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Jesus Died for You…What are you doing for Him?

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By: Arlene Price

 

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (New International Version (NIV))

14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

If someone told you today that tomorrow they will die so that you might be saved what would you do for them, what would you say to them? Meditate on this and really imagine how you would respond.

Jesus did this very thing for you already; he died on the cross so that you may be saved. Are you waking up each morning and thanking him? Are you asking him each and every day “What can I do today Lord to serve you?” Is going to church your only sense of obligation for such a great sacrifice? Why would you not put God first in your life? Christians are Christians because they put Him first – that is what a Christian must do. Have a grateful heart, pray continuously – not just when there is a need or emergency – praise his name throughout the day for all you have, forgive quickly and often. Serve your church – it is the house of God.

Philippians 2:12-13 (New International Version (NIV))

Do Everything without Grumbling

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Everyday adopt the attitude that firmly says “I will do something spiritually meaningful today.” Do you think you have not talent, no skills, nothing to offer? God has given you all you need to give back to him.  Do you often ask yourself “How can I help my church?” You should be doing this each and every day; it’s you real “job” on earth once you are a Christian. If you ask your church if they need your help, what will they say? I can tell you it’s a resounding “Yes!” No matter what you think you can do or can’t do you can always do something. Whether it’s one large project or little things every day, you have what God needs and he is asking you to use your gifts. So close your eyes and ask the question: “God, what would you have me do for you today?” then LISTEN…the answer is sometimes instant and other times it will suddenly hit you during a conversation, a car ride, or numerous other activities you could be doing and you will “know” what you can do. Here are things God says you can do for Him and his church:

I can …

…write spiritual poems, essays, articles, stories.

…paint a picture for the enjoyment of the lonely or to raise money for charity.

…make house repairs for those unable to do for themselves.

…put together a gift basket or care package for the needy.

…give my testimony; someone needs to hear it today.

…help my neighbor, my friend, a family member, a co-worker with a problem.

…cook a meal, a desert, a casserole for someone in need.

…hold the hand of dying child or elder and let them know I care.

…read the bible to someone blind.

…invite a friend or neighbor to church.

…take someone outdoors who is unable to walk and let them enjoy beauty of the day.

…sing a song for the Lord. I can praise his name aloud.

…assist with church activities: take photos, make video of church events and sermons, submit items to our website and/or newsletter, help with an event, make phone calls, talk to the community, decorate, draw, play an instrument, join the choir, teach, volunteer my time wherever needed. The list is endless…

I can develop into a real Christian today by praying, studying my bible, asking questions of those who can help me grow.

I can do all things through Christ today.

I can serve…

I will serve…

I am serving the Lord.

EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING

Any of the things above or something you know will help. There are no excuses when it comes to serving the church and serving the Lord. There are no excuses to wait until tomorrow; there are no reasons not to do your part – no other obligation in you your life means more than your service. When you become a Christian you must let Christ live within you and guide you, if you try  to do it alone or are only on Sunday Christian, you will get off track and things will start going wrong in your life fast. Let Him show you the way. Believe in yourself because you are a child of Christ and through him you CAN NOT FAIL. Do not live life for your desires or for the world; it’s about HIM and his sacrifice for YOU. Do all these things in His name and you will receive so much joy and you will live in wonderment at your many blessings. You will go to bed satisfied — knowing that today you have served the Lord first.

Galatians 5:24  (New International Version (NIV))

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

How to know what you must do?

Step 1: Pray for guidance

Step 2: Meditate on those things you enjoy or are good at doing. LISTEN for the answer.

Step 3: Go forward and take action asking God to go before you and make your way smooth.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 every day.

Why wait another minute? Get busy with God’s work now. He made the ultimate sacrifice for you by giving his Son to die upon the cross for your sins. There is no sacrifice you could make of your time that could be greater than what has been done for you. As a Christian you put away worldly things and put Christ at the center. His will is now your will, not the other way around. Wake up! Take up the cross and do the work you were called to do.

Galatians 2:20 (New International Version (NIV))

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Arlene Price©2013, All Rights Reserved

Jesus Is My Redeemer

The Redeemer

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The glory of the Lord,
Shines through His word.
Salvation to proclaim,
Through His Holy Name.

Cleansed by the blood of the Lamb,
Forever to be His child I am.
I will never be the same,
When into my life He came.

Redeemed, Redeemed.
Hallelujah to the King.
Sitting at the right hand of the Father,
No need to look any further.

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Think About This And Marvel

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By Dr. Henderson Ward

Bible students everywhere know about the miracles of Jesus Christ, and because these miracles are so marvellous and unrepeatable we memorialize them and can recall nearly all of them from memory. Ask any Bible student about Jesus’ first miracle and that is just too easy. And what about Jesus’ greatest miracle? Walking on water, or perhaps feeding the five thousand. Debatable, for we all have our favourite miracle. But probably the greatest miracle of them all is one few of us even think about, and it has to do with the Apostle Paul.

Jesus Christ assembled his disciples at the commencement of his ministry when he was about 30 years old. Out of his disciples he chose 12 Apostles (Matthew 10:1-4) whom he taught daily for about three and one half years until his crucifixion at Calvary. For about three and one half years these 12 Apostles were intensely tutored day and night until they knew all the doctrines of Heaven. Jesus taught them everything until their knowledge was both comprehensive and complete.

This teaching was important because the Church of Jesus Christ was to be built on the foundation of Jesus and the Apostles: “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” (Ephesians 2:19-20)

Jesus Christ was five years old when the Apostle Paul was born and Paul was approximately 27 1/2 years old when Jesus was crucified.

There is no biblical evidence that Paul had any contact with Jesus during his earthly ministry. What we know is that Paul was a Pharisee (Philippians 3:5), born to a Jewish family in Tarsus, modern day Southern Turkey (Acts 21:39) and was thoroughly and highly educated in all aspects of Judaism by the scholar Gamaliel (Acts 22:3).

Paul knew nothing of Christian theology, had no contact with Christian scholars, never went to any Christian centre of learning or debated with others the doctrines of Jesus Christ. Paul was completely clueless as to what Jesus Christ taught but he had a passion for The Law and Judaism.

After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension the Apostles became bold, and indeed fearless, and preached Christ openly, and assertively, and Jews were being converted regularly (Acts 2:47).

The Jewish Authorities saw Christianity as a challenge to Judaism and began a campaign of relentless persecution against Christians (Acts 8:1) and Paul (at the time still called Saul) became an aggressive leader of one such group (Acts 8:3)

It was at this juncture that something truly remarkable occurred. On his way to persecute the Christians at Damascus in the Roman Province of Syria, Jesus appeared to him, and he was converted. We do not know precisely what was said but Paul seemed to be under conviction (Acts 9:4-5) and without argument or fanfare accepted Jesus as Saviour and Lord, “And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.” (Acts 9:6)

Now here is the most amazing thing. When Paul was converted and led by the hand in a state of  blindness to Damascus, which said town was overseen by the Arabian King Aretas, (2 Corinthians 11:32), he did not ask for nor did he see any of the Jerusalem leaders of the church. He did not contact Peter, who was the leader of the Church, he did not contact James, who was the head of the Jerusalem Church, and he did not contact any of the other Apostles. Here are his own words:

“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.” (Galatians 1:15-17)

Paul went to see Peter three years after his conversion. This is something very special for Paul was preaching both in Arabia and mostly in Damascus for three years before he met any of the Apostles. And yet when he did meet them they accepted him as an Apostle and on equal footing with them; “Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. .” (Galatians 1:18)

Think about this very carefully and see how awesome this truly is. The Apostle Paul was converted, had no contact with the other Apostles and yet preached the identical doctrines that Jesus Christ taught the 12 Apostles during his ministry of three and one half years.

Paul and the Apostles were preaching and teaching the identical doctrines of Jesus Christ to such an extent that when there arose a dispute in Damascus (Acts 1:15) and it led to a conference at Jerusalem, the conclusion and mandate from the council was, “That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.” (Acts 15:29)

Paul and the Jerusalem Council were united on the doctrines of Jesus Christ and the things that the Council felt should be emphasised were not disputed by the Apostle Paul. So how come Paul was so magnificently clued up and be ready to defend all aspects of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ having never been taught them by human agency?

The answer is truly amazing and many people do not realize it.

The full Gospel was taught to Paul PERSONALLY by Jesus Christ.

No, not by some mental spark of spiritual enlightenment, nor by the Holy Spirit in his customary role as Revealer of truth (John 16:13) but by the Lord Jesus Christ himself, “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1:11-12)

That Jesus Christ personally taught Paul by personal revelation is summed up quite well by John Gill in his Bible Commentary on Galatians 1:12:

“…meaning, not through Christ being revealed to him by the Father, as in Galatians 1:16 though it is a sense not to be overlooked; but by Christ, the revealer of it to him; and regards either the time of his rapture into the third heaven, when he heard words not to be uttered; or rather since that is not so certain when it was, the time of his conversion, when Christ personally appeared unto him, and made him a minister of his Gospel; and immediately from himself, without the interposition, or use of any man, or means, gave him such light into it, and such a furniture of mind for the preaching of it, that he directly, as soon as ever he was baptized, set about the ministration of it, to the admiration of the saints, and confusion of the enemies of Christ.”

It is truly marvellous how God is so very faithful to his word for the Bible tells us this with respect to Moses, “And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.” (Exodus 4:11-12)

Just as with Moses who was rather tongue-tied, and the Apostle Paul, who was not eloquent like Apollos (Acts 18:24) God is able to equip all those who are called and make them effective servants in his ministry. God calls the most unlikely people, often in ways that are mind-boggling to us and transforms them in ways that are delightful. So however you are called, remember that you need to be productive. We have no excuses and there is much to be done.

God is still doing great things and as believers we just have to think about this and marvel.

Enough said.
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Christian Wannabe or Christian Ought To Be?

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By Steve Countryman

I have to be honest here, as I write this it is painfully clear to me that I have a LONG way to go to be the Christian that my God wants me to be.  I could use that right there for an excuse to quit trying.  But all I have to do is take one look back and see how far my God has brought me from the guy I used to be to His servant today and I am totally in awe!

A Christian wannabe is someone who wants to be a Christian but on their terms not God’s.  Going to church, being active in church, having a Christian bumper sticker, wearing a cross, having some religious tattoos or just keeping your Bible on the coffee table at home doesn’t make you a Christian.  Most of today’s Christians don’t read the Bible even if they own one.  If your Bible sits in your car from Sunday to Sunday doesn’t mean that you are armed with the Word of God.  Watching television evangelist or listening to a preacher quote the Bible doesn’t qualify as you reading the Bible.  There are so many churches out there where the Bible isn’t quoted at all for fear that it will offend someone or it is considered to be anti-seeker friendly church material.  The Bible is too exclusive to a church who is ALL inclusive!

There is now a gay-friendly Bible called the “Queen James” version that has removed ALL scripture references to homosexuality.  Another new Bible just released by Thomas Nelson Publishing called “The Voice Bible”.  This version has removed the name of Jesus Christ, angels and prefers to use emissary instead of apostle.  Changing the Bible to accommodate sinful lifestyles, groups of people, false doctrines or eliminate the Trinity is to make a mockery of church and God’s Word.  Church is no longer church but a social club of political correctness.

To be a Christian means to be Christ-like!  You can’t be a Christian if you support abortions.   You can’t be a Christian if you  believe in evolution.  You can’t be a Christian if you support or condone any sinful lifestyle ie couples living together, sex outside of marriage, homosexuals and gay marriage.  To support any sin as acceptable is contrary to God and His Word and that is sin and not Christ-like!  If it is not Christ-like it is not being a Christian.  To believe in God and Jesus doesn’t make you a Christian.  Even demons believe in God and Jesus and they are not Christians.  But there are people out there that spend their lives doing “good deeds” and going to church but they are not born again believers.  They are trying to earn their way into heaven by works of the flesh.  To be a born again believer the Bible says in Romans 10:9-10 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

The seeker friendly churches and the wannabe Christians have one thing in common.  They both have sacrificed their beliefs and the Word of God for worldly thinking.  They have compromised away their righteousness for political correctness, social acceptability and “feel good” Christianity which is not being a Christian at all but having the appearance of being a “Christian”.  These people are self-righteous, arrogant, prideful and “know-it-alls”.  “Super Christians” who do more, act more, give more, judge more and criticize more than regular Christians.  They think that they know the Bible better than any average Christian and will make up stuff so as not to be embarrassed when confronted.  They want to be noticed and the center of attention in church and are jealous and critical of truly gifted Christians and the work they do.  Some are false prophets who think that God ONLY speaks to them and no one else!

Compromising worldly beliefs with Bible facts is very common in these churches.  Some time ago I met a man who told me that him and his wife were retired school teachers.  He also is currently on the board of a local church.  He told me that he and his wife both believe in evolution.  When I started to quiz him about it he told me something that I have just recently heard about.  Today over 60% of those who call themselves Christian believe that evolution was helped along by God and not ALL things were created directly by God.  No matter how hard I search I can’t find anything in scripture where evolution is ever mentioned.  But they call themselves Christian.  That is God on man’s terms not God on God’s terms!  Evolution either fully or partially believed is a LIE and an insult to the God of creation!  Genesis 1:26 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”  It doesn’t say that man is descended or related to the ape or that God helped creation along when He created man in His image!

Because the Bible is in direct opposition to such worldly beliefs, the “modern church” has decided not to quote those scriptures or in some cases discarding the use of the Bible all together.  Any church that removes God’s Word cannot expect God to show up there.  To attend a church where the Spirit of the Lord is not present is a waste of time!

“Christian ought to be” is a born-again believer who loves the Lord and seeks His face daily!  I know that this statement sounds simplistic but Father God has designed it that way.  Not to be as complicated as religion has tried to make it.  Jesus created the church while man created religion.  Most all religions have added to God’s salvation plan by making salvation something that you have to earn instead of the free gift that God created it to be!

When you earnestly seek God daily in His Word and in prayer you allow the Holy Spirit to work in you, with you , to you , for you and through you.  When you seek God daily you seek His perfect will for you and you seek His perfect love to you.  2 Corinthians 3:18 And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit. (AMP)  Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he, (God), who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  One thing is for sure that as a “Christian ought to be” you will never be the same person again for God loves you too much to let you stay as you are!  A “Christian ought to be” isn’t content with being just a “pew sitter”.  They are the ones who are led by the Holy Spirit, believe the entire Word of God, has the manifested presence of God active in their daily lives and is lovingly obedient to God’s will.  There is no limit to what God will do through a man or woman of God s who is sold out to God and always gives God all the glory!  Ephesians 3:20-21 20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] 21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it). (AMP)

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona.  In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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