Go Do Good!

Sally was playing with her blocks and her mother paused for a moment
and used one G, two D’s, and three O’s to show her the message, DO
GOOD. After a while Sally took the same letters to spell, “GO DO!”

This is the message that Jesus has for all who will follow Him. He
wants us all to, “GO DO GOOD!”

Doing Good is definitely a huge part of doing the will of our heavenly
Father. Genesis 1:31 says, “And God saw everything that He had made,
and behold; it was very good.” That’s what God does and it makes
complete sense to think that God would want all His children to do
good. In Acts 10:38 it states that Jesus, the Son of God, “Went about
doing good…”

Doing Good is natural for God and the Son of God because they are
Good. Consider a few things the Psalmists says about God’s goodness.

“Good and upright is the Lord…” Psalm 25:8
God’s “Steadfast love is good…” Psalm 69:16
God is, “Good and forgiving…” Psalm 86:5
God is, “Good” in, “His faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:5
God, “Is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1,
107:1, 118:1, 29, 136:1
God teaches us, “Good judgment and knowledge…” Psalm 119:68

God instructs us to, “Turn away from evil and do good…” Psalm 34:14
God instructs us to, “Trust in the Lord, and do good…” Psalm 37:3, 27
God instructs us that He, “Will give what is good…” Psalm 85:12
God instructs us that, “It is good to give thanks…” Psalm 92:1
God instructs us that it is, “Good and pleasant…when brothers dwell
in unity.” Psalm 133:1
“The Lord is good to all…” Psalm 145:9

Have you discovered His goodness? If so “GO DO GOOD!”

Murder in the First Degree!

Murder is, “The intentional killing of one human being by another,
especially when it is intentional.”

First degree murder is considered a homicide. It is a murder that is
committed intentionally or while committing a crime. If a criminal
commits a robbery and even accidentally kills someone, they are guilty
of murder.

Cain murdered Abel. Genesis 4:1-8

Bloodshed does not phase murderers.
Murder is cold blooded killing or slaying.
Millions have committed murder and there are countless victims.
Murderers are people who murder somebody by killing them or slaying them.
A murderous individual is able to inflict great harm in order to carry
out their crime.
Premeditated murder is done when someone considers and plans the
murder beforehand.
In our nation there is an organization known as “Planned Parenting”
the true descriptive term for them should be, “Premeditated
Murderers.”

Sadly, in our “Civilized Society” everyday there are thousands of
murders committed by individuals who have planned them out. They are
called, “Abortion.”
Some attempt to justify this act by saying it is “Their Right” or the
child to be aborted is “Unwanted.” In time the very individuals who
have supported the murdering of the innocent may very well call for
the same with the elderly, this is called “Euthanasia.” What happens
when the cry of these individuals is so bold and loud that they can
determine who has the right to live and who is really wanted within
our societies? Who will be next one to be murdered?

Murder cannot be hidden. Those who committed murder cannot hide the
wrong they have done for it will be remembered. 2 Corinthians 5:10

Today is the annual “LIFE CHAIN” and we can take a stand against
murder. Who knows, the life you may be protecting may be your own!

“YOU SHALL NOT MURDER.” Exodus 20:13

Do You Understand the Bible?

A lot of people don’t. Many have told me, “I have read the Bible, I have even read it through several times, but I don’t understand it.” Do you feel this way?

Is it because the Bible is too difficult to understand when we read it? The Bible is written on an elementary level and you might think that everyone who reads the Bible would be able to understand it, but this is far from the truth.

The Bible must be studied to be understood. Time must be spent examining the holy scriptures for us to understand them. We must take time to learn the Why, from understanding the Who, Whom, Where, When, What and How within the various books, chapters, and text before we can really understand the Bible.

The Bible must be learned for us to understand it. We cannot approach the Word of God with our own conclusions or preconceived ideas. If we are to obtain accurate understanding of the Bible we must allow the message to lead us into understanding.

Over the past few weeks we have been examining lessons on, “WHAT I HAVE LEARNED FROM BIBLE CLASSES AND BIBLE STUDY.” I began these lessons by stating, “A Lot!” This has not happened by accident or by chance. It has occurred by a lot of reading, studying and teaching the
Bible.

Teaching the Bible is a huge part in understanding the Bible. A lot of people are content in being casual readers of the Bible. Many people are satisfied with sitting in Bible study and having someone else share what they have learned about the Bible. Then there are those who become teachers.

Many Bible teachers have told me, “I learned more about the Bible when I started teaching it.” This is true of most subjects. When a person enters the realm of teaching, if they are going to be a good teacher they will read and study vigorously so they can teach with understanding.

This week we are going to have our yearly appreciation dinner for our Bible teachers and deservingly so. We should all take the time to express our appreciation regularly for those who take the time to be our Bible teachers.

Are You Saved?

Consider some simple questions regarding your salvation. How do you know you are saved? What were you saved from? When were you saved?Where were you saved? Who told you, you were saved? Why were you saved?

Do you know that people answer these questions a lot of ways? Some people answer the first question by the way they feel, but whathappens when you feel bad or sad?  Some people do not know what they were saved from, but If this is a persons understanding or lack of it why be saved it the first place?  Some people may not know when they were saved, But if this is the
situation, how much does salvation really mean?
Some people may answer the next question about where they were saved in the same manner, But again, if this is the circumstance, wouldn’t it cause a person to wonder if you really understand salvation?
Some people may answer our next question, “Who told you, you were saved” by referring to a religious leader, person of faith, family member or friend, But what if the person who told you were saved was
wrong?
Now we come to the question that really matters the most, “Why were
you saved?” If we fail to answer this question with a clear and constructive understanding how meaningful is our salvation?

“WHY SHOULD WE BE SAVED?”

Many will answer, “SIN.” This excludes children from infancy through
their developmental age when they are children and adults who remain
in a child-like state. “For to such belong the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 19:14
So, “Who should be saved?” Everyone who has practiced, “Lawlessness.”
1 John 3:4
Those who have done this will receive the wages of, “SIN” and that is
“DEATH.” Romans 6:23 (Eternal Separation From God.)
But, Wait! We can escape. We can be redeemed. We can be saved by the
“GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY” OF GOD. This is “SALVATION.” Everyone can be saved by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, who gave His obedient life to save us from sin and balance the scale of justice. THIS IS SALVATION AND IT IS SOMETHING TO REJOICE ABOUT!
John 1:29, 3:16, 5:24; Romans 5:8, 6:23, 8:1-2; Ephesians 2:1-10

Let Us Labor For The Master

Can we aim for anything better? Could we have a greater goal? Is there
any objective more rewarding?

The Scriptures teach us NO!

“Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is
vanity.” Ecclesiastes 1:2

He is actually saying, “Empty, Emptiness; Nothing, Nothingness.” Is
the life of those whose life is void of “LABOR FOR THE MASTER.”

Unfortunately he should know for he spent his life on everything but
God. He compassed land and sea in search of the true aim, goal, and
objective for life and he ended up with “Emptiness, Nothingness,
Vanities.”

Read his message in the book of Ecclesiastes and in the end heed his
conclusion. “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole
duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every
secret thing, whether good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Jesus, asked the following questions, “What will it profit a man if he
gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give
in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26

The answer, A life of “Vanity.” Having nothing to hope for and leaving
this life entirely empty.

On the other hand when we make it our aim, goal and objective to do
God’s will we will experience the full and abundant life now and
forever. John 10:9-10, 11:25-26, 14:1-3; 15:1-11; 1 John 5:13

Paul proclaims the true life of purpose. Philippians 3:12-15

“I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His
own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one
thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what
lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward
call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Let our aim, goal and objective be to “LABOR FOR THE MASTER.” And in
the end when the roll is called up yonder we will be there.

When Kingdoms Clash!

It began at the beginning. Don’t make the devil a prehistoric being.
The devil is a created being made by Jesus who is the “Preeminent”
One. Colossians 1:15-18

The devil was puffed up with pride and fell into condemnation. 1
Timothy 3:6 Jesus witnessed the devil’s fall. Luke 10:18 Jesus says
the devil “Was a murder from the beginning, and has nothing to do with
the truth, because there is no truth in him. Jesus went on to say that
the devil “Is the father of lies.” John 8:44

The devil is cunning and deceptive. The devil swayed others. He swayed
some of the angels away from the station that God created them for and
now they are held in chains until the eternal judgment. Jude 6 At the
end of time the devil and his angels will spend eternity in hell for
it has been prepared for them due to their disobedience. Matthew 25:41

“The great dragon…that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and
Satan, the deceiver of the world…” Revelation 12:9 Caused Eve and Adam
to fall from God and the snow ball of temptation began causing us all
to be swayed and sin. Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 3:23; James 1:13-15

“Satan” in Hebrews means “Adversary” and that is the devil. The devil
is our enemy, not our friend. The devil wants to enslave us and rule
over us. Ephesians 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:22-26

Don’t succumb to the devil and be a pawn in the domain of darkness.
Defeat the devil by drawing near to God. James 4:7-10

God loves us and He longs to lift us out of the sinking sand. The
Master of the sea is listening. Cling to Him and He will bless you. He
is mighty and He is true. He completely saves us. He will lift us by
His love.

“May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious
might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the
Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the
saints in light. He has transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved
Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians
1:11-14

Don’t die in the devil’s darkness. Live in the light of God’s love.

PANIC IN THE STREETS!

2017 Solar Eclipse Monday, August 21 from 11:00-2:00.

It is being called “The Great American Eclipse.”

It will go coast to coast from Oregon to South Carolina. From the
Pacific to the Atlantic ocean.

It will cross fourteen states and Missouri is right in the heart.

It is estimated that some 12.2 million people reside in it’s path and
some 88 million will be able to drive to see it.

It is being described as “Unprecedented” in modern time. For some
viewers it will last as long as 2 minutes and 41.6 seconds. This is
the first of its kind since our country’s independence in 1776.

The moon will pass between the earth and the sun causing the light to
be blocked out. It will be an eclipse of “Totality.” Day will become
night!

Some have been planning for it for years. Most communities in its path
have arranged “Eclipse Events.” Portable toilets are in “Astronomical”
demand. Plans for tourism will boom or bust! Hotels in most of the
prime viewing areas have been sold out. Some people are renting out
rooms in their homes and some who have campers are renting them out.

Recommendations have been made to have plenty of food. To have plenty
of gasoline in your automobiles. If you have an electric car be sure
it is charged for the eclipse may cause a reduction in solar power.

Are You Prepared for this once in a life time event?

A question of far greater importance is, “Are you prepared for the
“JUDGMENT DAY?” 2 Peter 3:7-13

Note for those interested: We will gather at the church building here
in De Soto from 11:00 to 2:00 and have Bible study and fellowship
while we watch for the eclipse. So come and be with us.