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Monday, April 8, 2024

Total Solar Eclipse, End Times, and If Today Was You’re “Last” Day- Purity 1320

 

Total Solar Eclipse, End Times, and If Today Was You’re “Last” Day- Purity 1320

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of the sunrise from Preacher’s Rock in near Suches. Georgia comes to us from Fred Dimmick who shared this photo on social media Saturday. Fred hasn’t let the moss grow fat on his rolling stone of a life since retirement a few years back and is actively living his life to the fullest, recently doing back-to-back endurance hikes of the Fire Creek Rim Trail in the Nantahala National Forrest in North Carolina. I suspect that if he was suddenly called into eternity, Fred would be pleased with how he spent his last 48 hours, doing something he loved in the splendor of God’s creation.

Well, It’s Monday, April 8th the day of the big eclipse, and as the moon and sun will converge to give us a moment to pause and consider our life’s path through time and space, I am considering our “last day” and the possibility of Jesus coming back “soon” and unexpectedly as He told us in:

Matthew 24:44 (NLT2)
44  You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.

And He told us.

Revelation 22:12-13 (NLT2)
12  “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.
13  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

So is today the day that we will see Jesus coming on a cloud and will have his faithful followers to meet Him in the air as the Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17?  

Let’s just say, I’m ready! Come Lord Jesus Come! How cool would that be?

But honestly, my middle name is Thomas, and when it comes to end times predictions I am filled with doubt over whether Jesus Christ’s return will happen in my lifetime here on earth, let alone later this afternoon to coincide with today’s solar eclipse.  Although I believe Jesus will return to reclaim and rule the earth for 1,000 years and eventually usher in a new heaven and a new earth as the Bible tells us, I’m doubtful it will start today…. But it could.

For those curious about what Christians should actually believe about the end times – based on what the Bible says, Check out a couple of links I am sharing from gotquestions.org on the blog today if you “got questions” about the “millennium kingdom” (https://www.gotquestions.org/millennium.html) and the new heavens and new earth (https://www.gotquestions.org/new-heavens-earth.html ) . 

If you check out those links, you will probably be a lot less scared about the future, that is of course if you have made peace with God by placing your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, of course.   Truly, the only way we can have peace about the end times, or the end of our time here on earth – our deaths, or any given day really, is to have the assurance that you are “safe” and have the guarantee of eternal life that is only found in Christ alone. 

If you don’t have Jesus, you should be afraid. Not only could you die at any moment in any number of unexpected ways, which would not be cool, if you haven’t been forgiven of your sins and welcomed into God’s kingdom as His beloved child, you would die in your trespasses and sins. Your independence from God and disbelief in the person and finished work of Jesus will be seen as rebellion and rejection of God’s gracious invitation to life with Him.  If you die without faith in Jesus, you will be rightfully judged for your sins and face God’s wrath and go to the dark place that Jesus warns us about. 

To quote a 2017 article from the Gospel Coalition’s Leslie Schumucker: (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-uncomfortable-subject-jesus-addressed-more-than-anyone-else/#:~:text=He%20says%20it%20is%20a,16%3A19%E2%80%9331).)

“Jesus doesn’t only reference hell, he describes it in great detail. He says it is a place of eternal torment (Luke 16:23), of unquenchable fire (Mark 9:43), where the worm does not die (Mark 9:48), where people will gnash their teeth in anguish and regret (Matt. 13:42), and from which there is no return, even to warn loved ones (Luke 16:19–31). He calls hell a place of “outer darkness” (Matt. 25:30), comparing it to “Gehenna” (Matt. 10:28), which was a trash dump outside the walls of Jerusalem where rubbish was burned and maggots abounded. Jesus talks about hell more than he talks about heaven, and describes it more vividly. There’s no denying that Jesus knew, believed, and warned about the absolute reality of hell.”

So if today’s solar eclipse has you a little nervous about “what will happen” or has you wondering about the universe, you, and the big questions of life and death, grab a hold of the answers the Bible gives us and grab a hold of the eternal hope and new life that you can have by making the decision to trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  

You don’t have to be afraid of an eclipse. You don’t need to be afraid of your mistakes in life. And You don’t have to worry about how or when you will die.   If you put your faith in Jesus, you will be safe and you will live with God forever.   Jesus said in

John 11:25-26 (NKJV)
25  … "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
26  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

For many reasons, I know the Bible is true, Jesus is who He said He is, and I do believe this and although I’m not going to attempt to fly into heaven to meet Jesus today or run head long into the jaws of death to see Jesus sooner (I have to share this good news), I know that no matter what happens, I will one day be safe and alive in God’s kingdom forever.  

And I believe, that if you believe what Jesus said and trust in Him as your Lord and Savior. You can be there too. 

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verses come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Death and Eternal Life

John 14:1-4 (ESV)
1  “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
2  In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
4  And you know the way to where I am going.”

Today’s verse is the second of two passages of scripture that fall under the second point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Death and Eternal Life.  

2. The believer will dwell in God’s house forever.

Today’s verse cements what I didn’t realize was “today’s topic”- eternal life and safety through faith in Jesus Christ). Jesus tells us to believe in God – to believe in Him and that He prepares a place for those who put their faith in Him. So add these words of Jesus to the other verses that assure us of the need to make a decision to believe in Jesus and to follow Him and be at ease knowing that the way Jesus goes is the way we want to go.

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

EVENING READING: JOHN 12

“Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard,
[and] anointed the feet of Jesus.” – John 12:3

This act of Mary expresses three things:

Her Faith. Faith had revealed to her that Jesus was none other than the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world. Thus, she took the pound of oil, breaking it upon Him in anticipation of His atoning death.

Her Hope. Hope had carried her beyond death and the grave. Had she thought that Christ would not rise, she would have kept the oil until the burying for embalming.

Her Love. Above her faith and hope shines forth her love in this act. For in that expensive gift was expressed her unstinted, unreserved love. Love is only measured by the sacrificial gift; and the breaking of the vessel of spikenard upon Him meant the sacrifice of her all. No wonder the room was filled!

O, that my life would be as Mary's oil –
a sacrificial, unreserved gift to my Lord.[1]

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Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Ask Seek Knock blog (https://tammylynask.blogspot.com/ ),  her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

“The views, opinions, and commentary of this publication are those of the author, M.T. Clark, only, and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any of the photographers, artists, ministries, or other authors of the other works that may be included in this publication, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities the author may represent.”

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

The “Harrowing of Hell” - 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther – Day 40 - Purity 1313


The “Harrowing of Hell” - 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther – Day 40 - Purity 1313

Purity 1313 03/30/2024 Purity 1313 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of blue skies and a fireball sun over Waite Rd in Easton, which features my canine pal, Harley, leading the way, comes to us from yours truly as I captured this hazy scene yesterday as blustery winds whipped all around us on the way back home from a short late afternoon walk.  Despite the unseen opposition that seems to have distorted this photo, we made it back down that last stretch home.

Well, It’s Holy Saturday – the day that commemorates the “Harrowing of Hell” while Jesus Christ’s body lay in the tomb. While in the physical Jesus’s body lay still and lifeless in the tomb, in the spirit, Jesus descended into hell and brought salvation to the souls held captive there since the beginning of the world. The Apostle’s Creed tells us that Jesus “descended into hell” and

1 Peter 4:6 (NKJV) alludes to this ministry of Christ, as Peter tells us:
6  For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh but live according to God in the spirit.

While it may seem that those dead before Jesus’ earthly ministry may have gotten a “second chance”, I’m sharing insights I gleaned from a Got Questions.org article that helps us to understand how salvation worked before Jesus and how (https://www.gotquestions.org/before-Jesus.html) the Bible indicates that the requirement for salvation has always been faith and the object of one’s faith has always been God. What has changed through the ages is the content of a believer’s faith. God’s requirement of what must be believed is based on the amount of revelation He has given mankind up to that time.  This is called progressive revelation.

The best first case for this is the first man, Adam. Adam obviously had first-hand knowledge of God – as he walked and talked with Him in the garden, but after he sinned – Adam believed in the promise of Jesus to be saved. Say what?  That’s right. 

“Adam believed the promise God gave in Genesis 3:15 that the Seed of the woman would conquer Satan. Adam believed Him, demonstrated by the name he gave Eve (v. 20)” – the mother of all living (in Christ- her Seed – and all who would have faith in God and in the coming the Messiah )-  “and the Lord indicated His acceptance immediately by covering them with coats of skin (v. 21). At that point that is all Adam knew, but he believed it.”

Likewise,

Genesis 15:6 (NKJV) tells us that Abraham
6  … believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.

So we are all saved by faith in God, the only difference between way back then was in how one came to know and have faith in the One true God.  

So Jesus went to hell to bring the progressive revelation of Him, specifically as the promised Messiah and deliverer, and He set the faithful captives free from the “Abraham’s bosom” section of Hell – which was the temporary holding place for those who had faith in God until Christ came to bring them to heaven, where the Old and New Testament Saints are waiting with Christ until His triumphant return to reclaim the earth!  

So while it is possible that some of the dead may have been given the grace of a second chance, its more likely that Jesus merely gave the good news of His coming to the one’s who already believed in God because if we don’t want anything to do with God while we live its unlikely that we will change our minds after we die.

Jesus’ account of the rich man and Lazarus indicates how the hard hearts of man who don’t believe are beyond convincing and repentance, as Jesus’ account relayed how Abraham said to the rich man, who was pleading for his unsaved brothers to be warned, in

Luke 16:31 (NKJV) that
31  … 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.' "

And we know who Abraham was talking about there, right?  Jesus – the one who would rise from the dead.  And unfortunately even today, we see the truth of Jesus’ account as many refuse to believe in Him despite all the evidence of His life, death, and resurrection.  

But we know, don’t we? Jesus is the Messiah, the son of God, and God the Son! 

We have made it to the last day of Lent  And Christians everywhere will tomorrow – on Resurrection Sunday – or Easter - that Christ is risen – Christ is risen indeed!  

But before we get there – let’s walk out this last day of lent by remembering how while all seemed to be lost, Jesus was alive and well in the spirit realm rescuing those who had put their faith in God, even though they didn’t have the revelation of Him that we do.

It’s the last and fortieth day of Lent and so we will conclude my personal walkthrough of Gracia Grindal’s 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther to observe and celebrate the Lenten season.   In this walkthrough of Grindal’s devotional,  it was our hope that we got to know Martin Luther a little better as we sought to draw closer to the Lord on our journey to Resurrection Sunday – Easter.   We are there tomorrow but as for today, we continue and conclude with:

Journey Day 40

It was not unintended to God's particular ordering of things that a lowly Christian person who might be unable to read the Bible should nevertheless be obligated to learn and know the Ten Commandments, the Creed and the Lord's Prayer. Indeed, the total content of Scripture and preaching and everything a Christian needs to know is quite fully and adequately comprehended in these three items... Three things a person must know in order to be saved. First, he must know what to do and what to leave undone. Second, when he realized that he cannot measure up to what he should do or leave undone, he needs to know where to go to find the strength he requires. Third, he must know how to seek and obtain the strength.

Biblical Wisdom

At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. Luke 10: 21.

Silence for Meditation.

Pause the podcast, or stop reading, and sit quietly for 60 seconds, a few minutes, or 10-15 minutes, or however long you feel comfortable with and have time for. Focus on your breath and the calm stillness in the present moment that is always available to us in God’s creation. Meditate on Martin Luther’s comments for the day, and the content of today’s Biblical wisdom.

Questions to Ponder

·       Why do you suppose that the things necessary for salvation are so simple and easily understood? Where does a person go to learn these simple things?

The things necessary for salvation are so simple and easily understood because God loves us. He wants us to know Him and it is not really a matter of the mind or one’s intellectual capacity that we are saved. It’s a matter of the heart and not resisting the knowledge of the One greater than us – Our Heavenly Father who is calling us home. We learn these simple things in His word and in houses of worship that share and teach its truth.

·       Jesus is thankful these things are revealed to the babes, not the wise and prudent. Why do you think that is?

I think that Jesus is glad that the Father reveals this to babes and not the “wise” because the gospel of grace is not about performance – or having special knowledge to be approved by God. It’s about having faith in God and there are no special abilities or works required to receive God’s gift of grace.

·       At the same time, these things are so deep even the brilliant Luther said he did not understand them. Why?

God is infinite and mysterious- His ways are higher than our ways and He invites us to seek Him and to know the depths of His wisdom and love.

Psalm Fragment

Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; Give praise, O servants of the Lord, you that stand in the House of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for he is gracious. Psalm 135:1-3.

Journal Reflections

·       Write down the three things Luther says you have to know and reflect on how much more deeply you understand them now after these 40 days.

To recap Luther said: we must know

1.    What to do and what to leave undone.

2.    Second, when we realize that we cannot measure up to what we should do or leave undone, we need to know where to go to find the strength we require.

3.    Third, we must know how to seek and obtain the strength.

All of these things point to God and receiving from Him. The smaller catechism that was unpacked the truths contained in the Ten Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed and the Lord’s Prayer, over these 40 Days with Martin Luther, has helped us to understand how our knowing what to do and how to receive God’s strength to do it or to leave it undone comes from.  Luther’s teaching of these things helps us to have a close relationship with the Lord.

·       Luther saw knowing the Commandments, Creed, and Lord's Prayer as an obligation for all Christians. Do you agree with him? Why or why not?

The term obligation is a little loaded. When we look at any aspect of our faith as an obligation, we can wander into legalism but after reading Luther’s teachings over this 40 Day Journey, I understand that Luther’s heart was only to impress upon us the sense of closeness that we have to the Lord and to honor Him by knowing at least these few things – in order to know Him accurately and intimately and to be able to share the knowledge of Him with others, intelligently.

·       Have you made the Catechism part of your daily devotions? If you have, what difference has it made in your daily life?

I have not. We all determine the way we follow the Lord individually and while you could be blessed by reading the catechism as a daily devotional, there is the Word of God itself – the Bible and many other teachings based on its wisdom that one can be blessed by too.  Reading through the catechism as presented in this 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther has blessed us.

Prayers for the Life of Faith

Thank God for the time you have spent learning from Martin Luther about the life of the Christian, what you should know and how you should pray.

Thank You Lord, for the time we have spent over these 40 Days of Lent learning from our brother, Martin Luther, about the Chrisitan life and what we should know and how we should pray. We have been blessed by it. Thank You. Amen.

Prayer For Today

Dear Heavenly Father, I am overflowing with thanksgiving to you, for revealing to me so much of yourself and your son Jesus, through the work of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your faithful servant Martin Luther and what he taught me now.

Amen.

(Gracia M. Grindal. 40-day Journey With Martin Luther. Kindle Edition.

(We encourage you to purchase Grindal’s book and take the 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther for yourself by purchasing Grindal’s book wherever books are sold. You can find it online at many different sites and purchase it new, used – paper or electronic for less than $15.00).

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verses come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Contentment, Coveting & and Priorities.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (ESV)
13  The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
14  For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

Today’s verses are the first of two passages of scripture that fall under the twenty-fourth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Contentment, Coveting, and Priorities.

24. The primary goal in life must be to fear God and keep his commandments.

Today’s verses summarize the wisdom of all the book of Ecclesiastes’ ponderings – that we are to fear the Lord and keep His commandments.  

Fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom – but it is only the beginning. Wisdom is the application of knowledge to how we live.  Really knowing God necessitates that we obey His commandments.  To truly understand Him is to embrace His instruction and to perform it.  So let go of selfish or foolish ideas that would convince you that you know better than God or that you can somehow dismiss what He tells us to do and recognize His supreme wisdom and surrender to its commands on your life – to be righteous, faithful, and to live.

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

MORNING READING: JOHN 5

“I do not receive honor from men.” – John 5:41

The Lord Jesus spoke these words to men who were bent on slaying Him. They were the Pharisees and Scribes who honored one another rather than God (v. 44). Even when they did appear to honor God, it was only mere lip-service; their hearts were far from Him. These men were hypocrites and lived criticizing others. If Christ therefore received honor from such, surely it would appear that He were condoning their hypocrisy and evil. On the other hand, the statement of the Lord Jesus in the above verse condemned rather than condoned the evil works of these Pharisees.

If my blessed Lord did not receive honor from men, how will I ever expect to receive honor from those who live to criticize?

Give me, O Lord, the Spirit of Grace.[1]

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Join our “Victory over the Darkness”, “The Bondage Breaker”, "Freedom in Christ" series of Discipleship Classes via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts

(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154). The mt4christ247 podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartradio, and Audible.com. 

These teachings are also available on the MT4Christ247 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MT4Christ247

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Ask Seek Knock blog (https://tammylynask.blogspot.com/ ),  her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

“The views, opinions, and commentary of this publication are those of the author, M.T. Clark, only, and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any of the photographers, artists, ministries, or other authors of the other works that may be included in this publication, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities the author may represent.”

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Monday, February 12, 2024

The Ultimate Faith Object – Wisdom From Dr. Neil Anderson - Purity 1272

 

The Ultimate Faith Object – Wisdom From Dr. Neil Anderson - Purity 1272

Purity 1272 02/10/2024 

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of a cloud-covered blazing sun over a snow-covered landscape comes to us from Connor MacCagg who shared this view from his skiing trip to the Killington Mountain Ski Resort on Sunday. 

Well, It’s Monday, and after a weekend’s continued indulgence of some sweet treats and party foods, due to my stepdaughter’s birthday party on Saturday and unbridled Super Bowl Sunday-inspired feasting, I am ready to repent! I ate so much junk yesterday that I had trouble sleeping and felt physical pain from eating so much more than I am used to – and I am here to declare that I am “done”.  Sometimes you have to learn again why it is you decided to change the way you live and a return visit to insanity can really motivate you to not do that again and to remind yourself that life is better when you live a healthy lifestyle.  

So I am in recovery from sugar and carbs and am calling it a mail-it-in Monday as I going to share this simple message I received in my email from Freedom in Christ Ministries UK, on:

“THE ULTIMATE FAITH-OBJECT

By Dr. Neil T. Anderson

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever (Hebrews 13:8)

The fact that you claim to believe is not the issue of faith. It's what you believe or in whom you believe that will determine whether or not your faith will be rewarded. Everybody walks by faith every day. Every time you drive on the highway, you do so by faith. Are the objects of your faith on the highway reliable? Most of the time they are because most drivers drive safely. But you may have been involved in an accident because you placed your faith in another driver who proved to be untrustworthy.

What happens when the object of your faith fails you? You give up on it - maybe not immediately, but how many failures would you tolerate before saying never again? Once faith is damaged or lost, it is very difficult to regain. Your belief isn't the problem; it's the object of your belief that either rewards or destroys your faith. If your marriage partner has been unfaithful to you, or a friend or relative has hurt you badly, your faith in that person is weak because he or she did not live up to your trust. When faith in a person is shattered, it may take months to rebuild it.

Some faith-objects, however, are solid. You set your watch, plan your calendar, and schedule your day believing that the Earth will continue to revolve on its axis and rotate around the sun at its current speed. If the earth's orbit shifted just a few degrees, our lives would be turned to chaos. But so far the laws governing the physical universe have been among the most trustworthy faith-objects we have.

The ultimate faith-object, of course, is not the sun, but the Son. It is His immutability - the fact that He never changes - that makes Him eminently trustworthy (Numbers 23:19; Malachi 3:6). He has never failed to be and do all that He said He would be and do. He is eternally faithful.

All I have needed Your hand has provided. Great is Your faithfulness, Lord, unto me.”  - Dr. Neil Anderson

Yes, we are to have faith in the Son – Jesus Christ.

During yesterday’s Super Bowl broadcast, there was a commercial that emphasized the love of Jesus through images of various people washing one another’s feet. The Ad wished to express Jesus’ teachings of love and no hate and the fact that “He gets us” -  which He does. Of course, He does – but let’s be sure we are also reading the word of God to make sure we “get Him” – all of Him – and that we understand who Jesus really was according to the Bible.  Yes was the suffering servant but He also didn’t mince words when it came to hell, “sinning no more”, and the Book of Revelation reveals that Jesus will return to rule and reign.  Jesus didn’t “teach hate” but He did teach us some hard truth: Loving Jesus warns us in:  

John 3:17-21 (ESV)
17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
19  And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
20  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.
21  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

So know what the Bible says about Jesus and about the things that are evil according to God. Some people are living Biblically evil lives – and don’t know it. They love darkness rather than light and they hope to claim the Son but not repent and follow Him into the light of righteous living.  But that’s not believing in the name of the Son of God – the One who was sinless and who called us to repent because the kingdom of God was at hand. So come to do what is true and come to the light, put your faith in Jesus – be saved , and follow Him.  

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Communication, Gossip, and Lying.

Proverbs 17:27-28 (ESV)
27  Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28  Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Today’s verses are the third of five passages of scripture that fall under the eleventh point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Communication, Gossip, and Lying.

11.     Do not hurt your neighbor by gossip or careless talk; control your tongue.

Today’s verses warn us to restrain our words and to be “cool” to show our wisdom.  A rash, angry, or “hot” spirit can lead us to say things we will regret.  Our resource is showing us the Biblical wisdom of being careful with careless talk and controlling our tongue, so think before you speak, repeat back to people what they are saying so you can demonstrate that they have been heard, and pause before you speak.  A little patience can save us from a lot of grief, so consider restraining your speech to “be cool” and at least appear to be wise.

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Today we continue sharing from “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

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EVENING READING: MARK 4

“Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you
use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear,
more will be given.” – Mark 4:24

Here is a very important principle in relation to the effect of God's Word in the life of an individual. “Take heed,” says the Savior, for your appreciation of and obedience to the Word of God governs its effect in life and also governs any further revelation.

The same principle is seen in Hebrews 5:12-14 and 1 Corinthians 3:1-4, where the apostle shows that owing to disobedience on the part of those who heard the Word, they had not grown sufficiently to be able to bear a heavier diet. They were unskillful, only taking milk. “Take heed” is the command and secret of growth.

May I always listen and respond to the Word of God,
and thus grow, for Your glory, Lord. Amen.[1]

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