King James Bible is so Hard to Understand

The King James Bible uses such big words no one understands it? Really?

Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Exodus 20:116
¶ And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15
¶ A Psalm of David. I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Psalm 138:1-2

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  Romans 10:13

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Holy cow just look at all those big words. Kill, begotten, whosever, boast, adultery, steal. Mind boggling. it has been proven over and over again that the King James Bible is not only reliable but can be read and understood even by those who do not have a high school diploma. More later as I recall…….

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Going Soon To Another Planet Soon

Forget the Moon and Mars. Got my eye on a much better place. Other places can’t hold a candle to it. Preparing as this is written. Don’t know all about it but I hear tell it is fabulous and beyond expectations. Pretty excited as it seems like a long wait.

Won’t need a rocket full of fuel, NASA to guide me or a GPS. Not going alone, someone is coming to get me. Sure wish He would hurry up. He already knows my best attribute is not patience.

Every once in awhile I dream about this place. There has been times when I thought in just a few minutes and I’ll be on my way.

Guess I won’t be on facebook much longer. Won’t need a computer or a TV. There are other folk already there for me to meet once again. A friendly place with no wars, crime, poverty, heart aches. Wow, I have goose bumps.

Here is how I learned about this other planet:

1 ¶ Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 ¶ And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Just look at what God says about this place:

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

Soon it will be. I’m ready. How about you?

Verse 6 are the words of Jesus:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Sure would like to see you there. More later as I recall…….

 

Do Folk Criticize You?

Speaking the truth is not popular in the day and age we live in. Living in a sharply divided country and speaking out is often a dangerous thing. Mostly however those who speak the truth only must put up with verbal assaults. Did you know the Bible clearly teaches that those who speak the truth and attempt to live godly is the norm and should be welcomed. If no one ever goes after you for speaking the truth and doing what is right you might check out your own relationship with God. Here are some things God says about the subject in His book:

10 ¶ But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 11 Timothy chapter 3.

Looking down through the ages we have found men and women who have even gone to their death because they refused to be silent over those things that were right.

Martin Luther had to run for his life. Tyndale was burned at the stake. Most of the earlier followers of Christ were executed.

Should we cry out against evil and contend for the faith as to what is right and what is wrong? Here is what God says in His Bible:

1 ¶ Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
3 ¶ Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
8 ¶ Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 ¶ To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Zero in on verse 3:

3 ¶ Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

This one chapter is an entire book in the Bible. WE ARE TO CONTEND FOR THE FAITH.

 

 

Crazy things Christians Say

God wants us to elect an immoral man

Like and share and God will bless you

Plant your seed and riches will follow

Don’t judge because we are all sinners

God uses sinners so don’t judge them

Don’t show someone how to get saved, that is Gods job

God hates everyone who sins

Just pray over major things

The Bible is outdated

If you can handle riches God will make you rich

If I won the lottery I wouldn’t blow it

I’ll repent when I get older

I don’t care what people think of me

I’m a good person because I am not as bad as most

If I ran this country it would be better

God proves He is real by showing you miracles

If God treats me good then I will be good

Most of my problems are caused by others

The Bible has mistakes and errors

I wonder if there should be a loony ward for crazy Christians?

 

 

Common Thread of People Coming to Christ in the Bible [part 3]

The first two stories in this series were about non religious people who came to Christ. In this account we learn of a religious man who comes to Christ. I’m so glad that no one is turned down who comes to the Saviour and puts their belief in Him. Salvation is for ALL who will trust Him as their only hope. The following is perhaps the most famous chapter in the Bible and even non believers have verse 16 memorized. If you have never actually understood the new birth, it is my hope it will help you greatly as you read and consider the words of Jesus:

1 ¶ There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Jesus is telling this religious man that his first birth is a reject. Why? Because it is sinful by nature. We learn later in the Bible that Nicodemus believed what the Lord said and was born again, thus becoming an authentic Christian and follower of Christ.

In this story told by Jesus I am going to emphasize one aspect of the story as surely this aspect helps to understand:

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.

The story of Moses that Jesus is talking about is in the book of numbers chapter 21. Rather than printing out from the bible the entire story I’ll give here a synopsis.

The Jewish people were slaves in Egypt. God chose Moses to take them from slavery and travel to the land of Israel. An 11 day trip turned into a 40 year trek. God gave the people food and the greatest GPS guide ever invented. A cloud by day and a fire-ball by night.

It did not take long until the people began to complain. They wanted better food such as quail. They complained the food from Heaven was too boring. Yet if they would have obeyed the Lord from the start the entire trip would have been over in about 11 days and they would have been in the land of milk and honey.

Yes, God has patience but after all this time of disobedience God was angry and sent poisonous snakes to kill the complainers. Moses got worried and went to God. Lord if you kill everyone then you won’t be able to keep your promise and give the land of Israel to your people.

So God made a provision.

God instructed Moses to make a serpent out of brass and raise it high in the camp. He told Moses to tell everyone that those who were bitten if that would look at the serpent they would be healed and not die. There were of course scoffers who refused to look. I suppose to them it is no different from today. It doesn’t make sense. There must be another way. It sounds too simple.

We learn however in numbers chapter 21 that all who looked on the fiery brazen serpent were healed. Now follow me:

The poisonous snake represents sin. The Bible says the wages of sin is death. Way back in the story of Adam and Eve we learn this lesson. Now get this as to what Jesus said:

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

The son of man be lifted up? Yes, on the cross to may the penalty of sin. Everyone who looks to the Saviour for the forgiveness for being a sinner is healed. They receive Gods forgiveness. They are no longer condemned to die.

Not church membership, not by trying to live a good life, not by looking to Mary, not keeping most of the ten commandments but instead looking to Him as your only hope.

When you agree with God you are NOTHING but an undeserving sinner and put your trust and belief in the Saviour you are passed from death unto life. Jesus said this:

24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  John chapter 5

Hopefully this helps understand the new birth better. More later as I recall…….

 

 

Common Thread of People Coming to Christ in the Bible [part 2]

One gets it right, the other gets it wrong. Both thieves, yet one remains blind the other suddenly sees the truth. Please focus attention on verse 41, for this is the common thread to each of these stories.  The thief that gets it right admits he is getting what he deserves.  He looks to Jesus and Jesus declares:

And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Verse 43

32 ¶ And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.  Luke chapter 23

Notice several things here. The thief that got it right was never baptized, never joined a church, never did anything but admit he was guilty and looked to Jesus as His only hope. more later as I recall…….

Common Thread of People Coming to Christ in the Bible [part 1]

Some say there are different paths to Heaven. Bible believing Christians believe the way is ONLY by coming to Christ I quote Jesus:

4 ¶ And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:5-6

But do people come to Christ in different ways? Is there a common thread that applies to each person? I believe in studying the Bible the answer is yes. Perhaps different circumstances but for sure a commonality among each time it took place in the Bible. Each day for this next week I will attempt to give the many examples and you be the judge as to if I am correct.

                                    The Unworthy Centurion

1 ¶ Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.
2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.
3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.
4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:
5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:
7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

Verse 7 is what I ask you to zero onto. The words came from the centurion, not the servant. Though the centurion was high in rank and had many servants when he beckoned Christ he admitted he was unworthy that Christ so much as enter his house. In other words he saw himself as a sinner before the Saviour. And this my friend is the common thread. I have not totaled up the number of people coming to Christ in the Bible but there are many examples and if you miss the fact that we are ALL no more than sinners in need of forgiveness you will regret it for all eternity. More later as I recall…….

Funny Stuff

Blonde pumps her gas but locks her keys inside car. She asks the attendant for a hanger in hopes it will work. After a while the attendant has some time and goes to help her.  The blonde inside the car keeps saying, move it to the right, now to the left…………..

joke

The man answers the cell phone. Lady on the other end says, What are you doing?

Getting my hair cut.

Good I am just down the street in a fur shop. They have a mink on sale, can I buy it?

How much?

Only $15000.00

Sure honey if you really want it.

A little later the call comes again.

Are you still at the barber shop?

Yes.

I’m at the dealership and they have a Mercedes on sale, can I but it?

How much?

Only $85,000.

Do you really want it?

Oh yes darling, I really do. OK, but only offer them $80,000.

The guy hangs up and says, does anyone know whose cell phone this is?

Sola Scriptura….Is it True?

Sola scriptura (Latin ablative, “by Scripture alone”) is the Christian doctrine that the Bible is the supreme authority in all matters of doctrine and practice. Sola scriptura does not deny that other authorities govern Christian life and devotion, but sees them all as subordinate to and corrected by the written word of God.
Yes, Sola Scriptura is true. The Bible clearly teaches not to add to, take away or change Gods word. Plus the Bible is complete and correct on all doctrine. God never changes, His truths never change.
Of course many including the Roman Catholic church disagree with Sola Scriptura. They believe God does change and His truths change. God says, as an example that adultery is wrong. Adultery is always wrong and will always be a sin against God.
Down through the years the Catholic church has added what they say is new doctrine to the Bible. Doctrine such as praying to the dead, purgatory, Limbo, Mary being born sinless, therefore not needing a Saviour, etc. In the catholic church it is taught the Pope is infallible when it comes to all doctrine therefore previous Popes were always correct in doctrine even though Popes down through the centuries often disagreed with each other.
The church is NOT above God and has no right to change what God says. No one has a right to change the word of God. Gods word IS the final authority.

What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. Dueteronomy 12:32

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation chapter 22

5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Proverbs chapter 30

2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Dueteronomy chapter 4

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 11 Timothy chapter 2

18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Matthew chapter 5

6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi chapter 3

6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. Psalms chapter 12

2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Psalms chapter 138

As you can see, God says in His book it is a very dangerous thing to change His word. It is always wrong and always will be.

Some say it is ok to do because there are things not in the Bible. Really? The Bible is not complete? God forgot some things? The Bible is not up to date? The fact is, the Bible is complete and way ahead of the times it was put down on paper. More later as I recall…….

 

 

 

 

 

Did You Say God is in Control?

Did you say God is in control? Are you sure about that? Certainly one day He will be in complete control but is He now?

Is Gods will always done on earth? NO! If it was He would not have told us to pray for His will to be done. Does God will us to sin? Of course not. He is pleased when we do not sin. Did you know God says it is His will for all men to repent?

¶ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 11 Peter 3:9

Do all men repent? Of course not. Most do not. Heaven is the narrow gate, Hell is the broad gate that most men take.

Yes God is in control of Prophecy. He will return to judge the earth. We must put “God is in control”  in proper perspective. Compare scripture with scripture. Rightly divide Gods word.

God is in control of much. He is in control of judgment, of chastisement, of making sure the gates of Hell does not prevail against His church. False churches may rise but true Bible believing churches always exist. God is in control of answering our prayers as He sees fit. That is why when we pray we should never neglect to tell Him that it is His will we desire. Not only that but we should be satisfied with His will.

Sure God is in control but not to the point that God is responsible for us sinning against Him. Sometimes a little common sense goes a long way. More later as I recall…….