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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Thoughts for Today

The man at the pool of Bethesda was not resigned to his malady but was still hopeful for a miracle from God. (John 5:1-16) He got his miracle but in a much better way than he had anticipated. And in regards to the thirty and eight years he waited: it is better to receive a miracle after thirty-eight years than never to have received the miracle at all. Not only did he get a healing, but his is recorded in scripture forever!
The Lord Jesus was accused of being a terrorist because his statements were twisted by his enemies. Subsequently, he was arrested by the local government, handed over to the federal government, and executed for the sake of national security.

If an unbeliever becomes ill, regular medical treatment may work even as veterinary medicine may work on an animal. But if by the stripes of the Lord Jesus the believers were and are healed, then Jesus' stripes were not for the healing of the unbelievers. Unbelievers may have to put all their hope in doctors.
Before the blind man was healed by the Lord Jesus (John Chapter 9), he addressed him as " Sir." But after he could see, he addressed him as “Lord." Isn't it interesting how many clergymen address the Son of God from their pulpits only as “Jesus?” Perhaps they still have mud in their eyes, and need to wash them out with the word of God so they can see, and address him properly. They don't even address him as “Mister Jesus."

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thoughts for Today

People did not or do not talk openly about the Lord Jesus for fear of the Jewish antichrists. “And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay but he deceiveth the people. Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.” (John 7:12-13)
Today, many are taught by example (especially by their pastors) not to discuss the Lord Jesus outside of their church buildings. These clergymen, when not on company time, would rather talk about ball games, food, and other topics that do not offend the devil's boys. “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” (Luke 6:26)

There are two kinds of blessings given for being persecuted as noted in the Sermon on the Mount.
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
The first persecution does not say persecuted by men, but the next sentence does say by men. If you have the righteousness of God, be assured that the devils know who you are, and will persecute you in the spiritual realm. Their thoughts are not the edifying, exhorting, and comforting thoughts of the Holy Ghost, and they desire to take the peace of God away from you. Aren't you familiar with all that worrying and fretting you've done for no good reason, especially of things in the future that may or may not happen? There are enough things just for today to worry about. (Matthew 6:25-34) However, if you overcome this type of persecution, the devils will move men to revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely. Congratulations and be blessed. “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you....” (John 15:18-20)

Alms are to be given in secret (Matthew 6:1-4), but in the typical church and synagogue they toot more than a trumpet before giving alms. As you know, one important part of the planned public church performance is the not-so-secret offertory.

James Michael Aston - Memorial

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thoughts for Today

The Lord's Prayer was taught to be prayed in secret, but the typical church teaches it as a congregational prayer and it is mostly used for that, or repetitious praying.

The first love message the Lord Jesus preached was the same as John the Baptist's love message: “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus Christ loved us so much, he told us that we were going the wrong way and should turn around - repent - and follow him.

By the way, most people tend to think of John the Baptist as a “hellfire and damnation” preacher, but the word “John” means, Jehovah has been gracious. Surely God's naming him proves the repent message is a gracious love message. In other words, God didn't have to warn you about going the wrong way, but he did warn you as a favor.

This reminds me of the time I was on an emailing list of a preacher. He wrote a daily thought or two and sent it out to over 1500 people. One time I wrote a love message reply, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” and it went to everyone on his list too. Well, he was upset a bit because some people didn't like that kind of message and unsubscribed. You see, many Christians don't even know that Jesus preached the message of repentance as well as gracious John.
After you enter into heaven, and if you were asked by God how you liked his book, would you be able to tell him that you even read it? There are about 774,746 words in the 1611 Authorized Version of the Bible. If you have 50 years left to live, and haven't read the Lord's best seller yet, you could read 43 words a day and have it read cover to cover. Let's see, I reckon that is about 15 seconds a day.

Of course, you might not have fifty years left, so you'd better get busy just in case you are called home a little sooner. Actually, you could read it easily in 80 hours, but don't be discouraged if someone says you can't absorb very much at that pace. It is permitted to stop and feast upon the word if you are so inclined, and chew your meal well. You know, a lot of people say they love the Lord, but they don't like to read his word. Now that is rather perplexing - they love the Lord, but they don't like to listen to what he has to say.

The Jew's synagogue was the building they met in, and also the name for the congregation that met there. The Christian's church is only and always the congregation of believers, but never the name of a building.