SAVED BY A LAMB

                                                                            SAVED BY A LAMB

Isa 53:4-5                                                                                                                                                                                      4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.                                                                                                                                                                               5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

This past Sunday service was so mightily blessed by the presence of the Lord. It seemed like every part of the service had a special anointing. Eld. T. Dabney sang the special and presented us a song that I had never heard before. He prefaced the song with his personal testimony and shared the story that led to the lyric of his song.

He told of a man that was putting on a roof and slipped somehow and fell from the huge roof. The fall would probably have broken his back or his limbs or possibly even killed him. Fortunately, as the man fell toward the ground no doubt thinking the worse awaited him when at that time a sheep walked past the workplace and the ailing roofer feel on top of the lamb and saved his life. Thus came the words to the song “Saved by a Lamb.”

I remember well when my life was in a free fall and no one could help me. Before I hit bottom and ended up in hell Jesus Christ the Lamb of God was there to catch me. What should have been the end of my life, I found that it was just the beginning of a brand new life that the Lamb had for me.

Surely this paints a picture all of us as each hour and day we fall deeper and deeper with nothing we can really do to change our eternal destiny. Then, when all hope is gone here comes the Lamb to catch us & save us from destruction.                                                                                                 

Rom 3:22-25                                                                                                                                                                               22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:                                                                                                                                                             23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;                                                                                           24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:                                                25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

Don’t wait till you hit bottom & perish without the Lamb of God being there to save you, in fact he is the only one who can save us. In Christ you’ll find a life worth living that is filled with the blessings from God every day. Obey his words and trust him and he’ll take care of the rest.

Acts 2:38-39                                                                                                                                                                              38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.                                                                                  39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

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RESURRECTED LIFE

A RESURRECTED SAVIOUR BUT NOT A RESURRECTED LIFE

Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Easter is now past & rejoice in the great numbers of visitors that always attend our special services on Easter. This holiday commemorates the greatest miracle of all by witnessing Jesus coming back to life again after being dead for three days. Paul said that everything we as Christians believe in was predicated on Christ coming out of the grave on the third day

1Cor15:1418                                                                                                                                                         14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.                           18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

The tomb is empty and Christ has risen with victory of death, hell, & the grave. He did all that he said he would do although none believed him. Everything we celebrate concerning the resurrection is proven to be accurate. The problem with Christians is that they believe in the resurrection of Christ but not the individual resurrection of our new lives in Christ. Paul said we should walk in the newness of life. True Christians must live a transformed life void of the old nature of sin.

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We can no longer live in death of trespasses and sins, we must rise above that lifestyle & culture into a life of power & deliverance. God has so graciously empowered us to live a life of light and liberty. The way we lived we don’t live anymore because we have received His resurrection power through the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of t2:1-5                                                                                                                                                                           1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;                                                               2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:                                    3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.       

 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,                                               5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.

What the scriptures are telling us is that following Christ is about a heart full of the Spirit as well as an empty tomb. We can’t do it alone but Christ has given each of us sufficient grace to help us every day to live for Him.

1 Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

It’s a wonderful thing to live a resurrected life in Christ with His Spirit directing us & His grace sustain us every day. Let’s celebrate Easter the way Christ intended by living for Him continually. Remember, if & when we do wrong and make mistakes, Christ is just to forgive us if we confess our faults to Him. Just get back up and conquer the things that are trying to destroy you and your relationship with God. God bless!

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DELIVERED AT EASTER

DELIVERED AT EASTER

Acts 12:3-4 (1-11)                                                                                                                                           3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.                                                                             4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

Peter was cast into prison for preaching the Apostolic message of the one true God whose name was Jesus the Christ. He preached that a man must be born again of the water and of the Spirit to enter the Kingdom of God John 3:3-5. Such teachings of the Apostles deeply stirred and convicted both the Jewish hierarchy as well as the Roman dictators of the day. The same technique used to have Christ crucified was still being used by the High Priest and the Jewish leaders.

It is important to notice that the ones most offended by truth were the Jews. Here once again we find the strength of religion influencing the judgements of politics. It worked to have Jesus executed and countless followers plus the Bishop James the leader of the church of Jerusalem had just been executed by the sword to just please the Jews. They sought the pleasure of the Jews to be more expedient than obeying truth. Unfortunately, not much has changed when political leaders will say or do nearly anything for a vote.

Easter had gotten in their way of Peter’s speedy execution so he was placed into maximum security with 16 guards assuring no escape. To the surprise and dismay of the jailors and the Jews, when they went to the prison to lead Peter to his public execution, he was gone. The church prayed and God sent his angel to miraculously deliver the man of God. He was delivered on Easter!

I also must give God praise for the deliverance he sent into my life on Easter, April 14th 1974. I was incarcerated by sin and Satan wasn’t planning to let me go. The demons of hell, the weakness of my own flesh and the ungodly allurements of this world was driving me to my eternal judgement of hell fire.

However, on that Easter Sunday I was invited to church as a family tradition of a friend, and that day I received my deliverance and pardon from sin. That morning service was the beginning of a lifetime of service to the one who delivered me.

The same power that raised Jesus from the dead on Easter and delivered Peter on Easter can surely bring freedom into your heart and life. He did it for me and millions of others and I know he will do it for you. This is what Easter is really about. It’s not about rabbits and eggs it’s about the love and power of God that is able to save you from what seems to be impossible situations and allow you to live a resurrected life free from sin. This Easter let God break the chains for you as he opens the prison doors and directs you into a new life. Christ has risen and you can be also. God bless!

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AMERICA DESTROYED

AMERICA IS BEING DESTROYED BY LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WORD                                  

Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

We would have to be blind not to see how far our nation has drifted from the teaching of the Word of God. This is why politicians, judges, professors, the Pope & etc. aimlessly lead our nation into darkness and debauchery. While these leaders deceive themselves and others because they claim to be Christians while they have no knowledge of the Word of God.

People confuse being religious to being a true Christian. This is the work of Satan to destroy our nation and the souls of mankind. John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

When Satan tempted Christ, the Lord’s defense was simple “it is written”. The Bible is the greatest weapon that a child of God possesses. Satan knows that any person or nation that is ignorant of the scriptures is an easy prey to him.

We must have a renewed passion for the Word of God. Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. Job didn’t fail God because he knew the Word. I recently read that 1/3 of British parents thought Harry Potter plotline came from the Bible.

Over 70% of U.S. citizens claim to be Christians, yet someone said “if someone changed the scriptures of supplemented it in any way 95% of the congregation wouldn’t even know it. So why are our streets filled with violence, why are 50% of births are to unwed mothers, or why are men marrying men & women marrying women, plus a host of other devices the Bible speaks loudly against, it’s all because they lack the knowledge that only the Bible can bring.

LTC family & Christians everywhere, let’s get back to the book. Let’s put aside the distractions we have allowed into our lives & return to the Bible with faith and confidence, God’s promises will never fail. Matt 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

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POLICE ARE MINISTERS OF GOD

POLICE ARE MINISTERS OF GOD: Romans 13:6 (1-6) For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
I am very concerned about the anti-cop that has been promoted lately. With over 500,000 police officers in America today, I’m sure we could find a shady one somewhere. However, I do not believe that gives anyone the right to label the entire institution as evil & corrupt.
Police officers have a job to enforce the law of the land and when that law is violated or broken then they must act accordingly. These officers don’t serve for the sake of a large pay check, in fact it is sad that they don’t get paid much more than they do for the risk they take every day. I believe a good policeman has a call to serve his city or society in general. I also believe according to the Bible that these men & women are compelled by God to render their services. The Apostle Paul called these public servants “ministers of God.” This doesn’t mean that they preach from pulpits or in churches, but they serve God’s purpose in protecting our lives, homes, schools & etc.
I personally want to give honor to those who risk it all for society’s sake. I honor them and their families just as I do our Vets that serve our country. I think we could all do more to express that appreciation especially to our local law enforcement. They are not against us but rather they are there to “protect and to serve” as I read on a police car.
So if you enjoyed a safe commute from home to work and back today, thank a cop. If your children come home safe from school each day, thank a cop. If your car didn’t get stolen today, thank a cop. If you can lie down and have a peaceful rest tonight, thank a cop. We could go on and on with accolades and praises for these men & women God has sent to protect us and give us a sense of peace as we go about our daily lives and duties.
Let’s do our best to counter this anti-cop attitude and realize how treacherous life would be without our police forces. I’m thankful for each of them & pray for their safety continually & I thank God for allowing my family to be citizens of a nation that has laws and the officers to enforce them. Paul said they are not here to do evil but for good.

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GOD BLESS AMERICA

GOD BLESS AMERICA
As we witness the sun of favor rapidly setting on our once great nation, it puts a brand new ring to the invocation “God Bless America.” This wonderful patriotic song was composed by a Russian born man named Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. We have all sang this song countless times through the years. None can deny that our existence & advancement has come by a God who has shed his grace on the U.S. Through wars, conflicts, & national disasters He has always brought us through to victory. We saluted & defended our flag in times of peril.
However like other great nations before us, we have allowed greatness to become our downfall. We have taken his grace for granted & felt like we could live any way we wanted to & treat God with disregard & certainly with disrespect. We became so self-sufficient & relied upon our wisdom and wealth to sustain us.
God has and God does bless America even now as we have blasphemed him by living wicked lives & passing laws that totally disregard his holy word, the Bible. As their cheers for evil and the thirst for blood in our streets, while diluted sermons from backslidden preachers without the courage or convictions to tell the people that judgment is destine to come upon those who forsake righteousness.
In summary, when I look at our nation today that loves evil more than good, saying God Bless America has a new emphasis with a true depth of desperation. The call has now become a cry God Bless America. Later will be too late it must happen now.
As we join our families & friends this 4th of July to celebrate our independence let us realize that once again we have found ourselves, not under the bondage of Britain but the forces of evil. Only God can help & I believe he would if only we would really pray “God Bless America”. 2Chron 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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DO CHRISTIANS HATE HOMOSEXUALS?

DO CHRISTIANS REALLY HATE HOMOSEXUALS

For several years Christians have been accused of hating homosexuals. This charge has been reinforced by the new interpretations of our constitution by federal judges and liberal politicians. Since Adam & Eve and also the founding of our nation a marriage has always been between one man & one woman. Why is it that our present generation has accepted this life style as normal? Could it be because this generation & society is further removed from righteousness than any in American history? I ask the question “why did it take a post-Christian nation to accept such teachings.”
I personally do not believe that Christians hate homosexuals. I do believe they abhor their life styles. However I strongly believe that the homosexual community does hate true Christianity and its followers. Not only do they hate true believers but they hate Christ and his word as well. The reason I believe homosexuals hate Christ is because they deny his word & he is the Word incarnate. John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. In Heb.10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
So we see that it’s impossible to love Christ and hate his word the Bible. There are countless scriptures that denounce the practice of homosexuality & to ignore them as if they aren’t there doesn’t change it. Ps 119:89 Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Its settle David said. Not preaching it doesn’t change God’s laws or being afraid to preach the truth because of what certain members or others think about it. We are told that those who love Christ seek to obey his word. John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
I hate what seeing the acceptance of homosexuality has done to our nation, what it has done to our children, & I hate to watch AIDs victims constantly loose the battle and die because of this deception. Laws of men can never make right the things God says are wrong. When we stand before God in judgment we will not be judged by bylaws & doctrines of men but we will all be judged by what is written in the bible. Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
So, if you love Christ then read & obey his word & prepare yourself for eternity. Some will say that I hate homosexuals because I wrote this blog, but if I hated them I wouldn’t take the time to address the subject. The fact is I love them & more importantly Christ loves them but to please him one must be born again & be transformed. John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
These are God’s requirements & not man’s opinions. Obey God & turn from wickedness.

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