Blood That Eternally Saves Lives


But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

The Bible Teaches That  Life Is In the Blood

When sin entered the world, death also entered, for the wages of sin is death.

The Hebrews first learned of blood that saves when they were told to kill a lamb and place the blood of the lamb over the door post of their homes. On the one night of passover in Egypt, the death angel passed over the land. The first-born son died in every house where there was no blood on the door post, but those who obeyed the LORD were saved by the blood on the lintel or door post.

The Bible teaches us that these knew a day was coming when there would be a lasting covenant written in blood – blood that would save mankind from the death penalty brought on by sin. The prophet Zechariah spoke of it:

As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Zechariah 9:10-11

In Matthew, we learn that this blood is the blood shed by Jesus, the Christ, the promised Messiah and the precious and only Begotten Son of God:

26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Christ blood is blood that can cleanse from sin. We have redemption by the blood of Jesus. The Holy Spirit of God bears witness that Jesus our Saviour came by water and by blood to save us. This is why He is called the Lamb of God and is precious in the sight of the Father. Christians are called to serve our living God by the power of the Holy Spirit within, because we are cleansed by His precious blood.

The Bible is true. Scientist know that truly life is in the blood. Doctors are able to help people live longer lives with life-saving transfusions and vaccines and other uses of blood products, but only the blood of Christ our Savior gives eternal life.

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God said, “This is My name forever.”


I AM – The LORD – Exodus 6:2-3

God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them.

What is the name that God gave to make Himself known?  There has much been written in attempts to answer this question. Because of the difficulty surrounding the Name, most of our English translations translate God’s name as LORD. Some use the name Jehovah and some Yahweh. What did He want us to know about His name and about Himself?
YWHW  instructed Moses to tell Israel:

God said to Moses, “I AM, who I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

God also said to Moses,

“Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’

“This is my name forever,
    the name you shall call me
    from generation to generation.” Exodus 3:14-15

The seemingly best explanation by those who know Hebrew is found at Abarim Publications. There they explain that the Hebrew name God gave to Israel is YWHW.

The name Yah, is used in the Bible 50 times as God’s name.  From the Unutterable Name we learn:

It is generally thought that YAH is a shortened form of YHVH. This Name of God occurs about 50 times in the Tanakh. In Psalm 68:4 [5, H] this Name is particularly stressed. The Name YAH is also found in the construct word “hallelu-YAH,” which means “you [pl.] praise the LORD,” as well as in many Biblical proper names (e.g., Eliyahu).

We know that Jesus name in Hebrew is Yeshua .** That, however, isn’t the reason Christians worship Christ Jesus. We worship Jesus because we are told in John 1:1 that:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

and in Philippians:

Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Among the many meanings of Christ Jesus’ name we have Emmanuel, or ‘God with us’. There is a long list found at Got?Questions.org.

 BDB Theological Dictionary in 1906 gave the following definitions of what God’s forever name means:

BDB states, “Many recent scholars explain יהוה as Hiph. of הוה:

  • The one bringing into being;
  • Life-giver;
  • Giver of existence, creator;
  • He who brings to pass;
  • Performer of his promises;
  • He who causes to fall (rain or lightning);

“But most take it as Qal of הוה:

  • The one who is;
  • The absolute and unchangeable one;
  • The existing, ever-living;
  • The one ever coming into manifestation
  • He will be;
  • He will approve himself (give evidence of being, assert his being)

At Abarim Publications Judges 13:18 is translated:

But the angel of YHWH said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is incomprehensible?

Biblegateway will reveal that there are many different words used in the transalation of Judges 13:18 other than ‘incomprehensible’, but it seems the fullness of His name is truly incomprehensible.

Perhaps this is why our Creator/Redeemer God told Moses to tell the people that I AM sent him to them.  I AM THAT I AM is certainly an indication that we are too accept who He is and understand that He is able to do all and above that which He has promised.

Below I am recording some of the wonderful promises and facts that the Bible teaches we may receive because of YWHW, Yah, the Great I AM, Creator/Redeemer. Although we cannot fully comprehend his name, we can know Him and that is why Christ came as the suffering Messiah to all who will receive Him and be found in Him.

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—   Philippians 3:8-9

It seems safe to say that God has said:

I AM -Adon Kal Ha’arets- Lord of Earth – Josh 3:13

And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.”

I AM -Bara – Lord Creator – Isaiah 40:28

Have you not known? Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.

I AM -Chatsahi – Lord my Strength – Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

I AM -Chereb – Lord the Sword – Deut. 33:29

Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you,
a people saved by the LORD,
the shield of your help,
and the sword of your triumph!
Your enemies shall come fawning to you,
and you shall tread upon their backs.”

I AM -Eli – Lord my God – Psalm 18:2

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I AM -Elyon – Lord Most High – Psalm 57:2

I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

I AM -Gador Milchamah – Mighty in Battle – Ps 24:8

Who is this King of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle!

I AM -Ganan – Lord Our Defense – Ps 89:18

For our shield belongs to the LORD,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.

I AM -Go’el – Lord My Redeemer – Isaiah 60:16

You shall suck the milk of nations;
    you shall nurse at the breast of kings;
and you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior
    and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

I AM -Hamelech – Lord King – Psalm 10:16

With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!

I AM -Hashopet – Lord My Judge – Judges 11:27

I therefore have not sinned against you, and you do me wrong by making war on me. The LORD, the Judge, decide this day between the people of Israel and the people of Ammon.”

I AM -Helech ‘Olam – Lord King Forever – Psalm 29:10

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

I AM -Hoshe’ah – Lord Saves – Psalm 20:6

Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand.

I AM -Jireh – Provider – Gen. 22:14, I John 4:9, Philip 4:19

So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

I AM -Kabodhi – Lord my Glory – Psalm 3:3

But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.

I AM -Keren-Yish’i – Horn of Salvation – Psalm 18:2

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I AM -M’Kaddesh – Sanctifier – I Corinthians 1:30

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

I AM -Machsi – Lord my Refuge – Psalm 91:9

Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge..

I AM -Magen – Lord my Shield – Deut. 33:29

Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD,
the shield of your help,
and the sword of your triumph!
Your enemies shall come fawning to you, and you shall tread upon their backs.”

I AM –U·mā·‘uz·zî – Lord my strength and stronghold – Jer. 16:19

O LORD, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in the day of trouble, to you shall the nations come
from the ends of the earth and say:
“Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, worthless things in which there is no profit.

I AM -Mephalti – Lord my Deliverer – Psalm 18:2

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I AM -Metshodhathi – Lord my Fortress – Psalm 18:2

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I AM -Misqabbi – Lord my High Tower – Psalm 18:2

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I AM -M’gaddishcem – Lord my Sanctifier – Exodus 31:13

“You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the LORD, sanctify you.

I AM -Naheh – Lord who Smites or Strikes – Ezekiel 7:9

And my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. I will punish you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the LORD, who strikes.

I AM -Nissi – Banner – I Chronicles 29:11-13

Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

I AM -Rohi, Poimen– Shepherd – Psalm 23:1, John 10:11, 14

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,

I AM -Rophe – Healer – Isaiah 53:5

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,  and with his wounds we are healed.

I AM -Sabaoth – Lord of Hosts – 1 Chronicles 17:23-24

And now, O LORD, let the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house be established forever, and do as you have spoken, and your name will be established and magnified forever, saying, ‘The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel’s God,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you.

I AM -Sel’i – Lord my Rock – Psalm 18:2

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I AM -Shalom – Peace – Isaiah 9:6, John 14:27

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

I AM -Shammah – Presence – Hebrews 13:5

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.

I AM -Tsidkenu – Righteousness – 1 Corinthians 1:30

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

I AM – Hokmah – Wisdom – 1 Corinthians 1:30

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

I AM – Chadash – Sanctification – 1 Corinthians 1:30

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

I AM – Geullah – Redemption – 1 Corinthians 1:30

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

I AM -Tsori – Lord my Strength – Psalm 19:14

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

I AM -Yasha – Lord my Savior – Isaiah 49:26

Then all flesh shall know
that I am the LORD your Savior,
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

I AM -‘Ez-Lami – Lord my Strength – Psalm 28:7

The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

I AM -‘Izoa Hakaboth – Lord Strong -Mighty – Psalm 24:8

Who is this King of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle!

I AM -‘Ori – Lord my Light – Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

I AM -‘Uzam – Lord Strength in Trouble – Isaiah 49:26

Then all flesh shall know
that I am the LORD your Savior,
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

**I AM – Yĕshuw`ah – Salvation – Exodus 15:2, Acts 4:11-12

The LORD is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

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Obama’s ‘decree’ can mean new found freedom for America!


FREEDOM IS WORTH THE FIGHT

Maxwell Anderson said at Valley Forge, “This liberty will look easy by and by when nobody dies to get it.”

It wasn’t easy to win freedom from tyranny, nor was it simple to establish a free republic. The question today is how do we maintain this freedom?

One thing is certain! It isn’t by yielding to “decrees” just to keep federal dollars!

“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” Proverbs 22:7

When a person, a community, or a system depends upon funding from another, they are no longer free. The one who holds the purse-strings makes the rules (laws). Our education is controlled by the politicians who are currently in power in the Federal government when schools are dependent upon federal funds.

TAKING BACK OUR FREEDOM

The state of Texas has announced that they will give up Federal money rather than giving up gender specific restrooms as Obama decreed states must do. This could be the best thing since the inception of public education if ALL states will follow suit. It is preferable to filing law-suits to avoid the “decree.”

We have recognized a need for local control in education for a long time and this is a great incentive for a this to happen.

We take back our freedom by not accepting money from Uncle Sam.

FUNDING EDUCATION WITHOUT FEDERAL DOLLARS

How will schools, or education, be funded if states are bold enough to end Federal funding?

There is a way! Eventually tax dollars must be diverted to states, but until then we can be creative. Public education has taught our children to hate the 1% of America’s wealthiest people. This is a great opportunity for the 1% to become involved in the battle in a positive way and invest in the young people of America. There is money to fund the schools if people who have money realize the need and stand in the gap. A grass-roots movement can also raise millions in state-wide initiatives.

It can be done!

HOW EACH CITIZEN CAN PARTICIPATE

Call your governors and representatives and suggest they stop taking federal funding for education! We will need to fund our schools locally, however. Freedom comes with a cost.

Begin with everyone in your community and start a drive to fund schools at the local level.

Contact the wealthy and ask for their support in this fight.

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What happens when God’s people pray…


Cook County, Kentucky is a present-day example of what happens when God’s people pray.

... poorest county in Kentucky and the fourth poorest in the nation

The story is available at Prayer Connection.

The DVD documentary trailer offers a glimpse into what happened, but the entire documentary must be viewed to get the full impact of this amazing story and how God came down and cleansed a city.

What happened in the small town of Manchester, Kentucky can happen in our nation. God promises this:

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who 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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Even when God cannot bless America, God still loves His people…


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Then the LORD said to me, “Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my heart would not turn toward this people. Send them out of my sight, and let them go! Jeremiah 15:1

“Or if I send a pestilence into that land and pour out my wrath upon it with blood, to cut off from it man and beast, even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, they would deliver neither son nor daughter. They would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness. Ezekiel 19:14

I don’t know about you, but for over a year I have prayed about the 2016 election. It isn’t easy to watch or comprehend how a person who practices lying and politics of personal destruction will be the choice of one party and the other party has a person under FBI investigation and a career riddled with scandal. God did, however, explain it in His word. There comes a time when the LORD – Father, Son, Holy Spirit – can no longer tolerate the conduct of men on the earth. At that time He refuses to look upon us and we are collectively left to our own devices.

If we fear God, trust and obey Him, and are found in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, God will hear our prayers for personal deliverance and carry us through. That does not mean He will continue to deliver a nation that has turned it’s back on the Living Word of God.

When we honor Him with our lips, but our hearts are far from Him, He sees.

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. Isaiah 29:13-14

We were warned about what would happen to a nation. Even so, those who reject Christ are warned. Perhaps by seeing God’s wrath on our nation, there will be those who will heed His warning and repent of personal sin before it is too late.

His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:12

God always has a reason for His actions and the reason involves His holiness and His desire to see men saved.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Just as God has been slow in bringing judgement on America, He is slow in bringing final judgement on men. His desire is that we repent and not perish.

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Howard, Eloise Hill 2015Mrs. Eloise Hill, born May 14, 1928, went home to be with the Lord this morning, May 1, 2016.

Aunt Eloise was my mom’s youngest sister. She had many talents, which included writing poetry, singing, and playing guitar.

She left her loving husband, Uncle Howard Hill, who has been devoted to her for many, many years, three wonderful children and a number of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Aunt Eloise was a fine Christian lady. When Sunday came, she was in church, but she wasn’t just a Christian on Sunday. Her life-style was Christ-like. She and my Uncle Howard made a decision many years ago that I admire and believe to be wise. They decided not to bring a television set into their home. That decision certainly must have made it easier for them to think on what is what is good, pure and honorable.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

Her precious smile, lovely voice, Christian songs, and sweetness will be missed by all who loved her. I am one of those.


 

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Tolerance vs Truth


The above video, filmed at the University of Washington, is a glimpse into the minds of today’s college students. In our culture, students around the nation have become convinced that men who identify as women have the right to use the women’s restrooms or that there should be “gender neutral” restrooms.

One question that certainly arises from watching the video, “Are our youth confused about more than gender?”

An even more poignant question is this? Does tolerance mean accepting the idea that there are no absolutes, there is no truth, and we should allow anyone to be, say, or do whatever they please?

Is it an intolerant idea to tell a 6′ tall Anglo-Saxon male that he is not a 5′ tall Oriental woman?

I wonder if these same students would tolerate me if I decided that I am a professor at Washington University and that it is a Bible College? Would they allow me to stand and preach from the Bible for 50 minutes?

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How Deep the Father’s Love For Me


Stuart Townsend wrote the hymn “How Deep the Father’s Love for Me”.  I am always moved by the words of this song.

A pastor and mentor, Brother Howard Smallwood, said to me, many years ago, something very similar to what Stuart Townsend said. Brother Smallwood said many of our songs exalt men rather than God. Stuart Townsend said he wrote “How Deep the Father’s Love for Me” because:

The danger now is that we are so focused on the experience our worship can become self-seeking and self-serving. When all of our songs are about how we feel and what we need, we’re missing the point. There is a wonderful, omnipotent God who deserves our highest praise, and how we feel about it is in many ways irrelevant!  I want to encourage the expression of joy, passion and adoration, but I want those things to be the by-product of focusing on God – I don’t want them to become the subject matter. I’m trying to write songs that refer to us as little as possible, and to Him as much as possible!

I want to be aware of how to serve God our Savior. I know I have to be on guard that I do not mistake a wish to feel righteous with worship. I am to worship the Lord my God and Him only am I to serve. When I truly worship, I realize my own unworthiness.

Titus 3:4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

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