from the Word of Truth November 22, 2013Posted by Streim in Listening To God, Living in the Real World, One True Gospel.
Tags: Bible, Christian living, Finding The Savior, grace, Hope, Jesus Christ, Joy, peace, The Truth
Romans 10:9-17 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved . For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, ‘Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written ,‘ How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!’ But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, ‘Lord, who hath believed our report?’
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
We are all called to spread the Word of the Gospel. It is not just missionaries, pastors and teachers… but for everyone who has been bought by the blood of Christ and adopted into the family of God. Not just any man’s or woman’s gospel , but the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ given to us by the Father… the Almighty LORD God in heaven! May you all be blessed as you joyfully share the message of God’s grace to a sinful world. ♥ Streim
I Did It My Way! October 18, 2013Posted by Streim in God's Word~Our Guide Book, Life Lessons From the Word, The Grace of God.
Tags: 1 Samuel, Exhortation, God Almighty, God's Faithfulness, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Joy, Jude, Living in the Real World, Obedience, pastors and church leaders, pride of life, Saul, Study, The Truth
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HE DID IT HIS WAY
The demise of King Saul came after he lost favor with God and his son Jonathan found favor; because Jonathon truly believed the words of the LORD God. Jonathon and one other person, his armor bearer, with no weapons completely destroyed a garrison of the Philistines. That’s impressive!! ( read 1 Samuel 13:19 – 14:16 for the complete story) There is a lot more about Saul and how he conducted himself as the King of Israel, suffice it to say– being tempted and walking head on into sin was the norm for him. Finally, Samuel came to Saul one last time to give him the instructions/commands of the LORD.
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ “ 1 Samuel 15:2-3
Did Saul do as told? Of course not, as we read in 1 Samuel 15:8-9
“He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.”
Saul decided, on his own, to keep the good things of the Amalekites for himself but the less useful things he did as the LORD commanded! How arrogant! Saul’s PRIDE kept him from giving heed to the Lord’s words. Instead he ignored the LORD God’s command and did what he wanted or what the people wanted. His faith in the LORD had ceased to be the guideline for his life. Saul was a man of God at one point, but he lost favor with the LORD because his focus was on Saul! The sin of the PRIDE OF LIFE did him in!
When the pride of life keeps anyone from following the Lord’s commands~~it is like telling God, “I am my own god and I can do things my way” Can you imagine anyone who claims to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord thinking like that? This is happening flagrantly throughout the church today and it burdens my heart deeply. Jude’s one chapter letter speaks volumes (even with such few words) on this subject of keeping the faith!
1 Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ: (we are servants, set apart and preserved for God’s purpose)
2 Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. (God’s prosperity gifts to us!! )
3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. (earnestly contend: fight for the truth!!)
4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. [ungodly men in the church (creeping in unnoticed) making God's grace extend to accepting the sin of fornication and denying that Jesus IS THE CHRIST!] NKJV
The first four verses of Jude’s letter are extraordinary. They give us insight into what we see happening today. We’re living in times when multitudes of people are being led astray by men who speak “sweet little lies”, filled with deceit, meant to lead the church down the broad road of destruction. Why? Because the “pride of life” keeps us away from God and His Word and thinking we can live this life our way and still please God. Ask yourself this question Do I know what I believe; why I believe it and what does God’s Word say about it? If for any reason you struggle with any part of this question… go before the throne of the One who gave us everlasting life and in humble prayer ask our Almighty God to help you. And get into the Word!! Read the Word, heed the Word and then seed the Word in truth, everywhere you go. I pray that you read the Word with sincerity, daily, for your own spiritual relationship with our Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. ~Streim~
A Women and A Fork October 4, 2013Posted by Streim in Living in the Real World, Time for Sharing.
Tags: Christianity, family, friends, funerals, Gospel, Heaven, Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Joy, pastors and church leaders, Praise, story, terminal illness, worship
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A Woman and A Fork
There was a young woman in her late twenties who suffered from a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things “in order,” she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her home to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what Scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered
something! “There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly. “What’s that?” the Pastor asked. “This is very important,” the young woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.” The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say. “That surprises you Pastor, doesn’t it?” she said. “Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” responded the Pastor.
The young woman explained. “My grandmother once told me a story, and from that time on I have always
tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement.
“In all my years of attending family get-togethers, church socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming … like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!”
So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder, “What’s with the fork?” Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your fork. The best is yet to come.”
The Pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged her good-bye, knowing this may be the last time he
saw her before her death. But he knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing
and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, “What’s with the fork?”
And over and over he smiled. During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.
In John 14: 1-8 Jesus said “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to
come. Have a beautiful weekend of filled worship, praise and thanksgiving to our God. Our Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! ♥ Streim (** I am not the original writer of this story, however I did some editing**)