Paul Exercising The Power of His Resurrection, The Fellowship of His Sufferings, Being Made Conformable to His Death.

PAULAll through Paul’s life and ministry he encountered fierce life threatening persecution, yet had always been rescued from it. His freedom in Ephesus for the majority of the time, excluding the Christ rejecters of the Ephesian Jewish Synagogue, was a wide open door. We are not told of any animosity towards him in Ephesus until he was making plans to leave (Acts 19:21. 19:23). 1 Corinthians 15:32 suggests that Paul finally came face to face with animalistic opposition in some kind of physical, as well as spiritual collision. Whether or not that refers to the oncoming tsunami of a riot that Acts 19:23-41 tells us about, we are not certain. The “great and effectual door of ministry,” was opened to him, and was finally beginning to close as Paul was entertaining thoughts of moving on. But that was after, nearly three years in the great metropolis. Continue reading

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Leaning Forward To Hear His Whisper

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1 Kings 19:12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lordwas not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

Isaiah 30:21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

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The “ME”-Bola of Christianity

There seems to be an epidemic affecting Christians.  The average person claiming to be a Christian is actually embracing and following non Biblical and contradictory ideas to the Scriptures.  This epidemic is the subconscious ingrained and errant belief that the Christian life is all about “ME”. It’s about what Christ can give me. It’s about the Church accommodating me.  It’s about the worship programs catering to me.  It’s about saving myself from hell in that Jesus is my eternal  life insurance and so as long as I go to church and half-heartedly read by Bible every once in a while, I’ll be ok.

Many of us have been infected with the idea that the Christian life should be an easy life and therefore requires little to no effort and minimum obedience to God.  Some Saints believed that they can ease the symptoms of their indifference if they are faithful in church attendance and talk the walk.  This Laodicean approach to Christianity is the foundation on which apathy is built.  It is not the Church’s responsibility to ease the symptoms of carnal Christians, but instead to provide a prescription to worship God and be encouraged and instructed in the Word. When a church does its best to serve its people, it definitely makes the service a reservoir of blessing and instruction in righteousness.  ‘Cool’ music and fancy lighting and the beat of the drum is not what Christianity is about. The world’s music and theatrics are sensuous and feed the emotions and water down the scriptural basis for service.

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Child of the world – Biblical evangelism

Question: “What is the biblical method of evangelism?”

Answer:When trying to decide how to share Christ with someone, the starting point should be the same as that of John the Baptist and Jesus Himself.Matthew 3:2tells us that John began his ministry with the words “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Repentance refers to a “change of mind,” which implies sorrow for past offences (2 Corinthians 7:10), a deep sense of the evil of sin as committed against God (Psalm 51:4), and a conscious decision to turn from sin to God. The first words Jesus spoke when He began His public ministry were identical to John’s (Matthew 4:17).

Biblical evangelism – The good news and the bad news
The word “gospel” means “good news.” While many well-meaning Christians begin their evangelistic efforts with the good news of God’s love for mankind, that message is lost on unbelievers who must first come to grips with the extent of the bad news. First, man is separated from a holy, righteous God by sin. Second, God hates sin and is “angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11). Third, death and judgment are inevitable (Hebrews 9:27). Fourth, man is wholly incapable of doing anything about the situation. Until the full extent of this bad news is presented, the good news cannot be effectively communicated.

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Nuggets – Completing a Good Work

Completing a Good Work
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

In his introductory comments to the Philippian church, Paul reminds them of his thankfulness for them (v. 3), his prayer for them (v. 4), and as we see in our text, his confidence in God’s continuing work in their lives.

This “good work” is not the sort of work which men and women are able to accomplish. Paul identifies this as God’s work, as yet not completed—that is, the transforming work of grace. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (2:13).

The work of grace takes several forms: It includes the redemption of our lost souls, having been fully accomplished by Christ on Calvary. It also includes our ultimate sanctification, transforming our character from that of a redeemed sinner to one of Christ-likeness. He is working toward this goal on a daily basis and will finish the task in His presence. But the work of grace also includes our service for Him—not our work, but His, which He does through us. He grants us, through His grace, the distinct privilege of participating in His work here on Earth.

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HE LIFTS US UP: Will You Be Shaken?

The times are changing
and we need to awaken…
for whatever can be shaken
will be shaken.
And what we think
is solid and stable…
May not last,
being destroyed if able.
For like birth pains
more frequent and strong…
the “shaking” is here…
where many things will go wrong. Continue reading

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Urdu Blog No 161 – Learning to trust

Have you trusted the Lord? It is important for new Christians to learn to trust the Lord and His Word. This Urdu blog No. 161 was originally written by HMMIII  of the Institute for Creation Research and you can read it here

The translated Urdu blog is  here
A child of God must learn to trust and obey the Word of God, the Bible.  It is also important to learn from the voice of the Holy Spirit who lives in him/her.
If you always doubt you need to develop trust in the Lord and His Word which does not change.
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If I Had Hair I’d Pull It All Out

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Praise The Lord Testimony – 2014 Pokhara Vacation Bible School

Pokhara VB 2014This Praise Report is  to The Lord for the recently concluded 2014 Pokhara  Vacation Bible School conducted from 22- 26 October 2014  in Pokhara Nepal, sponsored by Seed Ministry. All praise to The Lord for His work begun in many lives of the workers and children of Pokhara and it’s surrounding border areas. Continue reading

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Encourage Me!

zIt was hot and I was standing in the shade watching my good friend deal with some metal I’d asked him to cut.  He was doing me a favor with two huge benefits:  1. It was going to get done well and 2. I was going to have all of my limbs intact when it was over.

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