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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The First Christmas Carol – Glory to God in the Highest!


In the book of the Revelation, Jesus and the Spirit speaks to the apostle John and tells John to write what he has been shown to the different angels of the seven churches.

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We know it is Jesus and the Spirit because He tells John in Revelation 1:17-20 …

“Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”

After the message to each church we read:

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Everything Jesus and the Spirit spoke is extremely important, but for this post let’s look at  their message to the angel of the church of Philadelphia.

“I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”

Those in the church of Philadelphia were commended because they had not denied the name of Jesus. They had an open door before them which no man is able to shut!

Years before in Bethlehem shepherds heard the first Christmas Carol. It was heard on the advent of the birth of Christ. The Angelic Host appeared and as the writer C.P. Hia describes in Our Daily Bead, their appearance was followed by an unexpected rendition of “Glory to God in the Highest”…

Today at Christmas we honor the Lord Jesus Christ because Christians know that only those who do not deny the name – Immanuel, Lord of Hosts, King of kings, Redeemer, Wonderful Savior, First and the Last, Jesus – will be able to stand in that day. Jesus also said:

12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

This Christmas we sing “Glory to God in the highest” because this is how the angels announced the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem!

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you,
we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Famous Christmas Carols – Story Behind the Carol – “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”


“BEAUTIFUL STAR OF BETHLEHEM”

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the One who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ Matthew 2:1-2

“Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” was written in 1938 by a Tennessee dairy farmer, R. Fisher Boyce and was first published in 1940 by the Vaughan Company. The song was printed in the company’s song-book, “Beautiful Praise”.

One year later “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” was printed as song #1 in the 1941 book “Singing Star”, also published by James D. Vaughan….

The entire story of this beautiful song is found at Joop’s Musical Flowers Blogspot. It is a touching and personal story and I urge readers to go there and read the entire story.

For those Tennesseans, and others who love Bluegrass music:

Thanking God for Jesus who was born “In Bethlehem in Judea…” as was foretold in Numbers 24:17:

I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel…

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Is the Electoral College fair to minorities?


BUT FOR THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE,  HILLARY  WOULD BE PRESIDENT…

She certainly won more votes than Donald Trump according to the reported results: 62,521,739 Clinton vs 61,195,258 Trump. Yet Trump won the election with 306 electoral votes vs Clinton’s 232. While she won the popular vote, Trump won the electoral, so without the Electoral College Clinton would be president. With it, Trump is president.

WHY DO WE HAVE THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE IN THE FIRST PLACE?

The Electoral College is to guarantee the equality of the states. Large states would always elect the president if we did not have this system. Also, it is because we have a Republic and not a Democracy.

WHY A REPUBLIC RATHER THAN A DEMOCRACY?

A Republic form of government was established in the USA to PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF MINORITY GROUPS. Most people today are not taught and may not realize this, but it is very important over time.

A REPUBLIC is similar to a representative democracy except it has a written constitution of basic rights that protect the minority from being completely unrepresented or overridden by the majority.

A DEMOCRACY is rule by the omnipotent majority. In a democracy, an individual, and any group of individuals composing any minority, have no protection against the unlimited power of the majority. It is a case of Majority-over-Man.

HOW WOULD DOING AWAY WITH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE CHANGE POLITICS IN THE USA?

Doing away with the system we have would be a huge change. It would mean that we might never again elect a president  chosen by the majority of the states in the USA. Look at the Electoral Map of the 2016 election by county. How many areas would not be represented if we did not have the Electoral College?

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WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAYS

Each State shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative or person holding an office of trust or profit under the United States shall be appointed an elector. Article ii, Section 1, ¶ 2

The Congress may determine the time of choosing the electors and the day on which they shall give their votes; which day shall be the same throughout the United States. Article ii, Section 1, ¶ 4

The electors shall meet in their respective States and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same State with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President and in distinct ballots the person voted for a Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President and of all persons voted for as Vice-President and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate; — The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted; — The person having the greatest number of votes for President shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by States, the representation from each State having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the States, and a majority of all the States shall be necessary to a choice. . . . [The section here deleted was superceded by provisions of the 20th Amendment]. . . . The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President shall be the Vice-President, if no such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States. Constitution, Amendment xii

If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President-elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice-President-elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President-elect not a Vice-President-elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act according until a President or Vice-President shall have qualified. Constitution, Amendment xx

The District constituting the seat of government of the United States [Washington, D. C.] shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct: a number of electors of President and Vice-President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populous State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the States, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice-President, to be electors appointed by a State; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment. Constitution, Amendment xxiii (Found at WallBuilders)

IS THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE FAIR TO MINORITIES?

It was put in place to protect minorities and over time, it is the only way to do so.

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Sharing Christmas – Christmas 2016


– THE CHRISTMAS SEASON-

YOU CAN SHARE CHRIST THIS YEAR WITH THE PEOPLE IN YUCATAN, MEXICO!

The Seals family, Brother Odis, his wife Betty, and their daughters Rebeca and Angelica Seals have devoted their lives to sharing Christ with the people in the villages of Yucatan, Mexico.

https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10425069_810391702315190_2391653416677242249_n.jpg?oh=44428b34b273b752c449e21dea910ec6&oe=58FBFB53Anyone who is seeking for a place to give a special Christmas gift this year that will bless thousands of people and continue to bless through the years should consider giving to the Seals family. Here are just a few of the things they have done in Yucatan, Mexico.

– Established the Bible Institute in Tecoh –

God led Brother Odis and his wife to establish ‘The Bible Institute in Tecoh’, a school where nationals attend and study scripture, learn ministry, and develop methods to share the gospel. Materials are provided and financial aid made available to these students.

scan_20161126-4 -Special ministries established for children in village of Tecoh and surrounding villages-

Children may attend Christian Club meetings on Saturday, Sunday School on Sunday, and Bible School during the summer. They also have a ministry called ‘Lenny’s Store’ that encourages students to memorize scripture, reach out to friends, and bring their Bibles to class.

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-Established churches in the villages of Tecoh and neighboring villages-

scan_20161126-2There are now churches in many villages in Yucatan Mexico where none existed before the coming of the Seals family. The gospel is preached and souls are saved in these churches.

-Works with the nationals to care for abandoned or neglected children and ministers to those in need of financial or spiritual assistance-

scan_20161126-5Until very recently mud and thatched homes were a common site in Yucatan. A severe hurricane recently destroyed most of them and they have been replaced. Financial needs are still an issue for many people there.

Our family has been acquainted with the Seals family for many years. They are devoted workers and wonderful Christians. All donations go directly to the work.

Brother Odis and Betty serve through BIMI Baptist International Missions, Inc.

Angie and Rebeca serve through Baptist International Outreach, or BIO.

If you chose to contribute, please BE SURE TO STATE that you wish the donation sent to Odis and Betty Seals of BIMI and either Rebeca or Angelica at BIO. This insures that the money gets directed to their Yucatan work.

 

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Sharing Christ – Christmas 2016


– THE CHRISTMAS SEASON –

Each year most Christians search for ways to share the true meaning of CHRISTMAS with the world during the Christmas season. People give over and above their usual charitable giving during December. If you are searching for a good cause, you might consider a gift to Global Faith based in Chattanooga, TN.

Recently Dr. Loreen Ittermann visited our church. Dr. Ittermann is a missionary with Global Faith to Eastern Europe and works with the Jewish people living in Moldova.

MISSIONARY

Dr Ittermann is a wonderfully giving person who truly loves the Jewish people with whom she works in Moldova. She has a heart for the people of Israel and that nation. Israel is surrounded by hostile nations and a religion (Islam) that seeks her destruction. Dr Ittermann prays for them daily and works long hours in Moldova.

Global Faith has a prayer ministry.

Today there are Messianic Jews who already believe that Jesus is the Messiah.  The national stock of Israel will join these Messianic Jews, but not until the “fullness of times” or when the last person is saved prior to Christ’s return as King of kings and Lord of lords. That time appears to be fast approaching.  Jerusalem means “king of” (Jeru) “peace” (Salem).   Jerusalem is anything but peaceful right now but the King of Peace is coming.  Until then, believers ought to be praying for the peace of Israel and for the King of Peace to come soon.  Even so Lord, come quickly. That is my prayer and I hope you will join me in praying for His Kingdom to come and for the peace of Jerusalem and for Israel. (excerpt taken from “What Christians Want to Know.”

You can be a part of a ministry that supports Israel and other nations. Give on-line or send to the address below. Your gift will be used for the furtherance of the gospel.

Give to Global Ministry this Christmas.

  • Global Faith Mission Agency | P.O. Box 3326 Chattanooga, TN 37404
  • 423.702.5811 | info@globalfaithmission.org

Psalms 122:6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Ephesians 3:6That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

 

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“You have to learn how to take disappointment…It takes courage to be a good loser”


WINNING IS NOT A PROBLEM

One of my favorite episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show” portrays Opie as the loser in a race . He truly expected to win and be given a medal. When Opie lost, he went home and pouted. He was a very sore loser. Sheriff Taylor taught Opie that “winning is not a problem. We all know how to do that.” Losing, however, is something we must learn to do graciously.

Across America our college students are acting worse than Opie acted that day. They do not know how to accept it when the person they supported loses the election. Many of them may not have even voted because the pundits and polls indicated Hillary would win. Media told them she should and would win. They are not used to the word “No” and they are angry! Why should they accept the word, “No?”

As I watch those from institutes of higher education protest the results of a free election I can’t help but think of Opie and his reaction to losing.

HAVE TODAY’S COLLEGE STUDENTS EVER EXPERIENCED LOSING OR HEARD ‘NO?

College students were only 8-12 years old when Obama won his first term in office. They would probably not remember the 2004 election and were not old enough to care who won. These young people have grown up in a system where they learned entitlement thinking. Judging from what I see around me, I suspect most of them seldom heard “No.” Instead, many have watched parents suffer and do without to give them the “good” things life has to offer. It even seems they have not been taught much about others who had to live with loss.

Shouldn’t someone have taught them?

  1. More than half of the world’s population live under autocratic or partly free governments, denied full civil liberties and unable to freely take part in political life.
  2. The right of voting in a free election is the very essence of freedom in a society. This is a way of ending the reign of any person who attempts to rule over the people rather than to lead the people.
  3. A government cannot be of the people, by the people, and for the people without allowing the people to make the choice of their leaders in a lawful election.
  4. Voting in a free election regulated by laws that are respected and adhered to is a privilege not enjoyed by over 1/2 the people in the world.
  5. Our forefathers fought and died so that we might have free elections and self-government.

Society has a responsibility to teach our youth the truth about those who came before us, those who suffered under tyranny and oppression.  Educators should teach what a great privilege it is to live in a free society and the importance of respecting the willing of the people as expressed in a fair and free election.

Educators, teach them about the Electoral College:

Also, our churches need to teach parents why it is important to restrain children from bad behavior if what they are doing is wrong. Consider what happened to Eli’s sons when he refused to punish them for wrong behavior.

And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. 1 Samuel 3:13

I am not saying that demonstrating or even violence in the streets is nearly as wrong as what Eli’s sons did. I am suggesting that if Eli had restrained them early on, it might not have come to such a devastating loss for Eli and his family.

Accepting loss graciously is a part of life and something all people need to be taught.

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Love does trump hate, but this isn’t love…


Love does trump hate. Jesus said so::

Love never fails…1 Corinthians 13:8

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:44-45

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8

Do those who carried the signs saying “Love Trumps Hate” really understand this? I don’t think so. Look at what was done to some who supported Trump. 

 


What many people do not comprehend is that lawlessness and violence are one of the reasons 1/2 of America voted for Donald Trump. Protest should be reserved for injustice, not for complaining about losing elections and protest should not be violent.

Love does trump hate, but it is hateful to limit the freedom of others because of the candidate they support. That is not love.

Looting and violence isn’t loving, it is hateful.

If only our educational institutions would go back to teaching this simple principle:

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. – Jesus

This applies to all people: red and yellow, black and even white, all are precious in His sight.

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