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Is it a sin for a Christian to smoke pot?

Is it a sin for a Christian to smoke pot? This video from Wretched Radio via the Shepherds Conference gives us a great answer, not only to pot but alcohol too!

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Lead Me To The Cross

O Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on me. Move, I beg You, upon my
disordered heart. Take away the infirmities of
unruly desires and hateful lusts. Lift the mists
and darkness of unbelief. Brighten my soul with
the pure light of truth. Make my soul . . .
as fragrant as the garden of paradise,
rich with every goodly fruit,
beautiful with heavenly grace,
radiant with rays of divine light.

Be my comforter, light, guide, sanctifier.

Take of the things of Christ and show them
to my soul. Teach me more of His . . .
love,
grace,
compassion,
faithfulness,
beauty.

Lead me to the cross and show me . . .
His wounds,
the hateful nature of sin,
the power of Satan.

May I there see my sins as . . .
the nails which transfixed Him,
the cords which bound Him,
the thorns which tore Him,
the sword which pierced Him.

Help me to see in His death, the reality
and immensity of His love. Increase my
faith in the clear knowledge of . . .
atonement achieved,
expiation completed,
satisfaction for sin made,
guilt done away

(A Puritan Prayer)

Help me to see in His death, the reality
and immensity of His love.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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New Life in Christ

I love this video posted by Phil Johnson on YouTube, its clear that the message of Jesus Christ and His saving power never changes over the years.

A 1979 film produced in and around Grace Community Church by Family Films. Vintage John MacArthur with long, open collars and teardrop glasses. Plus: special appearances by Jubilant Sykes. Styles and hairdos have changed dramatically, but the message hasn’t. Then, as now, it was biblical, honest, gospel-centered, and clear.

“Styles and hairdos have changed dramatically, but the message hasn’t.”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Put Your Troubles Here!

“Cast your burden on the Lord—and He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22

SpurgeonCast your troubles where you have cast your sins; you have cast your sins onto Jesus—cast your troubles there also! As soon as the trouble comes, quick, the first thing, tell it to your Father in heaven! Remember, that the longer you take telling your trouble to God—the more your peace will be impaired. The longer the frost lasts—the more likely the ponds will be frozen.

Oh! It is a happy way of smoothing sorrow, when we can cast our burden upon the Lord. Oh, you agitated Christians, do not dishonor your religion by always wearing a ‘frown of concern’. Come, cast your burden upon the Lord. I see you staggering beneath a weight, which He would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden—would be nothing but a bit of dust to Him. See! The Almighty bends His shoulders, and He says, “Here—put your troubles here!” (Charles Spurgeon) HT: Grace Gems

“Cast all your cares upon Him—because He cares about you!” 1 Peter 5:7

Come, cast your burden upon the Lord

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Every Speck, Spot, and Stain of Sin is Gone

 

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“See how red your guilt is. Mark the scarlet stain. If you were to wash your soul in the Atlantic Ocean, you might incarnadine every wave that washes all its shores, and yet the crimson spots of your transgression would still remain. But plunge into the “fountain filled with blood, drawn from Immanuel’s veins,” and in an instant you are whiter than snow. Every speck, spot, and stain of sin is gone, and gone forever.”~ C.H. Spurgeon

Every Speck, Spot, and Stain of Sin is Gone!

FOREVER!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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The Progression of SIN

The Progression of SIN

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The Love of the World

worldweb“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15 If the love of the Father is in us, we will not love the world–nor will the world love us! If your heart and spirit are still in the world and you are not separated from . . .

  • its society,
  • its amusements,
  • its pursuits,
  • its pleasures,
  • its delights,
  • its men,
  • its maxims,

You certainly lack any evidence of a divine change having been wrought in your soul. ”Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” James 4:4 (J. C. Philpot, “Evidences Sealed and Open” 1869)

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Reasons Not to Sin

sinMost of us have become so familiar with sin that we no longer see it as a deadly monster. Sin is more dangerous than wild bears, more deadly than blazing forest fires. Ask Nebuchadnezzar, who lost his mind because he refused to deal with his pride. Ask Samson, who was reduced to a pathetic shred of a man because he never got control over the lusts of his flesh. Ask Achan and Ananias and Sapphira, who all lost their lives over “small,” secret sins. (Nancy Leigh DeMoss Holiness, The Heart God Purifies, Moody Publishers, p. 79.)

Here is a list from Jim Elliff  and the Reasons Not to Sin:

1. Because a little sin leads to more sin.
2. Because my sin invites the discipline of God.
3. Because the time spent in sin is forever wasted.
4. Because my sin never pleases but always grieves God who loves me.
5. Because my sin places a greater burden on my spiritual leaders.
6. Because in time my sin always brings heaviness to my heart.
7. Because I am doing what I do not have to do.
8. Because my sin always makes me less than what I could be.
9. Because others, including my family, suffer consequences due to my sin.
10. Because my sin saddens the godly.
11. Because my sin makes the enemies of God rejoice.
12. Because sin deceives me into believing I have gained when in reality I have lost.
13. Because sin may keep me from qualifying for spiritual leadership.
14. Because the supposed benefits of my sin will never outweigh the consequences of disobedience.
15. Because repenting of my sin is such a painful process, yet I must repent.
16. Because sin is a very brief pleasure for an eternal loss.
17. Because my sin may influence others to sin.
18. Because my sin may keep others from knowing Christ.
19. Because sin makes light of the cross, upon which Christ died for the very purpose of taking away my sin.
20. Because it is impossible to sin and follow the Spirit at the same time.
21. Because God chooses not to respect the prayers of those who cherish their sin.
22. Because sin steals my reputation and robs me of my testimony.
23. Because others once more earnest than I have been destroyed by just such sins.
24. Because the inhabitants of heaven and hell would all testify to the foolishness of this sin.
25. Because sin and guilt may harm both mind and body.
26. Because sins mixed with service make the things of God tasteless.
27. Because suffering for sin has no joy or reward, though suffering for righteousness has both.
28. Because my sin is adultery with the world.
29. Because, though forgiven, I will review this very sin at the Judgment Seat where loss and gain of eternal rewards are applied.
30. Because I can never really know ahead of time just how severe the discipline for my sin might be.
31. Because my sin may be an indication of a lost condition.
32. Because to sin is not to love Christ.
33. Because my unwillingness to reject this sin now grants it an authority over me greater than I wish to believe.
34. Because sin glorifies God only in His judgment of it and His turning of it to good use, never because it is worth anything on its own.
35. Because I promised God He would be Lord of my life.

Jim Elliff  35 Reasons Not to Sin, Christian Communicators Worldwide, www.CCWtoday.org.

I promised God He would be Lord of my life

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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The Heart of the Bible

The Heart of the Bible. The greatest paragraph in the the Word of God.

The greatest paragraph in the Word of God.

James Mongomery Boice writes in his commentary on Romans 3, Volume 1, Chapter 40, page 3 “But now things are different. There is hope because of what the Lord Jesus Christ has accomplished. The incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus have changed everything.”

Martin Lloyd-Jones calls them “the great turning point”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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The Gospel is Very Simply Jesus Christ

LawsonHe reconciled sinful man to a Holy God, there is no other way for us to have a relationship with an infinitely Holy God except for the blood of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ and it was by his sin bearing substitutionary vicarious death upon that cross, it was as if He took sinful man in one hand and holy God in the other hand and brought the two together through His death, by that death He satisfied the righteous anger of God and appeased His wrath towards all who would believe in Him and there is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus and therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Listen to the entire impromptu Gospel presentation by Steve Lawson below.

How glorious it would be to come into the yoke of the Lord Jesus Christ and to receive His salvation. This is a decisive moment in your life, you may never have another opportunity like this again where the gospel is so clearly being presented to you, and so I beg you, I urge you if you are not saved, if you are not committed to this moment commit your life to Jesus Christ.

“How glorious it would be to come into
the yoke of the Lord Jesus Christ
and to receive his salvation.”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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