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Christians Should Not Use Intimidation Tactics!

Posted by Job on June 30, 2007

From the Born To Win Ministry, borntowin.net. This is a topic that I will giving substantial treatment to soon, both in respect to the actions of the religious left (Martin Luther King, Jr. and similar) and the modern religious right.

Dear Friend,

      Andree Seu, who writes a regular column for World Magazine, recently remarked on her dissatisfaction with a symposium she attended, titled: “Christian Writers Engaging Culture.” I moseyed through the piece, agreeing a little, and disagreeing a little. It was only when I read the conclusion of the column that I really understood the idea of “Christian writers engaging the culture.” It struck me like a thunderbolt. What this phrase describes, and what was not being done, was the mission of a prophet.

      What bothered Ms. Seu was that so many Christian writers are compromising the Gospel in a vain attempt to be relevant. Actually, I am not so sure that is the problem. No one could be more relevant than Jeremiah speaking to the men of his generation about the corruption in their judicial system or Jesus thrashing the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. If a prophet isn’t relevant, he is nothing. I think what bothered Ms. Seu was that Christian writers are softening their message to be acceptable. Prophets don’t do that.

     What must Christians do to engage the culture? We have no business using intimidation. That is not a Christian tool. For the most part, demonstrations, pickets, and marches, are mere intimidation. Intimidation creates fear, followed by anger, followed by hatred.

     What, then, is the Christian tool? Something called moral suasion. What that means is that we take the moral high ground and try to persuade. One thing is certain: Christians hold the moral high ground on the issues facing society today. We didn’t have to take it by storm or in battle. It was handed to us by Christ, who bought it with his blood. We don’t need to engage in the politics of weakness, or in marches and demonstrations.

      What do we do, then? We have to become informed. We need facts. We need to think matters through carefully. We need to engage people we know in conversation and try out our arguments, test our persuasive abilities. If you can’t make the moral case for life, don’t resort to intimidation. Learn the case.

      We must read the Bible. All of it. Often. We need to consult God in prayer and ask his guidance upon what we do. And we must engage the culture. We can’t let this opportunity go by without grasping it.

      I have much more to say on this issue and I said it in a recent radio program, one yet to air. It is titled, The High Ground, and you can listen to it right now by clicking here. (Alternate Link ) Start preparing yourself. Time is passing us by.

Yours in daily service,

Ronald L. Dart

 

PS. The Gospel is going out in an increasingly effective way on the Born to Win broadcast. Many thanks to all of you who sponsor the broadcast and support it through your tithes and offerings. We pray God’s richest blessings on those who share our passion to engage the culture and make a difference in reaching the world. Your help is always welcome.

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1 Peter 1:23 On Being Born Again Incorruptible

Posted by Job on June 30, 2007

Today’s Broadcast How to Have a Spirit-Controlled Life Listen Online Podcast

 BIBLE MEDITATION:“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:23

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:A little girl was supposed to take her birth certificate to school. Her mother had solemnly warned her not to lose it because of its tremendous importance, but lose it, she did. Later, she was sitting on the steps of the school crying. The janitor asked her what was wrong. She replied, “I lost my excuse for being born.” Now, that’s a funny story, but it has a sobering analogy. You don’t need an excuse for being born again. You have a Savior, and He’s calling your name.

ACTION POINT:Have you been born again? Have you experienced the cleansing power of Jesus’ blood that washes all your sin away? If not, I invite you to come to Him in repentance and faith. Discover Jesus today. Visit Love Worth Finding Ministries

Do you know Jesus?

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1 Corinthians 10:31 Do Everything To The Glory Of God

Posted by Job on June 30, 2007

Today’s Broadcast When the Spirit Speaks Listen Online Podcast

BIBLE MEDITATION: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Did you know that the best argument for Christianity and the best argument against Christianity is in your life? That’s right. Not only are you to be a witness of and for Jesus, you are to be a part of the evidence of His reality. What would happen if every Christian began to walk as Jesus walked, talk as Jesus talked, and love as Jesus loved? The world would take notice.

ACTION POINT: Before you say or do anything today, ask yourself, “What Would Jesus Do?” Visit Love Worth Finding Ministries 

Do you know Jesus?

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Christian Keep Your Axe Sharp!

Posted by Job on June 30, 2007

by Bishop E. Earl Jenkins © Bishop E. Earl Jenkins all rights reserved.

“If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength.  Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.”  Ecclesiastes 10:10  (NAS)

 Did you hear about the 2 lumberjacks who challenged each other to see which one could cut down more trees in a day? At daybreak the first one began furiously chopping down trees. He worked up a sweat and by noon he had cut down 16 trees. Meanwhile the other lumberjack had only cut down 4, because he took the first 2 hours to sharpen his axe. As he sharpened it his challenger laughed at him thinking he was doomed to lose the bet because of all that wasted time.

That’s when things got interesting. By early afternoon the first lumberjack was slowing down. It took him almost an hour to cut down one tree, while his friend was picking up speed. How could this be? Certainly he was as strong as his friend. Unfortunately, strength had little to do with it. It was all about whose axe was sharper. The sharper the axe – the quicker the trees came down. By late afternoon the second lumberjack who’d sharpened his axe, had passed his friend by several trees and won easily.

There’s an important lesson there for you. Your ceaseless activity may feed your ego and satisfy your need to be needed, but eventually: (a) it will leave you dull spiritually, emotionally and mentally; (b) the people who need and applaud you now, will discover it and go looking for someone sharper, leaving you feeling “used” and unappreciated; (c) because you’ve lost your edge you’ll be unprepared for what God has for you next!

So, stay sharp!

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THE ONLY WAY TO FAIL GOD IS TO NOT SERVE HIM!!!

Posted by Job on June 30, 2007

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There is no failure with God.  As a child of God, we have all been
commanded, not asked, to serve Him.  It is part of the responsibility of
being in the family of God to serve.  One of the issues that I get hundreds
of emails about each day is people who are serving the Lord and because
things didn’t work out exactly as they planned, feel like they have failed.
There is a word I want to impart into your life today that I don’t want you
to EVER forget.  THERE IS NO FAILURE WITH GOD!

***THE ONLY WAY TO FAIL GOD IS TO NOT SERVE HIM!!!

Let me share something with you.  When you are serving the Lord, NOTHING
ever always works out the way YOU planned, but it ALWAYS works out the way
God planned!  Please, let me repeat that one more time to insure you get
this.  When you are serving the Lord, NOTHING ever always works out the way
YOU planned, but it ALWAYS works out the way God planned.  You see, when you
are truly serving God, it is God, not you, who is in control.  You are the
clay, not the potter!  Does the clay tell the potter what to do?

The key to serving the Lord is two things, our obedience and our
faithfulness.  Those are the two things that we have 100% control over.  We
can obey and we can be faithful.  When God has an obedient and faithful
servant, He has a servant He can truly use and work through.  Again,
that is what we are, God’s servants.  When it is us, when we are doing it,
it is simply a work of flesh and blood and the dynamic power of the Holy
Spirit is missing.  When it is God and we are yielded to Him, the
supernatural power of His Spirit can move and incredible things happen.

The problem we have in serving the Lord is getting caught up in how the
world defines success.  The world says a church of 5,000 is a huge success
and a church of 50 is a failure.  The world says the pastor of the church of
5,000 is doing great things and the man who pastors the church of 50
obviously doesn’t know what he is doing.  However, God says that if the
church of 5,000 is simply a Christian country club where people are coming
to be entertained for an hour a week, having their ears tickled, never
hearing the power of the Gospel but simply being coddled, yet in the church
of 50 the people are being fed the Truth of the Word, equipped to serve,
challenged to holy living, using their lives to serve God, it is the church
of 5,000 that is not measuring up to God’s standards and the church of
50 is the one He is proud of.

The world says that if you have huge palatial buildings, brand new private
jets, live like the ruler of a small nation, and are famous the world over,
you are a great success.  Likewise, the world says that if you have no
building, drive an older model car with 120,000 miles on it, live modestly,
and nobody knows your name, you are a failure.  However, God says that if
the person experiencing great financial success is simply using the Gospel
as a business and is being served, and the person with very little
materially is using the Gospel to minister to the lost and is serving
others, the one being served is getting his rewards now and the one serving
others will enjoy the crowns and rewards in Glory for all eternity.

That is what this really boils down to my friend, service.  We are called to
serve the Lord and when we answer that call there is no such thing as
failure despite what the world says.  Part of being a servant is having the
faith in the One you serve to go where He says go and do what He says do,
and not worry about the outcome.  Of course, when you walk by faith you have
to take the first step.  That is why you spend time in prayer, get wise
counsel before you start.  But once you start taking that walk of faith, God
will open and close doors along the way to guide you so that you are exactly
where He wants you to be and doing exactly what He wants you to be doing.

For those who serve the Lord, that is why it is so critical that you stay in
that close, intimate relationship with the Lord each and every day.  That is
why it is critical that you be yielded at all times to the Holy Sprit so
that it is His will and not your will you are seeking.  Trust me, God will
guide you each step of the way.  When you get a bit off course, He will
guide you back.  When it is time to be doing other things, God will close
doors and open new ones.  Life is made up of seasons. Some seasons are
longer than others.  We are always serving God until the moment we take our
last breath, but we usually will serve Him in many different ways along our
journey through life.

Let me use my life as an example.  I started out in a typical evangelistic
ministry going around the nation preaching in over 500 churches for the
first 3 years of my ministry.  God then had me for a season of 4 years
heavily involved in the Christian television world.  God then led me nearly
8 years ago to reach the world using the Internet.  Over four years ago, God
called me to serve Him on secular television to work in conjunction with our
Internet ministry.  In these past 16 years I have been in full-time service
to the Lord, even though I have always been serving Him, I have been doing
it in many different ways.

Let me give you some counsel today on being a true servant of the most high
God.  First, remember it is ALWAYS Him and never you.  Second, always be
obedient and faithful.  Third, give your very best to the Lord every second
of every day.  Fourth, follow the motto of the great revival preacher from
the 1800s Charles Finney who said, “I do all I can like it all depends on
me, then I pray like it all depends on God!”  Fifth, you are to be a servant
to others, not served by others.  Sixth, never forget that there is never
any failure with God.  Seventh and last, let your only goal in serving the
Lord be to hear those words when you stand before God, “Well done thou good
and faithful SERVANT!!!”

I love you and care about you so much.  There is nothing more important for
the child of God than serving our Lord.  After all, when we accepted Christ
as our Savior, we gave our very lives to Him to use as He sees fit.  The
Bible says that we are “bought with a price,” that it is no longer our life
but we belong to Him.  Serving the Lord is not an option it is a
commandment, one that every follower of Christ is expected to follow.

In the process of serving the Lord, we will always have times and
experiences when we feel in our flesh that we have failed, that we have let
the Lord down.  That is a lie from the pits of hell!  THERE IS NO FAILURE
WITH GOD!  You can’t fail when you are serving the Lord.  The only way you
can fail is to NOT serve Him!  God uses our obedience and faithfulness in
ways we will never see or understand until we get to Glory.  The reality is,
when we are yielded to the Lord, God uses our lives to do incredible things
that we never even realize.

As a matter of fact, I submit that the greatest things you will ever do for
God you don’t even know you did them until you get to Heaven.  Those are the
things you do each day simply by being obedient and faithful .  God will
give us a little feedback along the way since He knows our flesh is weak and
needs encouragement.  However, the vast majority of what God does in and
through our lives we will never fully comprehend in this life.  Don’t
forget, our job isn’t to know everything that is going on, it is simply to
be obedient and faithful.  God can use a willing and yielded vessel!

I will be praying for you today.  Praying that you will be encouraged by
this powerful word today.  Encouraged to get serious about fulfilling your
responsibility as a child of God to serve Him.  We are ALL called to serve.
I pray that you will let God guide you in the paths of service He has called
you to and that you will never forget, THERE IS NO FAILURE WITH GOD!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

If I can help you in any way you can contact me through my personal email at:
bkeller@liveprayer.com

***ARE YOU 100% CERTAIN WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY?  The fact is you will
die one day.  At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord or
be cast into everlasting darkness forever separated from God your creator.
To know for certain you will be forever with Jesus, go to:
http://www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.cfm

***I am excited to let you know that the Liveprayer Daily Devotional is now
available via AUDIO each day.  Simply go to http://www.liveprayer.com/Audio.cfm
Also, you can now listen to the Daily Devotional by phone by calling,
1-845-510-2722
 

***THANKS TO WORLDNETDAILY!  Joseph Farah and his news site
www.worldnetdaily.com ran a good story on Liveprayer regarding the hypocrisy
of Barry Lynn asking for the IRS to revoke the tax exempt status of
Liveprayer, yet HIS OWN CHURCH endorses Barak Obama by having his speak at
their national convention!  Here is a link to the article:
http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=56418

(C) Copyright 2007, Bill Keller Ministries. All rights reserved.

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Freemasonry Is A Cult!

Posted by Job on June 30, 2007

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***TODAY I AM ADDRESSING A MAJOR STRONGHOLD IN THE CHURCH.  THIS DEVOTIONAL WILL EXPOSE ONE OF THE GREAT CULTS IN THE CHURCH AND WILL BE MET WITH TREMENDOUS HOSTILITY BY MANY.  PRAY AS THE LIGHT OF TRUTH SHINES ON THE DARKNESS THAT IS THE CULT OF FREEMASONRY!

When this Devotional was originally aired, I was inundated with outraged
Masons that I would have the audacity to call their secret society what it
is, a CULT.  I was prepared for the onslaught because I knew it has been a
very deep stronghold IN THE CHURCH.  Joe Smith, founder of the Mormon cult
was a Mason.  He not only hijacked God’s Word to write his blasphemous Book
of Mormon, but incorporated the secret rites of Freemasonry in his cult.
All top leaders in the Mormon cult were Masons!  That means Christian men
involved in this cult are in a blood-oath relationship, an unholy alliance
with men in the Mormon cult.

The fact is, the ONLY oath we should ever take is to Jesus Christ.  A top
level Mason is called “worshipful master,” when Jesus Christ is the ONLY
Master we are to worship.  Lastly, Freemasonry operates in secret.  Only
evil operates in secrecy, in the darkness, while the things of God operate
in the light.  I am praying for those who have taken an oath to be part of
this cult, this secret society, to leave immediately.  As Jesus clearly
stated, you CAN’T serve two masters!

Freemasonry IS a cult!!!  The two people that God used to help shape my
early faith in the Lord besides my parents were my father’s mom and dad.
Grandpa and Grandma Keller were lifetime members of a little United
Methodist church outside of Columbus, Ohio.  They never missed Sunday
service, Grandpa was an usher, Grandma sang in the choir, and they were at
the church for about every event that was held.  As a young boy growing up,
I spent two weeks every summer with them and their church was a big part of
my time there.  Grandpa Keller was also a Mason and Grandma Keller was a
member of the Eastern Star.  It is hard to imagine my dear, Godly
grandparents were cult members, but that is exactly what they were.

Freemasonry and Christianity are incompatible.  While most see it as a
wonderful social, civic, and philanthropic organization, in reality it is a
secret religious society.  Tracing its origins back to the stone masons who
built Solomon’s Temple, the modern day Masonic movement first appeared in
Great Britain in 1717, and was first seen in the United States in
Philadelphia in 1730.  The terminology and symbolism of Masonry seems to
come mostly from the actual craft of stonemasonry during the Middle Ages.
The “free” in Masonry probably came from the “freestones” (stones that could
be cut without splitting) with which Mason’s worked.  Stonemasons had three
classifications for workers practicing their craft: Apprentice, Fellow
Craft, and Master Mason.  This is also the terminology used for the first
three degrees in Masonry today.

Masonry is not based on the Bible (referred to as “The Great Light”), but on
the Kabala, the ultimate source of Masonic beliefs (Morals and Dogma), which
is a medieval book of mysticism and magic.  Masons require one to believe in
God to be a member, but the candidate is never required to say what god he
believes in.  Masons commonly refer to their deity as the “Great Architect
of the Universe” (G.A.O.T.U.) or the Supreme Being.  The name of Christ is
seldom referred to in Masonic literature, apparently due to Masons not
wanting to offend their non-Christian members.  Freemasonry does not believe
that Jesus Christ is God, nor that salvation is available only through Him.
The reality of sin in the Biblical sense is denied.  Masons think that any
“shortcomings” can be overcome by greater enlightenment.  Because they deny
the reality of sin, Masons see no need for salvation in the Biblical sense.
They see salvation as a step-by-step enlightenment, which comes through
initiation into the Masonic degrees and their mysteries.

Most Masons join Freemasonry to be part of what they view as a prestigious,
socially influential organization.  However, their society is based on
misrepresentations and false explanations.  The symbolic physical penalties
advocated by the Freemasons are violent and murderous.  No faithful
Christian can keep Freemason oaths, which endorse the death penalty for
oneself and require members to persecute traitors to the organization.
Oaths also obligate lodge members to protect lodge criminals and keep their
secrets.  The fact is, like in all cults, most involved in Freemasonry have
NO CLUE what they really believe in or the satanic roots of Freemasonry.  To
this day, I firmly believe my Grandfather saw it as nothing more than a
social organization, as did my Grandmother who was part of the Eastern Star,
the women’s organization of Freemasonry.

When was the last time you heard your pastor preach against this cult?  Let
me answer that, NEVER.  A 1991 survey by the Southern Baptist Convention
Sunday School Board found that 14% of SBC pastors and 18% of SBC deacon
board chairs were Masons; it is also estimated that SBC members comprise 37%
of total U.S. lodge membership.  A 2000 updated SBC report found that over
1,000 SBC pastors are Masons.  As you get into the more liberal
denominations, I am sure those percentages are even higher.

I love you and care about you so much.  Satan is a master of deception and
knows how to draw people into his traps of destruction.  Nobody can ever
deny the wonderful charitable causes the Masons (that includes the Shriners
which are 33rd degree Masons) are involved in.  But the Mafia also gives
lots of money to charity.  There is a local strip club that raises hundreds
of thousands of dollars every year for a children’s hospital.  Just because
an organization does some “good works,” that does not make it an
organization that you should be a member of.  Jesus Christ gave us the
organization to be part of that is to do good works, it is called THE
CHURCH!

Know that I am praying for you today.  I have no doubt that many who are
reading this message today are in the Masons or the Eastern Star.  I want
you to pray seriously today about LEAVING those organizations.  Freemasonry
is NOT of God, but is opposed to God.  I already know that this message
today will cause some short term hardships to Liveprayer by those who will
stop supporting this ministry because I have spoken out on this cult.  But
my job is to share the truth of God’s Word with you each day and shine the
light on sin and expose deception.  Man does not sustain this ministry each
month, God does, and I do not have to answer to any man, but one day stand
before God!

***Why do you think most have never heard this preached from the pulpit at
your church?  Too many pastors make the choice to stay silent so they don’t
upset some of their top givers, letting people blindly fall into a cult like
Freemasonry.

Jesus said that you can’t serve two masters, you cannot serve God and also
be a Mason.  You need to make a choice today WHICH master you are going
to serve, the cult of Freemasonry or God.

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

If I can help you in any way you can contact me through my personal email at:
bkeller@liveprayer.com

***ARE YOU 100% CERTAIN WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY?  The fact is you will die one day.  At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord or
be cast into everlasting darkness forever separated from God your creator.
To know for certain you will be forever with Jesus, go to:
http://www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.cfm

***I am excited to let you know that the Liveprayer Daily Devotional is now
available via AUDIO each day.  Simply go to http://www.liveprayer.com/Audio.cfm
Also, you can now listen to the Daily Devotional by phone by calling,
1-845-510-2722

***THANKS TO WORLDNETDAILY!  Joseph Farah and his news site
www.worldnetdaily.com ran a good story on Liveprayer regarding the hypocrisy
of Barry Lynn asking for the IRS to revoke the tax exempt status of
Liveprayer, yet HIS OWN CHURCH endorses Barak Obama by having his speak at
their national convention!  Here is a link to the article:
http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=56418 

(C) Copyright 2007, Bill Keller Ministries. All rights reserved.

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George Whitefield’s Method Of Grace Sermon

Posted by Job on June 29, 2007

Jeremiah 6:14, “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace.

As God can send a nation or people no greater blessing than to give them faithful, sincere, and upright ministers, so the greatest curse that God can possibly send upon a people in this world, is to give them over to blind, unregenerate, carnal, lukewarm, and unskilled guides. And yet, in all ages, we find that there have been many wolves in sheep”s clothing, many that daubed with untempered mortar, that prophesied smoother things than God did allow. As it was formerly, so it is now; there are many that corrupt the Word of God and deal deceitfully with it. It was so in a special manner in the prophet Jeremiah”s time; and he, faithful to his Lord, faithful to that God who employed him, did not fail from time to time to open his mouth against them, and to bear a noble testimony to the honor of that God in whose name he from time to time spake. If you will read this prophecy, you will find that none spake more against such ministers than Jeremiah, and here especially in the chapter out of which the text is taken, he speaks very severely against them — he charges them with several crimes; particularly, he charges them with covetousness: “For,” says he in the 13th verse, “from the least of them even to the greatest of them, every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest, every one dealeth false.” And then, in the words of the text, in a more special manner, he exemplifies how they had dealt falsely, how they had behaved treacherously to poor souls: says he, “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace.” The prophet, in the name of God, had been denouncing war against the people, he had been telling them that their house should be left desolate, and that the Lord would certainly visit the land with war. “Therefore,” says he, in the 11th verse, “I am full of the fury of the Lord; I am weary with holding in; I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together; for even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him that is full of days. And their houses shall be turned unto others, with their fields and wives together; for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord.” The prophet gives a thundering message, that they might be terrified and have some convictions and inclinations to repent; but it seems that the false prophets, the false priests, went about stifling people”s convictions, and when they were hurt or a little terrified, they were for daubing over the wound, telling them that Jeremiah was but an enthusiastic preacher, that there could be no such thing as war among them, and saying to people, Peace, peace, be still, when the prophet told them there was no peace. The words, then, refer primarily unto outward things, but I verily believe have also a further reference to the soul, and are to be referred to those false teachers, who, when people were under conviction of sin, when people were beginning to look towards heaven, were for stifling their convictions and telling them they were good enough before. And, indeed, people generally love to have it so; our hearts are exceedingly deceitful, and desperately wicked; none but the eternal God knows how treacherous they are. How many of us cry, Peace, peace, to our souls, when there is no peace! How many are there who are now settled upon their lees, that now think they are Christians, that now flatter themselves that they have an interest in Jesus Christ; whereas if we come to examine their experiences, we shall find that their peace is but a peace of the devil”s making — it is not a peace of God”s giving — it is not a peace that passeth human understanding. It is matter, therefore, of great importance, my dear hearers, to know whether we may speak peace to our hearts. We are all desirous of peace; peace is an unspeakable blessing; how can we live without peace? And, therefore, people from time to time must be taught how far they must go, and what must be wrought in them, before they can speak peace to their hearts. This is what I design at present, that I may deliver my soul, that I may be free from the blood of those to whom I preach — that I may not fail to declare the whole counsel of God. I shall, from the words of the text, endeavor to show you what you must undergo, and what must be wrought in you before you can speak peace to your hearts.

But before I come directly to this, give me leave to premise a caution or two. And the first is, that I take it for granted you believe religion to be an inward thing; you believe it to be a work in the heart, a work wrought in the soul by the power of the Spirit of God. If you do not believe this, you do not believe your Bibles. If you do not believe this, though you have got your Bibles in your hand, you hate the Lord Jesus Christ in your heart; for religion is everywhere represented in Scripture as the work of God in the heart. “The kingdom of God is within us,” says our Lord; and, “He is not a Christian who is one outwardly; but he is a Christian who is one inwardly.” If any of you place religion in outward things, I shall not perhaps please you this morning; you will understand me no more when I speak of the work of God upon a poor sinner”s heart, than if I were talking in an unknown tongue. I would further premise a caution, that I would by no means confine God to one way of acting. I would by no means say, that all persons, before they come to have a settled peace in their hearts, are obliged to undergo the same degrees of conviction. No; God has various ways of bringing his children home; his sacred Spirit bloweth when, and where, and how it listeth. But, however, I will venture to affirm this, that before ever you can speak peace to your heart, whether by shorter or longer continuance of your convictions, whether in a more pungent or in a more gentle way, you must undergo what I shall hereafter lay down in the following discourse.

First, then, before you can speak peace to your hearts, you must be made to see, made to feel, made to weep over, made to bewail, your actual transgressions against the law of God. According to the covenant of works, “The soul that sinneth it shall die;” cursed is that man, be he what he may, that continueth not in all things that are written in the book of the law to do them. We are not only to do some things, but we are to do all things, and we are to continue so to do; so that the least deviation from the moral law, according to the covenant of works, whether in thought, word, or deed, deserves eternal death at the hand of God. And if one evil thought, if one evil word, if one evil action, deserves eternal damnation, how many hells, my friends, do every one of us deserve, whose whole lives have been one continued rebellion against God! Before ever, therefore, you can speak peace to your hearts, you must be brought to see, brought to believe, what a dreadful thing it is to depart from the living God. And now, my dear friends, examine your hearts, for I hope you came hither with a design to have your souls made better. Give me leave to ask you, in the presence of God, whether you know the time, and if you do not know exactly the time, do you know there was a time, when God wrote bitter things against you, when the arrows of the Almighty were within you? Was ever the remembrance of your sins grievous to you? Was the burden of your sins intolerable to your thoughts? Did you ever see that God”s wrath might justly fall upon you, on account of your actual transgressions against God? Were you ever in all your life sorry for your sins? Could you ever say, My sins are gone over my head as a burden too heavy for me to bear? Did you ever experience any such thing as this? Did ever any such thing as this pass between God and your soul? If not, for Jesus Christ”s sake, do not call yourselves Christians; you may speak peace to your hearts, but there is no peace. May the Lord awaken you, may the Lord convert you, may the Lord give you peace, if it be his will, before you go home!

But further: you may be convinced of your actual sins, so as to be made to tremble, and yet you may be strangers to Jesus Christ, you may have no true work of grace upon your hearts. Before ever, therefore, you can speak peace to your hearts, conviction must go deeper; you must not only be convinced of your actual transgressions against the law of God, but likewise of the foundation of all your transgressions. And what is that? I mean original sin, that original corruption each of us brings into the world with us, which renders us liable to God”s wrath and damnation. There are many poor souls that think themselves fine reasoners, yet they pretend to say there is no such thing as original sin; they will charge God with injustice in imputing Adam”s sin to us; although we have got the mark of the beast and of the devil upon us, yet they tell us we are not born in sin. Let them look abroad into the world and see the disorders in it, and think, if they can, if this is the paradise in which God did put man. No! everything in the world is out of order. I have often thought, when I was abroad, that if there were no other argument to prove original sin, the rising of wolves and tigers against man, nay, the barking of a dog against us, is a proof of original sin. Tigers and lions durst not rise against us, if it were not for Adam”s first sin; for when the creatures rise up against us, it is as much as to say, You have sinned against God, and we take up our Master”s quarrel. If we look inwardly, we shall see enough of lusts, and man”s temper contrary to the temper of God. There is pride, malice, and revenge, in all our hearts; and this temper cannot come from God; it comes from our first parent, Adam, who, after he fell from God, fell out of God into the devil. However, therefore, some people may deny this, yet when conviction comes, all carnal reasonings are battered down immediately and the poor soul begins to feel and see the fountain from which all the polluted streams do flow. When the sinner is first awakened, he begins to wonder — How came I to be so wicked? The Spirit of God then strikes in, and shows that he has no good thing in him by nature; then he sees that he is altogether gone out of the way, that he is altogether become abominable, and the poor creature is made to live down at the foot of the throne of God, and to acknowledge that God would be just to damn him, just to cut him off, though he never had committed one actual sin in his life. Did you ever feel and experience this, any of you — to justify God in your damnation — to own that you are by nature children of wrath, and that God may justly cut you off, though you never actually had offended him in all your life? If you were ever truly convicted, if your hearts were ever truly cut, if self were truly taken out of you, you would be made to see and feel this. And if you have never felt the weight of original sin, do not call yourselves Christians. I am verily persuaded original sin is the greatest burden of a true convert; this ever grieves the regenerate soul, the sanctified soul. The indwelling of sin in the heart is the burden of a converted person; it is the burden of a true Christian. He continually cries out, “O! who will deliver me from this body of death,” this indwelling corruption in my heart? This is that which disturbs a poor soul most. And, therefore, if you never felt this inward corruption, if you never saw that God might justly curse you for it, indeed, my dear friends, you may speak peace to your hearts, but I fear, nay, I know, there is no true peace.

Further: before you can speak peace to your hearts, you must not only be troubled for the sins of your life, the sin of your nature, but likewise for the sins of your best duties and performances. When a poor soul is somewhat awakened by the terrors of the Lord, then the poor creature, being born under the covenant of works, flies directly to a covenant of works again. And as Adam and Eve hid themselves among the trees of the garden, and sewed fig leaves together to cover their nakedness, so the poor sinner, when awakened, flies to his duties and to his performances, to hide himself from God, and goes to patch up a righteousness of his own. Says he, I will be mighty good now — I will reform — I will do all I can; and then certainly Jesus Christ will have mercy on me. But before you can speak peace to your heart, you must be brought to see that God may damn you for the best prayer you ever put up; you must be brought to see that all your duties — all your righteousness — as the prophet elegantly expresses it — put them all together, are so far from recommending you to God, are so far from being any motive and inducement to God to have mercy on your poor soul, that he will see them to be filthy rags, a menstruous cloth — that God hates them, and cannot away with them, if you bring them to him in order to recommend you to his favor. My dear friends, what is there in our performances to recommend us unto God? Our persons are in an unjustified state by nature, we deserve to be damned ten thousand times over; and what must our performances be? We can do no good thing by nature: “They that are in the flesh cannot please God.” You may do many things materially good, but you cannot do a thing formally and rightly good; because nature cannot act above itself. It is impossible that a man who is unconverted can act for the glory of God; he cannot do anything in faith, and “whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” After we are renewed, yet we are renewed but in part, indwelling sin continues in us, there is a mixture of corruption in every one of our duties; so that after we are converted, were Jesus Christ only to accept us according to our works, our works would damn us, for we cannot pt up a prayer but it is far from that perfection which the moral law requireth. I do not know what you may think, but I can say that I cannot pray but I sin — I cannot preach to you or any others but I sin — I can do nothing without sin; and, as one expresseth it, my repentance wants to be repented of, and my tears to be washed in the precious blood of my dear Redeemer. Our best duties are as so many splendid sins. Before you can speak peace in your heart, you must not only be made sick of your original and actual sin, but you must be made sick of your righteousness, of all your duties and performances. There must be a deep conviction before you can be brought out of your self-righteousness; it is the last idol taken out of our heart. The pride of our heart will not let us submit to the righteousness of Jesus Christ. But if you never felt that you had o righteousness of your own, if you never felt the deficiency of your own righteousness, you cannot come to Jesus Christ. There are a great many now who may say, Well, we believe all this; but there is a great difference betwixt talking and feeling. Did you ever feel the want of a dear Redeemer? Did you ever feel the want of Jesus Christ, upon the account of the deficiency of your own righteousness? And can you now say from your heart, Lord, thou mayst justly damn me for the best duties that ever I did perform? If you are not thus brought out of self, you may speak peace to yourselves, but yet there is no peace.

But then, before you can speak peace to your souls, there is one particular sin you must be greatly troubled for, and yet I fear there are few of you think what it is; it is the reigning, the damning sin of the Christian world, and yet the Christian world seldom or never think of it. And pray what is that? It is what most of you think you are not guilty of — and that is, the sin of unbelief. Before you can speak peace to your heart, you must be troubled for the unbelief of you heart. But, can it be supposed that any of you are unbelievers here in this church-yard, that are born in Scotland, in a reformed country, that go to church every Sabbath? Can any of you that receive the sacrament once a year — O that it were administered oftener! — can it be supposed that you who had tokens for the sacrament, that you who keep up family prayer, that any of you do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? I appeal to your own hearts, if you would not think me uncharitable, if I doubted whether any of you believed in Christ; and yet, I fear upon examination, we should find that most of you have not so much faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as the devil himself. I am persuaded the devil believes more of the Bible than most of us do. He believes the divinity of Jesus Christ; that is more than many who call themselves Christians do; nay, he believes and trembles, and that is more than thousands amongst us do. My friends, we mistake a historical faith for a true faith, wrought in the heart by the Spirit of God. You fancy you believe, because you believe there is such a book as we call the Bible — because you go to church; all this you may do, and have no true faith in Christ. Merely to believe there was such a person as Christ, merely to believe there is a book called the Bible, will do you no good, more than to believe there was such a man a Caesar or Alexander the Great. The Bible is a sacred depository. What thanks have we to give to God for these lively oracles! But yet we may have these, and not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. My dear friends, there must be a principle wrought in the heart by the Spirit of the living God. Did I ask you how long it is since you believed in Jesus Christ, I suppose most of you would tell me, you believed in Jesus Christ as long as ever you remember — you never did misbelieve. Then, you could not give me a better proof that you never yet believed in Jesus Christ, unless you were sanctified early, as from the womb; for, they that otherwise believer in Christ know there was a time when they did not believe in Jesus Christ. You say you love God with all your heart, soul, and strength. If I were to ask you how long it is since you loved God, you would say, As long as you can remember; you never hated God, you know no time when there was enmity in your heart against God. Then, unless you were sanctified very early, you never loved God in your life. My dear friends, I am more particular in this, because it is a most deceitful delusion, whereby so many people are carried away, that they believe already. Therefore, it is remarked of Mr. Marshall, giving account of his experiences, that he had been working for life, and he had ranged all his sins under the ten commandments, and then coming to a minister, asked him the reason why he could not get peace. The minister looked at his catalogue, Away, says he, I do not find one word of the sin of unbelief in all your catalogue. It is the peculiar work of the Spirit of God to convince us of our unbelief — that we have got no faith. Says Jesus Christ, “I will send the Comforter; and when he is come, he will reprove the world” of the sin of unbelief; “of sin,” says Christ, “because they believe not on me.” Now, my dear friends, did God ever show you that you had no faith? Were you ever made to bewail a hard heart of unbelief? Was it ever the language of your heart, Lord, give me faith; Lord, enable me to lay hold on thee; Lord, enable me to call thee MY Lord and MY God? Did Jesus Christ ever convince you in this manner? Did he ever convince you of your inability to close with Christ, and make you to cry out to God to give you faith? If not, do not speak peace to your heart. May the Lord awaken you, and give you true, solid peace before you go hence and be no more!

Once more then: before you can speak peace to your heart, you must not only be convinced of your actual and original sin, the sins of your own righteousness, the sin of unbelief, but you must be enabled to lay hold upon the perfect righteousness, the all-sufficient righteousness, of the Lord Jesus Christ; you must lay hold by faith on the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and then you shall have peace. “Come,” says Jesus, “unto me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” This speaks encouragement to all that are weary and heavy laden; but the promise of rest is made to them only upon their coming and believing, and taking him to be their God and their all. Before we can ever have peace with God, we must be justified by faith through our Lord Jesus Christ, we must be enabled to apply Christ to our hearts, we must have Christ brought home to our souls, so as his righteousness may be made our righteousness, so as his merits may be imputed to our souls. My dear friends, were you ever married to Jesus Christ? Did Jesus Christ ever give himself to you? Did you ever close with Christ by a lively faith, so as to feel Christ in your hearts, so as to hear him speaking peace to your souls? Did peace ever flow in upon your hearts like a river? Did you ever feel that peace that Christ spoke to his disciples? I pray God he may come and speak peace to you. These things you must experience. I am not talking of the invisible realities of another world, of inward religion, of the work of God upon a poor sinner”s heart. I am not talking of a matte of great importance, my dear hearers; you are all concerned in it, your souls are concerned in it, your eternal salvation is concerned in it. You may be all at peace, but perhaps the devil has lulled you asleep into a carnal lethargy and security, and will endeavor to keep you there, till he get you to hell, and there you will be awakened; but it will be dreadful to be awakened and find yourselves so fearfully mistaken, when the great gulf is fixed, when you will be calling to all eternity for a drop of water to cool your tongue, and shall not obtain it.

Give me leave, then, to address myself to several sorts of persons; and O may God, of his infinite mercy, bless the application! There are some of you perhaps can say, Through grace we can go along with you. Blessed be God, we have been convinced of our actual sins, we have been convinced of original sin, we have been convinced of self-righteousness, we have felt the bitterness of unbelief, and through grace we have closed with Jesus Christ; we can speak peace to our hearts, because God hath spoken peace to us. Can you say so? Then I will salute you, as the angels did the women the first day of the week, All hail! Fear not ye, my dear brethren, you are happy souls; you may lie down and be at peace indeed, for God hath given you peace; you may be content under all the dispensations of providence, for nothing can happen to you now, but what shall be the effect of God”s love to your soul; you need not fear what sightings may be without, seeing there is peace within. Have you closed with Christ? Is God your friend? Is Christ your friend? Then, look up with comfort; all is yours, and you are Christ”s, and Christ is God”s. Everything shall work together for your good; the very hairs of your head are numbered; he that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of God”s eye. But then, my dear friends, beware of resting on your first conversion. You that are young believers in Christ, you should be looking out for fresh discoveries of the Lord Jesus Christ every moment; you must not build upon your past experiences, you must not build upon a work within you, but always come out of yourselves to the righteousness of Jesus Christ without you; you must be always coming as poor sinners to draw water out of the wells of salvation; you must be forgetting the things that are behind, and be continually pressing forward to the things that are before. My dear friends, you must keep u a tender, close walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. There are many of us who lose our peace by our untender walk; something or other gets in betwixt Christ and us, and we fall into darkness; something or other steals our hearts from God, and this grieves the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost leaves us to ourselves. Let me, therefore, exhort you that have got peace with God, to take care that you do not lose this peace. It is true, if you are once in Christ, you cannot finally fall from God: “There is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus;” but if you cannot fall finally, you may fall foully, and may go with broken bones all your days. Take care of backslidings; for Jesus Christ”s sake, do not grieve the Holy Ghost — you may never recover your comfort while you live. O take care of going a gadding and wandering from God, after you have closed with Jesus Christ. My dear friends, I have paid dear for backsliding. Our hearts are so cursedly wicked, that if you take not care, if you do not keep up a constant watch, your wicked hearts will deceive you, and draw you aside. It will be sad to be under the scourge of a correcting Father; witness the visitation of Job, David, and other saints in Scripture. Let me, therefore, exhort you that have got peace to keep a close walk with Christ. I am grieved with the loose walk of those that are Christians, that have had discoveries of Jesus Christ; there is so little difference betwixt them and other people, that I scarce know which is the true Christian. Christians are afraid to speak of God — they run down with the stream; if they come into worldly company, they will talk of the world as if they were in their element; this you would not do when you had the first discoveries of Christ”s love; you could talk then of Christ”s love for ever, when the candle of the Lord shined upon your soul. That time has been when you had something to say for your dear Lord; but now you can go into company and hear others speaking about the world bold enough, and you are afraid of being laughed at if you speak for Jesus Christ. A great many people have grown conformists now in the worst sense of the word; they will cry out against the ceremonies of the church, as they may justly do; but then you are mighty fond of ceremonies in your behavior; you will conform to the world, which is a great deal worse. Many will stay till the devil bring up new fashions. Take care, then, not to be conformed to the world. What have Christians to do with the world? Christians should be singularly good, bold for their Lord, that all who are with you may take notice that you have been with Jesus. I would exhort you to come to a settlement in Jesus Christ, so as to have a continual abiding of God in your heart. We go a-building on our faith of adherence, and lost our comfort; but we should be growing up to a faith of assurance, to know that we are God”s, and so walk in the comfort of the Holy Ghost and be edified. Jesus Christ is now much wounded in the house of his friends. Excuse me in being particular; for, my friends, it grieves me more that Jesus Christ should be wounded by his friends than by his enemies. We cannot expect anything else from Deists; but for such as have felt his power, to fall away, for them not to walk agreeably to the vocation wherewith they are called — by these means we bring our Lord”s religion into contempt, to be a byword among the heathen. For Christ”s sake, if you know Christ keep close by him; if God have spoken peace, O keep that peace by looking up to Jesus Christ every moment. Such as have got peace with God, if you are under trials, fear not, all things shall work for your good; if you are under temptations, fear not, if he has spoken peace to your hearts, all these things shall be for your good.

But what shall I say to you that have got o peace with God? — and these are, perhaps, the most of this congregation: it makes me weep to think of it. Most of you, if you examine your hearts, must confess that God never yet spoke peace to you; you are children of the devil, if Christ is not in you, if God has not spoken peace to your heart. Poor soul! What a cursed condition are you in. I would not be in your case for ten thousand, thousand worlds. Why? You are just hanging over hell. What peace can you have when God is your enemy, when the wrath of God is abiding upon your poor soul? Awake, then, you that are sleeping in a false peace, awake, ye carnal professors, ye hypocrites that go to church, receive the sacrament, read your Bibles, and never felt the power of God upon your hearts; you that are formal professors, you that are baptized heathens; awake, awake, and do not rest on a false bottom. Blame me not for addressing myself to you; indeed, it is out of love to your souls. I see you are lingering in your Sodom, and wanting to stay there; but I come to you as the angel did to Lot, to take you by the hand. Come away, my dear brethren — fly, fly, fly for your lives to Jesus Christ, fly to a bleeding God, fly to a throne of grace; and beg of God to break your hearts, beg of God to convince you of your actual sins, beg of God to convince you of your original sin, beg of God to convince you of your self-righteousness — beg of God to give you faith, and to enable you to close with Jesus Christ. O you that are secure, I must be a son of thunder to you, and O that God may awaken you, though it be with thunder; it is out of love, indeed, that I speak to you. I know by sad experience what it is to be lulled asleep with a false peace; long was I lulled asleep, long did I think myself a Christian, when I knew nothing of the Lord Jesus Christ. I went perhaps farther than many of you do; I used to fast twice a-week, I used to pray sometimes none times a-day, I used to receive the sacrament constantly every Lord”s-day; and yet I knew nothing of Jesus Christ in my heart, I knew not that I must be a new creature — I knew nothing of inward religion in my soul. And perhaps, many of you may be deceived as I, poor creature, was; and, therefore, it is out of love to you indeed, that I speak to you. O if you do not take care, a form of religion will destroy your soul; you will rest in it, and will not come to Jesus Christ at all; whereas, these things are only the means, and not the end of religion; Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to all that believe. O, then, awake, you that are settled on your lees; awake you Church professors; awake you that have got a name to live, that are rich and think you want nothing, not considering that you are poor, and blind, and naked; I counsel you to come and buy of Jesus Christ gold, white raiment, and eye-salve. But I hope there are some that are a little wounded; I hope God does not intend to let me preach in vain; I hope God will reach some of your precious souls, and awaken some of you out of your carnal security; I hope there are some who are willing to come to Christ, and beginning to think that they have been building upon a false foundation. Perhaps the devil may strike in, and bid you despair of mercy; but fear not, what I have been speaking to you is only out of love to you — is only to awaken you, and let you see your danger. If any of you are willing to be reconciled to God, God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, is willing to be reconciled to you. O then, though you have no peace as yet, come away to Jesus Christ; he is our peace, he is our peace-maker — he has made peace betwixt God and offending man. Would you have peace with God? Away, then, to God through Jesus Christ, who has purchased peace; the Lord Jesus has shed his heart”s blood for this. He died for this; he rose again for this; he ascended into the highest heaven, and is now interceding at the right hand of God. Perhaps you think there will be no peace for you. Why so? Because you are sinners? Because you have crucified Christ — you have put him to open shame — you have trampled under foot the blood of the Son of God? What of all this? Yet there is peace for you. Pray, what did Jesus Christ say of his disciples, when he came to them the first day of the week? The first word he said was, “Peace be unto you;” he showed them his hands and his side, and said, “Peace be unto you.” It is as much as if he had said, Fear not, my disciples; see my hands and my feet how they have been pierced for your sake; therefore fear not. How did Chris speak to his disciples? “Go tell my brethren, and tell broken-hearted Peter in particular, that Christ is risen, that he is ascended unto his Father and your Father, to his God and your God.” And after Christ rose from the dead, he came preaching peace, with an olive branch of peace, like Noah”s dove; “My peace I leave with you.” Who were they? They were enemies of Christ as well as we, they were deniers of Christ once as well as we. Perhaps some of you have backslidden and lost your peace, and you think you deserve no peace; and no more you do. But, then, God will heal your backslidings, he will love you freely. As for you that are wounded, if you are made willing to come to Christ, come away. Perhaps some of you want to dress yourselves in your duties, that are but rotten rags. No, you had better come naked as you are, for you must throw aside your rags, and come in your blood. Some of you may say, We would come, but we have got a hard heart. But you will never get it made soft till ye come to Christ; he will take away the heart of stone, and give you an heart of flesh; he will speak peace to your souls; though ye have betrayed him, yet he will be your peace. Shall I prevail upon any of you this morning to come to Jesus Christ? There is a great multitude of souls here; how shortly must you all die, and go to judgment! Even before night, or to-morrow”s night, some of you may be laid out for this kirk-yard. And how will you do if you be not at peace with God — if the Lord Jesus Christ has not spoken peace to your heart? If God speak not peace to you here, you will be damned for ever. I must not flatter you, my dear friends; I will deal sincerely with your souls. Some of you may think I carry things too far. But, indeed, when you come to judgment, you will find what I say is true, either to your eternal damnation or comfort. May God influence your hearts to come to him! I am not willing to go away without persuading you. I cannot be persuaded but God may make use of me as a means of persuading some of you to come to the Lord Jesus Christ. O did you but feel the peace which they have that love the Lord Jesus Christ! “Great peace have they,” say the psalmist, “that love they law; nothing shall offend them.” But there is no peace to the wicked. I know what it is to live a life of sin; I was obliged to sin in order to stifle conviction. And I am sure this is the way many of you take; If you get into company, you drive off conviction. But you had better go to the bottom at once; it must be done — your wound must be searched, or you must be damned. If it were a matter of indifference, I would not speak one word about it. But you will be damned without Christ. He is the way, he is the truth, and the life. I cannot think you should go to hell without Christ. How can you dwell with everlasting burnings? How can you abide the thought of living with the devil for ever? Is it not better to have some soul-trouble here, than to be sent to hell by Jesus Christ hereafter? What is hell, but to be absent from Christ? If there were no other hell, that would be hell enough. It will be hell to be tormented with the devil for ever. Get acquaintance with God, then, and be at peace. I beseech you, as a poor worthless ambassador of Jesus Christ, that you would be reconciled to God. My business this morning, the first day of the week, is to tell you that Christ is willing to be reconciled to you. Will any of you be reconciled to Jesus Christ? Then, he will forgive you all your sins, he will blot out all your transgressions. But if you will go on and rebel against Christ, and stab him daily — if you will go on and abuse Jesus Christ, the wrath of God you must expect will fall upon you. God will not be mocked; that which a man soweth, that shall he also reap. And if you will not be at peace with God, God will not be at peace with you. Who can stand before God when he is angry? It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God. When the people came to apprehend Christ, they fell to the ground when Jesus said, “I am he.” And if they could not bear the sight of Christ when clothed with the rags of mortality, how will they hear the sight of him when he is on his Father”s throne? Methinks I see the poor wretches dragged out of their graves by the devil; methinks I see them trembling, crying out to the hills and rocks to cover them. But the devil will say, Come, I will take you away; and then they shall stand trembling before the judgment-seat of Christ. They shall appear before him to see him once, and hear him pronounce that irrevocable sentence, “Depart from me, ye cursed.” Methinks I hear the poor creatures saying, Lord, if we must be damned, let some angel pronounce the sentence. No, the God of love, Jesus Christ, will pronounce it. Will ye not believe this? Do not think I am talking at random, but agreeably to the Scriptures of truth. If you do not, then show yourselves men, and this morning go away with full resolution, in the strength of God, to cleave to Christ. And may you have no rest in your souls till you rest in Jesus Christ! I could still go on, for it is sweet to talk of Christ. Do you not long for the time when you shall have new bodies — when they shall be immortal, and made like Christ”s glorious body? And then they will talk of Jesus Christ for evermore. But it is time, perhaps, for you to go and prepare for your respective worship, and I would not hinder any of you. My design is, to bring poor sinners to Jesus Christ. O that God may bring some of you to himself! May the Lord Jesus now dismiss you with his blessing, and may the dear Redeemer convince you that are unawakened, and turn the wicked from the evil of their way! And may the love of God, that passeth all understanding, fill your hearts. Grant this, O Father, for Christ”s sake; to whom, with thee and the blessed Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and for evermore. Amen.

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Peace Prize Winner Bishop Desmond Tutu Advocates Media Censorship On Behalf Of Muslim Terrorists

Posted by Job on June 28, 2007

Jews frequently call Bishop Tutu a vehement foe of Israel. I ignore such talk, because in doing so they generally leave out the inconvenient fact that Israel supported the South Africa apartheid regime until the very end, even when the rest of the world had turned their backs on them, just might have something to do with it. Now while Tutu and Mandela rightfully opposed our president’s skull and crossbones adventure in Iraq, it was almost certainly for the wrong reason. Statements like this (see cut and paste below) make me more convinced that anyone that the “international community highly respects”  should have their comments and actions carefully weighed and measured against the Bible by Christians. Please recall, for instance, how the American equivalent of Desmond Tutu, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. popularized syncretism (mixing Christianity with other religions or belief systems) in American religious life by mixing Christianity with Mohandas (Mahatma) Ghandi’s jainism, and more still solidified the notion that Christianity can be (or should be) used to seek earthly ends rather than a heavenly reward. (Do I have a problem with “nonviolent social change”? Well, not so much with the idea of God calling us to be nonviolent, but rather our seeking change through subversive  and aggressive political pressure movements. Please recall that Jesus Christ and his disciples and apostles specifically abstained from political activism, which is a major problem with the “Bible prophecy as resistance literature” eschatological interpretations.)

And as a result, it is now more tolerable to criticize God in this country (and in most others) than King! So, if you don’t believe that “the international community” isn’t co – opting these preachers to suit their own agenda, then you need to look a little more clearly, not only at the preachers on the religious left, but right wing ones like T.D. Jakes and Rick Warren (both of whom have endorsed syncretism themselves: see HERETIC TD JAKES ENDORSES YOGA AND CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER! and http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/warrentwo.htm)  

Archbishop Desmond Tutu recently called on the media to be more careful when choosing words for religious conflict reports. Archbishop Tutu, a South African who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, said on Wednesday that broad understanding of trouble spots was often complicated by the language used to describe the activities of people or religions involved in them. Speaking at a Reuters Newsmaker event in London, Tutu addressed journalists in the audience, calling for tolerance and understanding of religions. “I would hope that you in the media would be passionate about letting people judge for themselves, that you would be careful about some of the language that you do actually use,” he said. “‘Muslim terrorism’ – have you ever read anywhere ‘Christian terrorism’? – as if Islam propagates violence, but you have never spoken about what happened in Northern Ireland as Christian terrorism,” he said. “Fundamentally there is no faith that I know that propagates violence that says it’s a good thing to oppress anybody.” Tutu said he recognised the media could be a force for good but that it had responsibilities. “You have a very powerful media. I know because you helped us very much in our struggle to tell our story. You did it for us and we benefited enormously.”

However, Archbishop Tutu added that understanding different religions required peoples of all faiths to understand different perspectives. “We Christians ought to get off our high horse and learn to be a great deal more humble, when you look at our history, the bloody things that we did in the name of religion,” he said. The gathering also marked the launch of the Tutu Foundation UK, an organisation intended to bring the experience of truth and reconciliation in South Africa to inner city communities in Britain. The foundation will aim to give young people an increased understanding of people from other cultures, working in partnership with bodies such as the YMCA, the Prince’s Trust and Henley Management College. Its work is also intended to reach out to people who, through their work, find themselves in a responsible position where they can help others and affect their quality of life. Original link: here

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Libya President Gaddafi Wants Creation of United States of Africa

Posted by Job on June 28, 2007

 Why? So they can attack Israel perhaps? Hmmm …

Harare, Libya (AHN) – Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi strongly came out Monday in support of the creation of a “United States of Africa” during the AU’s Accra summit to be held in July.

Addressing a large crowd of 50,000 people in Conakry, on his way to Accra in Ghana, Mr Gaddafi expressed disappointment at the functioning of African union.

Declaring that there is no future for single state nations in Africa he said development is possible only with the creation of a single state like European Union.

He said people’s aspiration can be fulfilled only “by creating large groupings, large spaces, and large markets” which is possible by creating a large nation. He also said only such measures can hold African youth back home who want to migrate to European countries.

Taking a dig at those suspecting the feasibility of single African state, he said, “At the Accra summit we are going to get straight to the point. Let those who are hesitating, get out of our way.”

Mr Gaddafi left for Sierra Leone and will reach Accra after visiting Ivory Coast. Original link: http://www.worthynews.com/news/allheadlinenews-com-articles-7007752719/

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Does My Work Matter To God?

Posted by Job on June 28, 2007

My stated life’s purpose used to be “to get as far ahead as I can and do it as fast as I can.” And I was doing pretty well at it! Promoted every couple of years, lots of bonuses and trips. AT&T was really proud of me, as were my dad, my wife, and my kids.

But when I became a Christian and heard a Christian workplace leader repeat his life’s purpose statement, mine rang pretty empty. He said his purpose was to “Glorify God as I use my financial skills and experience (he was a CPA) to help people become better stewards of the resources that God has entrusted to them, and as a byproduct, to bring more resources into the Kingdom of God.”

Whoooa!

I was blown away. Here was a guy who had connected his earthly job to a God-purpose. He knew what he was here for and what he was supposed to do. It was a beautiful thing.

So, I thought, what does a sales and marketing guy do to “Glorify God”? Sales and marketing people aren’t a part of the most revered of professions. What could I possibly do with my sales skills and experience that God would accept as praise?

With the counsel of some wise folks who knew me pretty well, and with a fair amount of prayer, I came to this purpose statement… “To glorify God by using my sales and marketing skills and experience to help executives operate their sales forces on Christian values and principles”. Later on in my career, I again had my own sales force. So I got to “practice what I preached” and actually try to lead that way and not just talk about it. That company grew to include more than 70 sales people in 22 offices all over the country. So I learned a lot about working hard, applying scriptural principles to everyday situations, and then trusting God for the outcome.

You see, we all have the opportunity to connect our earthly job to a God-purpose. That’s exactly what He leads us to do in His Word. Check this out…says Jesus…

“Do not (just) work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life.” (John 6:27) (parenthesis mine)

God wants us to connect everything to Him, especially our work. That way, He’s in it with us…He has more connection to us…and we become more dependent on Him. Closeness. Intimacy. Collaboration. That’s the walk that our Heavenly Father wants to share with us.

When we only focus on making a living, (i.e. earning money so we can live life in the here and now) we cheat ourselves. He wants us to have both…God now and God hereafter…success now and success hereafter. He wants us to recognize the eternal significance that our lives can have when we use them to influence others for Him, all the while excelling at what we do and making a good living (and life) right now.

What could YOU do with YOUR skills and experience that would make God smile? Think about it. Write down ideas about how your job and career could have a God-purpose. Try to craft your own unique purpose statement. Pray about it and ask God to show you how to make that connection. Then pray that He will give you the commitment and conviction to get started “working for the Lord” from today forward.

A WORK PRAYER
Lord God, thank You that I have the opportunity to connect my work-life to a God-purpose.  May my work draw me closer to You, and serve Your greater purposes into eternity.  Amen.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (for small groups and individuals)
1.  What could you do with your skills and experience that would make God smile?
2.  What do the last question and your answer to it show you about your relationship with God in your work-life?

DISCUSSION FORUM
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This Worklife Lesson was written by Regi Campbell.  Regi has extensive practical experience of worklife ministry and outreach, and has written About My Father’s Business  (Multnomah, 2005).   All rights reserved.  Content edited and distributed by HisChurchatWork.org for non-profit educational purposes. A service of HisChurchatWork.org C – used for non profit educational purposes only. For more work resources see www.WorkplaceMinistry.com. If you would like to subscribe to this feature, please click here.

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Luke 10:19 What Power And Authority Over Satan Means

Posted by Job on June 28, 2007

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 BIBLE MEDITATION: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: A police officer weighing 160 pounds may effectively stand before a tanker truck and, with an uplifted hand, say, “Stop, in the name of the law.” The police officer certainly couldn’t stop the truck with his physical force. He is appealing to an authority greater than himself — the law — to back him up. Your authority over Satan is the same way. Your authority does not rest in your strength. You cannot overcome Satan with your power but rather with Kingdom Authority from God. And you have that as a child of the King. You have His authority to overcome every attack of Satan.

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Proverbs 10:4 The Price Tag Of Spiritual Success: Diligence!

Posted by Job on June 28, 2007

by Dr. Robb Thompson © Winning in Life all rights reserved.“He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”Proverbs 10:4 (NKJV) “The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5 (NKJV)

The Price Tag Of Success Is Stamped With The Price Of “Diligence.”  Diligence requires discipline, hard work, and time.  In other words, it requires effort.  In order for us to delight in the promises of God, we must continually apply diligence to our efforts.  God’s system is not set up in such a way that a one-time action produces lasting results.  God’s way of progress requires diligence, faithfulness, and patience. 

The same principle applies to any endeavor. We cannot expect to be physically fit by exercising one week out of the year. To see positive results we must continue for several months, and for lasting results, we must make exercise a part of our daily lifestyle!  All of us want to achieve more and do great things, but we will only experience true greatness by diligently applying God’s principles to our lives.

Diligence bridges the gap between discipline and reward.  Anyone can discipline himself for a day, but only discipline coupled with diligence causes us to lay hold of Heaven’s reward.

Prayer: Father in The Name of Jesus Christ, I thank You for the wisdom of Your Word.  I refuse to have a slack hand knowing it leads to poverty.  I walk in plenty and not in lack because I diligently apply Your principles to my life.

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May God Bless Every Good Think In Your Life

Posted by Job on June 28, 2007

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Psalms 68:19, 31:19, Genesis 28:15

***I have found over the years, some of the Devotionals I write that have
the most impact, are the simple ones that deal with an aspect of real life.
Transportation is one of those very real aspects of life.  Please open your
heart and receive this prayer and blessing on your transportation!

A prayer and blessing on your transportation.  Over the years, I have prayed
often for people’s transportation needs, but the Holy Spirit quickened me
the other day to the fact that I had never once done a specific Devotional
just focused on transportation.  Transportation is one of those critical and
important parts of our life that we often take for granted.  However,
because it is so vital to most everyone’s life, I want to take the
opportunity today to not only talk about transportation, but pray for and
bless YOUR transportation.

It is interesting the things we remember from our childhood.  Three distinct
memories from my childhood involve transportation.  The first was when I was
5-years old and riding my tricycle in front of my house and got the
brilliant idea to see how fast I could go.  I remember pumping my little
legs as fast as I could, flying down the sidewalk, that exhilarating feeling
of speed.  All of a sudden I hit a broken part of the sidewalk and flew over
the handle bars of my tricycle, hitting the pavement with my forehead.  I
can still to this day, some 43 years later, remember smacking my forehead
into the concrete and putting my hand on my forehead and seeing the blood on
it.  It took my mother and several nurses to hold me down as the doctor
stitched up my wound, a scar I still have to this day.

The second childhood memory that involved transportation was just a few
years later when my father taught me how to ride a bike.  Slowly up and down
the street in front of my house with my dad holding me up, letting me go on
my own for a few feet before I started to wobble, until after a few hours I
was actually riding on my own.  I remember to this day the feeling of
“freedom” as I traveled all over the neighborhood on my bike.  I loved my
bike and loved to be able to get on it and ride all over the place.

The third memory is probably similar to most people who are reading this
today, learning how to drive and getting my first car.  I got my learner’s
permit at 15, practicing with my mom and dad in our 1970 Oldsmobile Vista
Cruiser.  Let me tell you, if you can learn to parallel park in a 1970 Vista
Cruiser, you can parallel park ANYTHING.  I fondly remember going through
driver’s education in school and finally the big day on my 16th birthday of
taking my driving test and getting my license.  Soon after that, I bought my
first car, a green 1965 Ford Mustang that had an 8-track in it.  I guess the
memory of learning to drive and getting my first car centered around freedom
again, but also being in control of something as powerful as a car is.

Of course, as I got older I began to see a car for what it really was, an
important tool to get from point A to point B.  Unless you live in a city
that has public transportation, having a car is virtually a necessity of
living in the United States and many places in this world in the year 2007.
I know from the emails we get daily and the calls that come in each night on
the TV program how critical transportation is in the lives of the people we
reach each day.  That is why today, I wanted to use this opportunity to pray
for and bless your transportation.

I have been blessed during most of my life to have newer, dependable cars.
But I have also had those times in my life when I didn’t.  Trust me, I know
what it is like to have to figure out how many quarters I needed to dig out
to just get enough gas to go to work.  I know what it is like to drive long
distances in a car that had no business going 5 blocks, let alone 500 miles.
I know what it is like to drive with little or no brakes.  I know what it is
like to hear horrible sounds coming from the engine and knowing deep down
that something is really wrong.

I know what it is like to drive on tires that have virtually no tread.  I
know what it is like to have a radio that only played one station.  I know
all too well the frustration of breaking down and being on the side of the
road at 3 in the afternoon as well as 3 in the morning.  I know what it is
like to drive in 10-below zero weather with no heater as well as 95-degree
weather with no A/C.  I know what it is like to get the “bad news” from the
mechanic that it would cost 2-month’s salary to fix my car.  Sadly, I know
that horrible sound of crumpled metal when two cars collide.

That is probably why I have so much empathy for those reading this today who
are dealing with older, undependable cars.  Let me give you some wise
counsel today, PRAY OVER YOUR CAR.  I tell you often that God blesses us in
many ways.  When you can get another 50,000 miles out of  a car that already
has 150,000 miles on it, without any major expenses or headaches, that my
friend is a HUGE blessing.  Even the newer cars today can be a nightmare due
to all the new technology involved.

During his life, my father owned a SOHIO station in Union, Ohio, outside of
Dayton.  He supported our family working 16-hour days fixing cars.  Today,
my father would need years of technical school and a million dollars worth
of computer equipment to fix cars.  So even those who are blessed to be able
to afford the newer cars, can still end up having major nightmares when
their car isn’t working properly.  So praying over your car is something
EVERYONE should do.

I realize that many people reading this today need a car.  Again, PRAY!
Pray for God to guide you to a good, reasonably priced, dependable car that
will serve your needs.  Buying a car is a big decision.  I find it is one of
the biggest decisions in life very few people ever pray about.  Please don’t
neglect praying over such a large purchase and something that is so critical
to your day-to-day life.  God will open and close doors to guide you to the
exact car He wants you to have.

I love you and care about you so much.  I realize that some may not find
today’s Devotional very spiritual.  The fact is, God cares about ALL of the
areas of our life, and even though we don’t talk about it as much,
transportation is a HUGE issue in everyone’s life.  From planes, to trains,
to buses, to boats, to motorcycles, to bicycles, to our cars, getting from
point A to point B is a very big part of our life each day, and one we often
take for granted and neglect to pray about as much as we should.

I want you to know that today I will be praying for you and for your
transportation needs each day.  I will be praying for traveling mercies and
that the Lord will watch over you as you move throughout your day from one
destination to the next.  I want to zero in specifically today on your car
or cars, with the understanding of how important they are in each person’s
life to simply function in this modern world.  In closing, I want to pray a
special blessing on your car today, and encourage you to take time each day
to pray about your transportation needs.  Ask God’s blessings on your car as
well as in getting you from here to there in your daily travels through
life.

“Father, I pray for my friend today.  I pray specifically for my friend’s
car.  Lord, bless this car today to function properly, to not have any
mechanical difficulties, and to be a vessel of safety.  I pray that you will
watch over this car in its daily travels and keep it safe.  Protect this
vehicle and all occupants from any harm.  Lord, today I pray a special
prayer of BLESSING on my friend’s car.  For those today who need a car,
guide them to the right source to find a fairly priced, dependable car that
will serve their needs.  Above all, let this car be used for YOUR service.
Use this car to get many people to places where the name of Jesus is lifted
up and glorified, to allow my friend to travel in their daily service to you
and your Kingdom.  We thank you today Father that you care about us, even
about our cars.  I pray today favor and blessings on my friend’s car, in
Jesus name I pray, AMEN!”

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without long and expensive court battles.  PRAISE GOD!  Also, I have a big
meeting in NYC today with Stern’s people, so be praying for God to guide
those talks and I’ll update you in the Friday DD on what is happening on
that front.

In the meantime, if you can help me towards what we still need this month, I
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