Posted in Salvation

The Most Important Answer

Believe in Christ’s death to pay for your sins, burial to remove them and resurrection for your justification alone to be saved. If you chose your best five minutes, you chose eternal hellfire.

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:10‭, ‬23 KJV

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:7‭, ‬13‭-‬14 KJV

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

1 Corinthians 15:3‭-‬4 KJV

Posted in Salvation, Uncategorized

Has Anyone Loved You Enough?

Has anyone ever loved you enough to tell you that Jesus Loves you? Loves you so very much that He died for you. He died to pay for your sins, all of them past present and future. He died on the cross at Calvary and it was you that put Him there, held Him there, killed Him there; but He still loved you. It was your name on His mind, on His heart as His blood poured down His broken, beaten, body. Your face He saw as His eyes closed in agony. Your life He saved. Has anyone ever told you how He was then buried and His burial removed all of them past present and future forever? They are gone, forever put as far away from you as the East is from the West in God’s eyes. Has anyone ever told you that the third day He rose from the grave alive, eternally justifying you before God through His victory over death? Giving you eternal life, complete and total salvation in Him as a free gift. Has anyone ever told you how all you have to do is believe that to get that gift? Just accept it. Just trust what Jesus Christ did for you was more than enough. Has anyone loved you enough to tell you how to be absolutely certain you have eternal life?

If so I would love to hear that story. If not well someone does, just did, and Christ is waiting for you to accept the gift He freely poured out for you. Please reach out to me and it will be my joy to tell you more, answer any questions you have, show you in Scripture how what I’ve just said is true, rejoice with you, and walk with you as a sister in Christ. I love you that much and He loves you an eternity more!

Posted in Grace Life

The Peace of God

Tonight we had to go to the city after my husband got home from work. As we were driving I was looking at the sunset and thinking about how it looked like God had hand painted it. I grabbed my phone and snapped a few pics as we drove through the hills. The pics don’t begin to do the sight I saw justice, the sky looked like a beautiful opal almost the colors so amazing.

When my son was studying geology last year we looked at how different rocks, minerals and gemstones we’re formed. Opals have always been my favorite stone just because of their iridescence and fiery beauty. But when I learned what makes truly breathtaking I could only give praise to God for those milky, creamy white stones that are ugly, dirty, blemished, flawed on their own we’re just like I used to be before I was saved. But those impurities, imperfections, dirt and stains that are ugly on their own turn to brilliant shimmering fiery bursts of color in the radiant sea of shimmery pearlescence that defies description when the light shines into them. Just like when the Light of Christ shines in us and we go from filthy, broken, dirty,jacked up hot messes of sin and imperfections to beautifully flawless and perfect in Him. When we are in Christ and more importantly He is in us we are like opals – flawlessly breathtakingly beautiful because of the Light shining through our imperfections.

That’s what I was thinking taking the pictures and then when I saw this verse as I was about to study for a few I had to share it with you all. Because when we see who we are in Him and what He has done for us we know the peace of God for it resides in our hearts, we have so much to be thankful for as the Body. I pray that this peace will rule in our hearts and we will be thankful. As always my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ may you always know you are eternally gripped in His glorious grace.

Posted in Monthly Top Verse List

Top Bible Passages – January

Keeping it simple tonight with top three six Bible passages of January from my studies.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”  (Galatians 2:20-21)

“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”  (Psalms 12:6-7)

Posted in Salvation

Are You Sure

I want you to think for a moment about a pretty serious question:

Do you know where you will spend eternity when you die?

If you do how do you know?

These aren’t trick questions mind you, but questions I am going to start asking people when I meet them. Obviously I will tweak things based on the situation and individual but I want to really step up my efforts to reach the lost in this world. And I am not just a gonna assume a person is saved and miss an opportunity.

I will ask. If they are (I’ll be able to see that by the answer to the second question) praise God I just met a brother or sister in Christ if not I will ask if they want to know how they can know and be sure or deal with a false trust in works. Then I will take them through the Scriptures showing their problem of needing a Savior because they have sinned against God, once they see the need I’ll give them the solution and just simply present the gospel from Scripture; that Christ died for their sins was buried to eternally remove them all and rose the third day for their justification before God, giving us eternal life in Him. I’ll explain in depth using a Bible if time and setting allow, or make it short and to the point using a tract and memorized verses if not.

Either way after giving them the good news I will ask if they understand and want to accept the gift of eternal life through Christ by believing what He did for them, that that’s all they have to do. All they can do, for any works they try to add such as a confession, water Baptism, praying that prayer, repentance, etc. will just condemn them, the only way to be saved is trusting in the shed blood of Christ to save us. It’s His faith through the Cross and if we add to it then we are rejecting that truth, rejecting Him.

If they believe that hallelujah praise God another soul is saved, if not then I tried. Either way I will give them some Bible pamphlet or tracts depending on how it went with a way to contact me for Bible Study, questions or information. I want to see the lost saved the best way to do that is take it on like Paul and always be about sharing the good news.

So I ask you my friends,

Do you know where you will spend eternity when you die? If so how do you know? If not do you want to know how you can be sure?

I am just a comment or email away if you want to talk.

Posted in Grace Life, Salvation

Glorious Grace

I have a request of all that read this message, I want you to read the following list of verses and ponder in your heart the glorious riches of the grace of God and how very deeply He loves you! So much that while you were yet a sinner Christ died for you a brutal horrific death that was meant for you, your sins nailed him there. Then he was buried to take your sins away, He descended to the very depths of hell and left them all their – your past, present and future sins (after all they were all future when He died) before crossing the divide across which the rich man had gazed longingly as he suffered eternal torment and agony in that very hell to Abraham’s bosom, paradise and emptied it of the saints waiting patiently for their Lord to one day come. Then the third day He rose from the grave victoriously justifying all who believe in Him for all eternity before God thus our salvation is solely by His glorious grace a free gift we don’t deserve and we can never do anything to earn but God gives us from the rich depths of His love.

Posted in Grace Life

New In The Son

We live in a world that is completely jacked up, it’s a hot mess of trouble with a capital T! But you know what, it won’t always be this way because it’s all going to pass away when God makes all things new in the future out there, more than a thousand years from now.

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”  (2 Peter 3:10-13)

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”  (Revelation 21:1-5)

But the good news is we don’t have to wait that long to experience some amazing new eternal things!

Since there’s nothing new under the sun, then we must look above it to the Son! The Son of God, Christ Jesus who saved us out of this messed up world through His death, burial and resurrection- we just have to believe that and accept it, it’s the free gift of God. The instant we do then we are a changed, sealed by the Holy Spirit and made one in Christ. As such we are seated with Christ in heavenly places.

Where our conversation is,

That means we are to set our affections on things above not things here on earth.

Remember, I said we are changed, boy are we ever. Our old sinful filthy man is made new in Christ, that old man is dead and we have life in our Savior. New life! Glory be to God we are changed and made new!

Actually there are so many new things we have in Christ but tonight I want to look at just 7. Seven “new” things we have in Christ.

1. New Birth

2. New Man

3. Newness of Life

4. New Song

“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”  (Psalms 40:1-3)

5. New Purpose

6. New Body

7. New Eternal Destiny

Just look at that list, think about what it really means. We are new things IN the Son! That truth is absolutely amazing and my dear beloved brothers and sisters in Christ I pray always that you know that you are made new in Him, for ever and always new and eternally gripped in His glorious grace.

Posted in Preaching

Bible Study the Bible Way

I’ve had numerous conversations of late about a topic that is so critical and important to a believers walk with Christ, yet is ignored by the vast majority of people today it seems, or if they do give it some attention it isn’t proper attention according to God’s instructions instead they question and critique, allegorize and sanitize, chop it up and blend it smooth till it’s as bland and flavorless as plain yogurt. (I got that stuff once by mistake, good grief that is the most flavorless strange stuff, bleh!). That’s not how God says to do it though and believe me He gives us very specific and detailed instructions in His Word on how to study it to get the most from it, to be properly edifies and a fruitful member of the body of Christ. So let’s look at how to study the Bible the Bible way.

First get the right Bible, ok. All Scripture is given by God and preserved for us today, not in the originals only as many want to claim since those are long since gone back to dust but in copies and a translation for each language group. This is proven in Scripture:

“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”  (Psalms 12:6-7)

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”  (2 Timothy 3:15-16)

The Words of the Lord are pure words, and God will keep them through all generations for ever. It’s obvious that Timothy was being taught the Old Testament Scriptures by his mom and grandma and trust me they weren’t originals, they were copies. So it’s a given that God’s Word has been preserved in the English language and I can study it to know Him and walk ever closer to Him. But as I said I have to have the right Bible one that actually does preserve the Words of God. So in English that’s the King James Bible. Don’t believe me, think just any version will do or the KJV is too antiquated and hard to read. Hate to burst your bubble but the KJV reads at a 5th grade level, 80% of the words are one syllable and in it every word God wanted us to have is included and all the ones he didn’t left out. I won’t go into this fully but you can read much more about why I stand firm that the King James Bible is the only Bible in the English language and all versions since it are Satanic perversions meant to deceive and weaken the body of Christ in The Westcott and Hort Slasher Fest series. If you don’t have a King James Bible you can use Blue Letter Bible online or contact me for other options.

Once you have your Bible then you need to remember to read it plainly, literally just let it say what it says and don’t go trying to make like the plain yogurt okay – it’s like your favorite rich creamy flavor already without any help from you (cherry, it’s like black cherry.)

Now get busy to study the Bible the Bible way.

Search the Bible to see if what the preacher, minister, priest, bishop, friend, neighbor, spouse has told you is true. Search it to see if the traditions or what you have always thought was true is true.

That is the one verse in the Bible that uses the word study (meaning study God’s Word) and it tells you just how to do it; rightly divide it. Now if you didn’t believe me about the King James and are still using one of the translations that came after it then this verse is gonna be all jacked up. In the modern translations it says some garbage about properly handling the Word but folks that is not even close to rightly divide the Word of Truth.

Rightly Dividing is when you look at who a passage is written to and by, when they wrote it and why. See all Scripture is for you but it ain’t all about or to you! Not every piece of mail that comes to your house is to you is it, Bible’s no different. You have to pay attention to Paul’s epistles that are the instructions from the glorified risen Christ to us today. Christ during his earthly ministry and the Twelve apostles as well as John the Baptist preached what is called the Kingdom Gospel only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, part of the prophecy program spoken of since the world began; Paul however,

as the apostle to the Gentiles after Israel rejected their Messiah and thus fell at the stoning of Stephen when God put them in time out and paused their prophetic program, was given the revelation of the mystery of the grace of God which God had hidden in Himself since BEFORE the world began. The prophetic program of Israel is found in the books of the old Testament and the Gospels, which Paul refers to as “times past”, Acts acts as a bridge between the prophetic Kingdom program and the mystery program revealed to Paul- it documents Israel’s rejection of Christ and subsequent fall as Paul, the chief of sinners, is saved and his ministry of the gospel of God’s grace in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ replaces the kingdom gospel.

This age of grace or mystery hid in God is referred to as “but now” by Paul and will continue until the saints of today which make up what is referred to as the Body of Christ is caught up in the air at its close in the event commonly referred to as the rapture. (And no the body of Christ is not the bride as the majority of church like to teach, the bride is the New Jerusalem which is a Jewish city read Revelation 21 and pay attention to the details. ). You won’t find the body of Christ so much as hinted at anywhere in the Old Testament or Gospels, Jesus didn’t speak of it at anytime during His earth ministry and nary a prophet one had any inkling it was coming- they saw the cross or at least should have but the mystery of the age of grace was just that a mystery. You can only find the body of Christ Christ in Paul’s epistles Romans through Philemon, that’s the books written to us today where we are to go for all our doctrines and to understand how God is dealing with man today (He deals with man differently throughout time – take Adam, Noah, Abraham and the good rules each had vegetarian, anything goes, by by bacon.).

So far we have times past which is Israel’s prophetic kingdom program currently on pause while God forms the body of Christ in this current dispensation of grace which will end one day, possibly very soon, and the “ages to come ” will kick in after the body of Christ is caught up. Basically they encompass the fulfillment of Israel’s prophetic kingdom program with Daniels 70th week and the millennium reign of Christ on earth then eternity! The instructions for those Jewish believers who will go through what is often called the Tribulation, Daniels 70th week, and on into the kingdom of heaven established under Christ as he takes his rightful place on the throne of David are found in the books of Hebrews through Revelation.

Now I just gave you more sound Bible teaching in less than five minutes than you’ll get in 50 years in any non-rightly dividing church. Just keep the timeline in mind as you study: times past – prophecy- Israel; but now – mystery- body of Christ; ages to come – prophecy- Israel.

You have to go to Paul for today’s gospel and for the edification of the believers in this age.

Now down to the last two main principles of Biblical Bible Study.

Isaiah 28:10  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Proverbs 27:17  Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

  • These two kinda go hand in hand and both deal with some common study aides built right into Scripture for us. You don’t need all those books about the Bible: stop wasting money reading man’s opinion of God’s Word, read God’s word yourself and get His opinion. All you need is a Bible, possibly a concordance or Bible software (Blue Letter Bible works well), and to these two simple rules:
    1. Rule of first mention: use this to help define a word in its biblical use, the meaning or usage given to word the first time its used tells us what God thinks of a word or topic.
      Rule of subsequent narrative: Scripture is written in such a way that we must study it to get the most out of it, work or effort put forth to fully understand a passage or event makes it a treasure and is how God wanted the Bible written.

    “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”  (2 Peter 1:20)

    I realize I am giving you a lot of information here but it’s kind of deliberate and is absolutely necessary. I am challenging you to follow Acts 17:11 and 2 Timothy 2:15 to see if what I say here is true. Study it out, look at all the verses, get in the Bible and binge like it’s your favorite Netflix show!

    Study my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ to show thyself approved before God, be workmen who need not be ashamed.

    Posted in Salvation

    Gift Of God’s Grace

    That’s what God is wanting to give you. Why would God want to do that you ask? Because He loves you and wants to save you. But I don’t need saving I’m doing just fine you say? No I don’t think so, you’re a hot mess of sin and brokenness just like I was. You keep trying to fix what you’ve broken, correct the mistakes and somehow make life look like what you thought it would but all you get is deeper in the dark hole of failure, am I right? That’s because you, like I was, are trying to save yourself and that’s something you can never do cause Jesus already did it. Let me explain.

    We are all born sinners because way back in the beginning when God created the first man Adam well Adam jacked it up and didn’t obey God. He brought sin on himself and everyone who came after him. That’s why the book of Romans in the Bible tells us:

    Yea, you read that right, sin brought death into the world as the just rewards of that sin:

    Every single person who has ever lived has been affected by sin, Scripture tells us:

    Because we are all sinners by birth then we have a big problem cause God hates sin. See God is the Creator of this universe and that means His creation answers to Him in the end, we’re part of that creation because we are descendants of Adam. God is perfect Holy and just – He can’t sin and won’t tolerate it in His presence which means you and I have a gigantic problem cause we’re sinners from the get go. That grieved God’s heart cause He loves us and the sin in our lives forever separates us from Him. He had to find a way to save us from the results of our sin, separation from Him.

    He did this in His Son, Jesus. See Jesus was a man but He was God too, He was God’s Son born through a virgin woman, that means he didn’t have the sin nature we inherit from our earthly fathers. He was a perfect man, never sinned, which is important cause in order to pay the debt for someone else’s sin the the payer has to be sin free. That rules out any other mere human right off the bat, but Jesus was more than just human, he was all God and all man. That means He qualified to pay the debt we owe to God. And He did on the cross at Calvary when He was crucified.

    His death burial and resurrection made the way for every single person who believes in Him and what He did to be covered by it, to be saved. Saved and restored to right standing with God. Our sins past, present and future were covered (forgiven) by His death; removed forever by His burial; and we are justified before God by His resurrection! God loves us so much He did that, for you, for me, for every human who ever lived. Now understand you could never have done it because you have sin in your life, just accept it that on your own you’re lost as a ball in high weeds, broke as a joke, and it ain’t never gonna change by any effort of yours. But belief in Jesus the incarnate Son of God’s death burial and resurrection can do that. Belief, that’s all you can do to be saved, have faith that the faith of Christ to save you is enough, It’s a free gift, you just got to accept it. So what are you waiting for?