Saturday, January 28, 2012

Am I Going to Heaven?

Check (4) below what you think is necessary to get you to heaven.

1. Follow Jesus
2. Forsake all.
3. Put Jesus on the throne of your life.
4. Confess Jesus before men.
5. Promise to live for Jesus.
6. Give your heart or life to Jesus.
7. Ask Jesus into your heart.
8. Commit your life to Jesus Christ.
9. Get your life turned around.
10. Turn away from the world toward God.
11. Surrender your life to Jesus Christ.
12. Make Jesus Lord of your life.
13. Invite Jesus into your life.
14. Be water baptized.
15. Turn from your sins.
16. Be willing to turn from your sins.
17. Be sorry for your sins.
18. Keep the Ten Commandments.
19. Do the will of God.
20. Do your best, sincerely.

Now proceed and find out if you are going to heaven.

Friday, January 27, 2012

First John Chapter Two, Part Ten

2:22-23 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. Christ is the Greek version of the Hebrew word “Messiah” which means “anointed one.” Messiah also means Savior, a title given to Christ our Lord 16 times in the New Testament, while it is accorded to God 8 times. The Old Testament is clear: God alone is Savior, Psalm 106:21; Isaiah 43:3, 11; 45:15,21; 49:26; Hosea 13:4, etc.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Iranian Christian Given Death Sentence

Iran is continuing its relentless attempt to force persecuted Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to recant his faith in Jesus Christ. New reports state that Iranian officials are still pressuring the pastor, who has been sentenced to death for his Christian faith, “to renounce his faith in Christ and accept the prophet Muhammad as his savior.”

Monday, January 23, 2012

Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Do you believe in ghosts? There is a rising interest in the supernatural, with ghosts (discarnate human spirits) being one of the leading aspects of this fascination. Movies such as “Paranormal Activity” enhance in the public eye the reality of spectral figures, once living but long since passed away, moving among us day by day and occasionally interacting with us. Mediums and seers make a living off of “contacting the dead” and many Christians likewise have experienced meetings with what they deem are ghosts. But what does Scripture say about ghosts?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

First John Chapter Two, Part Nine

2:20-21 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
Christians have an unction from the Holy One. The word translated “unction” here is the Greek “chrisma” and simply means anointing. It is used only three times in the New Testament; once here as “unction” and two other times translated as “anointing.” All three times occur in John’s epistle.

Monday, January 16, 2012

First John Chapter Two, Part Eight

2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. The NKJV renders the verse: “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” Clothed in a little more modern English we deduce a few things. John tells us that this side of the cross is what he terms “the last hour.” In other words there is nothing keeping the Antichrist and God’s culminating plan for time and creation from coming to pass. No prophetic fulfillment awaits; no necessary long intervals of time: no, the Day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night, and the son of perdition awaits revealing, 2nd Thessalonians 2:7-8.

Monday, January 9, 2012

First John Chapter Two, Part Seven

2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Again we must consider carefully what John means when he uses the word “world.” We already saw that the apostle uses the word several different times, and in this case it is quite evident from the negative connotation “world” has that he is referring to the world system of which Satan is god; the demonic kingdom that challenges our Lord’s will on this earth.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

First John Chapter Two, Part Six

2:12-14 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. John first addresses his audience as little children. It may be that he is addressing babes in Christ, mature believers and those between, or it may be that John is refreshing them by reminding them that they have the faith of small children, the wisdom of older men, and the strength of young men. Either way, there is a progression of what John reminds them, and why he is writing to them.

Monday, January 2, 2012

First John Chapter Two, Part Five

2:9-11 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. Here John lays down more simple tests for Christian fellowship. This test hinges on what a man says verses what a man practices. If he says he is in the light (abiding in Christ) yet manifests hatred toward a brother in Christ, he is a liar. He is in darkness; he has forsaken fellowship with Christ by choosing to hate those for whom Christ died. We know John is still referring to brethren because he uses the intimate term “brother” when addressing one man hating another; “he that hateth his brother…”
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