Jesus never corrected, withdrew, or amended any statement He ever made?

The Perfect Sacrifice

Adrian Rogers and FaithBIBLE MEDITATION:
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:14

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
The Lord Jesus lived an amazing life. Do you realize that Jesus never corrected, withdrew, or amended any statement He ever made? I wish I could say that! Jesus Christ never apologized for anything He ever did or said. He never sought advice from anyone, nor ever needed to ask for forgiveness.

Jesus Christ doesn’t have any strong points. For Him to have strong points, He would have to have weak points. Robert Clark has rightly given this assessment of the character of Jesus: “There was meekness without weakness, tenderness without feebleness, firmness without coarseness, love without sentimentality, holiness without sanctimoniousness, lowliness without lowness, truth without error, enthusiasm without fanaticism, passion without prejudice, heavenly mindedness without forgetfulness, carefreeness without carelessness, service without servility, self exaltation without egotism, judgment without harshness, seriousness without somberness, mercy without softness.”

ACTION POINT:
What a person was the Lord Jesus Christ! Today, embrace the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior with this renewed sense of Who He was—His matchless character. This is the One Who laid down His life for you.

Great Song for Easter

  1. William R. Newell
    William R. Newell

    Editors Note:  William R. Newell wrote this great Hymn and Bible believers everywhere have sung it in churches, brush arbor meetings, revivals.  If you know the tune why not sing it right now.  This is a wonderful time to enjoy this song and bless yourself and others who might join in. 

  2.   1.  Years I spent in vanity and pride,
    Caring not my Lord was crucified,
    Knowing not it was for me He died
    On Calvary.By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;

    • Refrain:
      Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
      Pardon there was multiplied to me;
      There my burdened soul found liberty
      At Calvary.
  3. Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
    Till my guilty soul imploring turned
    To Calvary.
  4. Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus everything,
    Now I gladly own Him as my King,
    Now my raptured soul can only sing
    Of Calvary!
  5. Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
    Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
    Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
    At Calvary!

In a Moment of Time

 

By Peter Mucher, Founder of Beacon World Missions

“And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.” –Luke 4:5
“The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.” –Nahum 1:3

Tornado in Oklahoma
Tornado in Oklahoma

Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, was led into the wilderness where He was tempted by the Devil for 40 days and during those days He did not eat.  Satan did his best to tempt Jesus to no avail.  The text says that the Devil acted in a “moment of time”.  Satan is quick and will attack any one.  If he tried to spin his magic on Jesus, he will have no reservations on going after you.
Each day we pick up the newspaper, or tune our Television to a news channel, or click on our I-pad, Smart phone, or Computer where we can review the news in a 100 places at the click of a mouse or TV remote.  We have instant news reports streaming into our home, or office.  Without a doubt tragedy can strike in a moment of time.
All of us remember the 2004 series of deadly Tsunamis triggered when devastating earthquakes struck Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.   Reports over 300,000 killed or lost in Indonesia alone.  A cyclone hit Burma killing another 138,000 in May, 2008.  However, the deadliest tragedy hit China in the 1931 floods killing up to four million people and the 1976 earthquake that hit Tang Shan, China, killing another 700,000.
More recently a deadly series of tornadoes hit Alabama and Georgia in a sudden event that caused widespread destruction, lots of collateral damage and loss of life.  Whether it is from an earthquake, cyclone, flooding, volcanic eruption, landslides, hurricanes, etc., these natural disasters strike with little warning cause catastrophic damage and untold numbers in loss of life.
As a missionary, my wife and I are away from our home in Trenton, Georgia, a good many days out of the year.  We were away in April, 2011, when an awful tornado ripped through our community and utterly destroyed our home and office. (That was, I believe, the same series of Tornadoes that swept through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, killing and destroying leaving many injured.)  Thankfully, none of our family was home.  But in a moment of time almost all of our worldly goods were gone!  Some of our neighbors were hit harder than us and few lost their life and many suffered injuries.
I don’t have to convince you that great tragedy can sweep across your life and destroy all you own, kill your loved ones and leave you devastated and in too many cases, broke.  We see and hear of these tragic events all too often.  But I wish to speak to you about a far worse storm that can hit you, personally, and attack your home and your loved ones.

Continue reading “In a Moment of Time”

Sentence Sermons by Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.

Bob Jones, Sr.
Bob Jones, Sr.

Quotes from Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.

  • Every successful man I have ever met had come at some time under the dominating power of a great truth.
  • Don’t sacrifice the permanent on the altar of the immediate.
  • It is a sin to do less than your best.
  • The greatest ability is dependability.
  • The test of your character is what it takes to stop you.
  • It is never right to do wrong in order to get a chance to do right.
  • You and God make a majority in your community.
  • It is no disgrace to fail; it is a disgrace to do less than your best to keep from failing.
  • You can do anything you ought to do.
  • Finish the job.
  • Do right though the stars fall.
  • The door to the room of success swings on the hinges of opposition.
  • The two biggest little words in the English language are the two little words “do right.”
  • It is one thing to know there is a God; it’s another thing to know the God that is.
  • A man is a fool who leans on the arm of flesh when he can be supported by the arm of Omnipotence.
  • What you love and what you hate reveal what you are.
  • Jesus never taught men how to make a living; He taught men how to live.
  • Do not ask God to give you a light burden; ask Him to give you strong shoulders to carry a heavy burden.
  • It is better to die for something than to live for nothing.
  • A Christian does good deeds, but just doing good deeds does not make a man a Christian.
  • Your character is what God knows you to be; your reputation is what men think you are.
  • You and God make a majority in your community.
  • It is never right to do wrong in order to get a chance to do right.
  • Jesus said that He would be in the midst of two or three gathered in His name, but this does not mean that our Lord does not like to have a larger crowd.
  • It is no disgrace to fail; it is a disgrace to do less than your best to keep from failing.
  • The religions of the world say, “do and live.” The religion of the Bible says, “live and do.”
  • God will not do for you what He has given you strength to do for yourself.
  • Dying men have said, “I am sorry I have been an atheist, an infidel, an agnostic, a skeptic, or a sinner”; but no man ever said with his last breath, “I am sorry I have lived a Christian life.”
  • The drunkard in the ditch has gone to the dogs. According to the Bible, the self-righteous man who thinks he doesn’t need God has gone to the Devil.
  • When I was fourteen years old, I knelt by my dying mother’s bed. She smiled at me through the death shadow on her face and said she was going Home. She asked me to meet her in Heaven, and I gave her my promise. Her body sleeps in a lonely cemetery in the state of Alabama. As I have sat by her grave and listened to a funeral dirge played by the wind in the pine trees nearby, I have said, “Mother, I will see you again someday.” Some people say I am dreaming. If I am, don’t wake me. If this world were all, I would want my Christian faith. My faith hangs a rainbow of hope over the dust of my beloved ones and kindles a smile on the brow of my bereavement. This world is not all. There is a God. There is a Heaven. There is a Hell. I am playing a safe game. If there were only one world, I have already won. Since there is an afterlife, I win for two worlds. You don’t have to take any chances with your soul. Don’ take any.

Pride is a Dangerous Thing!

Proverbs 18:12
Before destruction the heart of man is haughty.
Charles H Spurgeon
Charles H Spurgeon

It is an old and common saying, that “coming events cast their shadows before them;” the wise man teaches us that a haughty heart is the prophetic prelude of evil. Pride is as safely the sign of destruction as the change of mercury in the weather-glass is the sign of rain; and far more infallibly so than that.

When men have ridden the high horse, destruction has always overtaken them. Let David’s aching heart show that there is an eclipse of a man’s glory when he dotes upon his own greatness. 2 Sam. 24:10. See Nebuchadnezzar, the mighty builder of Babylon, creeping on the earth, devouring grass like oxen, until his nails had grown like bird’s claws, and his hair like eagle’s feathers. Dan. 4:33. Pride made the boaster a beast, as once before it made an angel a devil. God hates high looks, and never fails to bring them down.,
All the arrows of God are aimed at proud hearts. O Christian, is thine heart haughty this evening? For pride can get into the Christian’s heart as well as into the sinner’s; it can delude him into dreaming that he is “rich and increased in goods, and hath need of nothing.” Art thou glorying in thy graces or thy talents? Art thou proud of thyself, that thou hast had holy frames and sweet experiences?
Mark thee, reader, there is a destruction coming to thee also. Thy flaunting poppies of self-conceit will be pulled up by the roots, thy mushroom graces will wither in the burning heat, and thy self-sufficiency shall become as straw for the dunghill. If we forget to live at the foot of the cross in deepest lowliness of spirit, God will not forget to make us smart under His rod. A destruction will come to thee, O unduly exalted believer, the destruction of thy joys and of thy comforts, though there can be no destruction of thy soul. Wherefore, “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

What is Wrong with Michael Savage?

Dr. Michael Savage
Dr. Michael Savage

You might ask why I would question the reasoning of Michael Savage when much of his political positions I tend to agree with?  Dr. Savage has been educated in the schools and holds impressive credentials.   However, he has failed to acquire a spiritual understanding of the Scriptures.  I use his words to prove that point.  Here is an editorial he published on his own website.  ” “If you start to ask, ‘Why would God permit a little baby to be killed along with his nice innocent parents?’ you start to get jaded,” noted Savage, adding:

You say to yourself, “I can’t believe in anything anymore.”

Then you start saying, “Why am I living? What’s the point of living if we are going to suffer and die and there’s no justice in the world.”

It’s easy to get depressed. Editor’s Note: “Dr. Savage if the death of that innocent child and his parents trouble you and cause you to question God, you should be even more concerned why God permitted the unjust death of His Son, Jesus Christ, at the hands of the wicked Jews and the political Roman government.  Keep in mind that each of us has the sentence of death already pronounced upon us.  We shall die.  Concerning the aforementioned child and his parents…God has them in His care as we speak.  They are not hurting.  You can trust babies with God and you can trust your loved ones with Him, too. “

But if you’re a person like me (Dr. Michael Savage), I can tell you the point of living.

If you’re a creative person, the reason for living is to create the greatest things you can. That’s it.

Because all is vanity anyway.

So if I buy oil paintings from 1890, I realize that the man was driven to paint those paintings because he wanted to make his mark while he was on this earth.

This is why creative people need to be cultivated. At the end of the day, they’re all we’ve got.

That’s why we detest Hollywood. Some of these people are so talented, and they’re wasting it on such horrendous left-wing, socialist, totalitarian, thought patterns.  It eats us alive.”

Dr. Michael Savage does not know the point of living:

He confesses, “But if you’re a person like me (Dr. Michael Savage), I can tell you the point of living. If you’re a creative person, the reason for living is to create the greatest things you can. That’s it.  Because all is vanity anyway.”

No, Dr. Savage, you have it wrong.  God gives you the exact instruction on what you should pursue in this life.  “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” Luke 10:27  God said it first in Deuteronomy 6:5.  So it gives this admonition on both Testaments.  It is importan!

Christian people are to go and make disciples for the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are to reproduce…that is we are to win lost souls to Christ.  Michael Savage…if you are a Christian…that is what you are to do.  Use your great and powerful influence to touch the minds, hearts and souls of people and turn them to Christ.  The last thing Jesus instructed His disciples to do was to go into all the world and teach/preach the Gospel to every creature.  In case you do not know what that Gospel is…The Apostle Paul presents the Gospel to you in great clarity in First Corinthians 15, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.”

Paul lets you know he was enlisted by God to “Preach the Gospel.”

So, Dr. Savage, with all the accumulated knowledge you have and you have much, turn that keen mind of yours to the Scriptures and let God direct your path.  There is more to life than the vanity of creative individuals without any regard they might have to God and His work.

You, Sir, are to seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness.  Matthew 6:33.