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Unnecessary

I am tired of those that exaggerate and embellish the word of God. And for what reason?

Lately I’ve heard statements on Loveworld television like Jesus is more real to me than you. Or Jesus is more real to me than my own skin. These people haven’t looked up the definition of real. Something is either real or it isn’t. I don’t think this exaggeration of the reality of God helps anyone to find Christ.

He is real, but he may or may not appear to you in a vision or in a dream. Many come to faith through belief. Romans 10:17 KJV says So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. So we see that understanding (of faith) is granted by God. May we be so blessed.

Another thing I’d heard recently on Sid Roth was a man saying Jesus had appeared to him and told him to defend Jesus and the Father – to say that they had nothing to do with Covid-19. It may or may not have been purposely started by God, but it was allowed with the knowledge of God. God doesn’t need to be defended by a human being that doesn’t understand the power of God. If God wanted to stop Covid-19 he certainly could have. He is all powerful.

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Let Me Be Your Midwife

In 2 Kings 19:3 KJV … Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.

I am convinced that many people do not know how to be born again. Jesus said in John 3:3 KJV … Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

What must I do?

Believe in Jesus, that he is the Son of God who died on the cross for our sins, that he is the promised Christ and our Messiah. John 3:16-18.

Acknowledge and repent of your sins. Matthew 3:2,6.

Be baptized by immersion in water by another in the name of Jesus or in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost for the forgivess of your sins. Mark 16:16, Acts 22:16.

Knowledge, belief, and strength are all required for salvation. A prayer of salvation is insufficient to save you if you don’t continue in faith to be born again. Persevere, believe, and be baptized.

Baptism is not only a public declaration of faith it is the birthing process. Arise from the water a new man or woman in Christ, Born Again!

2 Corinthians 6:17-18 KJV says, Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you, [18] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

I have heard that some have found difficulty in finding someone to baptize them. This has been done by errant preachers placing restrictions on baptism, such as requiring membership at their specific congregation or making you wait a certain period of time. I am a strong believer that being a member of the Church of Christ begins in the heart. You don’t have to join a local congregation. That being said, I am an advocate of attending a church for learning, fellowship, and communion, but membership in the Church of Christ is not given by men, but by God.

If you can make it to the Dover, TN area I am willing to baptize you, if you’re willing to meet the three steps listed after “what must I do”. I live near Kentucky lake and there are also some nearby swimming pools. Feel free to contact me, Dean at (931)305-8834. Please leave a message if I don’t answer, I’ll get back in touch with you.

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A List

Another preacher, same old nonsense. Christianity isn’t a religion. Christianity isn’t a list of do’s and don’ts. Christianity isn’t religion its relationship.

The problem is these teachers don’t even seem to realize they’re lying. Of course Christianity is religion. And if you’re smart enough to discern them, God offers rather critical do’s and don’ts in the Holy Bible, in places like Exodus 20. Why is it key to understand this? Because Christianity is relationship, which is our religion, which is also a list of do’s and don’ts.

Relationship includes things such as baptism, going to Church services, reading the Bible, keeping the law, loving our neighbors, doing good deeds, etc. It isn’t rocket science, Jesus defined the relationship. Now, it’s our part to live it out in our religion.

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Endrun

Is it the endrun for Jeshurun?

Deuteronomy 32:15 KJV
But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness ; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

Jeshurun or Israel has forsaken God, not by ignoring him, but by ignoring his Son. In their hubris they believe they are allowed to approach God the Father directly. Deuteronomy 32:18 KJV
Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

1 Timothy 2:5-6 KJV For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; [6] Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

He is the scepter extended to Jew and Gentile alike. If one would live they must accept him. John 3:16

If they recognize him, the men of Israel can move out of their shame which they have confused with righteousness and uncover their head when they pray. 1 Corinthians 11:4 KJV
Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

You can’t run around our Rock, Jesus, to get to Jehovah. And you can’t get to Heaven relying on your Culture (fatness).

Matthew 23:8 KJV
But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

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Did He Really Say That?

I’ve heard this said or asked about the teachings of Jesus Christ. Or phrased another way, did he really mean that?

If it’s in the Holy Bible KJV, my resounding answer is YES.

The hearer is having difficulty with a hard teaching of our Lord. You may find a rabbi or a preacher who changes the meaning by misinterpretation or softens it so that it is of little effect, but the Truth is the Truth.

Cut off your hand. Pluck out your eye. If they offend, it is better to enter life maimed than to burn in Hell. Matthew 18:8-9.

Matthew 10:34 KJV
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Luke 12:51-53 KJV
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: [52] For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. [53] The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

And many other teachings.

If Jesus said it, he meant it, and unless it was a parable he was generally very clear about it.

1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

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For Real

Transubstantiation is the Catholic belief that the bread and wine of the Eucharist literally become Christ’s flesh and blood.

I was interested in becoming a Catholic, but could not convince myself to get past this lie. If it actually becomes the blood and flesh of Christ why would my tastebuds tell me it’s still bread and fruit of the vine?

Catholic’s also say that Jesus is present in the Eucharist. What does the Bible say? Matthew 18:20 KJV For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Christ should be present for the entire service, not just the Eucharist.

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Any Other Name

I noticed on Twitter someone complaining that Jesus Christ isn’t a name. I get it. I think years ago, I even pointed that out to someone in a conversation myself.

Technically it is a name and a title. But is it worth arguing about. I’m not so sure. There is only one Christ and many Jesus’s. The Holy Bible refers to him as Christ Jesus and Jesus Christ. Christ may not be a last name, but it is an identifier. I think as long as we know whom we are discussing it’s a bit of a moot point.

I personally do not care for the name Yeshua. To me it appears to be a modern Hebrewization of the name Jesus. I prefer the name Jesus, it’s what I grew up with. If you happen to hear of historical evidence Jesus was ever called Yeshua, please comment.

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Brotherhood

What is Brotherhood? Is it really about DNA?

I watch a lot of TBN as most of my readers probably already know. One preacher is asking for money to build a retirement home for Haulocaust survivors in Israel another is doing DNA tests to verify Jewish ancestry of tribes in Africa. Are Jews really are brothers and sisters? If you are a Christian they are – if they are likewise followers of Jesus.

Paul said in Romans 9:6 KJV … For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel… .

He also said in 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 KJV For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. [13] For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Frankly I think supporting family and fellow Christians in the U.S.A. would be more appropriate than helping non-believers. I also think Jews only allowing Jews to immigrate to Israel and seeking fellow Jews out by DNA is bigotry and discrimination.

Brotherhood – the brotherhood that matters – the eternal brotherhood is only found in Christ.


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Unconditionallie

There are those that claim God’s love is unconditional. Some claim they love their children unconditionally.

I think the closest thing to unconditional love is a pet’s love, so I thought about that. What if I stop giving my cats food and water? I imagine for three or four days they would be extra loving and then eventually their love would stop. What if my cats made my bed their litter box for a week or if they attacked me when I went to sleep. Hopefully that would never happen, but they might become outdoor pets or put up for re-adoption.

God’s love is conditional. Jesus said if you love me keep my commandments. The Bible also tells us God loved Jacob, but Esau have I hated. Do you really think Esau is the only person God ever hated?

Jesus died to show us how to live. We are told, touch not the unclean thing and you shall be sons and daughters of the most high God. The unclean thing is sin. Jesus told others, go forth and sin no more. Heed his words and walk with joy in the conditional love of God.

What is the first condition? John 3:16. We must believe Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, the Christ, the promised Messiah.

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