Nuggets – Get Your Mind Ready

Get Your Mind Ready
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13)

We have been born again (1 Peter 1:3), Peter tells us, to an incorruptible inheritance in heaven (v. 4), which is secure (v. 5) even though the intervening time is difficult (vv. 6-7). Such a salvation as we have is both mysterious and hard to understand, pondered by both the saints of old (v. 10) and angels (v. 12). Yet, we have it with more complete understanding and fulfillment than even the prophets ever dreamed possible.

Our rightful response to this knowledge and experience is given in today’s verse. We are to “gird up the loins of [our] mind.” Just as the flowing robes worn by the men of New Testament times had to be bundled up and tied at the waist to allow for rapid, unencumbered movement, so the Christian is expected to be ready to be on the move, to discipline his or her mind by the renouncing of all sinful and/or confining habits and attitudes.

To do so we must “be sober,” be clear-headed, calm, and in control. We must “hope to the end,” or more explicitly, “hope to the utmost degree” in our ultimate glorification at the return of Christ. The construction of “hope” implies a command to “fix our hope” on Him, a sure hope, not a wishful hope. This is the “grace that is brought [present tense] to the believer.”

Furthermore, we must renounce “the former lusts in [our] ignorance” (v. 14), being “obedient children” of our Father.

It is not enough simply to eliminate sinful patterns from our lives. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy” (v. 15).

A mind that is disciplined and purified is ready for action and victory. JDM

From the Institute for Creation Research

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Maranatha – A heart that will never

To those who have gone before us is this song dedicated.


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LB 114… “How To Bear Sorrow”, F. B. Meyer

Check out this uplifting chapter from a Lightbearer of the past who learned how we can have peace and blessings in our severe trials.

“How To Bear Sorrow”

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True Worship and Prayer

Immortality Road

True worship, then, is worshiping God in spirit and in truth. “And so it is written: ‘The first man Adam became a living being’; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.” When we are born into this world, we are a living being, a living soul. But when we are born from above, we become a spirit that gives life; we become a “life-giving spirit.” (I Cor. 15: 45 NIV)

“For that which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3: 6). Brothers and sisters, as born again Christians, we are now spirit because we have been born of the Spirit of God. Each seed bears its own kind.

We are new creatures—spirit-creatures now. We are no longer of the earth, although we do dwell in these clay earthen bodies. Now that we are changed into a spirit, He calls…

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ATB 26 Directions Included

Recently I stopped by my local hardware store.  I needed to pick up a few items for the house.  As it turned out at least one of the things that I picked up did require me putting it together. Now I will be the first to admit.  I am not a very good hands on person.  Being the every day handyman around the house is not my thing.  After all, in my opinion one should at least be honest with themselves.

As for the item that I picked up, it had for me three words that I am not particularly happy to see let alone do.  These words for me are….”Some Assembly Required.”

Begrudgingly I started the process of putting my item together.  This experience however was not one that I enjoyed.  I will at this point confess that I did not follow through with what would have made the whole process much easier.  In fact I would like to say that in my mind, my way of doing it was best.  As it turned out, all I did was to make a mess of things. Finally I decided to stop the madness and do the very first thing that I should have done to start with.   I read the directions!

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Nuggets – Forget Not His Commandments

Forget Not His Commandments
“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments.” (Proverbs 3:1)

It is vitally important that even though we are saved by grace and not by the works of the law, we never forget that God’s law is essentially a statement of God’s holiness. We should desire to know and follow God’s commandments simply because they are “holy, and just, and good” (Romans 7:12), not because we seek salvation through them.

It is noteworthy that the anonymous writer of the longest chapter in the Bible (Psalm 119), in which practically every verse refers to the Scriptures, stressed seven times that he would never forget the laws and commandments of his Lord. May the Lord teach us to share the same determination. Note:

“I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word” (v. 16).

“For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes” (v. 83).

“I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me” (v. 93).

“My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law” (v. 109).

“I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts” (v. 141).

“Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law” (v. 153).

“I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments” (v. 176).

This seventh reference is actually the closing verse of this remarkable 119th Psalm. It beautifully points up the urgency of not forgetting the commandments of God. He will seek us when we stray and bring us back home to Him, for we remember and love His law. HMM

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Locked Out

Wal-Mart corporation has a division that operates hundreds of membership discount warehouses around the world called Sam’s Clubs. Since they offer bulk buying options that help us save a few dollars on groceries, dog food and other items that we use here in our corner of the city, we’ve been members for over 2 decades. But last week, the one closest to us closed. Other than being mildly annoyed to have to find a new place to shop, I took more notice of this store’s shuttering mainly because of how abruptly it took place. Apparently at some of the 63 locations that were affected across the United States, the employees (including managers) weren’t given any notice at all. They just showed up last Thursday like any other normal workday, only to find the doors locked and a sign posted that informed them that the store was closed … permanently. No discussion. No warning. Not even time to get a forgotten sweater or pick up yesterday’s lunch container from the fridge in the break room. Just done.

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Nuggets – Did He Really Die?

Did He Really Die?
“And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.” (Mark 15:44-45)

The absolute and total physical death of Christ is essential to the gospel. Certain liberals and detractors have for years tried to obscure or deny this vital teaching, claiming that Christ merely “swooned” on the cross and later revived in the tomb, then appeared to His followers who falsely claimed His resurrection.

But to the Christian, the death of Christ is not an option. The Bible teaches that sin had separated each man from God: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” being declared righteous only “through faith in his blood” (Romans 3:23, 25) that was shed on the cross. “Without shedding of blood is no remission” of sin (Hebrews 9:22). There can be no Christianity without the real death of the real, sinless Son of God.

It seems that the gospel writers, in recounting the events of the crucifixion, go to great lengths to make sure no one misunderstands. In Mark 15, for example, nearly 20 people are mentioned who no doubt would testify to His death. Consider the likely testimony of the Roman guards who had tortured Him to the point of death (vv. 15-23), nailed Him on the cross (v. 24), and watched Him die. The executioner (v. 25) and the centurion (vv. 39, 44-45) were trained in killing. They knew how to recognize death. The thieves (v. 27), the mocking passersby (v. 29), the chief priests and scribes (v. 31), the grave keepers (v. 46), all would have had no doubt. Pilate was convinced (vv. 44-45), as were His many friends who watched (vv. 40-41, 47).

There can be no doubt Christ surely died, and He died “to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). JDM

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I’ve been to the mountaintop

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Those who would withhold justice and freedom for some, threaten justice and freedom for all.

We mean business now and we are determined to gain our rightful place in God’s world. (Yeah) [Applause] And that’s all this whole thing is about. We aren’t engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. (Yeah) We are saying [Applause], we are saying that we are God’s children. (Yeah) [Applause] And if we are God’s children, we don’t have to live like we are forced to live.

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” is the popular name of the last speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. King spoke on April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee. On the following day, King was assassinated.
There are moments captured by photography that cause time to stand still. The Marines raising the flag on Mt. Suribachi, the Berlin Wall coming down, the twin towers on that fall day in September…..
This photo taken outside the Montgomery courthouse March 17 1965 is one of those times for me. In a few short years Dr. King would be dead and the rise of black militancy, and white supremacists would replace “the dream” with the negative protests and negative arguments Dr. King spoke against. We have yet to recover from the damage Dr. Kings death brought.
But on that day Rev. Abernathy, James Foreman, Dr. King, Jesse Douglas Sr., and John Lewis stood resolute, courageously, against all that would deny them the right to be free people. Free from injustice, free to pursue the promise of life, liberty, happiness our founders even though flawed themselves envisioned for all citizens of our nation.
A fellow blogger wrote this “We need to die to self to recapture the heart of God for others. It is what He did for us”.
She is correct. Until we are able to love others like ourselves racism, prejudice, injustice and hatred will always find a home. It is up to each of us as followers if Christ to be willing to do so.
Dr. King had a dream that I and many others share. The following are excerpts from his speech given on August 8th 1963 in Washington D.C.
I say to you today, my friends [applause], so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow (Uh-huh), I still have a dream. (Yes) It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. (Yes)
I have a dream (Mhm) that one day (Yes) this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed (Hah): “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
That one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.
Amen
All excerpts from “I’ve been to the mountaintop” and “I have a dream” are copyrighted MLKEC-INP, Martin Luther King, Jr. Estate Collection, In Private Hands
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Nuggets – He Is Able

He Is Able
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” (Ephesians 3:20)

Despite man’s arrogant pride, he is utterly unable to save himself or to make himself acceptable to God. Neither is he able to keep himself saved nor, above all, is he able to defeat sin and conquer death.

But God is able! The word “able” (Greek dunamai) is closely related to the word for “power” (Greek dunamis), both speaking of God’s spiritual dynamics. He is all-powerful, His ability is without limit, and His power “works in us”!

Therefore, “he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him” (Hebrews 7:25). Because the gospel of Christ is the “power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16), God “is of power to stablish you according to my gospel” (Romans 16:25).

Even when great troubles and sorrows and temptations come, He is able. “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18). He “is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24).

In fact, He is able to meet every need of our lives and even to use us in His service. “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

Finally, “he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12). That day will surely come, but then He will give us bodies of glory, for “he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (Philippians 3:21). HMM

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