“I have a funda…

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“I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by men who were inspired. I study the Bible daily. Opposition to godliness is atheism in profession and idolatry in practice. Atheism is so senseless and odious to mankind that it never had many professors.”

Sir Isaac Newton

Quote from Isaac Newton on God and atheism. He was definitely not an atheist!

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Enter by the Narrow Gate

Enter by the Narrow Gate

(Matthew 7:13,14) Hear the words of JESUS, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

These are harsh words of reality just like the rest of the chapter. They are spoken by the Lord Jesus Himself and we must pay careful attention to them. Listen to what Jesus told us… the path to life is narrow, it is difficult and few find it. Wow! Many nowadays have been told that the path to life is easy; you just say a simple prayer, continue living your life, and try to do better.

But God’s Word tells us something much different. In the Bible we are commanded to “Repent” of our sins and put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3; Romans 13:14) . It says we must become a new creation, that the old man must be crucified so that we may live in the newness of life (Galatians 2:20). This can only happen by the power of God, not by “good works”.

God, because of His holy, good and righteous nature absolutely cannot give pardon to a person who willfully continues in his sins. His character would be stained and He would become unjust. NO, He provided one way of escape, one narrow gate, one difficult path, and that path is JESUS CHRIST. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

Jesus told people “go and sin no more”, and if we really loved Him we would keep His commandments (John 8:11; John 14:15). But if you hurt someone over and over, you don’t really love them, even if you say you do. We must humble ourselves before God, repent of our offensive lifestyle, and follow Jesus by obeying Him. God will give us a new heart and a new spirit, one that desires to obey Him. We will make mistakes, but that is what grace is for.

So, take the hard road, die to yourself and live for God. Christianity is about sacrifice, not self gratification. Lay your life down so others may find eternal life in Christ Jesus. Follow Jesus, not man. I love you all. Bless you. Your friend, Jonathan Ball

 

 

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“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”
C.S. Lewis

A great quote from C.S. Lewis about the truth of following Jesus. We don’t follow Him for a happier life, but because He gives us life, and saves us from the death that we deserve. 

Repent

Unless a person repents and turns from sin, they will never be saved. It doesn’t matter how much they “believe in Jesus”, for even the devils believe, and tremble. No, God is quite clear, that unless a man repents, he will perish. A willful surrender of our sin always comes before salvation, and then, once our sin has been washed away by the blood of Jesus, we can come near to God and have sweet fellowship with Him who is holy and good. 
(Luke 13:3) (2 Corinthians 7:10) 

Difficult Doctrines

Difficult Doctrines

By Charles Spurgeon

“I often get confused over doctrines that puzzle me. I see this to be true and that to be true, but how to reconcile the two, I know not; then the thought of the day break comes in so comfortably. ‘What you know not now, you shall know hereafter.’ Here it is not good for us to know all things. In some respects, it is the glory of God to conceal Himself, and He may well say to us- ‘I have many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now.’ But there [in Heaven] it will be the glory of God to reveal Himself, and it will also be to our benefit, our minds being then fortified and strengthened to receive what we could not comprehend here below. Perhaps the glare of the divine light, if it comes to us here, even though tempered by the Mediator Himself, might be too much for these poor eyes of ours.” 

Eternal Perspective

Eternal Perspective

Colossians 3:2, 3

“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

            It is easy to focus on the world around us, and be distracted from the one thing we Christians have been called to live for. Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” It doesn’t matter who we are, or what we are capable of; Jesus wants to make us fishers of men. Yes, we have been saved from Hell, but now there are people all around who are still in sin, and daily sinking into an eternal place of punishment. They will have NO hope of ever escaping, once they are there. Therefore, it is our duty, if we love our neighbor as ourselves, to do all that we can to, “by all means save some.”

            What would you think of a fireman who sat and did nothing while a house full of people burned to the ground? Why, he would not be a real fireman, but an imposter, and he himself would be punished. What would you think if you heard his excuse, that he was busy listening to his new CD player, and too entertained to care about those who were perishing?

            We have so much, but do we have the heart of God burning in us? Do we care about what He cares about most, which are people? Or, are we just happy that we are saved, and blessed, and comfortable? We need to pray like the great revivalist, Jonathan Edwards prayed, “Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs!” I know Hell is awful to think about, but Jesus talked plenty about it, and warned us to do whatever it takes to not go there. (Matthew 18:8, Matthew 10:28)

            Let our minds be concerned, above all, with the eternal welfare of those around us. I did not say their feelings, but their eternal welfare. Love is not passive, it tells the truth. It gives, it sacrifices, it prays, it cares for, and it tells the truth. Unlike popular teachings today, we are to follow in the footsteps of Christ in every way. Jesus did it all: He healed the sick, He cast out demons, He fed the hungry, but most importantly He preached repentance and the kingdom of God. Many were offended at the truth, because of their own pride, but others were saved. People plotted to kill Jesus ten times, because of what He said and did. If you read Acts, you will see that everywhere Paul went, people were stirred up by his words, and many hurt him and plotted against him, yet many were saved and brought into the kingdom of light.

What drove Jesus, Paul, Stephen, and all the followers of Christ, who were all but one martyred for the gospel? It was love, and an eternal mindset, understanding that people were perpetually lost if they didn’t find Christ. Paul said, “knowing therefore the terror of the LORD, we persuade men.” (2 Corinthians 5: 10, 11)

            My friends, because we have been given such grace in Christ, and forgiveness of sins, let us do all we can to bring people to Jesus. Only through Him may people find peace with God. We are called ambassadors for Christ, if we are in Him, and therefore let us make our calling and election sure. How would you feel if you were dead in sin, and Christians overlooked you?