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Some Things Just Matter

Theology Matters!!

Truth Matters!!

Being Truly Born-Again Matters!!

A lot!! 1 Thess 1:1-10

Romans 11:36

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Crowns

Oh, what is all the grandeur, wealth, and
honor of this fleeting world, compared with
the glory that awaits the believer in Jesus?
Kings and queens pass away, and leave their
crowns; but the Christian goes to his, and
wears it through eternity, ever bright, ever pure!
(adapted from Mary Winslow’s, “Life in Jesus”)

Romans 11:36

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The way to be like Jesus

(Thomas Watson, “The Beatitudes” 1660)

To render evil for evil is brutish;
to render evil for good is devilish;
to render good for evil is Christian.

“Blessed are the meek.” Matthew 5:5

Meekness is a grace whereby we are enabled by
the Spirit of God, to moderate our angry passions.
Meekness has a divine beauty and sweetness in
it. This meekness consists in three things:
the bearing of injuries,
the forgiving of injuries,
the recompensing good for evil.

Meekness is opposed to:
anger,
malice,
revenge and
evil-speaking.

Meekness is a great ornament to a Christian. “The
ornament of a meek spirit—which is so precious to
God!” (1 Peter 3:4). How lovely is a saint in God’s
eye, when adorned with this jewel! No garment
is more befitting to a Christian, than meekness.
Therefore we are bid to put on this garment, “Put
on therefore as the elect of God—meekness.”
(Colossians 3:12)

Meekness is a noble and excellent spirit. A meek man
is a valorous man. He gets a victory over himself! Anger
arises from weakness of character. The meek man is able
to conquer his fury. “He who is slow to anger is better
than the mighty; controlling one’s temper is better than
capturing a city.” (Proverbs 16:32). To yield to one’s
anger is easy—it is swimming along with the tide of
corrupt nature
. But to turn against nature—to resist
anger, to “overcome evil with good”—this is truly
Christian.

Meekness is the best way to conquer and melt the
heart of an enemy. Meekness melts and thaws the
heart of others. The greatest victory is to overcome
an enemy—without striking a blow! Mildness prevails
more than fierceness. Anger makes an enemy of a
friend. Meekness makes a friend of an enemy.

Meekness is the way to be like Jesus—”Learn of
Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.” Mat. 11:29.
It is not profession which makes us like Jesus—but
imitation. Where meekness is lacking—we are like
brutes. Where it is present—we are like Jesus.

Romans 11:36

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American Idols

You have all heard of American Idol, how about American Idols give a listen To Mark Driscoll. just click to listen or right click to download.

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3

The story of the rich young ruler comes to mind. (Click here to listen) Mark 10:17-22 It wasn’t the fact that he was rich that stopped him from following Jesus Christ. It was that his money and riches became his god and idol and he wanted to keep his little gods and idols and get Jesus as the icing on the cake. He seemed genuine about wanting to gain eternal life, but Jesus makes it clear in Mark 8:34-38 (click here to listen) what we need to do. One thing became very clear to me. I can be just like the Rich Young Ruler, not only can I hold on to my possessions but also to my desires, my hobbies, my family, my life and make them all my American Idols. Having all these thing are not wrong but they all need to be placed after God and our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. When we place these things before God we break the greatest commandment of them all

Matthew 22:37 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Just something for us all to think about

Romans11:36

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Truth is ancient

Truth is ancient; it’s grey hairs may make it venerable;
it comes from Him who is the ancient of days
.

Thomas Watson

“Stand by the roads and look and
ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is
and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”
–Jeremiah 6:16

Romans 11:36

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They are never separated

(Thomas Watson, “The Lord’s Prayer“)

“You were sanctified, you were justified.”
1 Corinthians 6:11

Justification and sanctification are not the same.

Justification is without us–sanctification is within us.
The one is by righteousness imputed–the other is by
righteousness imparted. Justification is once and for
all–sanctification is gradual. One person is sanctified
more than another–but one cannot be more justified
than another. One has more grace than another–but
he is not more justified than another.

The matter of our justification is perfect, namely,
Christ’s righteousness; but our sanctification is
imperfect, there are the spots of God’s children. Our
graces are mixed with sin, our duties are defiled.

Thus justification and sanctification are not the same.

Yet, for all that, they are never separated. God never
pardons and justifies a sinner–but He also sanctifies him.
“This is He who came by water and blood, even Jesus
Christ.” 1 John 5:6. Christ comes to the soul by blood,
which denotes remission of sin; and by water, which
denotes sanctification. Let no man say he is pardoned,
who is not made holy!
This I urge against those who
talk of their sin being forgiven, and having a part in
Christ–and yet remain unconverted, and live in the
grossest sins!

Where God pardons, He purifies. Whoever God forgives,
He transforms. Let no man say his sins are forgiven–who
does not find an inherent work of holiness in his heart.
“I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow
My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.”
Ezekiel 36:27

Romans 11:36

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The Knock!!

Listen to this short 3 minute devotion by Charles Spurgeon

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Romans 11:36

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

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True Repentance!

From Spurgeon’s sermon, “APART”

True repentance is always accompanied by sorrow.

Repentance is a deep, radical, fundamental, lasting change;
and you will find that, whenever you meet with it in Scripture,
it is always accompanied with sorrow for past sin.

And rest assured of this fact– that the repentance which has
no tear in its eye, and no mourning for sin in its heart,
is a repentance which needs to be repented of.

In such false repentance, there is no evidence of conversion,
and no sign of the existence of the grace of God.

The man who knows that his sin is forgiven,
does not cease to mourn for it.
No, brethren, his mourning becomes deeper as
his knowledge of his guilt becomes greater.
His hatred of sin grows in proportion as he understands
that love of Christ by which his sin is put away.

In true believers, mourning for sin is chastened and sweetened,
and, in one sense, the fang of bitterness is taken out.

But, in another sense, the more we realize
our indebtedness to God’s grace, and the more we see of
the sufferings of Christ in order to effect our redemption,
the more do we hate sin, and the more do we lament
that we ever fell into it.

The man who has led the purest life, when he is brought
before God by the humbling influence of the Holy Spirit,
is the man who almost invariably considers himself
to have been viler than anybody else.

“Repentance is to leave
The sin we loved before,
And show that we in earnest grieve
By doing so no more.”

Romans 11:36

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

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Be careful who you listen to

We need to be like the bereans in
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Acts 17:11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.
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Jesus said this in Matthew 7:13-14
14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
16 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
17 “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 “So then, you will know them by their fruits.
21 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25 “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
26 “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
27 “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
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Peter said in 2 Peter 2:1-3
2:1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;
3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
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Paul said this in Acts 20:26-32
“Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men.
27 “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.
28 “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
29 “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.
31 “Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.
32 “And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
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Jesus again said this in Mark 4:24-25
4 And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.
25 For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.”

Romans 11:36

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

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How deep the Fathers love for us

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Romans 11:36

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

Grace and Peace to you

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