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Today’s Attitude to Worship and Honoring God.


I know some of you will say God looks upon the heart. The Old Testament is an example to us and God laid out a dress code. Now some will say, but what about the poor. Please save this rational for the ignorant.  “Study to show thyself unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of God.

The following is an article written by pastor, Bob Hess:

The attitude today is: “Bring on the entertainment and forget all of that “boring”, “exclusive” and “divisive” preaching stuff”. I had a preacher tell me one time that “…a church never grows above her pastor’s spiritual example”. This “dress-down” business in the pulpit to impress those who come to services, is nothing more than showing disrespect to the King of kings that the pastor represents. It is the first step in “down-playing” certain things that people need in order to follow Christ. Next is softening the message. Stop teaching about the wrath of God and of a place called “Hell”. Then, just teach about the Love of God. Forget about preaching about “particular sins” and “lifestyles” because someone’s feelings may get hurt and they won’t come back. Don’t make people follow in their Bibles, just flash scriptures on a screen. It takes too long for them to find the references (finding references is part of learning since they don’t have the movie screen when they are looking for things when not in church). We are not in the pulpit to impress or entertain, but to preach the TRUTH and to set an example of the respect that is do to the King of kings and Lord of lords. What goes on inside the walls of that church building and behind that pulpit is SERIOUS BUSINESS. You don’t see the representatives of the President or the kings of this earth representing them in “everyday” dress or the “dress down” styles that preachers do in the pulpits today”. All that is amounts to nothing more than trying to build numbers and not to give an example to ALL who attend services. The apostle Paul said “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” in First Corinthians 11:1. The word follow, in the Greek means to imitate. Again, in First Corinthians 4:16 he said “Wherefore, I beseech you be ye followers of me.” Then in Philippians 3:17 he writes “Brethren, be followers together of me…”. In Second Thessalonians 3:9 he wrote “Not because we have not authority, but to make ourselves an example unto you to follow us.” I know that this makes the “progressive” group angry, but that is life. I guess having grown up in the age when preachers were known, even when walking in a crowd by their appearance, actions and respect for the office and pulpit behind which they stood. My mother and dad, in my early years, were not very religious. But, the actions and habits that some displayed as the progressive began in its earlier years, caused even them to question the sincerity of those progressive pastors. This is just my opinion. Some reading may have a different one. One day we will stand before the Lord and He will disclose what HE feels about it and how we carried out HIS commission. 1. Go out and as you go win. 2. Bring those who are WON in. 3. Immerse them. 4. Teach them TO OBSERVE His teachings. That is the commission. It is NOT to come down to the standards of the world, but to bring people UP to the standards of Christ by SETTING PROPER EXAMPLES and TEACHING and PREACHING with words and living examples.

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THE LIMITED AND THE LIMITLESS


Adam and Eve comic

AUTHOR – William Andrew Dillard

Parson to Person
There is a conceptual wall separating the mortal and the immortal. Man is finite. God is infinite. The finite simply does not comprehend to any appreciable degree the infinite. In simple terms, God put it simply this way: “As the heavens are high above the earth, so are my ways to your ways and my thoughts to your thoughts, saith the Lord.” Isa. 55. It then behooves us who are finite to accept in full the presentation of God and his work to man as recorded in Holy Writ while avoiding the temptation to sit in His chair to postulate what he knows, and by which principles He is bound.
Still, it is an apparent, favorite pastime of bible students to build tenets of faith on what they insist God does or does not know based on their finite reasoning of spiritual principles. Perhaps revisiting the book of Job would be helpful. He longed for a meeting with the Creator until he got one. There he found himself as helpless and mentally and spiritually inept as a toddler would be to run a factory.
A particular case in point is the Eden scenario. It goes something like this: God knew man would sin before He created the planet; therefore, Adam and Eve had no choice but to do what God foreknew they would do. That is fatalism, unfounded, and contrary to the whole presentation of the Bible. If such nonsense were true, God would not have given Adam and Eve the bone fide offer of eternal life in the fruit of a tree. Such would be simple mind games.
Alas! Adam and Eve did plunge themselves and their posterity into a world of sin and death by casting down that perfect order in Eden, but, Thank God, the Lord Jesus, the Christ stood as a Lamb slain from the casting down of that order. The entire interlude of sin in the world of men provides the opportunity to overcome it through the triumphant cross-work of the God-man: Jesus, and to see that perfect order restored in ages to come. Meanwhile sin is shown to have no intrinsic value by which it may claim right to continued existence other than in the hell reserved for its founder and practitioners who have rejected the grace of God. One may claim he does not understand all of this. Then welcome to the club. It is not to be understood, rather it is to be believed without reservation. By His own revelation to us, the “limited” may know and live the faith of the “Limitless.” This is only possible in Christ Jesus. This then is the emphasis of the resurrection; the meaning of Easter; the continuous first day of the week celebration of His churches through the age. Know Him then, and follow Him at all costs. The limited are on their way to becoming as the Limitless, and what a day that will be!

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DEMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT??


Author: William Andrew Dillard

Parson to Person
A new movie currently in theaters bears a title of a theme movement some decades ago: “GOD IS NOT DEAD!” These four words are indeed absolute truth. Still, questions plague nominal Christians about a perceived lack of His appearance in human affairs which gives rise to the question. Men look retrospectively, longing to see another Pentecost; another national revival; another sense of closeness to God as was evidenced a couple of centuries ago. Questions pound concerned minds: Is the Holy Spirit dead? Does God not care anymore? Is His power diminished?
This writer boldly affirms the negative to each one. God still reveals Himself to penitent hearts. Herein is the problem: God has not changed, but man has. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, Heb. 13:8. Man, on the other hand insists on remaking God to suit himself. In self-willed worship, many have removed themselves from the immediate presence and working of the Holy Spirit, and in some cases have been turned over to a reprobate mind to meet the just reward of their obstinate determinations, Rom. 1:28.
Re-visit the story of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16. The man in hell was concerned about his brothers, five of whom were walking the same road of life he walked. He knew they were coming to hell, and God knew it. The tormented man’s plea for one to return from the dead to warn them was rejected. Why? The answer: they had (the writings of) Moses and the prophets; they were to hear them! God is not an arbitrary God!
Men today have the completed Word of God. There will be no additions to it or deletions from it. The Holy Spirit of God is intricately tied to it, accompanies its presentation, saves, and blesses those who properly respond to it. Men cannot worship God their way. He will be worshipped in spirit and in truth or not at all. Religious activity does not impress Him! Revisit Jesus’ words to the woman at the well in Sychar. John 4.
But what is that truth in which He must be worshipped? Pontus Pilate asked this millenniums ago, John 18:38: “What is truth?” Let it be forever settled that God is true! As such, He is the author of all that is true. David said, “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” Psalm 119:160. No, the Holy Spirit’s power is neither dead nor diminished, but is ever ready and waiting to receive and bless those who come to God in a contrite heart, and worship Him in truth.

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NUTS AND FRUITS


Religious nuts and spiritual fruit – Song of Solomon 6:11 – I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded.

I often see pithy little sayings that sound good, yet are often misleading. One in particular is – God does not want spiritual nuts. Another is God wants “spiritual “ people, not “religious nuts.”

Here is my determination on this whole matter. I have included some dictionary terms for the benefit of those that like to create their own meanings to words. This will help us to be clear on definitions.

First the similarities: Zealous is – Marked by active interest and enthusiasm. Nuts is – Someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction; “a car nut,” a “wrestling nut,” a “hunting nut,” a “family nut.” Do we notice the similarities in these terms? Phinehas was such a religious nut or zealous for the Lord that plunged a spear through a man and a woman and stayed a plague. Numbers 25:8-11 I am sure the nation was glad to have a religious nut in their presence.

Oh yes, we need to take a look at that word religious and how it compares to spiritual:
Religious – Concerned with sacred matters, religion or the church.
Having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity.
Spiritual – Concerned with sacred matters, religion or the church.
Concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul.

Wow!! I mean just wow. The first definition for each are the same. Let us not miss the implication here. There are some things we do religiously that have nothing to do with God, worship or the church. I am religious when I worship, read and pray to the one and only True God. There are other things that I do religiously that drive people nuts, specially my wife. Therefore we must look at the usage of the word.

Spiritual is a wonderful word. I have seen it used by an individual in this way – “I am not religious but I am spiritual. What does that mean? This person has their own definition for spiritual. Most often it is a rejection of the true God and a spiritual worship of self or earth or any other thing. This reminds us that the way a word is used is very important.

Revelation 3:19 – As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous (be a religious nut) therefore, and repent.

If we had more religious nuts, we might have more spiritual fruit.

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ELECTRONIC WORSHIP


IPAD
PASTOR: “Praise the Lord!”

CONGREGATION: “Hallelujah!”

PASTOR: “Will everyone please turn on their tablet, PC, iPad, smart phone, and Kindle Bibles to 1 Cor 13:13.

And please switch on your Bluetooth to download the sermon.”

P-a-u-s-e……

“Now, Let us pray committing this week into God’s hands.

Open your Apps, BBM, Twitter and Facebook, and chat with God”

S-i-l-e-n-c-e
“As we take our Sunday tithes and offerings, please have your credit and debit cards ready.”
“You can log on to the church wi-fi using the password ‘Lord909887. ‘ “
The ushers will circulate mobile card swipe machines among the worshipers:
Those who prefer to make electronic fund transfers are directed to computers and laptops at the rear of the church.
Those who prefer to use iPads can open them.
Those who prefer telephone banking, take out your cellphones to transfer your contributions to the church account.
The holy atmosphere of the Church becomes truly electrified as ALL the smart phones, iPads, PCs and laptops beep and flicker!

Final Blessing and Closing Announcements…
This week’s ministry cell meetings will be held on the various Facebook group pages where the usual group chatting takes place. Please log in and don’t miss out.
Thursday’s Bible study will be held live on Skype at 1900hrs GMT. Please don’t miss out.
You can follow your Pastor on Twitter this weekend for counseling and prayers.
God bless you and have nice day!

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DECEIVING THE SIMPLE


II Samuel 15:1-6

David’s son Absalom wanted power and position. He knew how to get it.
2Sa 15:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.
2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.
3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!
5 And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.
6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

He put on a show. He gathered an entourage to impress the simple. It is very apparent that people are impressed with some one that has a following. The thought may be, here is some one that others are impressed with so therefore let me join. Has anyone noticed a gathering gathers? Simply put, where people are, people go. One or two people can stand on a side walk and stare into the sky and point and others will begin staring. Absalom had his show going on, running around in his chariots and fifty men with him. Something to remember – crowds do not necessarily make anything right or correct.

He put on a facade. He stood in the gate where the elders of the city normally sat and attached himself to those entering in. His speech consisted of a lament that the current administration did not have anyone in the gate to address problems. He would them commiserate with them over their problems. Yes, you have a problem that needs to be taken care of but the current administration does not have anyone here to address this problem. Look, here I am. I am available to try your case. I can bring justice if only this were my administration.

He feigned a loving compassion. These people, impressed with the following and the interest in their cause found someone they could bow to and reverence. Reverence won is hard to lose. They were betrayed by a kiss just as our Lord Jesus was betrayed. He won the hearts of people by showmanship, false wisdom and faked compassion.

We find Absalom is like many false religionists and politicians to day. Showmanship draws. False wisdom wins. Fake compassion seals the doom of the simple people.

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This 12-Year-Old’s Speech on Abortion Was Banned—Until Her Teacher Actually Heard It – FaithIt.com


This 12-Year-Old’s Speech on Abortion Was Banned—Until Her Teacher Actually Heard It – FaithIt.com.

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Lost, Found, and Delivered


By a preach friend. Very well done.

By Joseph Caples
Lost, Found, and Delivered
Ephesians 2:1-10

When I was seven years old, my brother and I went on a trip with my parents to the Red Wood National Forest in California. I remember the trip quite well. While we were there, I remember my dad cautioning us about staying close to them. He told us there were a lot of wild and very dangerous animals living in the forest. But it’s always been said that boys will be boys. My brother and I could not resist the urge to explore. The forest was very beautiful. We soon found ourselves wandering down a small trail. Our parents were no where in sight. At first we were not afraid and were not aware that we were lost. But soon it began to get dark, ans we began to hear strange noises. We called out for our dad to come get us but we were so far away, he just couldn’t hear us. We began to run while screaming and crying. We were sure some wild animal would get us. By this time we knew we were lost and in desperate need of being rescued. Finally, we just gave up and sat down. We were terribly afraid. Before long, we heard a familiar voice calling out from among the trees. We listened carefully and heard the voice again calling out to us. It was our dad. He found us, and we realized we were safe. We knew we were going home.

The Bible tells us that those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Savior are lost. They wander aimlessly through a darkened world of sin. Some of them don’t know they are lost. For those who do realize it, unless they are given proper direction, they may give up in total dispair.

Have you ever had the feeling that every thing is hopeless? That no matter which way you turn you just can’t seem to find direction and purpose?

In the above passage of Scripture, Paul explains to us three different conditions of our souls and shows us that there is indeed a way out of the forest of sin.

1. What We Were
A. We were dead in sins v1
B. We were walking in sin v2
C. We were by nature children of sin v3
1. Without hope (Romans 3:10, 23)
2. Without Christ (Ephesians 2:12)

2. What we are now
A. We have mercy v4
B. We have life v5
C. We have grace v8
D. We have salvation v8

3. What We Shall Be
A. We shall be like Jesus (1 John 3:2)
B. We shall be with Jesus (John 14:3)
C. We shall be given a crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4)

Conclusion

When we accept Christ as our Savior, Jesus shows us the way to be free from a life of sin. We can then walk with confidence away from that great dark forest of sin full of wild beasts and never worry about being lost again. Are you in that forest? Have you discovered that you are lost and are wandering aimlessly through a world of sin? “Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost,” to safely guide them out of the forest, that they might not be afraid, and be assured they are going home!

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Brains of elderly are slow because they know so much


By Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent

5:16PM GMT 20 Jan 2014

Older people do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe.

Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full up, so to do humans take longer to access information, it has been suggested.

Researchers say this slowing down it is not the same as cognitive decline.

“The human brain works slower in old age,” said Dr. Michael Ramscar, “but only because we have stored more information over time

“The brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know more.”

SO  THERE!!    We Are All Brilliant!

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Brother Ritechus N. Dignation


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