My Substitute Guest

My Substitute Guest

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, That whosoever believeth in Him Should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

I heard it said over and over again,

But not enough for me to repent of my sins

I said, “Jesus loves me,” and I kept on going

And yet He spared me to live on another morning.

I saw the Bible sitting there,

On the table, by the chair.

I’d read other books, but I let it lay

On the table day by day.

Story by story, I read on and on

Until finally the last novel was gone.

Then I picked up my Bible and wiped off the dust

I said “In God, I should put my trust.”

Deep down I knew I’d known Him once before

And He always seemed to be knocking at my heart’s door.

But I closed my mind and I closed my heart;

Jesus was calling again but I sought Him not.

I keep on reading as my Bible lay:

And I said to myself, “I’ll read it one day.”

Never thought what if that day hadn’t came

For I knew I only had myself to blame.

Then one day as I laid to rest

I stumbled upon a novel, The Substitute Guest.

It was about a family who believed in God

And I read this book with a nod.

This Christian family, their love and trust-

I knew for me-it was a must

When the stranger asked how this perfect love was so

They told Him of Christ, who’d so long ago

Died on the Cross for our very sins

That we might open our hearts

And let Him come in.

This stranger accepted Christ;

And so did I

And because He lives I shall never die.

For God knew my heart

But I didn’t know the rest;

It was He who came as my Substitute Guest.

And now I read my Bible everyday;

I try to live my life in a Christ-like way.

I never have to wipe my Bible for dust

For reading God’s Word is a daily must.

I thank Him for being so patient with me

And for destroying my sins at Calvary.

For dying that I might live.

His only begotten Son is what God had chosen to give.

~By Vanessa Winfield Gibbs

 

Nuggets – The Carnal Mind and Death

Nuggets – The Carnal Mind and Death

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The Carnal Mind and Death
“To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” (Romans 8:6-7)

This passage defines for us both the carnal mind and the spiritual mind, not with formal definitions, but by giving equivalent terms.

First, the carnal mind is identified as being “enmity against God” (v. 7), a rampant disregard for God’s law. Furthermore, the carnal mind is equated with death, specifically eternal, spiritual death. A physically living person may have a carnal mind, bringing with it a spiritual deadness and eternal doom. This also serves us as a working definition of death—being hostile toward God, or minding the things of the flesh. “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not…

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The Attractiveness of Sin

The Attractiveness of Sin

THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF SIN

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By Dr. David Staff

Years ago, my parents bought me my first serious Bible. It was a Scofield Reference Bible, King James Version, given to me shortly after I had trusted Christ as my Savior (August 6, 1963). I had bent the knee to the savior two months before I became 10. Three months before John F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley all died on the same day (Nov 22, 1963). I unwrapped mom and dad’s gift, “the Book,” on my October 6th birthday.

Today, I often look at that Bible. When I can’t find it, I go on a hunt for it. I never want to lose it. I may just spring to get it rebound in a fresh, leather cover. I anticipate re-studying it some day when my (present) vocation becomes my (future) avocation.

FOOD FOR MY YOUNG HEART

My purpose is not to brag, but that Bible is indeed worn. Not because it is over 50 years old, but rather because as a young Christian I wore it out. Much underlining of verses from Genesis to Revelation. Many notes in the margins. I recall with indescribable but just-as-if-it-happened-yesterday joy how much delight I felt in its pages, how often I heard the Holy Spirit’s voice as I pondered the words.

Many discoveries. Some of them thrilling, others sobering.

I recall one especially sobering verse, found in Paul’s letter to the Romans. Chapter 7, verse 13. The KJV reads something like “so that sin might be shown to be exceedingly sinful.” That phrase never left me. In so many places in the Bible, key people found sin attractive. Israel at the foot of Mt. Sinai, Achan, Samson, David, the prodigal son, Ananias and Sapphira. With all those people, and countless others, sin never truly was or is attractive. Its bite is irretrievable loss and death.

Here, Paul said that sin in me misused God’s law to produce death in me. The point – sin is so sinful that it produces death from a source of life. More to the point – sin is exceedingly sinful.

I always believed that the Holy Spirit had spoken to me back then, and continues to speak to me today, about the nasty, ugly, putrid nature of sin. There really is nothing at all attractive about it.

DISCIPLES OF JESUS ARE VIGILANT

Os Guiness writes, “Evil is quite simply the most serious problem in human life, the most serious problem in the contemporary world, and the most serious problem for our deepest resort in life — our trust in God or in the universe that is our planet home.”

As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, who by his life, death, and resurrection, has conquered sin and death, we must never “come to terms” with evil. There is no truce with it that should be considered, and no friendship with it that can be contemplated. We must hate it. Call it what it is. Understand what it does. And flee to the One who has from it set us free.

“Wretc

A Dangerous and Deadly Deception

A Dangerous and Deadly Deception

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Michael Brown

It is one thing to downplay the ugliness of sin in the life of a believer. It is another thing to deny the existence of sin in the life of a believer. Yet today, there are believers who claim that they do not sin, even when they do. As scary as this deception is, the reasoning behind it is even scarier.

I first encountered this in some fringe hyper-grace circles, where the reasoning goes like this: “I am a spirit, I have a soul and I live in a body. My spirit is born-again, redeemed and perfect in God’s sight. Therefore…

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God’s Grace

God’s Grace

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*God’s Grace*

*I wonder how many people will delete this without reading it because of the title. It is a shame but this message is very true. Hope you are all as blessed as I was by this story.*

*There once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak….*

*”I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming toward me swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright. I stopped the lad and asked, “What do you have there, son?”*

*”Just some old birds,” came the reply.*

*”What are you going to do with…

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Don’t Quit

Don’t Quit

Don’t Quit

 

Bill Brinkworth

Too many quit, or want to quit, when the going gets rough. In most cases, one never really quits the problem.  He may move away from it, but it follows him, sometimes much of his life. The obstacle is still there.

Quitters are everywhere:

  • Husbands feel they cannot handle the burden of being a husband and father, and run away. Although there is distance between him and his family, he is still a father and husband. His running away has not changed that. The problems he ran away from usually get far bigger than they originally were.
  • Wives run off leaving families and husbands; however, each is still a wife and mother.
  • Children sometimes do not like their parent’s rules. They run away, but they still have the same parents. They just put space between themselves and the unsolved problem that will probably haunt them the rest of their lives unless they stay and work out the problem.
  • Students quit school, but usually spend their lives without training and education. The rest of their lives is stalled, because they never learned the lessons they would need to further their lives.
  • Friends quit a long-term friendship, because of an argument.
  • Employees quit when they do not like what is happening at the workplace.

It usually is easy to walk away from an uncomfortable situation. It does not take character, intelligence, or common sense to run away when the way gets tough. Rarely is anything solved by quitting. There will always be problems in life. Unsolved problems have a way of following us wherever we go.

Many take their quitting life-style and apply it to their spiritual lives. Here are several reasons why one cannot quit on God:

  • You cannot quit being a Christian: Once a true Christian, always a Christian. You did not earn it. It was a free gift of salvation, given if you trusted Jesus’ finished work on the cross as payment for all your sins. However, too many quit being Christ-like.

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:28-29

  • You cannot quit, because the enemy has nothing to offer. There are only two sides – Satan’s and God’s. If one is truly saved by faith, he cannot get unsaved, and be on the loser’s side.

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13

  • You should not quit, because victory may be just around the corner. Troubles and tribulations are part of the school of life. You may be very close to passing the “test” and going on to life’s next lesson. Do not quit now.

“And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” II Timothy 4:18

  • You cannot quit when you make a mistake. Just get back in the saddle, and try again.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39

  • You cannot quit now; you will miss the harvest. Maybe one day your problem will be over, and you will reap a blessing from the tribulation. Maybe it will be tomorrow or the day after. Spiritual fruit does not always come the day it is planted.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” I Corithians 15:58 Also: John 15:4.

Many times life is very difficult. If you are a Christian, you are on the winning side. Do not quit now. Victory is possible; it is a blessing when it is achieved, and it may be just around the corner!

 

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”  Romans 8:37

 

A.W. Pink Tract: Is Christ Your Lord?

A.W. Pink Tract: Is Christ Your Lord?

1689 Baptist/ 1689 Bautista /1689 Batista

A useful tract to pass out to nominal christians when doing evangelism which clearly explains the Lordship of Christ in salvation and in the life of a genuine believer.  Print it out in booklet form and just fold in half to make the tract with a single sheet of paper.

A.W. Pink Tract, Is Christ your Lord

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