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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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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Sheriff Joe, Give me a break. I thought Donald Trump was financing his own campaign!


This morning I received an email begging for a donation from “Sheriff Joe”, that is Joe Arpaio who endorsed billionaire Donald Trump for president. The mail said, “We can’t afford to lose this election….”

I have no idea who he meant by “we!” Did he mean the Republican party Trump disdains? Did he mean the Trump campaign?

Sheriff Joe, who are “we?”

I agree that if Sheriff Joe was referring to conservatives who want to save the lives of the unborn and have SCOTUS justices who will uphold the Constitution of the USA as it was written, then ‘we’ cannot afford to lose, but I do not place Donald Trump in that category.

Donald Trump not only insults leading Republicans who have helped make America great, he insults the party itself and has admitted that he identifies more with the Democrats.

‘We the people’ were told that Donald Trump was financing his own campaign! Now his supporters are begging money from someone who doesn’t support him?!? Does anyone besides me find this to be very strange?

Suddenly Sheriff Joe says “we” can’t afford to lose this election. Give me a break, Joe.

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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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Why Elections Really Do Matter and How You Vote Matters!


Cynicism has taken hold of many Americans. Much of it has to do with whether or not the political parties do the will of the people or whether they stick to the rules of the parties. Many people are voting as a protest against the party and not for a set of values.

If we go by what the Bible teaches, however, we see what is important to our Creator/Redeemer God. He loves us and tells us that:

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. Proverbs 29:2

So why should I vote for a righteous (Christian) candidate if there is one on the ballot? I should do it because it is for my good and God’s glory. To do otherwise would be sin.

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:17

And because…

The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. Psalm 94:21 (Isn’t this is what has happened to our unborn children in the USA?)

For many people ending illegal immigration ‘trumps’ (no pun intended) every other issue. The Bible teaches us how we treat others who come into this country is important:

You shall not pervert the justice due to the sojourner or to the fatherless…Deuteronomy 24:17

We must be able to come to a right decision concerning which candidate is righteous because of how Paul instructs in Titus chapter 3:

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 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, …

So then, how should we vote? I am just kidding when I use Ecclesiastes 10:2. I really don’t think Solomon was referring to the political spectrum.:)

A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left.

But I am not teasing when I say we should consider the advice given in Proverbs 3: 19-21, 23:

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew. My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion…Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble.

We must know who God is and have a relationship with Him! Only then will we be able to come to a right decision. If we value the things that God values, we will seek a candidate who also values these things. If we acknowledge God in all our ways, he will guide us:

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:6

I didn’t say it was going to be easy and sometimes it may seem impossible. Remember Jesus said that all things are possible:

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27

Please pray for our country and that we will choose a righteous leader.

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It is true: Humans do add to natural disaster risk! – Updated


After a careful reading of Ker Than’s article saying that human’s cause natural disasters I reread what I had written in: ‘Humans do add to natural disaster risk!’  and I feel I could have been misunderstood. I should go on record as saying that I do not believe, in fact I realize completely, that Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters were NOT caused by people simply living their day to day lives or by those labeled ‘climate change deniers.” That is not what I was saying.

We have always had natural disasters due to our fallen condition and sin. God is in control of when and where and why.

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8:22-23

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It is true: Humans do add to natural disaster risk!


The Bible teaches we are not to destroy God’s creation!

NBC news printed an article with the headline: Humans Add to Natural Disaster Risk

Ker Than is right that humans add to natural disaster. 

What I would like for us to explore are the reasons behind this. Man’s sinfulness brings destruction. We know that we who know God are to respect the earth because it is a part of God’s creation; it belongs to the Lord.

Psalm 24:1 “A Psalm of David. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.”

Here is one thing that Ker Than wrote:

“Drawn by undeveloped land and fertile soil, people are flocking to disaster-prone regions. This creates a situation in which ordinary events like earthquakes and hurricanes become increasingly elevated to the level of natural disasters that reap heavy losses in human life and property. “

Much misery could be avoided if we would read and heed the word of God. For example: God tells his people the soil is to be given a rest every seven years. When we fail to listen, the soil becomes depleted and mankind cannot raise crops in areas that once were fertile. Yet, I believe that ultimately we will find that sin is always behind any destruction of earth and creation. Numbers 33:35 tells us that ‘blood pollutes the land.” Hatred leads to war and war causes blood to be spilled. Sin is a destroyer and leads to destruction of God’s creation.

Other examples of how sin has polluted can be found when we look at drug addiction and immorality. Both lead people to use their time in self-gratification and wasting of precious time – time that could be spent building and not destroying. Sexual immorality and drug use leads to disease and destruction in lives and families.

Greed causes pollution when manufacturers are more concerned with money than they are the safety of workers and the end product they produce. Greed may cause factories to dispose of waste in an unsafe manner. dysfunctional life-styles prevent people from maintaining clean areas. It seems to me no one can question the truth. Satan and sin destroy.

A time of judgement is coming:

“The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.” Revelation 11:18

So much could be avoided by living in obedience to God’s word. Imagine what our world would be like and will be someday when:

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

We can do everything in the name of Jesus only when we have by faith received Him into our hearts and been filled with the power of His Holy Spirit.

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