Sunday, December 30, 2012

HOLINESS


                                                                   HOLINESS

Spurgeon said, "Holiness is not the way to Christ; Christ is the way to holiness."  "Better still, Christ is our holiness."

Jonathan Edwards believed that "every experience of God could be counterfeited except those with an insight into His holiness."

John Wesley’s definition of holiness “the loving God with all our heart and soul, and our neighbour as ourselves. It is love governing the heart and life, running through all our tempers, words, and actions.” 

Leonard Ravenhill "There’s a difference between changing your opinion, and changing your lifestyle."
 -"How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don’t even have the strength to turn off your TV?"
-"Is the world crucified to you tonight? Or does it fascinate you?" 
-"The question isn't were you challenged. The question is were you changed?"
-"Your doctrine can be as straight as a gun barrel—and just as empty!"



Here is the Bible on Holiness -


     
1 Peter 1:16 (NKJV) “because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

Hebrews 12:14  (NKJV) “14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:”

1 Peter 1:13–16 
"13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

Leviticus 19:2  “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.' "

Isaiah 6:3  "And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;  The whole earth is full of His glory!”

1 Samuel 2:22 “No one is holy like the Lord, For there is none besides You,
                       Nor is there any rock like our God."




Bible Study - Ephesians 4 New King James Version (NKJV)


Ephesians 4 New King James Version (NKJV)  Walk in Unity
1  I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Verse 4:1- Prisoner?  Did Paul have a choice?
               Is this a play on words or life situations?
               Walk worthy of your calling? 
               Is this being bound by the law or sanctification?
               What are you called to? H _ _ _ _ _ _ _!   

Verse 4:2-  “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,” 
                Whose character are we imitating? (exodus 34:6-7)

Verse 4:3  Unity?  Do you see it today? 
                   It is easy to see tales of woe when uniting Christian work.
                   What are some united ministries success stories?  Why?

Verse 4:4 One body and one Spirit we were called in one hope of
                   YOUR calling.

Verse 4:5  One Lord- we understand that.
                  What does one baptism mean? (Read matthew 3;11)
                  One God and Father  -we understand that.
                  Do we understand ABOVE all, THROUGH all, and in you all?

What does the visible and invisible church mean?
What does the local and universal church mean?
The visible and invisible church
What does Jesus say about those people who are wheat or tares?
Matthew 13:30
Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”                 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Question received - "Can you escape hell?"


QUESTION ASKED:  (From a teenager in North America)
 Can you escape Hell? 
Like one guy in the bible did when God or Jesus came and got him. 



MY ANSWER:
Can you escape hell?  Yes if you are still alive.
2 Peter 3:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Yes-avoid hell.

Acts 16:30-32 New King James Version (NKJV)
“30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
  31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you a
  household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to
 him and to all who were in his house.”

 Are you asking if a condemned soul can escape hell?  The answer is No.

Jesus says hell is forever-
Matthew 25:41 (NKJV)
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

It was revealed to john the revelator that hell is forever.
Revelation 20:10 (NKJV)
10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

No one has gotten out of hell as recorded in the Bible.
That must be from a sci-fi movie like Hell Boy?

You are wise to consult the Bible.

The condemned cannot escape hell in the afterlife.

The Lord gives us a chance to avoid hell now.
The message to you is repent and believe the gospel.

Again-

2 Peter 3:9  New King James Version (NKJV)
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to r

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ In The 4 Gospels


The Genealogy of Jesus Christ In The 4  Gospels

                       Matthew 1  New King James Version (NKJV)
“1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:”
>>>To the Jews being a son of Abraham was extremely essential for their Messiah.
                  Mark 1 New King James Version (NKJV)
“1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the Prophets:  “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.” 3 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’”
>>>In this concise gospel who some say is aimed at the Romans
They needed to know the FACTS of WWJD or what  Jesus did do?
                  Luke 1  New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.
>>>Luke wrote to Theophilus(Lover of God) to give an “orderly account” of the gospel events.
Luke 3“23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph,---- 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.”
>>> Luke accompanied Paul , and was a Gentile and wrote Acts.  He believed in the church and  heard Paul teach the “One New Man” In Eph. 2:15 that led to-
16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”
 JOHN went back in Jesus Geneology to the beginning!!!  
            John 1New King James Version (NKJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.----- 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.


1.  Jesus was fully man and God.
2.  Jesus the man lived a perfect life and kept the law of a righteous and holy God.
3.  Jesus did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it.
4. Jesus died on the cross and became the sin of all who repent and believe.
5. Jesus grants you pardon from sin, peace with God and citizenship in Heaven.
6.  Jesus took paid the penalty of sin and you receive His riches-this is GRACE!
7.  Jesus did it all for you.  Why are you separated from God and in hard hearted rebellion?

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Question Answered - Is the Church Service For Evangelism or Edification?


QUESTION RECEIVED:
Did anyone in the Bible get saved in a church service? Should one preach the Gospel in the church service or only edify the saints?

MY ANSWER:

Friend, I think you have been led into a false argument.
This one has been raging between the contemporary Willow Creek group (The worship service is for the unsaved) versus Calvinist and Anglicans and other “high church” folks. (Liturgically bring the fullness of the Bible –it’s not all evangelism.)
This is a false or wrong argument.
The worship service is led by the Holy Spirit with

Scriptures For Family Blessings- Yes! This is the year You Were Going To Start Family Devotions-Just Do It (Click for many Scripture leads)


QUESTION RECEIVED:
What are some scriptures for blessing grown children & grandchildren?  Thank you

MY ANSWER:
If your wife, children and grandchildren and extended family have not heard the gospel than they are under a curse.
Get them blessed.
I do not think they can

Friday, December 21, 2012

“They Have Taken God Out Of Schools” You Say? That’s Impossible - and horrible theology


“They Have Taken God Out Of Schools” You Say?
That’s Impossible - and horrible theology.

The Connecticut school shooting is too horrific to go into detail.
Evil manifested at the mass-murder of these 6 and 7 year old children
and the adults that cared for them.


Why did it happen?
It is someone’s fault?
Who?
Gun or gun-control people?
Mentally ill people or mental health workers?
Both metal health and guns need to be studied.
But that is not the Christians task

Thursday, December 20, 2012

3 Things About The Christmas Babe-My Christmas Poem


3 Things About The Christmas Babe-My Christmas Poem
(3Things About the Christmas babe, a poem by Fletcher Law 2008-revised in 2011)

3 Things About The Christmas Babe


3 Kings presented alms to the Babe we are told

Because it is written there were 3 gifts;

Gold, Frankincense and myrrh; representing His

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Question Answered - Could people in the Old Testament lose their Salvation?


QUESTION RECEIVED:
Could people in the Old Testament lose their  Salvation? Aren't they 'the sheep who will NEVER  perish'?


MY ANSWER:
Could  people lose their salvation in the Old Testament? No, not if they were saved.
We have two Testaments-the Old and New.
We have two types of people –saved and unsaved.
We have one type of saved people whether born in Old

Bible Study - Ephesians 3:14-21


Ephesians 3:14-21 NKJV
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes

Sunday, December 9, 2012

BIBLE STUDY Ephesians 3:8-13


Ephesians 3:8-13 NKJV Purpose of the Mystery
8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. 13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Verse #8-  Was Paul really unworthy of grace? Acts 7:58, Acts 8:3, Acts 8:4-8
                    Then why would you ever feel you are unworthy if The Lord declared     
                    Paul worthy?
                    What are the unsearchable riches of Christ? Romans 2:4 Romans, 9:23
Penal Substitution – builds on the necessary-satisfaction theory, but adds that because God’s absolute justice has been violated, a substitution for sins had to be made by the sinless Son of God. We receive pardon and become a son of God.

Verse #9-  When did God plan salvation for lost humanity?
                    Genesis 3:15, Romans 8:29-30, Ephesians 1:4-5, Ephesians 1:11

Verse #10-  Did you know, you who are saved – the church, display wisdom
                     to angelic creatures who are a part of our services and lives?

Verse #11-  What is the eternal purpose accomplished in Jesus Christ?
                      Can you explain the gospel to an unbeliever?

Verse #12- How can we have boldness and confidence in Him?
                     Luke 12:4,John 15:1,  James 2:23

Verse #13- What are Paul’s tribulations? Acts 26:28-30
                     Are tribulations worth following Christ? Romans 8:18

CHRISTMAS PARTY  - THURSDAY DECEMBER 13th –Collegiate Grill, 220 main street
(B.Y.O.B.- buy your own burger) - Pass the hat donation for David “Bubby” Charlton-age 5 – Langerhans cell Histiocytosis (LCH) –let’s get him off chemo.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Fletcher's Football Pick'em Top 10 and awards ceremony

#1 WILSON HEIN 269-81
#2 DAN CLARK 262-82
#3 STEVE LEMKE 263-87
#4 NATH MORRIS 260-90
#5 STEVE PARKS  (tied for 5th) 254-96
#5 BERRY WALTON (tied for 5th) 254-96
#6 BECKY RUFFNER 252-98
#7 JOHN PLESS  249-101
#8 GRAHAM LAW (tied for 8th)246-104
#8 RICH BROWN (tied for 8th)246-104
#9 BEN TERRELL 245-80
#10 DOUG "PORKY" PARKS 240-110

Wilson "Hein Time" Hein took 1st place and is now engaged as we end 2012.
Newcomer DAN CLARK gets 2nd.
Vet Steve Lemke came on strong for 3rd.
On this Heisman awards night
know we will recognoze all players -

THURSDAY DECEMBER 13th
5-7:30 P.M. at the COLLEGIATE GRILL N GAINESVILL,GA
BYOB (BUY YOUR OWN BURGER) ComeOn Baptist youshould know that.
HAT OFFERING-IN A HOG HAT For Dr. RICH BROWN
FOR - DAVID "BUBBY" CHARLTON - 5 year old who is going for the victory
over  Langerhans cell Histiocytosis (LCH)


Sunday, December 2, 2012

EPHESIANS 3:1-7 BIBLE STUDY


Ephesians 3  New King James Version (NKJV)  The Mystery Revealed
“1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles— 2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, 3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, 4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), 5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: 6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, 7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.”

Verse 1- Paul  is in prison.  Is he glad?  Describe his two prisons.
                Again, who are the Gentiles and what is remarkable of
                why he Paul  is for us?

Verse 2- What is a dispensation?  When does it begin and end?

Verse 3- What is a revelation?  Who is the “He” who gave Paul the revelation?

Verse 4- Where did Paul get this knowledge?  What is this knowledge?

Verse 5- What is this message that was not been known before but is known now      
                by His Apostles and prophets?

Verse 6- Why did this bland message read today bring shock waves to the
                New Testament church and the Jews?
               
Verse 7- What is the “the effecting work of power”?
                Have you experienced it or just heard and talk about it.
                How do we get this power?
                Are you ready to receive it? 

Prayer Request- Unspoken friend for his injuries and wife’s illness-
Bubby Charlton 5 year old with Langerhans cell histiocytosis- My ministry and job-  The move of God in this community-The addiction problem in this community- For evangelism of the lost and sanctification of the saved (real revival).



ANSWERS**************************

Ephesians 3  New King James Version (NKJV)  The Mystery Revealed
“1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles— 2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, 3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, 4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), 5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: 6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, 7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.”

Verse 1- Paul  is in prison.  Is he glad?  Not the real prison but he likes the prison he is in serving Jesus ChristDescribe his two prisons. He is in both voluntarily
                Again, who are the Gentiles and what is remarkable of
                why he Paul  is for us?
Gentiles are non-Jews described as dogs in the New Testament.

Verse 2- What is a dispensation? A period of time When does it begin and end?
                 Until Christ returns or you die.

Verse 3- What is a revelation? A showing of a mystery or hidden truth. Who is the “He” who gave Paul the revelation? Jesus Christ(Galatians 1:1, 1:12)

Verse 4- Where did Paul get this knowledge?  What is this knowledge?
                (Galatians  1:15-17) confirmed by (Galations 1:18-2:1, 2:9-10)
Verse 5- What is this message that was not been known before but is known now     
                by His Apostles and prophets?
                The gospel of GRACE!
Verse 6- Why did this bland message read today bring shock waves to the
                New Testament church and the Jews?
               The gospel is for all, even the Gentiles-US!
               
Verse 7- What is the “the effecting work of power”?  
                JUSTIFICATION & SANCTIFICATION
                Have you experienced it or just heard and talk about it?
                How do we get this power?  Are you ready to receive it? 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Is It Important How I Pronounce God's Name? Does God Favor Any Languages Over Others? Does It Affect Salvation?


from GotQuestions.org
  
QUESTION RECEIVED:
Is it important how I pronounce God's name? 
Does God favor any languages over others? 
Is it important to know Gods name for salvation or just his character as being God that matters?


MY ANSWER:
Does God cares about His name?
Yes!
How would you respectfully pronounce His name?
With the honor of Him being your Father and the respect of the office of the King of all.

Luke 11:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Instruction about Prayer From Jesus
 “11 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:
                     ‘Father, hallowed be Your name.”
Your kingdom come.”

What language should you use in talking with God?
Your language.

Do you talk to your father or friends in ancient Hebrew, biblical Greek, Latin or Aramaic?
I hope not.

Yes there is a weird and dangerous fad that we should return to bondage and Christians should adapt ancient Jewish  practices.
Do you want to have to start living under the animal sacrificial system?
Why would you want the bondage of law again over grace?

Ephesians 2:15 (NASB)
“by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the *two  into one new man, thus establishing peace,”
*Jews and Gentiles

You ask “Is it important to know Gods name for salvation or just his character as being God that matters?”

Knowing special God’s name has nothing to do with salvation.
That would be magic or superstition and not His grace.

Then how are you saved?

Ephesians 1:13 (NASB)
“13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,”

Christ lived a perfect life.  He died on the cross.  He was resurrected from the dead.  He sits at the right hand of God the Father.   One day He will judge us.  Christ is our last High Priest.
When you repent or turn from your sins his blood covers you and you are declared righteous before God.  You are saved by God, for God to serve God.  You receive pardon for sins, citizenship in Heaven and Him dwelling in you and you in him.

Trust in grace alone for salvation not law or religious ritual or formulas.