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“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? I Peter 4:17-18.

What are these verses of scripture talking about? They are talking about judgment upon life’s works of faith. Why must that judgment begin at the house of God which is the church of the living God? Because those are the only ones on earth that can be judged on God’s standards and meet any degree of approval.

Then what will the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? Their works will be as wood, hay and stubble and will be burned up in the judgment seat of Christ. I Cor. 3:9-15. They will be spiritually saved if they were saved while here on earth, but they will be saved yet so as by fire with nothing to show for a life lived on earth.

What does it mean that the righteous scarcely be saved? The term “Scarcely” comes from the Greek “Molis” which means with great difficulty, hard work. Doesn’t this teach salvation by works then? Not at all. It is a reference to one’s life and its eternal reward, not to who will be in heaven or hell. God expects His saved people to grow in grace and produce fruit appropriate to the indwelling Spirit. That requires effort. Those not doing so will suffer great loss.

Then where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Notice that there are two classes of people mentioned here: the ungodly and the sinner. All men are sinners. Some are saved sinners and some are lost sinners. Saved sinners who do not live for the Lord then live ungodly lives. They shall appear before the Lord empty handed and suffer consequential loss of reward FOREVER. The sinner (implying the lost sinner) has nothing to be judged that is good. He is not even qualified to appear at the judgment seat of Christ, but must appear at the Great White Throne Judgment mentioned in Revelation 20.

Folks, these verses of scripture are a sober warning to all. Lost sinners desperately need to be saved. Saved sinners desperately need to live their lives to the honor of God: growing in grace and knowledge of the Lord. Are you saved? Have you followed the Lord in baptism? Are you actively honoring the Lord in a New Testament Church? Are you studying the Bible, praying and growing as a Christian? Underlying these things is the desire to do it. The believer does well to pray for that desire.

The children’s song summarizes it well, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine!” IS YOUR LIGHT SHINING FOR JESUS?

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William Andrew Dillard

As a noun, “Boomerang” is a curved piece of wood that returns to the thrower when thrown. As a verb, it denotes the return of most anything to the originator, often negatively. A verbal broad brush tends to verbally paint the character of one into a perceived camp that is not good. David and Solomon address these matters of life preserved as the Word of God. Let them be heard!
Many are the times that one will hear the character of someone verbally painted into the same room as outright heretics because of some viewpoint not shared by the evaluator. Such swipes of the broad brush often go far to diminish the usefulness of another. It is a evil thing that Satan capitalizes upon, and one that will bring the unbending judgment of God in the day when all shall give account to Him. Then let there be understanding of just how evil this sin is.
Solomon repeatedly said, “There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men.” Ecc. 6:1; 10:18. He said, “Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.” Prov. 26:27.
The straightforward advice of David is, “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.” Psalm 34:14. In Psalm 50:19-20, he went on to say, “Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.”
In New Testament terms, broad brush actions are called “diablos,” of the devil. That word is translated “Slander” in I Timothy 3:11.
It is so easy to speak ill of another, yet so impossible to take those words back. Words one thinks to be his own are never under his control once shared. They take on a life with various skewing in the mind of so many who hear them repeated. Verbal broad-brushing may be likened to a robbery. Later, one may apologize for it, but it never erases the initial action.
Does this mean that anything negative should never be said about someone? Certainly not! God’s people have an obligation to know them who labor among them. Often much trouble could have been avoided if the truth about someone would have been passed on appropriately. But the bottom line is that such information should be handled very carefully. Too much of the time judgments are made simply because views may be out of the range of another’s knowledge or out of a feeling that the person so painted deserves it (judging). The latter here is broad-brushing, not the former.
In the course of life one will find that the person most highly appreciated tends to think a little differently. So, in all things let the truth be spoken, and if one cannot or is not willing to stand by it, then those words are much better off unspoken.
Boomerangs may be indigenous to Australia, but the verbal broad brush is not, and it will most certainly boomerang.

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William Andrew Dillard



The eternal powers have decreed, and no one may change it. One may foolishly live in denial, but that does not change it. One may prioritize it deeply beneath a thousand other things that consume all the time and energies of one’s days, but that does not change it. Medical science is powerless against it; governmental edicts are meaningless against it. It is universal and unalterable. So, what is this awesome decree? “It is appointed unto men once to die . . .” Hebrews 9:27.

Death is the very last enemy of mankind that shall be destroyed I Cor. 15:26. It is to be ultimately swallowed up in victory. Until then, it is no respecter of persons. It invades the cottage of the most humble peasant, and it does not give the palace of the king a pass. It takes old and young as well as those in the prime of life. The day of its appearance is not predictable, but its appearance is sure. “It is appointed unto men once to die…”

Men go to extreme lengths to beat death. They create medicines to cure every malady that could result in death, but death still comes. They engage in cryogenics to be revived at a later time, but that fails and death reigns. “It is appointed unto men once to die. . . “

Additionally, there is another part to this decree so stated in Hebrews 9:27, “. . . but after this the judgment.” As sure as death, so sure is judgment. None shall escape it. None shall alter it. There is the Judgment Seat of Christ for believers, and the Great White Throne Judgment for unbelievers. Both will be totally thorough, and both will be totally righteous even to the degree that not a single voice will be raised against their verdicts. 

Jesus described the people of the generation of his earthly ministry as children playing in the marketplace, lamenting because others were not marching in step with their every whim. Two thousand years later, that description still stands, but the people so engaged have multiplied exponentially. Regardless, the divine appointments stand, and surely it is the fool who lives in denial and determined unpreparedness to step into those unavoidable portals.

Thus it is unalterably decreed: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Is this not a wake-up call? Does this not underscore the importance of the prime directive of every person’s life? Hear it in the words of wisdom so ably penned by Solomon. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man,
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Ecc. 12:13-14. Are you ready for your appointments? You will keep them!

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William Andrew Dillard

As a small child in the community of Jenny Lind, Arkansas, a particular delight infrequently occurred by having a nickel to spend at one of three local stores. Clark and Bailey General Store sat on the west side of the highway traversing the community, and Presto Skinner’s store, later Griffin’s sat on the east side directly across from Clark’s. South about a block was Marion Matthews’ General Store. They were small buildings as most country stores were in the 1940s, but each of them had a large, glass, candy counter displaying all manner of delectable delights. Spending the nickel was not going to be easy because it demanded a decision to select one above all the others that must be left behind. With nose flattened against glass, the chore began. Imaginary tasting of each potential selection took a while much to the impatience of the proprietor. Finally, a choice was made, a purchase competed, and a happy kid walked out of the store with his sweet prize tickling taste buds on the walk home. What does this have to do with anything? Think with me!


Good decision making requires correct, studied information and good judgment to achieve a single eye. The prophet Elijah saw so many of his countrymen caught in the trap of the compounded eye, I Kings 18. His challenge to them was: “How long halt ye between two opinions?” They could not serve God and Baal. Their eye of life was compounded, and as Jesus taught, they were full of darkness, Matt. 6:22-23. That continues today as the religious offerings have increased exponentially together with a thousand other things vying for time and attention, offering promises that may or may not be true.

Your life is your nickel, and the world is filled with a myriad of offerings, brightly colored and touting themselves to be worthy of your interest and your years. It is the fool who spends it frivolously, but spend it each one will while often the compounded eye remains, or is narrowed in focus wrongly.. So long as one’s eye is compounded, full potential will never be achieved, and those whose eye is single, but focused on the wrong things will suffer eternal loss. Life is your nickel. Be very careful how you spend it: what you focus on as truly important. Narrowing the compounded eye to single vision with eternal hope can only be accomplished as Jesus, His person, words, and works are the focus!

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His Return in Glory  


Revelation 22:12, 13

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be,” Revelation 22:12.


For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Cor.5:10).

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. . . . For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels” (Luke 9:23-26).

He will not tarry. When the Father tells the Son to go get His bride to the wedding feast, it will be the crowning event of the history of mankind, the most magnificent celebration the world has ever seen. He will not need seven years to judge His people. He is bringing His reward with Him. “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. . . . Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matt. 24:27-30).




There are one hundred sixty-eight hours in a week. How many hours are spent storing up rewards where we live?

Robert Brock



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Remedy for Sin  

Micah 7:7-9
“I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness,” Micah 7:9.

I once heard a deacon tell a congregation, “We’re just human. We can’t help but sin.” Jesus taught His disciples, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”  (Matt.5:48). God did not give us a license to sin because we are saved. Our security is in Christ, but some nominal Christians find security a loophole to continue in sin. Paul presented a formula in Romans 6 for stopping sin before it stops us. (1) Know that we died to sin with Christ on His cross. We do not have to sin if we do not want to. (2) Reckon that we have resurrected with Christ to serve God in a newness of life. (3) We must not yield our flesh to Satan as a weapon of war to use against us, but yield our bodies to God as an instrument of righteousness to bless others as we glorify His Son. We must let our lights shine so that others will see the Father in our works. That is supernatural.
Yes, we will fail, but when we do, it is not God’s fault. He has given us all the tools we need to live above sin, and that is not charismatic; that is Scripture. We have no scriptural excuse for sinning after salvation.
If sin was not pleasing to the flesh, Satan would not have any customers. Focus on the wretched consequences of sin.
Robert Brock

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He Is the Rock

Deuteronomy 32:1-4

“He is the Rock; his work is perfect. For all His ways are judgment, a God of truth and without iniquity; just and right is he,” Deuteronomy 32:4.

From Genesis to Revelation God is represented as the Rock of our salvation, and man is represented as dust. In Daniel 2:34, 35, the rock is used to illustrate Christ’s return in judgment. The King of righteousness will rule the world with a rod of iron. The Prince of peace will have peace or else, and His kingdom will never end. God will cast the last stone, justice will prevail and the works of man will turn to dust.
In the desert, the rock or mountain was the only shade from the sun’s destruction. In the shadow of the mountain, David found rest from the battles of life and refreshing waters to quench his thirst. God brought water from the rock for His people in the wilderness, and Paul said that Rock was Christ. Jesus taught that when we build our house on the shifting sands of the world, it will fall. But, the house built on the solid Rock will stand the storms of life. We must all build on the solid Rock that will hold our lives together or we build in vain.
Even the biblical anchor was a huge boulder buried deeply on the beach. A forerunner was chosen from among the mariners to swim ashore with a rope and tie off the ship to the rock anchor. Then, the sailors could hold to the rope and make it to shore safely. Thank God for the forerunner who has gone before and tied us to the throne of God for safekeeping (Heb. 6:18-20).

He is the solid Rock compared to our dust running through the hour glass. Tie up and hang on—your little bark is in good hands.
Robert Brock

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HEBREW – Judgment




The sixth term we see Scripture using of itself is judgment. The Hebrew mišpāt (H4941) is a masculine noun indicating a binding judicial decision that establishes a precedent. While the structure of American government is distinctively divided into branches—executive, legislative, and judicial—this was not the case in ancient times. When we see the word judgment we tend to think of something judicial only, but mišpāt is broader than that, indicating not only judging but also ruling.


Mišpāt is very common in the OT, appearing 417 times. Its first occurrence is in Gen_18:19, where God says of Abraham, “I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment.” Here is the first mention in Scripture of the importance of teaching our children. What should we be teaching them? Certainly not humanism and evolution, but rather the things of God, morality, and the precedents of Scripture.


My personal passion for Psalms 119 takes me to it often, and we find mišpāt there no less than twenty-three times. The first occurrence is in Psa_119:7 : “I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments,” indicating that we praise God only when we follow the precedents set down in His Word. It is absolutely impossible to praise God fully unless His Word is our sole authority.


So not only does God’s Word give us precepts, as noted on February 18, but it also provides precedents. Just as an attorney will plead based on precedents to try to prove his case, the greatest schooling, the greatest lessons of life, the most important things we can learn (and then teach to our children and other believers) are the precedents set down in God’s Word. Tragically, many Bible interpreters ignore the precedents, the clear rulings of Scripture. One graphic example is the clear precedent in Scripture of the primacy of preaching. True biblical and expositional preaching (March 15) has all but vanished, being replaced by things that are “more appropriate to the modern mind,” it is argued, or “more appealing to the unchurched.”


Never has there been a greater need for “[declaring] all the judgments of [God’s] mouth” (Psa_119:13) than there is today, for it is only there we will find hope (Psa_119:43) and comfort (Psa_119:52) simply because those judgments are right (Psa_119:75).


Scriptures for Study: What else does Psalms 119 challenge us to do concerning God’s judgments (Psa_119:102; Psa_119:106; Psa_119:120, and Psa_119:164)?




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God of Truth




Few words captivate and consume this writer more than the word truth (grace is another). Sadly, however, few words are under more attack than this one. We live in an age of unprecedented relativism, where truth is “up for grabs,” is different for each person, and changes according to circumstances.


In stark contrast, God is the God of truth. As Moses sings, “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he” (Deu_32:4). The psalmist echoes in a messianic prophecy, “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth” (Psa_31:5; cf. Luk_23:46). And the prophet Isaiah repeats, “That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth” (Isa_65:16).


Truth is a translation of ’emeṯ (H571, or ’emûnāh, H530, ), which has at its root the ideas of firmness and certainty and includes such concepts as truth, rightness, and faithfulness. Also inherent in the word is the idea of faith, which in biblical usage “is an assurance, a certainty, in contrast with modern concepts of faith as something possible, hopefully true, but not certain.”


It is extremely significant that the Septuagint translates this Hebrew word with the Greek alētheia in some 100 instances. As one Greek authority defines it: “Etymologically alētheia means nonconcealment. It thus denotes what is seen, indicated, expressed, or disclosed, i.e., a thing as it really is, not as it is concealed or falsified. Alētheia is the real state of affairs.” The fundamental concept of truth is that it is absolute and certain, is incontrovertible, irrefutable, unarguable, and unchanging. If something is true, it is always true and can never be untrue, no matter what the circumstances.


This name greatly helps us understand who God is. He is the God of certainty, firmness, and assurance. He never changes and is absolutely dependable. Again, Jesus Christ is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Heb_13:8, ). As we rejoice in the certainties of the God of truth, let our desire in turn be the pursuit of absolute truth in all things and in every area of life.


Scriptures for Study: What does Joh_14:6 declare? In Joh_16:13, what is one ministry of the Holy Spirit? In Joh_17:17; Joh_17:19, what is a result of truth?




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Jus’ Ramblin

We, my wife and self and several church members are in Rockford to attend the Illinois State semi-annual meeting. Service was great. Bro Tom Myers did a wonderful job challenging us. Great fellowship after wards while we are sharing food. Catching up on everyone’s situation was wonderful. We leave and get to the Hotel room. I start looking for a place to put my cpap machine. I forgot to bring it. My wife threatened me within an inch of my life. She said if my snoring kept her from getting a good nights sleep she would beat me up and put a pillow over my head and push me into the floor. I thought it might be safer to sleep in the hall way.

Being used to the cpap machine, I found it difficult to go to sleep and, also, my mind was working for a change. I would fall asleep for a while and wake up for a while. When awake, I was busy. I figured out a doctrine that Baptist have been arguing over for years. I also make up 2 brand new doctrines that nobody else has ever thought of.

If you believe the last sentence of the above paragraph, you need to stand on your head and sing the hallelujah chorus. A preacher hears a lot of things during his ministry and lot of those things deal with the last sentence of the above paragraph.

Example of a made-up brand new doctrine — If any one has made it to heaven, surely my MOM made it there. She was a saint. This is a made up doctrine. John said of Jesus, Look and Live. There is only one plan of salvation and that is repentance, confession, and belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ as payment for our sin.  How good the life is live is of NO CONSEQUENCE when heaven is contemplated. One word of admonition, don’t sit in the house of God and testify some nonsense that is not Biblical. We are told by Paul, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” It is a shame the way we carry on with an unlearned mentality, spouting heresy in the very house of God that stands for truth.

It is high time for God’s Word to judge us in thought and deed. We judge God’s word to be truth or not by our feelings, which are often deceptive and not to be trusted. Example, I know it is true, I saw it, I felt it, it happened to me. These statements show that no matter what God’s Word has to say about the subject, we know it is true because we believe our senses more than we believe the Word of God.

Think seriously on this one thing. Whether we stand before the judgment seat or before the Great White Throne, we will be judged out of God’s Word, not by what we thought or felt.

Are you ready for the judgment day?


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