Monday, September 26, 2011

What Is Truth?




In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through Him,
and apart from Him
nothing came into being that has come into being.




There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.

He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God,
even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood
nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory,
glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-14


So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word,
then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life;
no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6.

Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. John 17:17

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. .Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” Pilate asked. “What is truth?” John 18:36-38



If we could have listened in on the above conversation between Pilate and Jesus,
I am convinced that there would have been a sarcastic tone in Pilate's question:

“What is truth?”


Do you believe Jesus is the truth and that we can stand on His Words?
What are the fundamental truths in the Bible that are the foundation of your beliefs?
Can we believe what Jesus says, or not?


Many who profess to be Christians do not take Jesus words and the Bible literally. They would like to view the Bible in the same way that they view the US Constitution … information to be considered. If they agree with it, fine. If not, they will adjust the truth to fit in with whatever makes sense to them … and the next thing you know, a million babies are being aborted in America every year.

Well as wrong as this line of thinking is, in regards to our constitution, it is many times worse when we talk about using this type of thinking when reading the Bible. Although I believe the constitution was not intended to be amended to meet the changing whims of society; it was created by men and is subject to amendments.

The Bible on the other hand, was inspired by God and is presented as the never-changing absolute truth of the all-knowing, ever-present, all-powerful creator of the universe, who never lies and is never wrong. The Word of God is infallible and inerrant. This is a core belief that sets Christianity apart from all other religions. The Bible is not the teachings of good men but rather God speaking through men by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Without this belief, that God’s Word is truth, our belief system loses its power, and our faith would be destroyed.

Additionally, any other belief, religion, philosophy or creed would be equally valid if there were no Bible inspired by the Creator. With no biblical basis of truth, the Bible would be reduced to just so many words, or another self help book. The truth would be reduced to the wisdom of men and each of us would be the god of his own life, discerning good and evil.

When carried to this end, Christianity is reduced to the same level as atheistic thought. I think we can all see where this would end up … total chaos. But beyond the foolishness of this chaos, the idea ignores the fact that there is eternal truth, principles which are self evident and absolutely true, whether we believe them or not. This was clear to me long before I became a Christian.

What has led us to this confusion? Some time ago, Josh McDowell said that most evangelical Christian youth in the United States no longer believe in absolute truth. “In 1991, 52% of our born again church kids said there is no absolute truth. In 1994, 62%. In 1999, 78%, and in 2002, 91 percent of our born again church kids said there is no absolute truth. Can you believe how horrible this is? The primary cause of this problem is the influence of secular education and secular media since the 1960’s.” It is amazing to see how much impact that 40 hours a week for 16 years will have on a young person’s belief system. Can you imagine where we would be without Biblical teaching?

The same broken down educational system that produced a politically correct attitude in our Attorney General Eric Holder, that won’t allow him to say that Islamic terrorist bombers might be Islamic terrorists, has been brainwashing our children with babble for over 50 years: “There is no right or wrong. There are no moral absolutes. Everything is relative. Everyone’s beliefs are equally valid. All paths lead to god. Each person needs to decide what his truth is. The end justifies the means. Everything is okay in moderation. There is no god.” … and many other false beliefs. The idea of separation of church and state which was promoted by mostly socialists and atheists has resulted in a values neutral public education system where naturalism and atheistic views are free to rule the day.



But that is not all. The church has become weak. The seeker friendly philosophy has opened the door to many new Christians, but at what cost? Watered down Christianity? At our local mega church, the teaching and the music is no longer religious to the point that I can hardly tell if I am in a church anymore. The number one church in America is led by a motivational speaker, Joel Osteen, who says “teaching the word is not his gift.” I must admit, I enjoy his messages. They are uplifting and encouraging, but I also like a Big Mac and fries.

And recently Rick Warren, the number one pastor in America said, “the future of the world is religious pluralism, and we must learn to get along … “we need to encourage those (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam) who are about the common good.” I must say he made some very good points about working together to help the sick and needy but the church can do that without pandering to non-Christian religions.

And then he said; “let me give you my definition of a fundamentalist. Fundamentalism actually started out as a good term among Christians in the early 20th century. It was a word which meant a Christian believer dedicated to the fundamentals of the Bible: Jesus is the way to heaven; the Bible is the word of God, things like that. The word has been hijacked now to basically mean a radical or a terrorist or something like that. Here is my definition of a fundamentalist: A fundamentalist is anybody who stopped listening. That’s a fundamentalist”

He then goes on to explain that there are Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Secular, and atheist fundamentalists. That is a total insult to those of us who are still committed to standing on the fundamental truths of the Bible.

Warren may be doing great things with the millions a year he makes from his book, and he has ideas that are filled with church growth success principles, but I think he bumped his head on this one.

It is not a wonder that 90% of Christians don’t believe in the fundamentals of the Christian faith, with statements like that from our church leaders. It is now clear why he did not ask Obama the tough questions on abortion, when he had the chance. He is more focused on the common good, than he is concerned with confronting evil.

Contrary to this false teaching, millions of Christian fundamentalists are still listening to the only one that matters: Jesus Christ. We are still standing on the fundamentals of the Christian faith. We have no desire to pretend that Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and other false religions are doing anything other than leading people away from God.

Political correctness has no place in committed Biblical Christianity. If me ... not listening to false religions, crooked politicians, and the false teachings of the world is his definition of a Christian who stopped listening: then I am guilty and proud of it … I am a Christian Fundamentalist. But the truth is not that we actually stopped listening; but rather we strongly oppose the message. I apologize if I sound angry, but this should be just cause for all believers to become angry. I'm just surprised he didn't slam the tea party movement as well.


So, that leaves us with these questions: “What is truth?” Do you believe Jesus is the truth, and that we can stand on His Words? What are the fundamental truths in the Bible that are the foundation of your beliefs? Can we believe what Jesus says, or not?

As far as believing Christians being labeled as radicals by the world, and grouped with the other undesirables that the sincere pastor listed above, it is of little concern.

Jesus warned us: “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. “But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. “He who hates Me hates My Father also John 15:18-23

Nicodemus said to them, “Our Law does not judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he is doing, does it?” They answered him, “You are not also from Galilee, are you?

My answer? ... Yes, and I'm proud of it!

God Bless you my Friends, Bob


In order to better expand upon the topic of truth, This post has been reprinted from Paradox Principles 5/15/2010

Jesus Is The Truth



Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.
If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews.
But now my kingdom is from another place.”

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king.
In fact, for this reason I was born,

and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.
Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
Pilate asked. “What is truth?” John 18:36-38


“What is truth” is not a new debate.



Jesus clearly says; “I came into the world, to testify to the truth". "Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” The Jews rejected his claims and brought him to Pilate who plainly asks “What is truth?” Today, over 90% of Christians are not standing with the truth that Jesus came to proclaim. This is blatant hypocrisy.

Previously, I quoted a Barna research study that found that only 9% of Born Again Christians have a Biblical worldview. Jesus says, “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me". How can 91% of Born Again Christians call on Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but at the same time not have a Biblical worldview? Barna defined a Biblical worldview as one that held to the following beliefs?

1. Moral truth absolutely exists.
2. This truth is defined by the Bible.
3. Jesus led a sinless life.
4. God is the all powerful and all knowing creator of the universe.
5. Salvation is a gift of God …. You can’t earn it.
6. Satan is real.
7. Followers are responsible to share their faith with others.
8. The Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.

How would we define a worldview? The beliefs that guide the daily decisions of our life. These beliefs have been formed over the course of our lifetime through our parents, schools, society, laws, relationships, church, our jobs, TV, books, and mentors.

Some common secular worldviews are:


1. Materialism: He who has the most things wins.
2. Individualism: Me first.
3. Humanism: You are your own god.
4. Pragmatism: Whatever works for you.
5. Hedonism: If it feels good, do it.
6. Naturalism: God does not exist.
7. Marxism: What's good for all, rules all.


Is the problem becoming clearer to you?
1 Cor 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight.
Pro 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.


As learners we unconsciously develop opinions which guide our every action and decision. Along the way many decide to become a Christian but their minds are already set. The new Christian values are mixed with beliefs already established resulting in a potentially hypocritical belief system. A number of years ago, I was talking to a friend and she said, “that’s your truth, Bob. I have my truth and you have your truth”. That’s okay in a free world, but when two people have diametrically opposing views on a value or character issue and one is holding to a biblical position and the other to a materialistic or hedonistic position, both are not representing the truth from a Christian perspective.

The point we must agree on here for the sake of finding the truth is that we must agree on a biblical foundation to determine truth. Each person following their own opinions leads to chaos. All religions are not equal and all beliefs are not correct no matter how firmly or sincerely a person is in their belief.

The following verses are only a few that explain the truth as it has come to us through Christ. We will use the Bible here as a filter to determine if the beliefs and issues we discuss here are truth or just more good sounding ideas.

John 17:17-19 “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. “For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

John: 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Jn 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

In order to find biblical truth that we can have confidence in, we must stand with Jesus.

“You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

This message opens the discussion to a number of topics for future discussion. and also establishes the foundation for Biblically guided discussion.

God Bless you my friends, Bob


In order to better expand upon the topic of truth, This post has been reprinted from Paradox Principles 1/2/2010

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jobs ... An Easy Solution





Obamanomics Kills 500 Jobs In Texas


by Liberty Juice September 13 2011

Texas and the EPA have been going at it for some time now, but as we all know one way or another the federal government manages to get its way. If only a group of people would have gotten together during the founding of our country to draft a document to protect state sovereignty and individual liberty.

Obama is warming up for his re-election campaign by touting his jobs plan. I could argue that his so-called “plan” is nothing more than the same old failed Obamanomics / Keynesian economics strategy that has been tried over the past few years, but I believe that is obvious enough. Along the same lines I can argue that Obama hasn’t stopped campaigning since 2008.

We all must keep in mind that the president used the previous stimulus plan to pay back his primary campaign contributors: the various unions. This is why they redefined: "Jobs Created to mean Jobs Saved" The end result was: the supposed stimulus went to save the jobs of friends rather than create new jobs for all Americans.

"I believe President Obama is not being truthful when he says this is not about politics. This is all about politics and everyone knows it. President Obama knows that government regulations will not allow for new construction jobs to be created in the next two years. This is just more political rhetoric. If he truly was serious about creating new jobs, as Donald Trump recently explained; he would have placed a moratorium on EPA and the burdensome building regulations that now delays new construction for many years."

"Is it likely that there will be many jobs created by the president's new plan? NO ... Jobs saved for unions members that give his campaign money? Absolutely. Politics as usual to the max." bw


Interestingly enough, when it came time for Obama to bring a plan of action to the table a representative from Louisiana, a state that has been crushed by Obama’s oppressive regulation machine, made a silent suggestion to Obama via a hand-held sign stating “Drilling = Jobs.” This was a break from decorum, yes, but it was also a common sense suggestion for the President.


The Heritage Foundation quotes the statement Rep. Jeff Landry made before Obama’s address:

Our unemployment rate is the problem, and the solution is simple: drilling equals jobs. By allowing the hard-working people in the Gulf of Mexico to ply their trade, we can save 25,000 jobs. By allowing production in a small portion of ANWR, we can create 250,000 jobs. And by lifting the ban on new offshore drilling, we could create 1.2 million jobs. We must increase domestic energy exploration, expedite the permitting process, and remove the bureaucratic red-tape and barriers on job creators. Producing domestic energy will create jobs across the country, increase revenue to the federal government, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Mr. President, do the right thing: let us drill.

With that in mind, I bring you the sad news that 500 jobs are now being eliminated because of the EPA’s regulations and “unrealistic deadline.”

Texas energy company Luminant announced on Monday new burdensome Environmental Protection Agency regulations are forcing it to close several facilities, which will result in about 500 job losses.

The EPA regulation Luminant cites as too burdensome is the new Cross-State Air Pollution rule, which requires Texas power generators to make “dramatic reductions” in emissions beginning on January 1, 2012.

“We have hundreds of employees who have spent their entire professional careers at Luminant and its predecessor companies,” Luminant CEO David Campbell said in a statement. “At every step of this process, we have tried to minimize these impacts, and it truly saddens me that we are being compelled to take the actions we’ve announced today. We have filed suit to try to avoid these consequences.”

The company said it has been trying to meet the new standards, but won’t be able to do so without closing down several facilities and eliminating 500 jobs.

If Obama was serious about creating jobs – and creating them quick – I know there are a few thousand workers and employers in Texas, Louisiana, and all along the Gulf Coast that have a few suggestions for him. But, why should the Campaigner-in-Chief care about red-state jobs anyway?

Liberty Juice September 13 2011

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900 Years of Energy Reserves ...
Can this possibly be true?


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Here's the Problem ...

America has over 900 years worth of oil reserves from one source alone, and we haven't even discussed Alaska's ANWR Oil Reserves yet, or the rest of America's reserves. We haven't even begun a discussion regarding nuclear power. What in the world are these ignorant politicians doing with our republic?

A primary problem is that Environmental scientists, the far left mainstream media, Al Gore, and President Obama have not been truthful to the American people ... and many in the general public believe these debatable conclusions.


Regardless of political party or philosophical point of view, at the very least our politicians and leaders owe the American people honesty. Without honesty from our leaders America will ultimately fail.


The tactic of the environmental movement is to announce that "the science has been settled" and then they moved ahead with shutting down America's energy industry through excessive Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

Goodby Jobs ... hello gas prices that have gone from $1.79 to $4.00 in less than two years. And that is only a small part of the end result; especially when you take into consideration the jobs lost, plus the increased cost of all products shipped by air, truck, and rail ... all across America.


The left is convinced that the if they simply announce that "the science has been settled" and then declare anyone who does not accept their conclusions is ignorant and deluded ... eventually everyone will just agree with their draconian scenario, and the foolish and moronic: "no solution ... solution".

President Obama is the one who said: "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." January 2008. What he conveniently neglected to explain however is that millions of jobs would be lost, and gas prices would more than double, even without cap and trade.

The environmental movement clearly admits that the solution they offer to solve this supposed problem will have a minimal impact on CO2 emissions during the next one hundred years and they conclude we are doomed regardless ...
but they would have us shut down production of, and consumption of, all carbon fuel related products regardless of the consequences.


"We the people ... are the problem"
Doing something is better than nothing, they say.


even if they are not sure about the problem, or the solution, you ask?

That's right ... shut up and just do it, they say. No further discussion allowed.


Here's a real , Simple Solution ...


Millions of jobs can be created overnight by following three simple steps.

1. Declare energy independence to be our number one national priority.
2. Suspend unnecessary EPA and other regulations that are hindering putting Americans to work.
3. Expand exploration and production of all available forms of American energy immediately.

No need for a long speech ... just do it now!

If President Obama would have made this simple announcement, the resulting economic boom would have easily resulted in his reelection.

Forget about solutions ... take our no our "no solution, solution" or else, they say.

Why would Americans listen to and follow the left's misleading babble?



Al Gore is the spokesman that announced that "the science has been settled" and that an environmental catastrophe of epic proportions will occur in the near future. Our world is on a path to total environmental turmoil and havoc.

The fact is that Gore and his friends have cornered the market for the only option that will be allowed for businesses in the world of the future that they have imagined: carbon offset trading. The idea is for businesses to buy carbon offsets from Al Gore and his friends. these offsets allow for excess carbon emissions. The businesses would simply pass along the added expenses to you and me, the consumers.

We are supposed to make the conclusions of environmental scientists our god and blindly accept whatever they say ... YES, even when they mislead us to further their environmental and monetary goals.

The problem is that many, many prominent scientists do not agree with their babble.

(Read Here) Go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_scientists_opposing_the_mainstream_scientific_assessment_of_global_warming

From a Christian's perspective, we are called to care for all God has entrusted us with, but this scheme of men has nothing to do with the truth of God's Word. Prophetic scripture has clearly explained God's plans for the end-times for both the world and all men. In the meantime, those things beyond man's control such as the climate will continue to be managed by God ... not men.


God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.

Come, behold the works of the LORD,
Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
“Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Psalm 46:1-11


Of course, the source of our current problems is clear to all. Vote accordingly.
God bless you my friends, Bob

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Perfect Church 3



I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance,
and that you cannot tolerate evil men,
and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles,
and they are not, and you found them to be false;
and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake,
and have not grown weary.

But I have this against you,
that you have left your first love.

Therefore remember from where you have fallen,
and repent and do the deeds you did at first; Revelation 2:2-5






Can you remember back to your first love?

I was in the fourth grade. Without question, at that point in my life, everything was secondary to baseball. And then I met a girl. You know the rest of the story. I was captivated by these feelings that came from nowhere … for at least a couple of weeks. Most of us have had this experience more than once. A similar feeling is stirred when watching a movie like “The Notebook” or “Sleepless in Seattle.” It's Magical... sort of like the first time a child goes to Disneyland. My grandson, Bennett wanted to know if he could live there. Remember that feeling? All consuming ... Nothing else like it.

But Agape love is different; it is more mature, and a matter of the will, rather than feelings. Well ... feelings come and go; but the promise from Christ is for far more peace and joy than we have ever believed, imagined, or felt in any other experience or relationship. This peace and joy will last for eternity and it continually increases as we walk with Him, and get to know Him better. The problem is we often approach Him the same old way we often approach other relationships … without a clear understanding and commitment to the relationship we have entered. We have been adopted into His Royal Family for eternity ... we need to start loving and living like it.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10.



When reading the Bible I came to understand that we love Him when we obey His commands … when we humble ourselves to His Word. When we go against the grain of our human logic and feelings, and when we love others in the same way He loves us, we are showing Christ we love Him; and we are fulfilling His mission and purpose. “When the love of Christ controls us, we no longer look at others according to the flesh or from a worldly point of view … Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

What old things passed away, and what new things have come? Well first and foremost is this: other-centered love. If our elders and pastors do not understand and have this love, how can they model, teach and lead the church body into spiritual maturity? The qualities outlined in 1 Corinthians 13 are without question the qualities that should be prayed for and searched for when seeking a new pastor.

Once again I am convinced that years ago we would never have called the pastor that miserably failed at Southwest Community Church, if only we had carefully followed this teaching of the Apostle Paul.



What good is a Christian or Pastor without the love of Christ?

1. That most gifted preacher without love … is a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2. Prophetic words, discernment, and knowledge count for nothing.
3. Faith beyond our imagination, faith that even overcomes our greatest challenges … it's nothing without love.
4. One who has a heart for giving his all to feed the poor, accomplishes nothing eternal without the love of Christ.
5. Even surrendering himself to death by fire … will profit him nothing eternally.



God's 20 Love Questions

1. Is this Christian impatient?
2. Is this Christian unkind?
3. Is this Christian jealous?
4. Is this Christian arrogant?
5. Is this Christian a braggart?
6. Does this Christian act unbecomingly?
7. Is this Christian self-seeking?
8. Is this Christian easily provoked?
9. Does this Christian dwell on a wrong suffered?
10. Does this Christian rejoice in unrighteousness?
11. Does this Christian rejoice with the truth?
12. Does this Christian bear all things?
13. Does this Christian believe all things that are grounded in Truth?
14. Does this Christian find hope in all things?
15. Does this Christian endure all things?
16. Is this Christian a man or woman of faith?
17. Is this Christian standing on the hope that only comes through Christ?
18. Is this Christian a man or woman who is daily living Agape love towards God and all men?
19. Has this Christian done away with the childish things?
20. Would Jesus see this Christian as a mature Christian?

These are the old things that passed away, and the new things that have come.



Now for just a moment, imagine yourself standing in a right relationship with Christ on each one of these questions. Would your mind be renewed and transformed? And have you returned to your first love? Absolutely ... you would be overwhelmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Your life would take on new power, new hope, new faith, new courage, and God's love would guide you, moment by moment; day by day. Now envision yourself serving at a church where the elders and deacons and the pastors and every church member were renewed and transformed by God’s Word and by the Holy Spirit and living out the Love of Christ. This church is on fire!

Now that would be the Perfect Church ... don't you think?

And no church buildings would be able to house the new members wanting to join daily.




The First Step … three questions we must each ask ourselves:
1. How do I measure up on each one of these twenty questions?
2. What changes does Christ want me to make in my life?
3. What steps will I take to allow the love of Christ to control me?


Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. “For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:36-42

And all the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number, to such an extent that they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on any one of them. Also the people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing people who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed. Acts 5:14-16



Without question, we can say that the Perfect Church has been … we only need to ALL return to our First Love.


TO BE CONTINUED ...
I have numerous points to cover and will post part four in this series in the next few days.

God Bless you my friends, Bob
Copyright: Robert West 2011

God's Will For You ...


Oh praise the LORD, all ye nations:
praise him, all ye people.

For his merciful kindness is great toward us:
and the truth of the LORD endureth forever.
Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 117:1-2

It is better to trust in the LORD
than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:8



Meditate On God's Truth!



We can know God's Will for our life ...

when we become centered on His Word!



... The Miracle at the Center of God's Word ...

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(Please note: click bottom right corner for full screen)
Many thanks to Kathy Eichler for reminding me of this one!



My friends ... it cannot get any clearer than this!

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him;
and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

And the Word was made 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. John:1:1-5;14


Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh;
and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:5-7


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.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned:
but he that believeth not is condemned already,
because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John 3:16-19


God bless you my friends, Bob
Please be sure to forward this post to all you know!