Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Light: Walking in the light

bright light
"Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:1.5,7)

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Proverbs 3

Advice to the Young
My child, don't forget what I teach you. Always remember what I tell you to do. My teaching will give you a long and prosperous life. Never let go of loyalty and faithfulness. Tie them around your neck; write them on your heart. If you do this, both God and people will be pleased with you.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Timely Quotes

There is a time for everything; today if you hear His voice harden not your hearts; He loves you. Allow Him to take control of your life He is worthy! Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses.

 He sets the time for birth and the time for death, 
  the time for planting and the time for pulling up,

 The time for killing and the time for healing, 
 The time for tearing down and the time for building.

 He sets the time for sorrow and the time for joy, 
 The time for mourning and the time for dancing,

  The time for making love and the time for not making love, The time for kissing and the time for not kissing.
He sets the time for finding and the time for losing,  The time for saving and the time for throwing away,

 The time for tearing and the time for mending, 
 The time for silence and the time for talk.

  He sets the time for love and the time for hate, 
  The time for war and the time for peace.

"I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.

I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

Ecclesiastes 3

Saturday, 9 June 2012

A Place For Everyone

"The kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder," Christ declared, "which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the market place, and said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Quotable Quotes

The Bible, we say is on the side of humanity. It is also true that Humanity is on the side of the Bible In all the great crises of Bible history. That it has never failed to do this is in
itself a reason for anticipating that it never will. That "even in the very thick of what are called the Dark Ages there never failed a succession of godly people whose best life was fed from the life of God in the Scriptures.

This power to quicken the life of the soul is the glory of the Bible.The march of the centuries is ever forward toward a world-wide acceptance of monotheism. This was the Hebrew faith, which spoke to Moses in the burning bush in the wilderness, and by the firmness with which it was held and the clearness with which it was preached, you can measure the growth or decline of the Hebrew people For the Bible to reach any heathen land today, is for this great central truth to sound the death-knell of idolatry, as certainly as did the preaching of Paul in Athens declare that, with its strong insistence on the one God in whom all live and move and have their being, the polytheism of the old world must pass away But in revealing the unity of God, this book also reveals the unity of man, and his close relation to his Creator. That God should give His Son for us ceases to perplex us when we believe in Him as Creator and so loving man; and as father and so akin to man. Man is never for a moment regarded by this Book apart from this high origin and this endearing relationship.

"People are often unreasonable and self-centred, forgive them anyway
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."
Kent M. Keith.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Bible: Bible Facts On Jesus Return

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 9:28.

The Bible is filled with precious promises of the soon return of Jesus, a look at some of these passages from the Bible should bring comfort to our hearts as we await His return.
just as certainly and surely as Christ was crucified years ago, just as certainly He will appear the second time.

Monday, 4 June 2012

The Elect

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."  2 Timothy 2:15

Wherever the truths of the gospel is  proclaimed, those who honestly desire to do right will be led into the path of truth.  Especially those who are diligently searching the Scriptures. We should seek to follow the example of the Bereans, searching the Scriptures daily. Whenever unpopular Bible truths are presented, many refuse to make this investigation, and manifest the utmost reluctance to study the evidences offered. Some assume that even if these doctrines are indeed true, it matters little whether or not they accept it. Why do we find it easy to cling to pleasing fables rather than study the word for ourselves?

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Heaven: where is it?

"I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven." (2 Corinthians 12:2)

Many will say heaven is here on earth, or there is no heaven, as we explore may we be enlightened.
2 Corinthians 12:2. Speak of a third heaven, therefore there must be a first and a second. So there are three heavens.

Friday, 1 June 2012

The Dead

What happens when we die? Do we come back as a grasshopper or a horse? Or does my body disappear and all that exist is my spirit floating in the air? let us take a closer look at the dead.

Ecclesiastes 12:7. At death the body goes back to dust; the spirit returns to God who gave it. This spirit which returns to God is not some entity which is capable of a conscious existence apart from the body, but it is the breath of life (James 2:26, margin), which God gave to man to make him a living, conscious personality. Genesis 2:7. At death, that life passes into God's hands for safekeeping till the resurrection.

David expected to go to heaven when he should awake from the sleep of death on the resurrection morn at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Psalm 17:15.

The righteous do not go to heaven until the coming of Jesus Christ at the last day. 1 Thessalonian 2:19; John 14:1 All life after death depends on the resurrection. Thessalonian 4:16, 17. 

One thousand years after David had died, Peter declared that David was not in heaven. This proves that the righteous do not go to heaven when they die. Acts 2:34.

1 Corinthians 15:16-18. " For if the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is a delusion and you are still lost in your sins." It would also mean that the believers in Christ who have died are lost.Without the resurrection, the good people who have died are perished. This could not be true if they went to heaven when they died. If the righteous went to heaven when they died, there would be no need of a resurrection. There could be no reason for Christ to come back to this earth the second time to gather His saints (John 14:3) if they had already gone to heaven at death. If the wicked go to hell-fire at death, and the righteous to heaven at death, there is no need of a judgement day at the end of time, or for Christ to come to reward every man according to his works. Matthew 16:27; Revelation 22:12. This idea of a person going to hell or heaven at death does not support the Bible doctrine of the resurrection, the coming of Christ, and the judgement t at the last day. There is no text in the Bible which, when rightly interpreted, teaches that anybody goes to hell or heaven at death, because the Bible does not contradict its own teachings.

All go to one place at death
Ecclesiastes 3:20. All go to one place at death, and that one place is the grave, where all turn to dust again. Job 30:23; John 5:28, 29. "Do not be surprised at this; the time is coming when all the dead will hear his voice and come out of their graves: those who have done good will rise and live, and those who have done evil will rise and be condemned."  The Bible never speaks of the soul or spirit going out of the body at death to maintain, or to become capable of maintaining, a conscious existence somewhere else. Eight times the Bible speaks of the soul as going into the grave. Acts 2:31; Job 33:18, 22, 28, 30; Psalm 30:3; 89:48; Isaiah 38:17.

When a man dies, his soul is unconscious till the, resurrection. Psalm 146:3, 4 "Don't put your trust in human leaders; no human being can save you. When they die, they return to the dust; on that day all their plans come to an end.

The dead praise not the Lord
If the righteous went to heaven when they died, they would certainly be praising God now, but this text says that the dead praise not the Lord. Psalm 115:17. "The Lord is not praised by the dead, by any who go down to the land of silence."

The dead do not knows nothing
The dead do not know anything about what takes place on the earth after they die, because they are unconscious. Thus we understand that the dead are unconscious, just as a person is unconscious who is in a deep sleep. The breath of life from God made Adam a living soul, a conscious being, and when that breath of life was taken away at his death, it would necessarily leave him to be a dead soul, an unconscious being, till the resurrection, when that breath of life or spirit is put back into him again. Job 14:21.

The dead do not know anything. The lapse of time between a Christian's death and Jesus' second coming, the glorious resurrection day, will seem to him like an instant. To him it will seem but the next moment after he closes his eyes in death when he awakes to be with his blessed Savior forever. 

None will go ahead of those who have died
The first righteous man who died will awaken and stand in Christ's presence at the same time as the last man who dies. 1 Thessalonian 4:15-17  "What we are teaching you now is the Lord's teaching: we who are alive on the day the Lord comes will not go ahead of those who have died. There will be the shout of command, the archangel's voice, the sound of God's trumpet, and the Lord himself will come down from heaven. Those who have died believing in Christ will rise to life first;  then we who are living at that time will be gathered up along with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord." To each the elapsed time between death and the resurrection will seem but a moment. Ecclesiastes 9:5, 

Gossiping:Gossip on this

group of people
Gossip has become an art, Good people do the good that is in them. But evil people do the evil that is in them. The things people say come from inside them. Luke 6:45 The Bible is filled with God’s displeasure of the sin of gossip. The Bible addressed this at length in many passages. Here we hope to take a look at this distasteful character flaw and see if we can understand the reason why many resort to this behaviour.