Nuggets – The Incarnation of Christ

The Incarnation of Christ
“Christ Jesus . . . being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:5-7)

“Great is the mystery of godliness,” Paul exclaimed as he summarized the incarnation (1 Timothy 3:16). No mere words, even those inspired by God Himself, can completely express what transpired when “the Word was made flesh” (John 1:14). There are, however, a few clues in this marvelous Philippians passage.

The choice of the Greek word morphê to express what Jesus possessed prior to His becoming the God-Man is important. This “form” of God is not the Greek word that one would choose to express the visible or outward shape—that word would be schêma. Morphê emphasizes the character, the being, that makes the being what it is.

Interestingly, morphê is also used to tell us that Jesus took on the “form” of a servant: “[He] made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7). Jesus “voided” the morphê that He rightfully possessed as God and “received” (passive) the morphê of a servant or slave (doulos). Then, “in the likeness [homoiôma, similitude] of men” He came to be [ginomai, to come into existence].”

We may never fully understand what transpired in the councils of Triune eternity. But this we can know and believe: Jesus became man for men, and He alone saved us from our sin and justly granted us eternal life. HMM III

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Urdu Blog No 251 She shall be praised

Urdu Blog No 251 She shall be praised

What will your eulogy be ? Will you be praised or cursed? Read of one who shall be praised.

https://ptl2010.com/2014/07/18/nuggets-she-shall-be-praised/

Let your light shine for Jesus and share in Urdu with someone.

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Joyful ‘Toons – Canary

Obedience to God's commands may seem as confining as a birdcage to some. But in His commands we find peace, security, prosperity, and true freedom. And what are His commands? 1 John 3:23 tells us to believe in the name of Jesus, and to love one another. July 12, 2009

Obedience to God’s commands may seem as confining as a birdcage to some. But in His commands we find peace, security, prosperity, and true freedom. And what are His commands? 1 John 3:23 tells us to believe in the name of Jesus, and to love one another.
July 12, 2009

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ChristianBlessings 6th anniversary – 23 July 2016

On this sixth anniversary of ChristianBlessings we affirm that Jesus Christ is Lord even though with every passing year, it seems that what was unthinkable in the world before, becomes shocking and what was shocking becomes acceptable.

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. (Matthew 24:42)

‘Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:6)

‘But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.’ (1 Peter 4:7)

‘Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.’ (Revelation 3:3)

 Thessalonians 2:9-12 …’Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.’

The Parliament of  World Religions of Chicago   has discovered a shared commitment to ethical principlesopening  the way for a new era of cooperative action among the world’s religious and spiritual communities as well as civil and political societies.

Satan is causing global radical Islamist  perpetrated death and destruction in order to unite both the civil and religious world under his banner, persecuting and beheading God’s true people who will not bow the knee to the beast system. Yet there is the merciful wave of the Lord’s salvation among the Islamists.

Is same-sex marriage, LGBT agenda a ‘strong delusion’? No, not at all, because the majority of professed Christians can clearly see that this is against the Word of God. The strong delusion and deception is the END GOAL of all this wickedness and trouble in the world …. UNITY WITH BABYLON! That is the deception, and that is what Satan’s agenda is with all this. It is  interesting that ‘Christians’ who are rising up against these things like the LGBT agenda have no problem in going home and sitting in front of a wicked television program or film.

1000 priests have been ‘given special power’ by the pope to absolve people’s sin.  We can all ‘forgive’ each other and we are actually called to do that, but only God can absolve sin. The pope and Roman Catholic Church puts itself IN PLACE OF God on earth. The Roman Church in fact ‘denies the Father and Son’ by claiming they have the power to do that which only God the Father and Jesus Christ can do – absolve sins!

Who is the ONLY ONE who has been given ‘power’ on earth? … Matthew 28:18 …’And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.’ … Jesus Christ, the son of God

Be aware of the people, our surroundings and developments, remaining separate and yet connected for the Great Commission Let us collaborate in sending the Light, be true in faith and be like Him – consistent and faithful as He is and be ready for the rapture even as we see the signs of His coming.

We thank God for the increase we have in readership  from the Philippines and Middle East of our Tagalog blogs contributed  faithfully by our Sister Jennifer and our Teen blog’s by Sister Jinah from the Philippines.

The family worship blogs by Brother James Edward have promoted new perspectives so important in family spiritual bonding today.

We thank God for our faithful Pioneer Contributors especially Pastors  Rob Barkman and Rick Roehm , Uncle Milt and Brother Steve Sawyer and all the rest of the recent additions like Brothers Wayne,  Cliff and Alan who have become  channels of God’s blessings here. Thank God for the favorite  cartoons from Joyful ‘Toons, and blogs from Beejai’s River Walk and the Institute for Creation Research that have sustained us when creativity and inspiration have run dry. There is continuous review and changes and refreshment of Contributors as the Lord brings new ones to us and lead a few existing ones  to other pastures. We thank God for Sister Majida who translates our blogs into Urdu for her peers in Christ in her country and around the world.

As the window of opportunity for spreading the gospel will not remain open and as anti- Christian developments impart fear and even death all over the world, it behoves  us all to

  • hide God’s Word in our hearts
  • keep ourselves fully armed with the Armour of God and filled with the Holy Spirit
  • encourage one another here and by prayer and supplication and
  • speed the Light at home, at work, in our social contacts at church, school and daily living and foreign gospel missions. .

Let us be watchful and obedient and hasten the coming of the Lord. Even so come Lord Jesus.

Let us just do it for Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Blessings to all our Contributors of blogs, comments and all followers from all over the world. May the peace of God reign in your hearts  in these challenging and turbulent times.

Evelyn Goh

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The Power of Being There

Just be there and pray. Let the Lord lead the way.

The Artistic Christian

It was Friday night. I was wrapping up my last class of the day, anxious to do something fun with my evening. That’s when I got a call from our local police dispatcher.

“Pastor, there’s been a death, and the wife of the deceased is not in her right mind. She’s asking for the Baptist pastor. How soon can you be there?”

Well, so much for Friday night!

My wife was able to find a last minute babysitter, and as we walked up the steps to the house the sound of wailing could be heard from outside. No one answered the door, so we let ourselves in.

“Who are you?” One relative asked.

“I’m Pastor John,” I explained. ”The police said you asked for me.”

The man simply nodded, stunned.

We stepped into the living room, where the weight of grief was heavy and tangible. Everything in me wanted to

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Nuggets – Jesus Christ Is Lord

Jesus Christ Is Lord
“And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:11)

Throughout the New Testament, we find there are three names in primary usage for the Son of God: Jesus, Christ, and Lord. The name Jesus, meaning “Jehovah is the Savior,” is His human name, linking Him with humanity whom He came to save. Christ, meaning “anointed,” is His Messianic name, linking Him with the prophecy that He came to fulfill. The New Testament equivalent to the Hebrew word Jehovah is the word “Lord,” linking Him with deity whom He came to represent and reveal, and to whom is due homage.

These three names have a chronological emphasis, for until His crucifixion He was known primarily as “Jesus,” but after His resurrection and ascension He was preeminent as “Christ.” When He returns, it will be as “Lord” to reign. To be sure, there is overlap, for He is simultaneously all three and has been throughout history. But the general pattern is clear.

The three names also indicate His threefold office and work. “Jesus” suggests His career as a prophet, teaching men the truth, while “Christ” suggests His priesthood, atoning for sin, and “Lord” His Kingship, ruling over men. Mankind’s relationship and responsibility to Him follow this same pattern: obedience to Him as prophet, faith in Him as priest, surrender to Him as King.

There is no effort on the part of the Scripture writers to separate these names into different individuals, for on many if not most occasions two or three of the names are combined, showing that these three names reference one and the same person. “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36). JDM

From the Institute for Creation Research

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All God’s people : Claim God’s blessings

God bless you my brothers and sisters in Christ

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Learning In Order to Love…

Amen. Knowledge is not love and love is knowledge. As children of God let us know love.

The Artistic Christian

“There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is curiosity.  There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is vanity.  There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is love.” – Bernard of Clairvaux

If you’re reading this blog post, then I can assume several things about you.  First, you think of yourself as a writer and love belonging to a community of fellow writers.  And second, you love learning new things.   This generation has a greater wealth of information at their fingertips than any that came before, and this has given us an insatiable craving for knowledge.

This, of course, isn’t a bad thing.  But we ought to pause and consider this question:  why do we want to learn?  What purpose do we have planned for the knowledge we will gain?  If we simply plan on hoarding…

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Book Review: AHA – The God Moment that Changes Everything

Do you need to experience AHA moments ? are you in a rut? Perhaps a read of AHA: The God moment will change everything,

The Artistic Christian

Every Christmas my wife and I swap spiritual gifts along with the other goodies…a little something to fill our spiritual tank for the upcoming year. This year I unwrapped a copy of AHA: The God Moment that Changes Everything.

Written by Kyle Idleman, teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, this book is filled with practical, entertaining devotions that center around the story of the Prodigal Son and what it means to have an “Aha” moment where we realize how good God is, how far off course we’ve strayed, and how desperately we need to come home.

Idleman takes strong biblical principles and brings them to life with fresh, engaging stories. My personal favorite? The woeful tale of a senior adult who spilled coffee on the author’s brand new MacBook, leaving the computer lifeless, while laughing, “Oh well…looks like someone already took a bite out of that apple…

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Nuggets – Others’ Things

Others’ Things
“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” (Philippians 2:4)

Our responsibility is to think like the Lord Jesus, part of which requires “looking” (marking, identifying) matters beyond our own concerns.

Part of that responsibility is caution. “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark [same Greek word for ‘look’] them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17). Another part is being aware of godly examples. “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample” (Philippians 3:17).

Surely that responsibility also includes that “we then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves” (Romans 15:1). And in cases of necessary discipline: “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1). Also consider these:
“Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth” (1 Corinthians 10:24).
“Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved” (1 Corinthians 10:33).
“But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak” (1 Corinthians 8:9).
Finally, written by the same apostle who instructed the stronger Philippian church, there is this gentle summary statement recorded for the struggling Corinthian assembly: “Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed” (2 Corinthians 6:3). HMM III

From the Institute for Creation Research

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