is eternity in heaven.
Giving is the only antidote to materialism.
Giving is a joyful surrender to a greater person and
a greater agenda. It dethrones me and exalts Him.
God prospers me not to raise my standard
of living, but to raise my standard of giving.
God gives us more money than we need
so we can give—generously.
The end of the book concludes with a challenging giving covenant:
M y G i v i n g C o v e n a n t
1. I affirm God’s full ownership of me and everything entrusted to me.
2. I set aside the firstfruits—at least 10 percent—of every wage and gift I receive as holy and belonging exclusively to the Lord.
3. Out of the remaining treasures God entrusts to me, I seek to make generous freewill gifts.
4. I ask God to teach me to give sacrificially to His purposes, including helping the poor and reaching the lost.
5. Recognizing that I cannot take earthly treasures from this world, I determine to lay them up as heavenly treasures—for Christ’s glory and the eternal good of others and myself.
6. I ask God to show me how to lead others to the present joy and future reward of the Treasure Principle.
This is a wonderful book that will greatly impact your life! Plus, it is really short!
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1) I am cool.
2) I am fun.
3) I love Jesus.
What a great guy! I was so blessed by that. I hope that the Lord brings someone in your life to greatly impact you the way that Phil has impacted me.
What blessed me so much was seeing this man content in Christ. He told the Lord that he was content with either being healed or going to heaven; he knew he was going to see his Savior. Through the midst of such pain this man was trusting in the saving grace of Jesus; you could see it in his face. My brother and I had the great privileged of anointing him with oil and praying for him and his family. What a great example he was to me.
You see, only the believer has the hope of being with the King. His death could come very soon, and although he may be sad for his family, his face was singing "soon and very soon, I am going to see the King." It was great to also see his family being so supportive of him, especially his wife who has just been trying to help him through all of this.
There is true contentment in Christ, even if you have cancer and are approaching death. To live is Christ and to die is gain.
Throughout the entire time, I was thinking about how the situation could apply to my life and I kept thinking about Ecclesiastes 12:1, which says:
Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come.
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (1 Cor 1:18).
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek" (Romans 1:16).
The message of the cross is the power of God and the gospel is also described as being the power of God. The message of the cross is the gospel, which is the power of God.
Isn't amazing to think that we have the power of God? Not that we have the power in and of ourselves, but the power is in the message we contain.
The power is in the message, not the messenger.
This message is powerful!
This is so true. We will never be beyond the reach of God's grace and we will never be beyond the need of God's grace. It doesn't matter how good or bad of a day we are having, we will always need His grace.