Posted in Living in Today's World, The Gospel, The Word

249,843

As a blood bought adopted child of the Lord God Almighty I write these words with a sad, yet joyful heart.  You may be thinking, well that’s quite silly.  How do I have joy in my heart and very sad tears in my eyes?  The number 249,843 is the amount of people living  in restricted, Anti-Christian nations where owning a Bible could mean death.  They don’t care!  Each one of these brothers/sisters  KNOWS Jesus Christ as Savior and LORD– yet want to know more!  Each one has personally asked for a Bible in his or her own language.

Sometimes I think the so-called church here in this supposed civilized nation is clueless about what it means to know Christ and the fellowship of His sufferings (Philippians 3:10).  Far too many church goers/christians take the joy of owning God’s Word lightly.  Just ask someone you know if they read and studied their Bible yesterday, in a quiet place (such as the prayer closet in scripture) seeking wisdom from God?  That’s all I want to say.

Saul of Tarsus was an arrogant, wealthy and famous Roman soldier who persecuted the church with delight.  However after his meeting Christ and conversion (see Acts 8-10), Paul was one of the early churches greatest ambassadors for the message of the Gospel of salvation through Christ.  It is speculated that during his imprisonment in Rome he wrote this letter to the church he established in Philippi.  In Philippians 3:7-11 he writes:

7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;  11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Charles Spurgeon said : Never did the church so much prosper and so truly thrive as when she was baptized in the blood. The ship of the church never sails so gloriously along as when the bloody spray of her martyrs falls on her deck. We must suffer and we must die, if we are ever to conquer this world for Christ.

My point is this:  PICK UP THE WORD– as commanded; taught; exhorted in the Holy Scriptures.  We must, more now than ever, make sure our faith is secure in the Word.  There are too many other forms of media: books, music, movies,television speaking and teaching words of heresy and apostasy.  You will never know the Truth, until you study the Truth.  The 249,843 people begging for a Bible want to know the Truth no matter what the cost!  Are you willing to count the cost?  ♥ Streim

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The B-I-B-L-E

The B-I-B-L-E

Yes that’s the Book for me

I stand alone on the Word of God

The B-I-B-L-E

God's Word

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

2 Timothy 2:15  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

2 Corinthians 4:2-7  But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.  But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.  For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.  For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

How many of us can say the words from the children’s Sunday school song above and honestly mean them?   Have a blessed Sunday… ♥ Streim


Posted in Living in Today's World, Time for Sharing, Truth

Streim’s Saturday Sharing

the TruthAbiding by God’s Word or Following the Teachings of Men ?

If someone walked up to you on the street during this season and asked you “What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?”  What would your response be?

Mark 7:1-9 Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem. Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault.  For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders.  When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches.  Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”  He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.  And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’  “For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men–the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”  He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.”

Far too many “church folk” are following those who have crept in unawares, or went out from us and are falsely teaching a gospel of error.  I will implore you once again— everything you hear or see that is supposedly coming from God; pick up the Word of Truth/Holy Bible and search, study, seek, ask for the Holy Spirit’s discernment.  If the teaching you’re exposed to is NOT confirmed in the Scriptures, take heed then run…  Your soul is at stake!  ♥Streim