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Monday, February 22, 2016

Headache 1My head hurts!  Dropouts are beginning to bring a little relief.  Originally I was for Dr. Ben Carson.  Yet, I knew he would not lead the pack.  Why?  He isn’t a “business as usual” kind of guy.  He has principles or values.  He upholds things that Satan hates.  He presented a danger to those who enjoy wallowing in filth.  So, he is down in the polls and so far hasn’t won any delegates.

Trump is leading the pack of three, maybe four of the original number of candidates.  If one of them has 4,000 at his rally, Trump has 14,000.  He is saying things people want to hear.  People who are sick and tired of business as usual.  Folks who are sick of seeing our nation guided into the depths of, well you know where?

Is Trump our man?  He isn’t a Ben Carson!  Oh, he has values, but not all of them are impeccable.  Yes, he makes promises, but who doesn’t?  Will he keep them or at least make an effort?  Who knows?  What about Cruz or Rubio?  Will one of them suddenly spring forward similar to daylight saving time and like the comic book heros, rescue us?  How righteous are they?  When power is the goal, few retain the values they once held.  Money talks louder than righteousness!  Public opinion isn’t always godly.  Principles are often discarded.

Although I will vote, I doubt if a Republican will win the presidency!  In 2011 49.2% of U.S. households were receiving government support.  Democrat Bernie Sanders promises to  give away everything but our kitchen sink to those who will vote for him.  The country is adopting a national slogan of, “give me, give me, give me.”  If folks don’t get what they want, they take it because they deserve it.  Being caught in a lie no longer embarrasses anyone, especially politicians.  Cheating or defrauding is a game to be played.  The title most worn is, “Everyone is doing it!”

So, who will save us?  Bernie?  Hillary?  Trump?  Cruz?  Rubio?  Kasich?  Democrats?  Republicans?  The Tea Party?  If you are depending upon government, you need to have your head examined!  Power corrupts politicians producing depots.

Aren’t you weary of voting for the lesser of two evils?  I’ll let you figure out who is which.  But, we have the privilege of voting.  At least in this next election.  So, make yours count. Let your value system direct you.

My faith nor hope is in who wins the White House in November.  My faith is not in that person.  My faith is in my Savior Jesus.  When all others fail and disappoint, he doesn’t.  Because of him my sins are forgiven.  He reconciled me to the Father.  His grace covers me.  His blood cleanses me.  This is not my home.  I’m just passing through.

Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!  Before the mountains were created, before the earth was formed, you are God without beginning or end.  You speak, and man turns back to dust.  A thousand years are but as yesterday to you! They are like a single hour!  We glide along the tides of time as swiftly as a racing river and vanish as quickly as a dream. We are like grass that is green in the morning but mowed down and withered before the evening shadows fall.  We die beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your wrath.  You spread out our sins before you—our secret sins—and see them all.  No wonder the years are long and heavy here beneath your wrath. All our days are filled with sighing.  Seventy years are given us! And some may even live to eighty. But even the best of these years are often emptiness and pain; soon they disappear, and we are gone.  Who can realize the terrors of your anger? Which of us can fear you as he should?  Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.”

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

30 A.D. – Acts 2-9

Tell Me A Story1st Person: I understand you’ve had a bad experience recently?
2nd Person: Yes, the assembly I visited Sunday was extremely racist.  Since I was different from them, they treated me as if I had leprosy.
1st Person: Really!?  Were they unkind to you?
2nd Person: Unkind?  They told me I wasn’t welcome in their assembly.  I explained to them that I believed and worshiped God, studied from their scriptures, and contributed to people of their race.
1st Person: I hate to hear how you were treated.
2nd Person: I was told that I could attend their assembly if I would go through a ritual that was required by them which was passed down from their ancestors.
1st Person: Who was that group?
2nd Person: They didn’t have a specific place to assembly.  They didn’t have signs or public announcements giving instructions on where they met or what they did when they assembled.  I did hear one of their number referring to themselves as “the Way.”
1st Person: Yes, I’ve heard of them.  They are the ones that are the new religion in town and started a few weeks ago.  I understand their leader was a criminal that died just outside our city.  They claim he was raised from the dead.  I think you would be wise in avoiding those people.  At least not until they come down off their “high horse” and stop believing God loves only their race.  You may be a barbarian, but you are a God fearing one!  Besides, this surgery they demanded of you is too gross to talk about, much less submit to as an adult.
2st Person: I guess you’re right.  How could such a racist group like that have the truth?

15 YEARS LATER – Acts 10-15

2nd Person: You remember that group that was racist and didn’t want me joining in on their assemblies?
1st Person: Yes, the one that started on Pentecost in Jerusalem a decade or so ago.
2nd Person: I attended one of their assemblies in Corinth and I was so impressed.  I was amazed at how they were capable of convicting me of my sins.  They preached to us about that criminal we talked about 15 years ago.  The one named Jesus.  I was so convicted that I fell down on my face and worshiped God (1 Corinthians 14:24-25).
1st Person: You did WHAT?
2nd Person: I fell down on my face and worshiped God.  I admitted that they worshiped the true God.
1st Person: Wait a minute!  You mean they didn’t tell you that you couldn’t worship God without first becoming one of them?  Weren’t they horrified that you fell down in the floor as worship?
2nd Person: No.  They never required the surgery part!  When I did get up I asked them when I could be immersed like Paul was teaching (Romans 6:3-6).
1st Person: You’re telling me that they immersed you without requiring the surgery?  They wouldn’t accept you 15 years ago unless you would undergo their surgery that Abraham started, yet now they have immersed you without it?
2nd Person: Yes, I followed my Lord and was buried with him by immersion into his death and was raised as he was in his resurrection, and I now experience his new life of forgiveness and righteousness!
1st Person: Well, isn’t that something?  Why did you change?
2nd Person: I’m glad you asked.  Let me tell you about Jesus!


Monday, July 25, 2016

Wake UpI’m a Christian.  I’ve been one for over 69 years.  During that time I’ve known a lot of people who were believers in Jesus.  Yet, I have never known a Jesus follower who:

Cut off anyone’s head who wasn’t a Christian.

Performed an honor killing of a family member because he or she stopped being a follower of Jesus and joined another world religion.

Believed he could be married to 4 women at the same time and could have an additional “temporary wife” (prostitute) when desired.

Believed the world needed to be subjugated to Christ and if they would not, either kill   them or make them second class citizens burdened with an extremely heavy tax because they would not convert.

Could rape any woman who wasn’t a believer and was right in doing so because she was an infidel and a second class citizen.

Could beat his wife whenever he thought she was not being in subjection to him.

Rape a woman and she would need 4 male witnesses to the rape to testify that she was raped.  If she could not prove it, a family member could legally kill her to regain the family honor.

Round up non-Christians, dress them in orange suits, tie their hands behind them, line them up on their knees, and slit their throats because they were not followers of Jesus.

Marry a 6 year old and consummate the marriage when she was 9.

Put anyone to death who made fun of Jesus or his apostles.

Put to death anyone who made fun of or desecrated the Bible.

Demand that schools stop serving certain foods which were offensive to Christians.

Take a job with a business that produced items which were offensive to Christians, then stop working and do a sit in protest then sue because they are fired.

Enter a country, refuse to assimilate into their society, begin attempting to take over that Nation and force their faith on that nation through violence.

Talk about being a peaceful religion, yet seldom if ever criticize the suicide bombing or other murders perpetrated by fellow Christians.

Fly a large airliner, full of innocent passengers, into a building as a sign that the world must be enslaved to Christianity.

Walk into a gay bar and murder a dozen or more individuals because you considered their sin so offensive that such individuals do not have a right to live.

Load up a truck with grenades and explosives and drive it into crowds, seriously injuring over 300 and murdering 89.

Prepare homemade bombs and set them off during the Boston Marathon.

Demonstrate, carrying signs telling non-Christians that we were going to rule the world and they are going to die!

Yet, there are folks, not Christians, who are doing these twenty things, and more, because their god has given them marching orders and they have heard the beat of his drum!  They must obey in order to gain Paradise.  Without that obedience, they will be lost forever.  If we remain blind to their marching orders, it allows them to carry out their goals for world conquest without opposition!  When will we wake up?  Will we?


Thursday, July 21, 2016

ChoicesIn my Graduate School days I read a book by another brother espousing the pacifist view.  He documented his position with biblical passages that captured my thoughts.  Jesus wants us to turn the other cheek and walk the extra mile.  God is love and we should.  A more nobler view doesn’t exist.  He pointed out that Jesus’ followers could not serve as police officers nor in the armed services because disciples do not harm others.  I agreed then, but later made a different choice.  Choices, right or wrong, are not always easy.

The Pacifist believes it is better to sacrifice your life and your family, rather than the life of those who are not saved, who wish you harm.  You and your family are Christians.  If you take the life of the murderer, he will be eternally lost.  If you give your life for his, he will still have an opportunity to be saved.  I suppose it is possible that the perpetrator may later become a Christian.  Of course he may not, and if not, then there are serious consequences!

Most Pacifists believe in 911!  He can’t serve as a policeman or defend himself with a weapon, but he may call someone who will.  That person can put his life on the line protecting his.  However, what if, in protecting the Pacifist, the officer is killed.  If he isn’t a Christian, he dies lost.  By calling 911 the Pacifist contributes to his demise and removes his opportunity for a new birth!  If the policeman takes the life of the lawbreaker, the Pacifist contributes to his death because he made that 911 call.  The logical Pacifist path is to allow the criminal to rape, torture, and murder without any resistance from the Christian.  In a sense the Pacifist is bidding the criminal “God speed” by doing nothing.  Of course that decision allows the murderer to seek other victims, whether adult or children, who may also be without Christ.  The Pacifist contributes to their deaths by not using deadly force to stop him, or by not calling 911!  His convictions do not free him of responsibility in the death of others nor their negative eternal destiny.

Choices are not always easy.  If we stop a criminal with deadly force we may end up saving several others physically and spiritually who would have been his potential victims.  The criminal gives his life that others don’t have to!  Was Jesus demanding that we turn the other cheek when some individual breaks into our home to rape, torture, and murder?  If so, then we have no right to seek police or military protection, no right to lock our doors, to have security alarms, nor to call 911!  If someone wants our car or even our house, we should turn the other cheek as we hand him the keys and title.  Is that really what Jesus is saying?  Again, a choice, right or wrong, must be made.  Each person has their convictions and even though we may not agree, we can still love and accept one another because we are all made in the image of God.  Irregardless of what decision one makes, there are always consequences.

If one uses deadly force to disrupt a murderer’s intentions, will his choice have any consequences?  Yes, he may become remorseful, violently ill, and throw up.  He may go into shock at taking another person’s life.  There may be nightmares, with needed counseling to follow.  There may be fellow saints that will be more condescending that comforting in spite of which choice you make.  There will be those who will suggest that you could have disarmed the person with love by telling him about Jesus.  Some may believe you are the murderer because you didn’t shoot the gun out of his hands.  Guilt trips are easy to suggest for those who have never taken the trip.  Choices are not always easy, especially those needed in a split second.

When Jesus said, “turn the other cheek” was he covering every scenario in life that one will face?  I know my answer, what is yours?  Choices, right or wrong, must be made.  Some are never easy!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Success 01Two churches.  27 miles apart.  One was admired, the other criticized. Both received letters from their mutual headquarters!  One was positive, the other negative.  Neither were perfect.  One did have a better track record than the other.  Yet, the Lord loved both.  The one admired did not break fellowship with the one that was criticized.  The admired one did not think of themselves as superior in spirituality to the one being criticized.  True, the one being criticized had a condition which may have caused the members of the one being admired to be uncomfortable and privately be glad they weren’t in that city and part of that assembly, yet fellowship was still intact.  No, this was not in 2016 or the story would have been totally different.  It was around 60 A.D.  The two congregations?  The one in Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) and the other in Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6).  The first was weak, the other was dead!  Yet, both had weak and strong members.  Headquarters did not tell the “few” members of the dead one to leave and establish a congregation like Philadelphia.  Headquarters did not compare one to the other nor demand Sardis be like their sister assembly.  Neither did Headquarters tell one to not have fellowship with the other until their weakness became strength or the “few” became the majority.  Who was “headquarters”?  Jesus is the head and he is quartered in heaven (Ephesians 1:20-23).

When Paul wrote to the Ephesian assembly, he stated,

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body ..”  (Ephesians 4:1-4).

Jesus had said prior to Paul’s letter,

A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. . .I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”  (John 13:34-35;  17:20-21).

Yet, we see how that love disintegrated in Corinth when it dividing into four different assemblies meeting under one roof (1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 11:18-20).  Back then it was “of Paul” and “of Apollos” whereas today we have different labels for our divisions and we refuse to meet under one roof.

Has our restoration success resulted only in creating the Corinthian’s divisive error?


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Freedom from SinChris Tomlin wrote the extra verses to Amazing Grace in 2007 referred to as “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).”  The first three lines are,

My Chains are Gone,
I’ve been set free,
My God, my Savior has ransomed me.”

The apostle Paul wrote, “Christ has truly made us free: then keep your free condition and let no man put a yoke on you again.”  (Galatians 5:1 BBE).  

Paul was a sinner, he admitted it to the church (Romans 7:14-24).  He reaffirmed it to the young evangelist (1 Timothy 1:15).  However, Jesus made a difference in Paul’s life as he does in ours.  Paul wrote,

Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in!  Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature?   Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord.  He has set me free.  So there is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus.”  (Romans 7:24-25; 8:1).

However, Satan continues to deceive and some are!  When one dies to sin and is buried by immersion into Jesus death and raised into the new life he provides, doing what we hate isn’t washed away (Romans 6:3-4; 7:15 NLT).  The devil uses that weakness to deceive us and make us believe we are not yet free and our “now” remains an insecure future!

Some refuse to understand that Jesus’ blood is complete in cleansing and constant in action (1 John 1:7).  Because we have died to sin, we are no longer subject to its payment (Romans 6:23).  Although we fall short due to our imperfections, Jesus’ blood makes us new, forgiven, and free (2 Corinthians 5:17)!  That being so, we sing with conviction,

My Chains are Gone,
I’ve been set free,
My God, my Savior has ransomed me.”


Monday, July 11, 2016

For the policeman does not frighten people who are doing right; but those doing evil will always fear him. So if you don’t want to be afraid, keep the laws and you will get along well. The policeman is sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for he will have you punished. He is sent by God for that very purpose. Obey the laws, then, for two reasons: first, to keep from being punished, and second, just because you know you should.” (Romans 13:3-5 (TLB)).

Cops StopBlue lights? Was I speeding? Do I have a brake light out? Does he think I’m someone else? Do I need to get out and walk back to his car? What must I do? What should my passenger do if I have someone with me? Have you ever asked yourself some of those questions? You need to. You also need to be aware of some other things, which could save your life if you are pulled over!

1. First give a signal and pull off the highway far enough so the officer will not be in traffic when he walks to your car. Stay in your car. Your passenger stays in the car. You never get out of the car unless the officer asks you to do so. Turn off the radio. If it is nighttime, turn on your interior light. If it is dark, the officer will his lights on you.

2. Roll down the window on your left. Before the officer gets out of his car to approach yours, get your driver’s license out of your billfold or purse and have it in your hand. Do not reach over to the glove compartment to retrieve any papers. He doesn’t know if you are reaching for a weapon or something else. Place both hands upon the steering wheel where he can see them. Your passenger needs to place both his hands in front of him on his lap where the officer can see them.

3. When the officer arrives at your car, do not make any sudden moves. Sudden moves are interpreted by an officer as warning signs that his life may be in danger. Wait for him to ask you for your license, then when asked, give it to him! Your passenger(s) should not make any sudden moves! He is not interested in your passenger(s) unless they suddenly do something which he interprets as a danger to his life! The officer does not know you, even if you think the world does! He will sit in his car giving information concerning your tag to see if you have any moving violations or arrests. However, keep in mind that he doesn’t know whether or not the car has been stolen but the owner has not yet reported it. If you have more than one passenger, he may be waiting for backup. His safety is of utmost importance to him.

4. Do not argue with the officer. Do not antagonize him! Stupid is as stupid does!! Be polite. Keep in mind that even though you are courteous, criminals also can be in order to take advantage of an officer and remove him as a threat to them! Until the officer is able to properly identify you, he has to view you as a potential threat. Three places where an officer is most likely to be killed is in a domestic violence call, driving the patrol vehicle, and at traffic stops. Keep in mind that you may be able to explain any stupid actions on your part, but until you are properly identified, your actions, no matter how innocent, may be viewed as threats. If so viewed, you put yourself in danger by your improper moves.

5. If you have a permit to carry and have a firearm on your person or concealed in the car, do not reach for it to give to the officer. First, have the carry permit with your driver’s license in hand, to offer to the police officer when he is at your window. When he checked your plates he will know you have the permit and may be armed. Although you know you are a lawful citizens, he does not yet know you are the actual owner of the car. Tell him you are carrying and ask him what you need to do, but DO NOT reach for the firearm at that time even if you have it on your person!! A criminal might do the same, using that ruse to bring the weapon up to shoot the officer. When he tells you what to do, very slowly follow his exact instructions. Remember, NO quick movements!! He may ask you for the weapon. If so, be very methodical in handing it to him properly and carefully as instructed. Also keep in mind that a carry permit does not guarantee you a pass on your traffic violation!

6. The officer may ask you to get out of the car and stand to one side so he can retrieve your firearm or perhaps to search your car. If so, follow his instructions to the letter. Do not argue. Do not complain. Do not become hostile unless you want to taste pavement, enjoy a ride in the backseat of his car, pay a heavier fine, and perhaps see what it is like to be on the wrong side of steel bars!

7. Police often deal with people who lie, spit on and hit them, curse them, kick them, and even attempt to stab or shoot them. They sometimes have folks who attempt to take their weapon to use against them. Even well dressed, calm speaking individuals become violent when stopped by the police for small violations of the law. When a police officer approaches your car, he has to assume that you may be one of those individuals. Your actions, innocent or otherwise can send up red flags to him. Don’t be one of those individuals, for his sake and yours!


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Grandpa and GrandsonGrandson:  Grandpa, why didn’t Jesus wear a suit and tie when he taught and preached?
Grandpa:  What do you mean?
Grandson:  Mom and dad were talking about the preacher not respecting God because he wasn’t wearing a tie this morning.
Grandpa: Well son, what does that have to do with Jesus?
Grandson: Well, if the preacher wasn’t respecting God by not wearing a suit and tie when he preached, wasn’t Jesus being disrespectful for not wearing one?
Grandpa: Oh, you mean why was Jesus not wearing a suit, tie, and black patent leather shoes?
Grandson: Yes.  Jesus didn’t put on, what mom calls, “your Sunday best,” to teach.  So, why wasn’t he disrespectful?
Grandpa: Good question. But maybe Jesus didn’t have to wear a suit and tie when he preached.
Grandson: I guess that means Paul didn’t have to either?
Grandpa: What do you mean?
Grandson: Well, our Bible class teacher read 1 Corinthians 11:1 to us where Paul said, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”  So Paul imitated Jesus and didn’t wear a suit or tie either.  Wouldn’t that mean that all who imitated Jesus would follow the Lord’s example in not wearing a suit and tie to the assembly?
Grandpa: Hmm, I’ve never thought about it that way.
Grandson: Grandpa, where did the law come from that you had to wear a suit and tie to the assembly to be respectful to God?
Grandpa: Hmm.  I’ve never really thought about it.  I guess I’ve just accepted the fact that you had to wear a suit and tie to show God respect.
Grandson: Well, if the Bible doesn’t teach it, then has God really bound that law upon us?  If He hasn’t, wouldn’t that make it a man made teaching, passed off as the oracles of God?
Grandpa: Well, I hate to admit it, but I guess you’re right.
Grandson: So, proper clothing can be anything that is morally decent, right?  Jeans?  Overalls?  Slacks?  Work clothes?  Or, even a suit and tie?  So, grandpa, doesn’t God look at the heart, not whether you’re wearing a $300 suit?  Wouldn’t God’s standard be the attitude of one’s heart and that is the respect He’s looking for?
Grandpa: I guess you’re right son.  By the way, will you do me a favor?
Grandson: Sure gramps, what is it?
Grandpa: The next time you have a question, ask your grandmother!


Monday, July 4, 2016

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God (1 Peter 4:11 KJV).

Our DialogueHave you ever noticed how much of our religious dialogue is missing from the New Testament, although we quote the above passage to endorse it? Have you observed how we have changed the name or expression of things we have borrowed from Catholicism and Protestantism to make it more unique to us?

We say, “I placed membership,” not “I joined the church” (Acts 9:26). We say, “I was baptized,” rather than “I was saved.” We say, “Gospel meeting,” rather than “Revival.” We say, “Bible classes,” instead of “Sunday School.” We say, “I was led by scripture,” not “I was led by the Holy Spirit .” We say, “I hope I am saved,” rather than “I know I am saved.” We say, “He quit the church,” instead of “He quit the Lord” or “He returned to the church,” not “He returned to the Lord.”

We talk about “gong to worship,” “corporate worship,” “public worship,” or “worship at church,” when such expressions usually belong to an Old Testament concept rather than the New. We refer to “five acts” of worship, but a biblical search doesn’t produce that expression. We speak of “singing” as worship or “preaching” as worship, but those expressions are modern rather than New Testament statements. Some believe it is taboo to say, “my church” or “our church” because it was purchased by Jesus, not us (Acts 20:28). It is argued that “of” shows possession and the church or churches are referred to as “of God,” or “of Christ.” There are other descriptions where “of” is employed without “God,” or “Christ.” Paul speaks of the church “of the Laodiceans,” “of the Thessalonians,” and “of Ephesus.” In the plural form he referred to the churches as “of the Gentiles,” “of the saints,” “of Galatia,” “of Asia,” “of Macedonia,” and “of Judaea.” When one says “our church” he is usually utilizing that expression in the same way Paul did in those passages.

Since some of our vocabulary isn’t found in scripture as we express it, is such use forbidden? No, not necessarily. Yet, if one promotes his dialogue to the status of the divine and attempts to bind it as the only scriptural way to describe biblical things, he is no longer speaking “as the oracles of God.” He has made his traditional speech into a “thus saith the Lord.” When it reaches that point it becomes “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9).

When one reads Acts through Jude, he will notice that most, if not all of the congregations were being corrected. Even though most had inspired prophets or teachers, they could be influenced by personalities and pressures to the neglect of that gift and speak without it (1 Corinthians 1:10-13). Corinth, Ephesus, Sardis, Laodicea, and Jerusalem are a few of the examples! If such was true about those assemblies in the first century, couldn’t it happen to congregations in the twenty-first?

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? (except ye be reprobates? KJV)” (2 Corinthians 13:5 NIV).


Thursday, June 30, 2016

JudgmentThe trumpet sound was recognized as biblical by Christian and unbeliever alike (1 Corinthians 15:52).  It literally swept every one off his feet.  No oxygen masks were needed at 10,000 feet, nor insulated space suits beyond that.  In spite of 3-4 billion people being swept upward, there was no traffic jam.  No one had to ask, each knew the destination (Matthew 25:31-32)!  They were before the judgment seat of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:12).  Then, it began.

Jesus: Your name is not found here.
Person: Sure it is.  I was born into a good Christian family.  My parents carried me to church every time the doors opened.  I attended Sunday School each week and church camp every summer.   I was baptized when I was twelve.   I married a good Christian spouse.  My children were all raised in the church.  I baptized all of them.  They are all faithful.
Jesus: No, I don’t find your name here in the Book of Life.
Person: It has to be there.  I decided to be a preacher when I graduated from high school.  I went to a Christian College.  I held meetings in at least 44 of the 50 States.  I went on mission tours and preached in 11 different countries.  I’ve baptized over 7,000 people.
Jesus: You may have done all of those things, but your name is not written here.
Person: Look, I have helped build up churches where I have occupied the pulpit.  I have been responsible for starting over 50 churches in those 11 different nations and 21 in the United States.
Jesus: Yes, I know about your works, but your name is still not written here.
Person: I have always preached the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible.  I have stood against doctrinal error, even when it meant being fired as a preacher.  I have defended the truth in public and private discussions.  I have written thousands of article defending the truth.  I have written a number of books on contending for the faith.  Some of the largest publishing houses have printed them.
Jesus: Yes, I am aware of all that, but your name is not written in the Book of Life.
Person: It’s got to be there!  I have been on hundreds of lectureships at some of the largest Christian schools.  I could not honor all the requests for my services in gospel meetings, lectureships, public discussions, and book discussion groups.
Jesus: It isn’t there.
Person: After all I’ve done for the kingdom and the gospel?  My name has to be there.  My obedience to the word guarantees me a place in the Book of Life.  I’ve earned it!!  God owes me an entry in the book due to my faithfulness, my works, my dedication, my stand for the truth!
Jesus: Your name is not written in the Book of Life because you never gave me 100% recognition for saving you.  You took that credit, as you are now doing!


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