Paul Returns to Antioch and Departs. Acts 18:18-23. Part I

Paul Returns to Antioch & Departs. Acts 18.18-23. Part I

Paul desired to return to his home church in Antioch, so he said goodbye to the believers in Corinth and made his way, eastbound, aboard ship. In Chencrea, Paul shaved his head because of the Nazarite vow he had taken at some point in the past – perhaps while in Corinth. This vow symbolized Paul’s love and gratitude for Christ, and his dedication to Christ. The Lord Jesus had transformed Paul’s life, and Paul loved Jesus. May we love the Lord Jesus and thank Him from our hearts for His grace to us. May we love Jesus and show Him our love by keeping His commandments and seeking His will.

God bless you.

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By God’s Grace

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. By whom also, we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” – Romans 5:1-2

In Acts 15:6-11, Peter teaches us that God chose, God gave the Holy Spirit, and God purified Gentile believers (non-Jews) by faith in Jesus Christ. He declared, “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved – even as they.” It is only by God’s grace that a person can be saved from eternal damnation in hell. God’s gift of eternal life is given to those who confess and believe that Jesus Christ is God and Savior, and who repent and believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His gift of salvation does not depend on one’s goodness but upon one’s faith in Jesus. This is God’s grace to us – we do not have to be perfect in order to receive His gift of salvation through Christ: “That if thou shalt confess with they mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” – Romans 10:9. “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not of works, least any man should boast” – Ephesians 2:8-9. “Be strong in the grace that is in our Lord Jesus Christ” – 2 Timothy 2:1.

For Those Who Long For Revival

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Revive Us O’ LORD!

Lord Jesus,

I love You because You first loved me. I thank You for the glorious grace that You have given to me through faith in Your Gospel.

I repent for quenching the Holy Spirit in my life: because my love has grown cold and uncaring for the world around me – right where I live – in my own backyard.

I repent for grieving Your Holy Spirit in my life because I believe I am the only one doing “it” right.

I repent for the hardness of my heart in failing to seek out and fellowship with believers across the street from the “other” church that believes the biblical, true Gospel.

I repent because I have forgotten that there is only One Body of Christ filled with born again believers from different walks of life and espousing different views though solidly dedicated and faithful to the biblical Gospel – Your Gospel, to the Apostles’ Creed, to the inerrancy of the Word of God, to the work and power of the Holy Spirit, and to prayer.

I repent of the evil of my divisive and arrogant tongue that has promoted my agenda at the cost of hurting those who are truly born again.

I repent of the spiritual pride I often find in my own heart but am too weak to confront and too prideful to admit.

I repent of the bitterness I have spread and the grudges I have held against other believers who have wronged me, hurt me, gossiped about me, or shunned me from fellowship.

I repent for the ungodliness of my nation’s sexual perversion and its results: STDs, divorce, and abortion.

I repent for my nation’s idolatry: covetousness, greed, and corruption.

I repent because of ungodly leaders who have sacrificed this nation’s honor for self-aggrandizement and financial contributions.

I repent because of ungodly Supreme Court justices who uphold unholy laws.

I repent for my nation’s many, many sins against You.

I repent, Lord Jesus. I repent.

Help me see as You See. Make my heart as Your Heart. Make my life as Your Life.

Live through me, Lord Jesus.

Rule my heart today and always.

In Your Name, Lord Jesus,

Amen.

God Created Your Birth Gender

Phil Robertson recently stated:

“Men should use the men’s bathroom and women should use the women’s bathroom. Just because a man may ‘feel’ like a woman doesn’t mean he should be able to share a bathroom with my daughter, or yours. That used to be called common sense. Now it’s called bigoted.” – Thank you for you common sense, Mr. Robertson. God bless you, sir.

The transgender bathroom issue is not complicated. Jesus Christ, the Creator of all things, made it very simple for a human to know what gender he or she is. He did not make a mistake, nor did He create confusion in regard to this matter. The loving God wants us to know the answers, and they are found in His written word – the Bible. His grace and mercy are revealed to us throughout its pages, and the truth of His Word sets men and women free from the lies and darkness of this world.

God’s words says:

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” – Genesis 1:27. God did not make a mistake when He gave you your birth gender; He gave you your birth gender as a gift. The world lies to you about who you really are. God did not give you your birth gender to confuse you. If you are confused about your gender identity, please believe the truth of God’s Word. Jesus Christ said, “…you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” – John 8:32. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life no man comes to the Father but by Me” – John 14:6.

The battle that is going on over transgenderism is a battle between truth and lies. Christ is the truth: His death, His resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His glorification, and His imminent return to establish His Kingdom on this earth are what all men and women everywhere need to believe in, in order to live out God’s holy purpose for their lives.

God is not the author of confusion, but Satan is. Satan lies, hates, kills, and destroy lives through his lies. Human beings are under his control through sin; he is at the helm of the transgender agenda and every lie that seeks to crush men’s souls, destroy men’s lives, and create mass confusion in the minds and hearts of young people and this entire nation.

May we know the truth about who God created us to be, and may we repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

God bless you, dear read. May His grace be with you always.

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World Idolatry, And The One True God

“And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.” – Jeremiah 1:16

 

Jeremiah was a priest, but the LORD God, Jesus Christ, called him to be a prophet “over nations and over kingdoms” – Jeremiah 1:10.

There were three reasons why God through Jeremiah would judge the nation of Israel in the 7th century B.C.:

  1. They had forsaken the LORD. “If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good” – Joshua 24:20.
  2. They burned incense to other gods. Ignoring the clear teaching of the written Word of God, they chose to be politically correct. They were swayed to believe that all religions seek God in their own way and by a different name, yet God had already told them this was not true:

2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Exodus 20:3-6

3. They worshipped the works of their own hands. Man’s wisdom, education, and philosophies became the criteria for worship not the written revelation of God’s Word: “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ”Colossians 2:8.

My deep concern is for you, dear reader; are you doing the same thing the children of Israel did in the ancient days? Are you forsaking Jesus Christ who, Himself, declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the father but by Me” – John 14:6.

Please listen to God’s Word. There is no hope of salvation outside of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You must remain faithful to Christ alone no matter what the cost. If you know Him, He has promised to be faithful to you: “He is faithful that promised” – Hebrews 10:23.

Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead the third day according to the Scriptures – 1 Corinthians 15. He ascended into heaven and sat at the right hand of the Father where He PRESENTLY sustains the universe – including His followers on this earth. He will return to this earth and establish His kingdom on this earth – He will rule over all – Isaiah 9:6-7.

You need Jesus Christ. You don’t need anyone or anything else. All you need is Jesus for He is our “wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption” – 1 Corinthians 1:30.

Jesus Christ is the only hope for you in this entire universe – follow Him.

Turn from you sins – repent – and follow the risen Christ!

Love – Ryan

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The Thorn and The Brier

“Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

Isaiah 55:13

I have sown the thorn and the brier, yet my gracious Master and King has pulled these from the garden of my heart and planted the fir and myrtle in their place. My heart was a landscape of death, but now (by His grace) it is a garden of life – the planting of the Lord.

The replanting of the field of my heart is a generous and gracious gift afforded me through Christ. He can do the same for you, my friend – He can change your heart as well.

There is no one that Christ cannot redeem.

God’s grace is more than a theory; it is, indeed, a fact of heaven and proven again and again on this earth. Transformed lives are the reality of its power.

Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we can become new creations – old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new – 2 Corinthians 5:17.

No one is worthy of this great kindness, no one is worthy of this great love, and no one is worthy of this great mercy.

By His grace, we change.

It is He who justifies all repentant believers by faith in Christ’s death and resurrection; seeing we have been justified by faith, we should humbly rejoice in the Lord, always.

What fruits are produced from the garden of your heart? Are they thorns and briers or firs and myrtles?

Jesus can transform anyone’s life; He can change your heart. He can cultivate His beauty within you through the power of His Spirit received by faith in His Gospel.

Thank you, Jesus

May you know Christ’s grace and truth.

Saved By Grace

“For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God. Not of works least any man should boast. For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”

Ephesians 2:8-10

These are remarkable words!

Every soul must be saved in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven – to go to Heaven.

No man or woman past, present, or future will go to Heaven if they are not saved.

You and I must be saved from the wrath of Almighty God that is going to come upon us unless we are forgiven.

We must be forgiven of our sins; our sins are too numerous to count. All of us have sinned. We have all turned aside from following what is true and holy. We have all chosen to sin and are doomed to eternal damnation in Hell if we are not saved.

Jesus, the Christ, became a man though He was fully God! He suffered on the cross to pay our debt of sin; He rose again from the dead to prove to all humanity for all eternity that He is Godthe Way, the Truth, and the Life.

He rose from the dead and has proved that He ALONE has the power to forgive sin and save our souls from the eternal, conscious damnation that is the result of the wrath of God.

It is because of God’s grace that we can be saved from the wrath of God. God’s grace is God’s favor toward us; instead of destroying us for rebellion and sin against Him, He offers us GRACE. He offers grace because of His great, great love for us. His grace provides salvation from His wrath for our sin – we can be saved! We can be born again!

All that is required of us is that we BELIEVE His Gospel message. Because of God’s grace, we can be saved by simple faith in Jesus Christ: in His death and resurrection!

Repentance is also required. We must repent of our rebellion and sin. We must bear fruits that show that we have truly repented and turned to Christ.

The result of repentance and faith in Christ is that we will do good works. When we repent and believe the Gospel, God changes our hearts. When our hearts change, we begin doing the right things – things that honor Christ. Our behavior, speech, thoughts, and emotions are transformed through the power of Christ’s Spirit. We no longer seek to do the wrong, sinful things that we used to do.

Beloved of the Lord, are you born again? Are you saved? Has the grace of God transformed your wicked heart into a heart of obedience?

The Lord God of Israel loves you. It is because of His love that He offers you His grace to escape the conscious, eternal damnation of Hell. You must repent and believe – you must put your faith in Christ. When you do this, His Spirit will enter your heart, and you will begin to live a transformed, holy life.

May you know the grace of God and be saved.

The LORD bless you.

 

The New Life

Jesus the Messiah of Israel claimed, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6, emphasis mine).

The Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, was crucified for your sins. He rose again from the dead three days later! He is presently alive. You can have a new life, in Christ, if you repent of your sins and believe His truth.

It’s up to you – do you want a new life? Do you want a real life? Do you want everlasting life or everlasting damnation in the Lake of Fire?

There is no other life – He is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE.

Christ Jesus is who you are missing in your life.

He will make all things new in your heart.

He is merciful, loving, and gracious… but He will return to this earth and judge those who have chosen to follow Satan.

By rejecting Christ as one’s God and Savior, a human being remains an enemy of Christ.

All who reject Christ remain servants of the “the prince of the power of the air” – Satan (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph.+2&version=KJV). However, Jesus the Messiah, will save you from Satan’s lies and enslavement to sin, and He will graciously make you His own.

Become a disciple of Jesus the Messiah of Israel; He is God, and He loves you (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=titus+2%3A13&version=KJV).

God bless you, dear friend.

May you know the Lord Jesus, the Messiah.