Nuggets – Sinning Against the Lord

Sinning Against the Lord
“And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.” (2 Samuel 12:13)

A basic truth is expressed in this confession of David’s: Every sin—not only the sin of blasphemy or of unbelief—is essentially a sin against the Lord and His nature of absolute righteousness.

This does not mean, of course, that sin hurts no one except God. In David’s case, his sin resulted in the murder of a faithful soldier, Uriah; the implication of Bathsheba in David’s adultery; and then the death of his infant son. It probably also contributed to the subsequent sins of two other sons of David, Amnon and Absalom. Furthermore, as Nathan said, it had “given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme” (v. 14).

Nevertheless, it was, above all else, a sin against God. God had chosen David as king and had blessed him abundantly, yet David was not content and elected to make his own decisions in rebellion against the will of God and the Word of God. But when he was made to realize, by Nathan, what he had done, he immediately repented of his sin, and thereby received forgiveness.

God, in His grace, has made a wonderful provision for forgiveness and restoration because “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Therefore, “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:7, 9).

Confession must be specific and sincere, of course, not general and superficial, to be effective. But if this is done, then we can exclaim joyfully with David: “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered,” because he first, as he said, “acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid” (Psalm 32:1, 5). HMM

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HE LIFTS US UP: The Answer to Our Brokenness…

God sees all of our wounds, all of our brokenness, and all of our obstacles. He has seen the destructive attempts against us and patiently waits for us to turn to Him. He knows all and has a plan for salvation for all of us. He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to save us and show us the way to overcome all the obstacles that this life can bring us. We live in a broken world with many abuses inflicting so many wounds on us. But HE is the Key to overcoming. I am not saying that it is easy, but as we hold onto God, He will show us the path to take to overcome our broken lives and reach levels of faith that can only be achieved by an intimate walk with our Lord and Savior. Continue reading

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Teens Blog – Missing your keys?


Today is two days before we celebrate Resurrection Day.
There are many Teens who need the key to life. They must seek the key and they will find.

View this video – The young man and his keys

Don’t miss out – find those keys in the Risen Christ!

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth on me, though he die, yet shall he live. John 11:25

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DELIVERANCE – BEYOND CASTING THEM OUT (4) (Acts 19:12-19) (Isaiah 25:6-9)

CB1Anybody can, and millions have, received the gift of salvation, healing, deliverance and understanding. It is the maintenance of what is received that is the larger issue. Having opened the door to the truth, those truths that save and keep on a regular and daily basis need engrafting into the mindset, philosophy and world view of the believer. The biblical terminology uses phrases such as “the engrafted word” and “the renewed mind.”The twenty first century IT equivalent would use words like “the embedded reprogramming of the mind”. In the simplest of terms the biblical truth needs to become a part of the recipients mindset.

 

The word of God in its fullness and power, presented to people with signs and wonders that demonstrate the truth of what is being said, is the over arching secret to apostolic management of the miraculous.

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Lord What I Think About Is You

Lord, what I think about is you
How Your Word it carries me through
When I am falling down
A slave to sin I am bound
It’s Your Love on a cross
That saved me when I was lost
I am no longer a slave to sin
You broke the chains that I was in
You alone forgive
It’s Your ways I try to live
It is You who changed my heart
Then You gave me a brand new start
It is darkness I seem to fight
You alone are my guiding Light
Temptation will not leave me be
It is Your Word that sets me free

 

 
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Good (Redemption) Friday

Today is Good Friday, also known as Redemption Friday. This acknowledges the day that that all believers in our Lord, Jesus Christ, were redeemed for our sins.A youngster that I work with asked me what it meant to be “redeemed.” I was reminded of an explanation given by my rabbi, Pastor Michael. I had just processed some coupons for a customer.

With coupons, the customer turns them in, or redeems them, for some product or for a reduced price on that product. My employer then submits them, or redeems them, to the original issuer of the coupon. The customer benefits, my employer benefits and the issuer of the coupon gains increased business. It is the issuer of the coupon that bears the cost of this series of transactions, known as redemption.

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Michael, I HATE your Good Friday sermons.

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Holy Week:

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During the weeks before she passed away, my Pastor’s mom had the opportunity to share many things with her family. Michael has passed along some very personal, insightful moments. Much of it is quite humorous. As Christians, we are blessed to find humor and fellowship, hope and peace even when staring death in the face.

There was also a great deal of Christian insight in the things he has shared with us.

One of her comments was: Michael: “I just HATE your Good Friday sermons.” You see, my rabbi tells things like they are, even when the news is not pleasant.

Michael’s response: Jesus didn’t like it much either, mom.

At this time before Holy Week Jesus had turned His face toward Jerusalem. He knew the agony that He faced there. He tried to teach His disciples. What He knew was coming was so far out of their experience that…

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A king, My King?

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Holy Week:

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On that first Palm Sunday, the day of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the people waived their palm leaves and laid down their cloaks. They were welcoming a king!

Today, Palm Sunday, waving our palm leaves to the sounds of horns and drums, we began our worship by marching around the parking lot. We were welcoming a king.

In his message, Pastor Michael gave what is well-known, simple and direct, yet one of the most challenging that we have as Christians.

Is Jesus a king? Or is He MY King?

If a king, so what? The world has many.

If MY King, He is sovereign. His rule absolute. We have to be “all in” or we’re not in at all.

My friends, it’s a choice. It’s always a choice.

Hail to MY King!

Shalom, Art
Alive in The Word

Thanks, rabbi!

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Nuggets – Spirit of Antichrist

Spirit of Antichrist
“And this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (1 John 4:3)

The four passages in the New Testament that use this term are unique to the apostle John (1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7).The term itself is a transliteration of the Greek compound word anti plus christos, meaning one who is “against” Christ.

John distinguishes between “the” Antichrist (1 John 2:18) and the “many” antichrists against whom we are continually fighting today.

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Doubtless

Who among us would doubt the significance of Easter? It would seem that the minute we institutionalize an event we can agree. We can celebrate it with contemporary forms such as Christmas trees and ornaments, colored eggs and bunnies. We can draw strength from common belief and celebration.

God has long questioned if faith is essentially a group sport.

It is our one-on-one experience with events on which God focuses. The bible looks upon our individual reactions that serve to test our understandings. Jesus asks Mary; “Why are you crying?” as she suggested that others had carried Jesus’s body away from the tomb. When Jesus rebuked (quieted) the sea that threatened to take the lives of His disciples, He said; “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” He repeatedly asked Peter (three times); “Do you love me?”, when He knew full well that Peter would later deny him three times.

There IS strength in numbers. We can stand shoulder to shoulder with others and proclaim until be are blue in the face, but it is in those times when we are standing alone depending upon our own strength and reason, that we second guess the infallible truth of God’s word; “I will be with you always”.

Gods purpose, as was that of Jesus, is to test us repeatedly that we are continually reinforced; constantly reassured.

Faith is not blind in the light of revelation and one-on-one communion. Let us first bring that to the celebration of Easter.

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