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<p>&#160; Israel&#39;s Saturday Sabbath-Keeping And The Christian Sabbath-Rest &#160; Keeping the Saturday Sabbath was part of the Law of Moses. It was a day of rest for the people of Israel; a day in which they worshipped God and did no work. In Col. 2:13-17, we are told that the written regulations of the Law were nailed to the cross and therefore we are not to let anyone judge us regarding food, drink, festivals, Sabbaths etc as they were mere shadows of what was to come – Jesus is now the reality. He is the real thing, not just a shadow so, in Christ, a person is free from the Laws relating to food, drink, feasts, Sabbath-keeping etc. &#160; The following passage in Hebrews tells us that today the people of God (Christians) have their Sabbath-rest in Jesus. Heb. 3:7-19 and Heb. 4:1-13 tell us that God did not allow the Jews to enter Canaan, the earthly land of rest, because of unbelief (Heb. 3:16-19). Heb. 4:6-7 tell how people can enter God’s rest today if they hear His voice (through the gospel) and do not harden their hearts. Heb. 4:9-10 calls this rest “a Sabbath-rest for the people of God” and says that “anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work.” To be saved today, we do not have to do the works of the Law, such as Sabbath-keeping, we simply have to believe in Jesus. In John 6:28-29 the Jews asked Jesus, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” and Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” Through Jesus, the works of the Law of Moses have been set aside. &#160; Jesus tells us about the Sabbath-rest in Matt. 11:28-30 where He says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” The rest that we find in Jesus is not an earthly one like the Saturday Sabbath but a spiritual rest through believing in Him. He becomes our eternal Sabbath-rest because He takes our burden of sin and releases us from all the works we may have been doing to please God. &#160; So, today the people of God have a Sabbath-rest in Jesus and those who enter that rest can rest from their own work. We do not have to keep the Saturday Sabbath. All we have to do to be right with God is believe in Jesus, as He said in John 6:28-29. Saturday Sabbath-keeping was just a shadow of the reality of the eternal Sabbath-rest found in Jesus. &#160; This article can be downloaded from http://www.christianissues.biz/pdf-bin/sda/thesabbathrest.pdf &#160; Mick Alexander leeandmick@gmail.com My website: http://www.christianissues.biz/ &#160; &#160; &#160;</p>

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<p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"</span></i></font><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">Sin shall not be your master.</span></i></font><font size="3"><i>"</i></font><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal"> (Rom. 6:14)</span></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font size="3">I don&#39;t think that there can be greater heartache than knowing Jesus and yet still be a slave to sin. It&#39;s common knowledge that there are many churchgoers secretly addicted to pornography, alcohol, drugs and other sins. They don&#39;t want to be that way but don&#39;t know how to overcome their slavery to unrighteousness and their hearts ache because of the darkness that is hidden within them. They feel great shame but put on happy faces. Only they, and God, know the awful shame that is deep within their souls. They want to change</font><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"> but remain as they are because n</span></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal">o one has ever told them that they don&#39;t have to take it any more, that is, they don&#39;t have to take sin any more.</span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> Jesus came to set the captives free so that no one has to remain a slave to sin. In</span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"> </font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">John 8:34, Jesus said, </span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin,"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal"> BUT He continued on to say, </span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" </span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">(John 8:36). So, if you are battling with the likes of pornography, alcohol or drugs, then you too can be freed and enter into the wonderful peace of God which comes when inner darkness is replaced with light. How is this done?</span></span></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><b>Firstly, Let&#39;s Look At Our Sinful Nature</b></font></font></p>

<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">There is no question that we will be influenced by our sinful nature until we see Jesus but this does not mean that we have to give in to it. Many people say that we are only human and can&#39;t be free from slavery to sin despite the fact that Jesus says we can be. I once heard the following: "We have a body which gets hungry so we eat, a body which gets thirsty so we drink and a sinful nature so we will always sin." This is a terrible lie which leaves many souls burdened with the guilt of their sin. Jesus clearly says that He can free us. In </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">Rom. 7:24-25, Paul openly admitted to the wickedness of his flesh when he said, </span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"What a wretched man I am!"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> BUT he went on to say, </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"Who will </span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><u><span style="font-weight: normal">rescue me</span></u></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal"> from this body of death? Thanks be to God - through Jesus Christ our Lord!" </span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">Plainly, Paul tells us that through Jesus he was changed and rescued from his fleshy body of death. In Rom. 6:14, he said, </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"sin shall not be your master"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> and this is made possible through the Holy Spirit.</span></span></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><b>The Holy Spirit Empowers Us To Overcome Sin</b></font></font></p>

<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">God knows very well how weak we are so when we repent and accept Jesus He sends the Holy Spirit to live within us to guide us and to empower us to overcome our lusts. Through the Spirit we can be freed from our sinful nature as Gal. 5:16 so clearly states: </span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><u><span style="font-weight: normal">live by the Spirit</span></u></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">, and you </span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><u><span style="font-weight: normal">will not</span></u></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal"> gratify the desires of the sinful nature.</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> This is not a fairy tale, it&#39;s God&#39;s Word and millions of Christians, past and present, can testify to being rescued from the worst of sins. The Bible says that God has no favourites so if you have not been rescued from your body of death then you can be sure that God is waiting to deliver you also. God has given us the ability and responsibility to live a holy life. </span></span></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><span style="font-weight: normal">Firstly, regarding our ability,</span><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> the reason God sends the Holy Spirit to live within us is to transform our lives so that we are able live a life which pleases Him. Speaking about the Spirit, </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">2 Pet. 1:3-4 says, </span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">His divine power </span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">[the Holy Spirit] </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">has given us everything we need for life and godliness </span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">[so that]</span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal"> you may participate in the divine nature and </span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><u><span style="font-weight: normal">escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.</span></u></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> From these verses we can see that the divine power of the Spirit gives us the ability to escape the corruption of sin and live a godly life (see Ezek. 36:25-27 also).</span></span></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">Next, regarding our responsibility, we are commanded to </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">live by the Spirit.</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> We do this by repenting with all our heart, soul, mind and strength whenever the Spirit convicts us of sin. If, for example, pornography is a problem to you then the next time you desire it, fight it with all your might and call upon God to strengthen you to resist. You can be sure that God loves you as much as He loves any other person and will strengthen you to overcome when you are truly repentant. If your repentance is half-hearted then God will not deliver you because He sees that you love your sin more than His righteousness. You have to come to the point where you hate your sin as much as He does. When you reach that point, and call out to Him in repentance, He will rescue you and change your heart attitude toward that sin so that you can resist it when tempted </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">in the future. When temptation comes again, and it will, you have to stand firm and not give in to it in the least otherwise you will be hooked again and have to start over. James 4:7 says, </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> God does not lie so believe this with all your heart, resist sin with all your strength, and you will be freed.</span></span></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal"><font color="#000000"><font size="3">Pornography, alcohol and drugs are not the only addictive sins. In a sense, all sins are addictive. Many churchgoers are addicted to gossip, hate, jealousy, etc. and these sins need to be repented of in the same way as pornography, alcohol and drugs. Gal. 5:19:21 lists many other sins which will exclude people from the kingdom of God.</font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">You don&#39;t have to take it any more. Jesus offers you freedom from the burden of sin. Don&#39;t believe the lie that has many thinking, </span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">"That&#39;s just me. I&#39;m only human." If you are caught up in sin then I urge you to a</span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">ccept Jesus&#39; loving invitation: </span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" </span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">(Matt. 11:28-30). </span></span></font></font></p>

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<p>As time went along found myself buying books. The ministry I was under showed some of the best reference books to have.&#160;&#160; I probably&#160; owned 90% of them when all of a sudden came accross the free E-sword bible program for my computer.&#160; There may be better ones out there but this one gave free book modules that were free.&#160; They were the same as my paid for books.&#160; In time I had a second and then third computer.&#160; That is 3 free programs. Let&#39;s do some math here to see what I really got.&#160;&#160;&#160; Pulpit commentary----cost me $79 dollar disc. It is probably a $1,000.00 for the books.&#160; That would buy 2 laptops with money left over.&#160; E-sword was free.&#160; My knowledge of good and bad books show that the majority of books have errors that are big. so by having a good Theologian preacher who was dedicated to truth teach me helped know the best selection.&#160; It is important that your best teacher is the Holy Spirit,&#160; God uses men who have education but&#160; they must be accurate.&#160; Next time I will share the books and&#160; why they are good.&#160; God bless.</p>

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Faith And Faithfulness

"The righteous will live by faith." Hab. 2:4

 

The following article was written by Jacob Prasch of Moriel Ministries. I have added the bits in square brackets.

 

In Hebrew, the word for "faith" is "emunah" from which we get the word "amen"; in Hebrew the word for "faithfulness" is "emunah". It is the same word, like from the book of Lamentations: "Great is thy faithfulness" (Lam. 3:23). The Hebrew language makes no distinction between "faith" and "faithfulness" and neither, technically, does the Greek - "pistis". There may be a difference in the case endings, but the word for "faith" and the word for "faithfulness" is the same. In other words, if somebody's faith is genuine, they are going to be faithful. "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him" (John 3:36).

 

A saving faith is not a mere, intellectual faith; Satan has an intellectual faith; Satan knows it is true. If it is a saving faith, there will be faithfulness. The problem is that instead of following the Hebrew or Greek, our translations generally follow the Latin Vulgate of Jerome. "Faith" and "faithfulness" are different in Latin. Hence, in English, we get the wrong perspective. If it is a saving faith, we will be faithful.

 

Hab. 2:4 says,

"The righteous will live by faith." [It could be translated,]

"The righteous will live by faithfulness."

 

Eph. 2:8 says,

"We are saved by Grace through faith." [It could be translated,]

"We are saved by Grace through faithfulness."

(Commencing, of course, with the faithfulness of Jesus).

 

Heb. 11:6 says,

"Without faith it is impossible to please God." [It could be translated,]

"Without faithfulness it is impossible to please God."

 

We make a distinction between "faith" and "faithfulness" because of translational complications we should not be making.

end of Jacob's article.

 

From what Jacob has shown us, we see that faith and faithfulness go hand in hand. Real faith is shown by faithfulness so if someone claims to have faith but is not faithful then they have a dead, worthless faith because James 2:26 tells us that "faith without deeds is dead." A tree is known by its fruit and "every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire" (Matt. 7:17-19).

 

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Mick Alexander

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<p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><b>God&#39;s Love</b></font></font></font></p>

<p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i><span style="text-decoration: none">"God is love."</span></i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="text-decoration: none"> (1 John 4:16)</span></span></font></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">As we look at the evil in this sin-sick world it is easy to see why non-believers say that God cannot be a God of love. It&#39;s hard to find words to describe how low mankind has sunk and, despite all the empty talk, things are only going to get worse until Jesus returns. God is allowing the world to continue on its sinful free-fall into greater filth, violence and apostasy. However, there is a limit as </font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i><span style="text-decoration: none">"He has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed </span></i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="text-decoration: none">[that is, Jesus]</span></span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i><span style="text-decoration: none">"</span></i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="text-decoration: none"> (Acts 17:31). But why is Jesus so slow in returning? Speaking about Jesus&#39; return, </span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="text-decoration: none">2 Pet. 3:9 gives the answer where it says, </span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i><span style="text-decoration: none">"</span></i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i><span style="text-decoration: none">The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.</span></i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i><span style="text-decoration: none">"</span></i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="text-decoration: none"> It is because of His great love for mankind that God is patiently waiting for sinners to repent and then He will return to judge the world with justice and great wrath</span></span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i><span style="text-decoration: none">.</span></i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="text-decoration: none"> If He was not patient and loving then He would have returned to destroy all sinners long ago. So, lets look at the love of God.</span></span></font></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="text-decoration: none">God&#39;s love is not a dizzy-headed, fuzzy feeling that fades away after a honeymoon period. His love is an unchanging, solid and selfless commitment. For over three years Jesus walked towards the cross knowing the awful agony that He would soon endure. </span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">On the night before He was crucified, He was in such anguish that, while praying, </font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i>"his sweat was like drops of blood"</i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"> (Luke 22:44). This occurs with extreme trauma but despite the trauma Isa 50:7 tells that </font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i>"He set His face like flint"</i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"> in His determination to suffer on the cross to save you and I from hell. Now, THAT is love!</font></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">On the cross, in awful agony, He selflessly continued to think of others. </font></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">He forgave a thief being crucified beside Him (Luke 23:39-43);</font></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">Through all of this, God watched Jesus&#39; agony and Isa. 53:10 tells us that it pleased God to allow His Son to suffer for us. We sinned against God and Jesus paid the penalty of death for us. Now, THAT is love far beyond measure and understanding. </font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">In John 15:13, Jesus said,</span></span></font></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><b>God&#39;s love since the cross</b></font></font></font></p>

<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">God&#39;s love did not end with the cross. He continues to lovingly draw the unsaved to Himself and sends the Holy Spirit to live within all who repent of their sins and put their trust in Jesus. The Holy Spirit lovingly and patiently disciplines and guides believers to be conformed to God&#39;s will.</font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"> I</font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">t is because of His love that He disciplines us, even severely if necessary. </font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">Heb. 12:5-6</font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"> tell us, </font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i>"My son, do n</i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i><span style="text-decoration: none">ot make light of the Lord&#39;s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord </span></i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i><u>disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son</u></i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i><span style="text-decoration: none">." </span></i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="text-decoration: none">To discipline us, God manipulates our emotions and circumstances in order to get us to repent of our wicked ways so that we walk with Him in peace and inherit eternal life.</span></span></font></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">The Prodigal Son is a perfect example of God&#39;s patient love and discipline. This young man arrogantly asked for his inheritance while his father was alive and then went off to waste the money in wild living. When his money was gone, he ended up feeding pigs that were eating better than he was. These conditions caused him come to his senses and repent so he went back home hoping to work for his father as a slave. To his surprise, his father saw him in the distance and ran to welcome him home as his son, not as a slave. This parable is given to tell us how our heavenly Father controls our circumstances and emotions to bring us to repentance whenever we go off the path of holiness. God is extremely patient and loving toward us. </font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">Psa. 100:5 says,</span></font></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"</span></i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.</span></i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">" </span></i></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">(</span></span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">1 John 3:16</span></span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">). We</span></span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"> should not have the slightest doubt about the love God has for each one of us because His love and faithfulness are ever present in our lives. Nor should we doubt the love He has for the unsaved as He continues to patiently draw them to Himself in the hope that they will repent. If anyone says that God is not loving and asks why He does not put an end to evil then we can safely tell the</font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">m that He plans to do that soon enough but in the meantime He is waiting for them to come to repentance. As sure as night follows day, the present time of Love and Grace will end and God&#39;s fierce wrath will be poured out on the earth. Amen.</span></font></font></font></p>

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<p>mikeoverson.multiply.com/video My Bible notes at Multiply are only until they will discontinue it like Friendfeed did, (nice going you evil atheists, see pages 165 and 210). Because I, (Mike Overson), had a calling&#160; to represent Jesus&#39; return,&#160; (an awkward job but somebody had to do it), I felt obligated to make a note on every part of the Bible that I received as a sign. It&#39;s not finished yet but I thought I&#39;d better post what I have in case I die a premature death. The latest update on 12-22-12 is on page 211, previous updates on 11-23-12 are on pages 33 to 46 and 188 to 211. After making these updates I&#39;m convinced that Multiply is making a very evil mistake, (= a siren at 1148am which confirms it because it means "I can&#39;t believe how cold you are"). The only way I know of to stop Multiply in a case like this is by PRAYER, (see pages 33 and 115 or my class L122 here at Multiply or at Vimeo), so I&#39;m praying that God will rescue social networking at Multipy and I hope others will to. latest Bible notes on 12-22-12 @ page 211.zip At Multiply: Download the attached Bible notes zip file and open it in text edit and instead of printing it click Preview for the best view of these notes. (I make these instructions idiot proof in case anyone is as dumb at computers as I am.)</p>

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<p>The Christian espionage novel entitled Heart of Terror was just released.&#160; The back cover reads: "Two ill-prepared individuals are thrown into separate terrorist worlds and forced to fight and endure.&#160; They struggle to stop the ongoing onslaught of terrorism.&#160; At times, their efforts even turn humorous.&#160; Their paths, linked together from the start eventually merge for a potentially devastating climax."&#160; Heart of Terror is available in ebook and from the usual outlets like Amazon and Barnes and Noble.</p>

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<p>&#160; The Two Wolves "I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life." (Deu. 30:19) &#160; Whenever someone repents and accepts Jesus as Lord of their life, the Holy Spirit comes to live within them and, from that point on, a spiritual battle exists between their sinful nature and the Holy Spirit. Gal. 5:17 describes this battle: "For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want." Our sinful nature is a powerful force which will continue to rule our lives unless we submit to the Spirit just as Gal. 5:16 tells us, "live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature." The following parable describes the battle within us: &#160; An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life... "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. &#160; One wolf is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego. &#160; The other wolf is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. &#160; This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too." &#160; The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" &#160; The old chief simply replied, "The one you feed." (Author Unknown) &#160; This parable truly describes the spiritual battle every Christian faces. Which wolf are you feeding? Rom. 8:13 also tells us that there are two ways we can live: "if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live." 1) You can feed the evil wolf and live according to your sinful nature and die or 2) You can feed the good wolf and through the Spirit put to death the misdeeds of the body and live. &#160; You need to choose wisely as only "those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God" (Rom. 8:14). Choose life and through the power of the Holy Spirit put to death the misdeeds of the body so that you may inherit eternal life. &#160; This article can be downloaded as a PDF or an MP3 from - http://www.christianissues.biz/downloads.html &#160; Mick Alexander Email: leeandmick@gmail.com Website: www.ChristianIssues.biz &#160; &#160;</p>

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<p>Dear Mom &amp; Dad,</p>

<p>This is the first chance I had to write to you. I&#39;m sorry if I made you worry. I want you to know that all is well and I arrived safe and sound at Camp Heaven. Everything around me is more beautiful than I could ever have imagined. The trip was short. I got here just after I closed my eyes and fell asleep. It was as if no time had past at all. I miss you so very much. I was told to tell you it wasn&#39;t goodbye because I would be seeing you soon. Please mention this letter to all my relatives, friends at home, and at school. I arrived standing before a huge gate. A Beautiful Angel was there waiting to greet me; he had very large wide wings protruding from his shoulders and was wearing a whiter than snow robe with a golden sash around his waste. A halo circled above his head; his whole being glowed as bright as the sun. I was able to see his face; it was unlike any face I had ever seen before...perfect, soft, and gentle. He greeted me with a loving smile. I asked him who he was; he answered with a low echoy voice: "My name is Gabriel. I am an Archangel and Messenger of God." I could hardly believe what I was seeing: a real live Angel! He extended his arms to me; I rushed and fell right into them. He embraced and held me tight, then said: "Welcome home Michael." While in his arms I was overcome with a profound love, peace, and joy which encompassed my whole body unlike anything I had ever experienced before. Mom and Dad, don&#39;t feel bad but the love I felt was a thousand times stronger than anything I ever experienced before. He then said: "Come Michael, all your brothers and sisters are eager to see and greet you. Grab on to my cloak." We traveled through the air for a short while and landed on this huge outdoor arena that looked like a King&#39;s Palace all shiny and bright. A large group of men, women, and children had gathered. There were all kinds of animals milling around...doggies too. I was thrilled to see doggies. I saw lots of Black Labs, just like our Smoky Bear. Gabriel put his arm around my shoulder and announced: "Children, this is your new brother Michael; welcome him home!" Everyone cheered and applauded louder than a crowd at a sports stadium; they all came to greet me and gave me lots of hugs and kisses. I felt like a Super Star! Gabriel then said: "OK, enough kissing and hugging, it&#39;s time to celebrate!" I started hearing the sound of music playing but didn&#39;t know where it was coming from. I looked up; descending from the sky was an army of Celestial Angels playing the most beautiful and enchanting music I had ever heard. Each of them had different instruments: trumpets, harps, bells, and others instruments I had never heard or seen before. The music permeated the entire palace. Then, all of a sudden, I see this gigantic table and chairs appear in the center of the palace that glistened like diamonds. The table was longer than a football field and was filled with a huge assortment of food and treats. I never saw such a display of food on one table before. Gabriel, seated at the head table stood, lifted his wine glass high and said: "Children, I hereby propose a toast to welcome the arrival of God&#39;s new adopted son, our new brother, and new addition to The Family of God, Michael! The crowd lifted their glasses and shouted: "Here! Here!" and sipped the wine. The Angels started playing a tremendous joyous sounding song. Everyone started shouting and repeating: "Welcome Home Michael! Welcome Home! Michael!" Gabriel then said: "Hallelujah! It&#39;s time to eat, drink, and be merry! Let the celebration and feast begin!" Mom and Dad, it&#39;s more wonderful here than words can express! Although I miss you, Dad, and all my friends very much, please know that I am as happy as I ever could possibly have imagined. It&#39;s like an everlasting party: Everyone dancing, laughing, filled with joy, and truly showing their love and concern toward one another. Gabriel told me this is to be my New Home and Family. I can stay here forever and never have to worry again about getting sick, growing old, or have bad things happen. Please be well. Take care of yourself and above all don&#39;t worry. It&#39;s just like when you sent me away to those other camps for the summer, except this camp is the greastest one of them all and I won&#39;t ever have to leave. I am in Paradise and here is where I was meant to be, where I belong, and where I will live in love forever and ever! Well, I gotta go now; they&#39;re calling my name to join in on another exciting outdoor game. I&#39;ll try to write again soon but it&#39;s hard to stop from all the fun I&#39;m having. I love you both so very much!</p>

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<p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">Jesus said, </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching."</span></i></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">Rom 5:8 tells us, </span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal"> Through the cross, our heavenly Father clearly demonstrated His love for us. What does He require from us to return that love? </span></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><b>First, let&#39;s look at not loving God</b></font></font></p>

<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">In 1 John 3:1 we are told, </span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> As believers, we are sons of God and t</span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">he Progidal Son (L</span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">uke 15:11-32)</span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal"> is a good example of what a child of God should not do. This young man demanded his inheritance while his father was alive and then went off into a life of sin, showing no respect for God, the law of the land nor for his father and family. By taking what was not yet due to him, and living an ungodly life, he abused God&#39;s laws and showed a total lack of love for those close to him. In Jewish society, these actions were extremely shameful and punishable by death (Deu. 21:18-21). Fortunately, like our heavenly Father, his father was full of love and accepted him back when he repented. This young man is a good example of what we should not do.</span></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><b>What must we do to show God our love?</b></font></font></p>

<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">Jesus has not left us with any doubt about what it means to love God. In John 14:23, He said, </span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal">"If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.</span></span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> Jesus has made it very clear that to love Him is to obey Him and, in </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">John 15:10, He tells us, </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father&#39;s commands and remain in his love."</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> So, Jesus&#39; love for us is not unconditional as many think; we will only remain in His love if we are obedient to His commands. If we fail to obey these commands then we will not remain in His love and will not inherit eternal life because, in John 15:6, He said, </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned."</span></i></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">Jesus</span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> said the greatest commandments were to love God and to love our neighbour (Matt. 22:37-40). </span></span></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal" class="western"><font color="#000000"><font size="3">We show God our love when we put aside all idols and focus on Him and His kingdom. We express that love when we seek His presence and guidance, perform our duties to the best of our ability, attend church, evangelise, give, pray, study the Bible and generally try to honour Him in all we think, say and do.</font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">Regarding loving our neighbour, </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">James 2:8 tells us, </span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, </span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">&#39;</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">Love your neighbor as yourself,</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">&#39; you are doing right."</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> So, by loving our neighbour we keep the Royal Law of Love and are doing what is good and pleasing in God&#39;s sight. Rom. 13:8-10 explain what it means to love our neighbour: </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"… </span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, &#39;Do not commit adultery,&#39; &#39;Do not murder,&#39; &#39;Do not steal,&#39; &#39;Do not covet,&#39;</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal"> and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: &#39;Love your neighbor as yourself.&#39; Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." </span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">So, in simple terms, to love our neighbour means to stop sinning against him because:</span></span></font></font></p>

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<p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">When we lie we are not loving our neighbour.</p>

<p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">When we steal we are not loving our neighbour.</p>

<p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">When we hate we are not loving our neighbour.</p>

<p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">When we lust we are not loving our neighbour.</p>

<p align="CENTER" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">When we covet we are not loving our neighbour and</p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">Loving is the greatest thing we can do as it is the fulfilment of the law. In John 13:34-35, Jesus said, </span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"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." </span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">So, we can see that obeying Jesus&#39; commands is loving God and loving our neighbour by not sinning against them.</span></span></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><b>Finally</b></font></font></p>

<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">Obedience is more than just something we &#39;should&#39; do; it is essential for salvation. Jesus has shown His love towards us by dying FOR our sins and in return we show Him our love by dying TO our sins. </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal">1 Pet. 1:2 tells us that we </span></span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal">"have been chosen … for obedience to Jesus Christ</span></span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> and </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">1 John 2:3-4 reveal the seriousness of obedience. These verses say, </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, &#39;I know him&#39;, but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him."</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> This is a very clear warning that if anyone claims to know Jesus but is not doing what He commands then he doesn&#39;t have the truth, and is in fact a liar. Make no mistake, these verses are speaking to Christians as John the apostle includes himself by saying </span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">"</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal">we</span></span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><i><span style="font-weight: normal">".</span></i></font></font><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-style: normal"><span style="font-weight: normal"> These are very fearful words because we know that all liars will end up in the lake of fire, just as it says in Rev. 21:8. </span></span></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"><font color="#000000"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">So, I want to encourage you. If, for any reason, you are not being obedient to the Lord then please show Him your love by turning to Him in repentance and calling on Him to cleanse you of all unrighteousness, just as it says in 1 John 1:9. By doing this you will come to know the peace and joy of </span></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">walking with the Lord and be sure of receiving a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of heaven. </span></font></font></font></p>

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<p align="JUSTIFY" style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal">[</span></span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="text-decoration: none"><b>Some comments on Rom. 8:35-39</b></span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="text-decoration: none"><span style="font-weight: normal">: From this article it can be seen that, if we want to remain in His love, we must remain obedient to Jesus&#39; commands and keep from sin. Rom. 8:35-39 appear to be saying that sin will not separate us from God&#39;s love but this apparent contradiction disappears when we note that these verses have nothing to do with the separation caused by sin</span></span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="text-decoration: none">. What these verses are saying is that there is nothing </span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><u>in Creation</u></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="text-decoration: none"> that can separate us from God. That is, there is nothing that man, nature, demons or otherwise can do to us to separate us from God&#39;s love. Sin will always separate us from God but He will not allow any of Creation&#39;s hardships to cause us to fall away and be separated from His love. Paul suffered many, many hardships but nothing was able to separate him from God&#39;s love because God kept him through all his trials. Over the centuries, many martyrs have kept the faith despite unspeakable suffering – God kept them because they loved and obeyed Him!</span></font></font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal">] Amen.</span></font></font></font></p>

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