Devotional thought for today:

Occasionally we get angry. When we do, we need to not let it get a foothold, to not let it grow. I believe the best strategy is to release it quickly to God. Ask Him to help you deal with it or to even take it away. A quote I saw today was this: “Anger is like jumping off a boat with an anchor. If you don’t let it go, it will take you down.”

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Being a pastor, I want to make sure you know there is a way to be secure in Christ. This has nothing to do with cyber threats, but has everything to do with your soul. That security is based on two things. At the core of this security is an act and a statement. The act was the act of the cross that Jesus died on, to pay the penalty for your sins and mine, and the sins of all who would believe on Him. The statement was the one that Jesus made on the cross, the last thing He said: “It is finished.” John 19:30 says “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished. With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. The Greek word this translates from is “tetelestai”. It was a financial term that literally means “paid in full.” (You may study both the scripture and the word at this link:
 http://www.bible.org ) Jesus’ blood paid for your sin and mine completely and forever!

“Good. I’m off the hook. I can live like hell, do what I want, and still go to Heaven, since Jesus paid for my sins. Good deal. I’m in! Should be fun!” In a word, this pastor, and the scriptures, say “NO!”, because we do have a part to play, and that is repentance, to turn from our sins and turn to Jesus. God is a gentleman. If people don’t want a relationship with His son and receive His sin payment for their souls, that’s up to them – but the consequences are eternal. Those who have turned from our sin and sin nature, and received Jesus as both Lord and Savior are eternally secure. It is all based on relationship – do we want Jesus forever, or do we want ourselves? For me and my house, we choose Jesus.

Links to the main scripture verse above and the study of the word tetelestai are above. Here is the link for the security page of this website.

Senior Hymn

Verse 1:

I give you tribute. I give you praise. Lord if I’m able, my hands I’ll raise. My heart says thank you for staying near. Even when I’m weary, one thing is clear.

Chorus:

You have been faithful. You have been true. You’ve taken old things, and made them new. You’ve stood beside me, and been my friend. I know your love, will never end.

Verse 2:

Lord, you are worthy. Lord, you are strong. That’s why I’m trying to sing this song. At work within me, my strength, my rest. Though I’m sometimes troubled, I still am blessed.

Chorus:

You have been faithful. You have been true. You’ve taken old things, and made them new. You’ve stood beside me, and been my friend. I know your love, will never end.

Lord, you have seen me through. Amen.

Q: In Revelation 21:8 it speaks of a new heaven and a new earth. Are we to take this literally? Are we to take this literally? Is there to be a complete new heaven and new earth, or just this old one cleaned off? In Isaiah 65:17, it says “I create new heavens and a new earth.” This has been discussed in our Bible class, and some think it should be taken literally.

A: From Psalm 102:25, 26, where we read that the present heavens and earth shall “perish” and “be changed”, and from 2 Pet. 3:5-13, where the former world, “being overflowed with water, perished” (vs. 6), referring to the flood of Noah, it would seem that the new heavens and earth will be the old ones renovated, this time by fire rather than water.

Click the word “link” below to access Bible Hub, where you can look up these scriptures, and others, as you feel led.

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God bless you in your journey as you search the scriptures.
Pastor John

Q: What is meant by the true Tabernacle (Heb. 8:2)

A: The true tabernacle is the tabernacle in Heaven, a pattern of which was shown to Moses in the holy mount, and after which the earthly tabernacle was modeled. (Ex. 25-40; Heb. 8:5)

Link to scripture – click the link below, includes all of Heb. 8

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In honor of grandparents and the grandkids they influence.

NEW SONG – Grandpa Showed Me Love

Verse 1 – Grandpa, Grandpa, you’re so good to me. You take me to the ballgame, buy me candy and ice cream. Things are always fun with you. You make me laugh and play. I wish I could be with you, each and every day.

Vs. 2 – I was raised by Grandpa. He took care of me. He cooked for me and kept me fed. I never went hungry. He’d even read me stories, and tucked me in to bed. And when I asked him why he loved me, this is what he said:

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I love you ’cause God loves me. Sent His son to die for me. Said He’d always be my friend. He’ll stay with me to the end. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.”

Vs. 3 – Grandpa, Grandpa, does He love me too? Will He be that good to me, like He is to you? Will He take me as I am, and take me as His friend? Will He take me home to Heaven, where I can stay with Him?

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Yes, He’ll be that good to you. He is faithful. He is true. If you ask Him, He’ll come in. He’ll forever be your friend. Yes, Jesus loves you. Yes, Jesus loves you. Yes, Jesus loves you. He will love you to the end.”

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Jesus, you love me. Now I know. You’ll be with me as I go. Grandpa told me, and its true. You love me and I love you.

(Spoken) – “Thank you Jesus. Talk to you soon. I love you.”

Today is part eight of a series of our Bible study on Heaven. Today’s topic is denominations.

  • Q: “Could ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions?’ mean ‘In my Father’s house are many denominations? I have never heard this interpretation until today when a friend said this is what she believes it means.”
  • A: “I am sorry to disagree with your friend. You may depend upon it that when we reach the Father’s we shall have no more of denominations. Of course in our Father’s house here and now there are many denominations, but that is not the meaning of the passage cited, namely John 14:2

Editor’s note: I think this person’s friend is interpreting scripture pretty loose, based more on a opinion, or what she would like to be true. I think she needs to look at the verse in context with the rest of scripture, not just “this is what I believe, so it must be true.” As Christians, we need to be careful not the fall into that trap of using scripture to “prove” what we believe. Okay, Pastor’s rant over.

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Gender in Heaven

Q: “(Are there) gender distinctions in Heaven? There is a reference mark pertaining to Heb. 1:4 referring to angels. They say it is always used in the masculine gender. Does this mean that all angels are men? (What about women who have passed on to the Great Beyond?).”

A: “Neither men nor women become angels when they go to Heaven. Angels are a distinct and separate order of beings … human beings are never transformed into angels. Male and female in the human sense is never ascribed unto angels.” The author, Pettigrew, goes on to say that, according to Mat. 22:30, there is “they shall neither marry, nor be given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in Heaven.” (I notice that is says that we will be like angels, not become angels.”

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