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I Just Don’t Know

From David Fischer’s “damarministries” blog–Jesus Our Lord knows what we’re up against, these days, all days…   We are not alone.    –LD

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I Just Don’t Know…

Words I never thought I would write. These days things are so crazy I honestly don’t even know where to begin. I offer the following to open my case:

1. God has been kicked out of our country.

2. Genders are optional and most times made up.

3. Homosexuality is not considered a sin to be delivered from but embraced.

4. The destruction of the unborn is celebrated as “health care” and not what it is..murder.

5. Now we have a virus that while spread more rapidly is still a version of the flu; and what most people don’t realize is when this is all over more security will be lost then even after 9/11.

I could go on and on with why I just don’t know anymore….

Funny thing though…

Jesus knew….

Jesus knew over 2000 years ago that we would be entering a phase…

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Bible Lesson: Temptation

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These thoughts burst unexpectedly into my mind this morning. I think it shows why we ought to read the Bible again and again–so that eventually its lessons get through to us.

Temptation is a big deal for us. Everybody’s tempted, and we worry about it. The thought is father to the deed. It’s what comes out of the man, not what goes in, that defiles him, Our Lord Jesus Christ taught (Matthew 15: 18-19). We know temptation can lead to active sin; but is temptation itself a sin? Are we in trouble as soon as we’re tempted to any kind of sin?

Jesus Himself was tempted. In Matthew 4 and Luke 4, Christ is fasting in the wilderness and the devil comes along to tempt Him with three temptations. 1) Food. The devil challenges Jesus, who by now must be pretty hungry, to prove He is the Son of God–and assuage His hunger–by turning stones into bread. “Dude, let’s see what you’ve got! Show us that you really are the Son of God!”

The first gambit having been declined, the devil dares Christ to demonstrate His special status by jumping off the high pinnacle of the Temple (2). If He really is the Son of God, God won’t let him be injured in the fall. It’s another temptation aimed at pride, and again the Lord declines it.

Satan plays his top card with 3), power, wealth, and fame. Takes Him up atop a mountain and offers Him all the glories of this world (“for they are mine to give”) if only Jesus worships Him instead of God. This is the most powerful temptation of all, but Christ, because He really is the Christ, rejects it. The devil gives up and goes away for a while.

Did Jesus sin, just because he was subjected to those temptations? And don’t forget, they wouldn’t be temptations if they weren’t powerfully attractive to their target. Jesus, who has a right to be the King of kings, was tempted with the prospect of becoming a great king before God’s time. You wouldn’t get Him with an offer of a book of green stamps. So did Jesus sin because He was tempted?

The Bible says no! “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4: 15) He couldn’t be without sin if temptation itself is sin.

You and I don’t get tempted with the kingdoms of this world. Everyone is vulnerable in different ways.

But we can come “boldly” to Christ’s throne in prayer, when we are tempted, and find forgiveness there, and powerful assistance to fight off our own temptations. And who doesn’t need help with that from time to time?

 


‘Light of the World’

This world does get awfully dark sometimes, but there is one light the darkness can’t put out–the light that is Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Don’t mind me, I love this hymn and can’t help posting it from time to time: by Charles Wesley, Light of the World, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.


By Request, ‘He Looked Beyond My Fault’

We have to remember that we are privileged to answer to a higher authority than any that can be found in this fallen world of ours.

Requested by Erlene–He Looked Beyond My Fault (“and saw my need”), sung by Carroll Roberson. And yes, the melody is one that most of us know as “Danny Boy,” here put to God’s service.


‘Just as I Am, Without One Plea’

I think I might have posted this not so long ago, but its message bears repeating. We worry about being good enough. No need: Christ takes us as we are, and makes us good enough. Just as I Am, Without One Plea, by Charlotte Elliott in 1835; sung by the Antrim Mennonite Choir.


‘You Christofascist, You’ (2017)

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What are the most pitiable words recorded in the Bible?

Easy! “We have no king but Caesar!” (John 19:15)

And don’t they hate Christ as Caesar’s rival!

https://leeduigon.com/2017/01/23/you-christofascist-you/

Our hope is in the Lord, which made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:2). Imagine if your one and only hope was in some worldly government. Actually, that’s really too horrible to imagine. In Pelosi we trust? Heaven forbid.

Our king is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whose right it is to rule–His, and no one else’s–and whose authority we proclaim. A government not under God is only folly.


By Request, ‘Blessed Are Those Who’ve Never Seen’

Thomas believed in Jesus because he saw the wounds in His hands and feet and side; but Jesus said, as the hymn tells us, “Blessed are those who have not seen, and believe.”

Requested by Erlene, Blessed Are Those Who’ve Never Seen, by Carroll Roberson.


What’s at Stake This Year

The Kingdom of Our Lord Jesus Christ is at war with the kingdoms of this world–and none of us can be on both sides at once.

EXECUTION DELAYED SO KILLER CAN VOTE

We haven’t seen that headline yet; but if Democrats win this year’s elections, we will.

With their own mouths, and by their own actions, they tell us what we can expect from them:

More abortions, right up to and including the moment of birth.

Criminals rewarded instead of punished. Chaos in our streets. See what has happened to San Francisco, Detroit, Seattle, and other Democrat utopias.

“Transgender” as a “right” that everyone must recognize and “celebrate”–or else.

All kinds of draconian restrictions on our freedom, and assaults on our prosperity, all in the name of Saving The Planet from imaginary Man-Made Climate Change. And when nothing happens, they can smirk at us and say “See? It worked!”

Gradual abolition–or maybe faster than I think–of the right of self-defense. Even unarmed self-defense will be unlawful. Ask the Democrats in the Virginia legislature.

An end to all meaningful attempts to curb illegal immigration.

If you stay home on election day, or throw away your vote on some quixotic third-party nonentity, you will, for all practical purposes, be voting for all of the above and then some.

The Democrat Party must not just be defeated. It must be permanently defeated. Put out of business. Discarded forever. There is no time to spare for such inanities as “But the Republicans are just the same!” etc. The time to deal with the GOP’s offenses is later. They have a lot of rotten apples that need to be tossed out of the barrel.

In the long run Christ Himself will establish His Kingdom on the earth.

And He will know who was on His side, and who wasn’t.


Happy New Year “2020”

A New Year’s message from Dawn’s blog, Drawing Closer to Christ. We are not alone!

Drawing Closer to Christ

Isaiah 40:31 AMP, ”But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.

Happy New Year to you! It is my prayer that you have a Spirit lead 2020 as you wait in expectancy for all God has planned for you. May you continue to draw closer to Christ and find comfort, peace, healing, and direction in the truth of His unfailing Word. I pray that you would find security and strength in knowing that God’s presence is with you and that His love for you will never cease.

Photo by: Jill Wellington (from Michigan)

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‘All Glory Be to Christ’

You didn’t think I’d let New Year’s Eve pass without posting this, did you? All Glory Be to Christ: words by Dustin Kensrue, performed by Kings Kaleidoscope, to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne.”

May the glory of our Lord cover the earth as the water covers the sea.


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