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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John Allen spoke at DNC to chants of “No More War.”


Last night General John Allen spoke at the DNC to chants of “No More War” and Democrats turned their backs on a decorated war hero who respected them enough to not only serve and protect, but to appear at their convention to try to get their candidate elected.

Do you wonder why those who turned their backs on a hero or chanted during the speech of Gen. John Allen blame them for war? Why are the ones who defend us against militants trying to kill us blamed for war or disrespected? Neither of them have authority to declare war. Presidents and Congress do that. Hillary voted to go into Iraq, not John Allen. Obama sent troops to Afghanistan, as did Bush, but not John Allen. Bush wasn’t in Philadelphia. Clinton and Obama were.

imageAll law-abiding citizens want no more war! If only there were no ‘Hitlers’, or ‘Stalins’, or ‘Mussolinis’ or “ISIS” or  other tyrants, then it would be easy to say, “No More War.”

These are Americans who have turned on those who risk their lives to protect America! A result of this kind of thinking has led to another police officer being gunned down last night in San Diego. He was doing his job.

If Americans do not want or appreciate those who protect us, do we deserve protection?

I fear that we have some very painful lessons in the near future. It makes me sad for our children who are the real victims. The people who do not respect those who serve or protect us on earth are the same people who do not honor our Creator. I say this because He teaches:

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. Romans 13:1-2 ESV

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler”
Psalm 91:1-4 (NKJV)

 

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Project Gutenberg – Being used to reach Muslims for Christ


Project Gutenberg is a project that has grown since 1999 and now offers over 50,000 ebooks free. The books offered are not protected by U.S. copyright law, usually because their copyrights have expired. A complete explanation is found at Short Stories.

They have affiliates and partners that offer over 100,000 books around the world.

I came upon the project while searching for the Gutenberg2 Film Project. This is a Christian outreach project that came to my attention through ‘IMB connecting‘ who say the following: 

God is using a series of biblical films about strategically selected Old Testament characters and the movie, The Savior, to redeem the hearts of Muslims.

While searching I also came across the Jesus Film Project. It is estimated that over 200 million people have already been reached by these films. They state:

We believe film is the most dynamic way to hear and see the greatest story ever lived — so we are driven to bring Christ-centered video to the ends of the earth.

As Christians it is our responsibility and commission to reach those who have not heard the gospel. We also have the privilege of praying for these laborers who are working in the field.

Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,  redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16-17 Berean Study Bible

May we find the time to pray and way to become involved in outreach.

 

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The Last Frontier – African Missions


The words, last frontier, mean different things to different people. While for some this brings up the image of cowboys and the American west, there are others who consider the last frontier in light of the commission that the Lord Jesus gave to His disciples.

Maps of Africa: Correcting History for the Future
About 49% of the African population have not accepted or have not heard of Christ.

We are to tell all men everywhere that Christ suffered and died and was raised from the dead. All nations and all people should have the privilege of knowing that repentance and faith in Christ secures for them the forgiveness of sin. Many in the world have not been told. There are people in Africa who need to know.

Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Luke 24:45-47

The group who work in Last Frontier call themselves The Church of Christ. They are a non-denominational group who share Christ and the message of the Bible while helping the African people.

One way that we can take part is to pray for those who go and the African people to whom they are sent.

Life is very difficult for the believers among one Last Frontier people group. Many of them are very afraid to tell their spouses and children of their faith. We have the privilege of asking God to encourage, strengthen, and help them to be a great light in a very dark place.

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Important lessons learned from the book of Job… Chapters 1-21.


Many times the book of Job distresses readers. Even though difficult, it is also a book rich in lessons. God did not allow Job’s suffering on a whim just to impress Satan. As always, God had a purpose that included giving us understanding.

Others have shared important truths and lessons we can learn from the study of Job as shown by these Seven lessons from the book of Job as written By John H. Ogwyn. In this post, we will look at less obvious truths.image Some are simple, others, profound!

In chapter one, we learn that people celebrated on certain days, probably on birthdays, even long ago. Job 1:4

Job knew that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. He offered sacrifices for his entire family. Job 1:5

God considered Job to be an upright man. (Being upright isn’t the same as being perfect as we see further along in the book.) Job 1:8

Satan cannot touch God’s  people without permission from God because God does place a hedge around His own.  Job 1:10-11

Even though Job was ‘upright’, he could not stand before God on his own merit. Job needed God’s mercy. Job 9:1, 10, 28, 30

People in Job’s day made the same mistake we sometimes make; they judged Job as being less righteous than themselves because Job was suffering and they weren’t. Job 11:2-5 Job understood that they where wrong to believe ‘good’ men never suffer. Job 11:14, 12:3, 13:2, 13:10

Job’s family and friends deserted him because he was suffering. Job:14-16

Even as Job suffered, God granted his desire. Job desired to have all that was happening and being said recorded or written in a book. Job 19:24 (We have the book.)

Although Job spoke of death as being the end, Job knew in his heart that death isn’t the end and he would see God. Also, he knew there will be a day of true judgement. Job 19:25-26, 19 28-29

Even in Job’s day some people were insulted by the truth. Job 20:3  Also, some people believed that if a person was rich, they were more sinful than others simply because they had possessions. Job 20 15-23, 22:9 (sound familiar?)

Job understood that inequality of conditions is not always  contingent upon lifestyle. Job 21:23-26

Judging others is wrong and sinful. Job 21:17-30

Two implied lessons are that when a man and woman become one in Holy Matrimony, her life is his and his is hers. I say this because God gave Satan permission to take everything Job had, but Satan was not allowed to touch Job’s life. Job’s wife wasn’t taken.

Another inference we can make is that reasoning with people who judge themselves to be right will probably not change their minds. Even sound arguments and truth with clear, logical examples could not get through to Job’s so-called friends.

Job 1-21

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The World Changers – Making a positive difference by serving and sharing.


World Changers is a team that I knew nothing about until today.

Perhaps you have not heard of World Changers either.

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Mission of World Changers

We exist to serve churches in their mission of making disciples by providing missions experiences that develop the heart of students for serving others and sharing the Gospel.

President Jimmy Carter made a positive change when he initiated the organizing of Habitat for Humanity. While habitat doesn’t actually claim to be a Christian mission, they are certainly making a positive difference in the world and many of the workers are Christian.

When we feel discouraged and begin to feel as Elijah did, that there is no one left among us who truly serves God in America, God often shows up to remind us that there are those who are quietly going about His work and who have not bowed the knee to Baal.

1 Kings 19:1Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” 3Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

4But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” 5And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.” 6And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again. 7And the angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.” 8And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God.

The Lord Speaks to Elijah

9There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.”….

18“Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.” 

These are putting into practice what James taught.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  James 1:22

Jesus is the Word and He went about serving others. So should we.

May God bless these World Changers.

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‘Power of Praise’ demonstrated in Atlanta…


Jesus reminded us of the importance of praising Him in Matthew 21:15-16. When church leaders and Pharisees refuse to praise Him, God will provide the praise:

But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read,

‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have perfected praise’? Matthew 21:15-16  (Psalm 8:2)

There have been many books written about the power we will have if we praise God and this power was seen in Atlanta when a precious child was released by his abductor because he began to praise God.

There have been many books written about the power we will have if we praise God.

Thank you, Father God for your word and for providing a Christian woman, Ms Bateman, who cared enough to take Willie to church where Willie could read the written word and come to know the Living Word. Thank you for Willie Myrick’s faith and testimony. Thank you for Hezekiah Walker who wrote the song. Thank you for bringing it to Willie’s mind and giving Willie the words to sing. Thank you for demonstrating to us the truth of the Bible and the power of praising You! All praise and every praise belongs to You. Amen

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American Ingenuity – Marketing and Survival


When I was very young, I recall being in a grocery store with my mother. She and I looked at each bag of flour to select the pattern of the material that we thought was prettiest and would look best when made into a dress. In the rural south, many people did this each time they shopped for flour or feed.

Some of the dresses here are probably from flour sack material. I'm the barefoot one of the bunch.

Some of the dresses here are probably from flour sack material. I’m the barefoot one of the bunch.

WHO CAME UP WITH THE IDEA  OF PACKAGING FEED AND FLOUR IN USABLE BAGS?

Using decorative cloth is a perfect example of great marketing and early recycling.
Shouldn’t the name of the person who came up with this idea for practical clothing be remembered in our history?
Apparently that name was never recorded….

imageOnly a few people are still around today who lived through the Great Depression.  Lessons learned during this difficult period of our history have remained.

While Americans struggled through years of poverty, they prospered in ideas. Many developed strength of character and learned survival skills. Clothes were expensive, however, children did not go without attractive clothing once feed and flour began to be sold in decorative flour.

Related image People had to have flour and feed for their stock. It was a great blessing to be able to use the material for clothing!

According to the Kindness Blog, selling flour in decorative material was, among other things, a historical kindness. I agree.

Image result for decorative flour sacks of the 1930s Many home makers chose a bag of flour because of the fabric from which the bag was made.
It is possible that many Americans today still have a piece of one of these bags, or perhaps many pieces. Do you have a patchwork quilt made by an ancestor who was an adult during that era? If so, there is a good chance it has blocks made from a feed bag or flour sack.
 
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