No Longer A Secret

Let us shout the gospel from the mountain tops so all may hear even those in the valleys will hear the resound – our only response to His command!

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Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body. When Pilate gave permission, Joseph came and took the body away. With him came Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night. He brought about seventy-five pounds of perfumed ointment made from myrrh and aloes. (John 19:38-39)

Read: Amos 1:1-3:15, Revelation 2:1-17, Psalm 129:1-8, Proverbs 29:19-20

Relate: It was easily one of the most traumatic moments of my life. Looking back now it is easy to say the whole situation is just silly, but it sure did not feel silly at the time. It was mortifying. Here I was sitting on the back of the bus and a good friend of mine is quoting a poem I wrote. There was no way he should know anything about that poem, let alone…

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Nuggets – One Day as a Thousand Years

One Day as a Thousand Years
“Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8)

It is sad that many Christians today are so eager to appear intellectual, they are willing to compromise God’s clear revelation to do so. God has made it as clear as plain words could make it, that “in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is” (Exodus 20:11). Yet because evolutionary “science” has alleged that the earth is billions of years old, multitudes of evangelicals have fallen in line, rejecting God’s plain statement of fact and then trying to find some interpretive loophole to hide behind.

Our text verse is perhaps the key verse of the so-called “progressive creationists” who try to correlate the days of creation in Genesis with the supposed 4.6 billion-year system of evolutionary geological ages, by citing Peter as agreeing that “one day is a thousand years.”

No, Peter is saying that “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years”! That is, God can do in one day what might, by natural processes, take a thousand years. In context, the apostle is condemning the last-day uniformitarians (those who teach that “all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation”) as “willingly ignorant” of the tremendous significance of the historical facts of creation and the Flood (2 Peter 3:3-6). Real written records only go back a few thousand years, and to attempt to calculate any date before that requires use of a premise which, in context, the Scriptures have just condemned! God says the uniformitarians are willingly ignorant and then urges those who believe His Word to “be not ignorant.” The only way we can know the date and duration of creation is for God to tell us, and He says He made all of heaven and Earth in six days, and not so long ago! HMM

from The Institute for Creation Research

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All God’s people – Psalm 139

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PK Comics – Sand

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Tis the season to be lonely (or sad, or depressed or broke or ___?___).

Just as there are two sides to every story and two sides to every discussion, there are two sides, two moods, two emotional, Christmas paradigms.

There’s the happy, commercial paradigm punctuated by the Santa myth, shopping frenzies, trees, decorations, presents, children’s pageants,  Christmas carols, special church services, family gatherings, over-spending, over-indulging and over-eating. Somehow we plow through the season and call it all “Merry”.

For every one partaking in all the frivolity of the season, there are one or two folks searching for meaning in life, tired of living, at the end of their rope, contemplating suicide, feeling hopeless, drinking too much, feeling lonely and depressed, looking for work, or living on the street, avoiding crowds and family gatherings or being separated from family and their children by divorce, anger, abandonment or abuse.

Regardless of your holiday paradigm, let me ask you– who can resist gazing at a little baby? Who can resist watching a newborn cuddled in a mother’s arms or sleeping quietly, wrapped in a blanket? What a picture of peace and serenity.

Mark Lowery has a line in his Christmas song, Mary Did You Know…”this child that you delivered will soon deliver you.” Wow! What an image that is to me.

In the first paradigm, the Baby is sometimes ignored or forgotten. For those celebrating in the commercial paradigm, the world and all it’s phony, superficial living overshadow the peace and hope a newborn baby engenders.

Sadly, many of those existing day to day in the hopeless and lonely Christmas paradigm may not think of the Bethlehem newborn, or know who He is. They may not know or believe that He can lift them our of their despair and give them the peace and hope He brings.

Regardless of your Christmas paradigm Baby Jesus brings hope, peace and unconditional love to all. Let’s celebrate Him this Christmas.

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Urdu Blog No 269 – Teach and preach continually

Urdu Blog No 269 – Teach and preach continually
Have you shared the gospel with friends, family and associates tin his year 2016? Be reminded of Christ’s command.
then share this with your Christian brothers and sisters in urdu language.
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TT67: Kanino ka naglilingkod? (Who do you serve?)

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Sa trabaho, pagkatapos kong tanungin ang supervisor namin tungkol sa aking ginagawa, pa-sarkastiko niyang sinabi sa akin ang ganito:

“Ako, walang anak. Si R, walang anak eh ikaw? Intindihin mong mag-isa ang trabaho mo…” It is another way of saying that your life and your family’s depends only in your salary. Ansakit ‘no? This person kasi, grabe ang tiwala niya sa sarili niya dahil napagsikapan niya ang buhay niya and he made it to the top because of it.

Still, I would argue that our lives do not depend on our salary and on our positions and on how high we have achieved in school and in our companies. Without God, you are still nothing! Tama na natutulungan mo ang pamilya mo. Tama na nabibili mo ang mga kaibigan mo. Tama na hindi ka nagigipit dahil umaapaw ang pera mo because of your position in the company… But to think that everything happens because of YOU is a very foolish thing.

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Who Gets The Blame?

Why? why? why? Why not? it is then we become appreciative of the goodness of God.

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And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. (James 1:13-14)

Read: Ezekiel 35:1-36:38, James 1:1-18, Psalm 116:1-19, Proverbs 27:23-27

Relate: It was such a beautiful view. I found a perfect climbing tree near the top of a hill that allowed me to look out past the canyon. There was a near perfect sunset and every time I climbed a little higher it seemed the view just got better. I was already high enough in the tree that I could feel the sway with every gentle breeze. Things were almost perfect. there was another branch just a little higher, if I could make it to there I knew things could not possibly get better.

That was when disaster struck…

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Nuggets – Unceasing Prayer

Unceasing Prayer

    “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

    This is, no doubt, the shortest commandment in the Bible, and seemingly the most difficult to obey. How could anyone possibly pray without ceasing? What about sleeping, or working, or other necessary pursuits?

    Paul himself claimed to pray without ceasing. For example, he wrote to the Roman church: “For God is my witness, . . . that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers” (Romans 1:9). To the Thessalonians he wrote: “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; Remembering without ceasing your work of faith” (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3). In his very last epistle he wrote: “I thank God . . . that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day” (2 Timothy 1:3).

    It is obvious from such references that Paul did not mean we should be uttering prayers continually, but rather to be continually in a prayerful attitude and never to stop the regular practice of prayer. In like fashion, the Lord Jesus said: “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). In the parable following this command, He spoke of God’s “own elect, which cry day and night unto him” (Luke 18:7). This would further imply that our prayerful attitude and regular practice of specific prayer should be taking place every day and every night. We should never “faint”—that is, “lose heart”—if the answer isn’t what or when we hope, but keep on praying anyway. When it’s the right time, He will, indeed, answer “speedily,” and in the right way (Luke 18:8).

    To pray without ceasing means simply to be free to communicate quickly with Him, night and day, always in an attitude of prayer. “If ye abide in me,” He said, “and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7). HMM

    From the Institute for Creation Research

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All God’s people – I sing the mighty power of God

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