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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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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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