What is God’s Church?

The Church is God’s creation that came into existence when Christ died on the cross. The Church was birthed…and Scriptures teach Christ purchased the Church with His own blood. Acts 20:28. In the Church the omnipresence of the Holy Spirit allows universal contact between man and God. Universal contact from the Spirit is made through mans belief and trust in Christ. The Church was formed by God after the dividing line from Law given only to Israel became Divine Grace through the presence of the Spirit was given to both Jew and Gentile (today) through faith in Christ. The Church consists of members who are taken out of the unbelieving world and baptized into the body of Christ by the Spirit.

“Israel in the Old Testament was the apple of God’s eye. Today in the New Testament the Church is the apple of God’s eye”.

Membership to God’s Church is not based on social status in the community, material wealth, or anyone’s good deeds. Any sinner can become a member of God’s Church through faith in Christ; and any believer can also lose membership if they depart or err from their faith in Christ. All members of God’s Church are required to have a clean heart and forgiveness of sins found in the death of a Savior. All members of Christ’s body, the Church are holy because God gives them a holy heart when the heart of unholiness is removed by the saving Grace of God. God’s Church is holy because the creator of the Church is holy.

God’s Church does not have a steeple nor does it consist of four walls or stained glass windows. The Church is a Spiritual place of refuge for all believers in Christ – on this side of Heaven. The Church is perfect because Christ, its builder is perfect. Never will Hell, the Devil, or sin, prevail against God’s Church or its members. Being a member of God’s Church is the greatest blessing any man can have on this side of Heaven.

The Church will be Raptured (called up to Heaven) according to the Bible. The Church will escape end time Wrath and Judgment promised to come from an angry God according to the book of Revelation. Get in the Church now while there’s time. All it takes is faith and trust alone in what Christ did at Calvary, where God pardons the sinner and makes him a child of God, morally changed, and born into the Spiritual family the Bible terms as, “the Church”.

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Nuggets – The “Shall Nots” of Scripture

The “Shall Nots” of Scripture
“The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” (Psalm 34:10)

Many worldly minded people tend to resent the Bible as a book of prohibitions, or “thou shalt nots,” as in the Ten Commandments. The fact is, however, that many of God’s most precious promises use the phrase “shall not” in a diametrically opposite way, not listing prohibitions, but provisions!

As a beautiful example, there is the opening verse of the much-loved 23rd Psalm—“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Or, as in the words of our text, “they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.”

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A Tale of Two Cities – SoS Saturday

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You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my darling,
As lovely as Jerusalem,

Song of Songs 6:4 NASB

The Shepherd King expresses once again His recognition of the beauty of His bride. This is, in fact, the 8th of 9 such declarations of her beauty in the Song.

Here He compares her to two cities, Tirzah and Jerusalem.

In Solomon’s day, the nation was one, and so Tirzah was a city far to the north of unified Israel. It lay in the mountains, and a beautiful setting, to the north of Sheckem and to the south of the Sea of Galilee.

The name Tirzah means pleasant or well-pleasing. It would serve as the capital of the northern kingdom for many decades, and was no doubt chosen for it’s beauty and it’s fortified location.

It was an ancient city even in Solomon’s time, and had been taken from the Philistines a few generations earlier.

It symbolizes the beauty of a converted life. There is a beauty in the way the Lord can take that which once belonged to the enemy and turn the ugliness of a worldling into the beauty of a holy child of the King.

This is the beauty carried by His bride. She was dark but lovely, and is now a lily among thorns.

Next He compares her to Jerusalem – Zion – the city of the great king – the city of God – beautiful, beautiful Zion.

Where Tirzah is the beauty of conversion, Jerusalem is the beauty of holiness. Jerusalem is the center of true worship. It is God chosen city. Jerusalem is God’s favorite place on earth!

And Jerusalem during the reign of Solomon would have been without equal in all the world.

Hear this – you who have given your lives over to the Lord – you are beautiful.

You are beautiful as one converted, one surrendered to Him.

You are a place of holy worship to Him.

You are a well pleasing dwelling place for the King of glory, the King most high.

What a wonderful King!

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

See you again soon.

Ben

 

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HE LIFTS US UP: Abuse and My God Who Rescued Me

I started this blog,
to speak out about abuse
and speak about my God
who rescued me from misuse.
For many are so broken
by abuse in our lives…
even by parents, bosses,
husbands or wives.
And these many abuses..
cause us to be broken…
not only by actions…
but even words spoken.
There’s so much abuse
at so many levels…
but we don’t fight flesh and blood,
but against deceptive devils.
For we all have a choice,
between right and wrong
and we all hear these voices,
bringing temptation along.
And these wrong voices
keep tearing us down,
until we stop listening
to the world all around.
So I tell you again,
that God is the Key!
He is the Voice of Truth
and will guide you and me.
And I share this with you,
for His Promises are true,
because I found this out,
when He came to my rescue.

© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2014.

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelministry.org and http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

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Grace Even For Malchus

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I JUST PRAYED FOR YOU!

I just prayed for you and share these verses  with you

Father, in righteousness I will be established. I will be far from oppression, and I shall not fear, and from terror for it shall not come near me (Isaiah 54:14). I put my trust in You, Father. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? (Psalm 56:11).

Even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. You, Lord, are with me. Your rod and staff comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the midst of my enemies, and You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over (Psalm 23:4-5).

I am of good courage. You, Lord, will strengthen my heart, because I hope in You (Psalm 31:24).

You have blessed me with Your peace. You have given me Your peace, not as the world gives do You give. Therefore my heart will not be troubled and I will not be afraid (John 14:27).

You, Lord, are my Lamp and Salvation, whom shall I fear? You are the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. The war may rise against me, but in this I will be confident (Psalm 27:1-3).

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Lo que mi hijo aprendió en la República Dominicana (or what my son learned in the Dominican Republic)

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Last summer Thing One took his first missions trip to the DR.  It changed his life.  It grew his faith.  It matured his outlook.  I interviewed him for a blog post, you can read it by clicking here.

This summer, both Thing One and Two went.  Each of them had an amazing and unique experience.  Thing One sat down to write thank you letters to his benefactors tonight. After reading (and weeping) over the letter – I am lead to share it with you too.  The hearts of the youth never cease to amaze me. The youth mission served the poor in spirit and in those in financial  and medical need.  They loved on orphans and elderly; those strong and weak.  Whatever love called for – these kids gave it.  They even washed the feet of several people who were “living” in a home for the aged…(not in conditions that any state-side Sunrise Retirement Home offers, I assure you.)  I am very thankful that the future of our world will be in the hands of such as these.  Praise God for His goodness.  

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.  Amen and Amen.

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Child of the World – The storm within and without – Part 1 of 2

imgresDo you always have a storm brewing in your heart? Is there anger burning? Is there grumbling? Is there torment that is the result of disappointment that your expectations are not being realized? Are you being driven by a guilty conscience and shame? Are you facing conflicts within?

Are storms of life ruling your mind and heart, or the peace of God which passes all understanding ruling?

Jesus said  ” Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

If your storms are occurring in your mind and heart within – you need to check who is the Pilot in your life.

I suffered a sudden squall today and on checking found that I had taken control unwittingly  – what control? I was being tossed to and fro. I quickly  relinquished con troll  immediately to the Master of the seas, and there was peace again all round when I heard Him say through the storm ” peace be still” .

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Nuggets – Elisha’s Bears

Elisha’s Bears
“And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.” (2 Kings 2:23-24)

This account has occasioned much criticism by skeptics, charging Elisha with petulant cruelty in sending bears to kill the little children who were taunting him. Actually, it was God who sent the bears, not Elisha.

The fact is, however, that Elisha did not curse little children at all. The Hebrew word for “children” used with the phrase “little children” can be applied to any child from infancy to adolescence. The word for the 42 “children” torn by the bears, however, is a different word commonly translated “young men.” Actually, both words are used more often for young men than for little children.

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Encouragement

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“If the people in your life were looking for nourishment through encouragement would they be full or starving?” My pastor asked this question during Sunday mornings sermon. Continue reading

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