John 8:31-38, Are You Free?

John 8:31-38

John 8:31-38 (NKJV)
The Truth Shall Make You Free

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Abraham’s Seed and Satan’s

37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”

Many believed in Jesus as the Christ because of his words. He encouraged them to stay true to his teaching, to rely on the promises he gave them, and to be on guard against the temptations of the enemy. If they did this they would be his disciples, they would teach his word to those who would come to know Him as well. Their hope wold lie in Jesus, no matter what would come. Christ spoke of spiritual liberty; but carnal hearts suffer the draw of the carnal body.

To speak to the disciples of the loss of property, bondage, captivity of the body and they would not agree with you. Speak to them of the bondage of sin, captivity to Satan and the liberty of Christ and they totally understand what you are all about. Share this with the world he told them.

Jesus reminded them that the man who practiced any sin, was, in fact, a slave to that sin, which is the case with most of them. Christ offers us freedom, he has power to do this, and those whom Christ makes free are really so. We walk in spiritual freedom, but struggle with the carnal body. Often we see persons disputing about liberty to every kind, while they are slaves to some sinful lust.

If Jesus sets us free then why do we continue to walk in carnal lust? Focus on Christ and all that he teaches, He gives us the word to teach us how to follow him. Will we get it right? Not all the time but his grace covers us as we move forward to draw closer to Him.

Prayer.
Lord, help us draw closer to you, help us as we struggle with our worldly lust, the things of this world that draw us away from you. Help us to move ever closer to you. When we fail, Lord, lift us up again and draw us into your presents so that we can stand before you. May your grace cover us all the time, protecting us in spirit from the one who seeks to draw us away from you. In Jesus Name!

Comforted

Isaiah 40:21-26; God’s people are comforted.

Wow, since the foundations of the earth, those who are ignorant are willingly ignorant of God’s Creation.  Isaiah tells us that that God sits above the “Circle of the earth”.  God created and rules over the earth.

In Romans 1:18-25 Paul emphasizes the same theme, God created everything and the creation points to God.  Those who do not know this willingly ignore God and the items that point to him.

God is He who created all, who knows all.

Lord thank you for all creation and your word to point us to you.  Forgive us and hel us to walk in your ways all the days of our lives.

John The Baptist Prepares The Way!

Mark 1:1-8, John The Baptist Prepares The Way

When God sent his Son into the world he took care to prepare the way, and when he sends him into the heart of man he takes care to prepare the way.  The most eminent saints have always been the most humble.  God gives grace to those who repent and are baptized into Christ.

John preached with nothing, for the coming of Christ, he was willing to give up all he had and lead people to God.  He had nothing but the love of God.  So where are we when it comes to sharing the Word of God?  Are we willing to give up all we have in order to preach the word of God?  Can we even come close?

God show me your way, oh Lord help me to live for you and share your word with those around us

 

Were You There?

Where you there?

When you get near the end of Job, Job has finally reached a point where he questions God.

God responds with
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?, Job 38:4a

I think this is an important question when we question the history of the earth, which has been in the news lately with a few debates being on the web. One such debate was between Bill Nye and Ken Ham (http://debatelive.org/).

I wonder if it is presumptuous of man to think he could know what happened in the beginning (no matter when that was). What makes man today think he can know more than the creator of the universe? If you have doubts about who and when created the universe then read Job 38-42. Then go back and read Genesis 1, then Exodus 20. See if you still think it could have taken a long time to create all that we know and see today.

Romans 1:18-23
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Free Digital Resources for Bible Study

Free Digital Resources for Bible Study
Compiled by Gregory Linton
Published in the Christian Standard February 2014

BibleGateway.com
Find and compare passages of the Bible based on keywords, phrases, or Scripture reference. Bible Gateway also provides an app that includes more than 90 different translations in more than 70 languages and offers reading plans, audio versions. note taking, and highlighting. It is available on iPad, iPhone, Android phones, and Kindle Fire.

BibleStudyTools.com
“The largest free online Bible website for verse search and in-depth studies.’. Search capabilities in 39 different versions of the Bible as well as access to commentaries, dictionaries. encyclopedias, concordances, historical books, and Greek and Hebrew interlinears and lexicons.

BlueLetterBible.org
More than 20 Bible commentaries plus devotionals, timelines, images, maps, and audio and video sermons from 32 speakers. For each verse, tabs at the top link to original language resources, translation comparisons, cross-references, commentaries. audio sermons, charts, and other tools such as maps and music, Apps are available for iPhone and iPad.

e-Sword.net
A free, downloadable program that allows users to take notes, view maps, check cross-references, and compare translations. The base program includes the King James Version and the Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge, but users can download free and paid additions, such as dictionaries, commentaries, devotionals, maps, and other translations.

GloBible.com
Glo Lite, a free version, includes the New International- Version, King James Version, and additional media content such as HO videos and documentaries, zoomable maps, high-resolution images, historical animations, and virtual tours. For a fee, Glo Premium adds The Message and the English Standard Version and thousands more photos, videos, articles, and tours. It can be installed on up to five devices. Glo is noted for its stylish, well-designed user interface, and it offers simple, intuitive ways to browse biblical content through five lenses: Bible, Atlas, Timeline, Media, and Topical. It is available for Windows, Mac, and iOS.

Logos Bible
Logos Bible Software is a robust system that can be purchased in various packages. For those who do not want to invest hundreds of dollars in Bible software, Logos offers services for free. Bible+ is a free app that includes 40 free Bibles and other books. Signing up for a free Logos account offers access to devotionals, reading plans, favorites, highlighting.. and note taking. Biblia.com, a website featuring free access to many Bibles and an extensive library of free reference works, is based on Logos’s powerful search engine and Bible software. Those who own the software can access their complete library by logging in at Biblia.com.

NTGateway.com
NTGateway.com is a directory of Internet resources on the New Testament. Maintained by Mark Goodacre, professor of New Testament at Duke University, the site recommends resources mostly academic or scholarly in nature. The links are grouped in categories, including Bible translation, the canon, Greek resources, historical Jesus research, textual criticism, and tools and resources. Each book of the New Testament is listed separately with its own links leading to articles, books, dissertations, maps, audio and video resources, and websites.

STEPBible.org
A free, downloadable program provided by the Tyndale House of Cambridge University and aimed primarily at believers in the developing world. It can run on low-spec hardware with intermittent Internet connection and is available in numerous language interfaces. The Bible is also available in many languages, and hundreds more will be added.

TextWeek.com
Provides links to articles, artwork, music, sermons, and other lectionary aids. It was created and is operated by Jenee Woodard of Jackson, Michigan, who is a graduate of Saint Paul School of Theology. The website is so popular with preachers, worship planners, and educators that it receives 2 million hits a month. The site offers indexes for scripture passages, movies, art, and daily leectionary resources.

theWord.net
Offers free, downloadable software that can also be stored on a USB flash drive as a portable version. This highly customizable program allows users to alter the interface, indexes, windows, and preferences. Users can also highlight and take notes within the program. It includes four translations, but more can be downloaded. Add-on modules can also be downloaded free or for a fee,

WORDSearch Basic
Available at WordSearchBible.com, it’s a free, downloadable program that enables comparison of passages in multiple translations and versions, It also provides commentaries and analyses of passages, Users can highlight and take notes in the program, and they can also participate in online discussion groups. The initial program includes the Holman Christian Standard Bible. two devotionals, and a reference work, but more than 200 books and translations are available for free and 3,000 more are available for purchase, Apps are also available for iOS and Android,

YouVersion
With more than 115 million downloads, YouVersion is the world’s most popular Bible app. It provides hundreds of versions of the Bible in more than 100 languages, and it is available on any mobile device for free. The app offers multiple features: audio versions, navigation and search tools, social media connectivity, reading plans. highlighting, and storage of notes in private or public platforms.

Gregory Linton serves as professor of New Testament at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Reflection!

Philippians 3:12-14 (HCSBFree)
Reaching Forward to God’s Goal
12 Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do:Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

As 2013 draws to a close, we reflect back on the year, the past. Christ Died for us in the past so that we might have a future with him, 2014 gives us new opportunities to look forward and to reflect on what is yet to come. To set goals and to reflect on what we would like to do in the future, how we want to draw closer to Christ, God, and the Holly Spirit.
Lord help us to draw closer to you, walk as you would have us walk, reach those you are drawing to your kingdom.

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Do you recall in years gone by,
When we used to pause and pray.
For those Americans who gave their lives?
We called it Armistice Day.
The 11th Hour of the 11th Day,
Of the 11th month of the year,
Was set aside to honor those,
Who fought for liberty.
It was called the “War to End All Wars,”
And they died for you and me.
Now, we call it Veterans Day,
To honor all those who served.
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Surely, we can do no less,
For their deeds are well deserved.
But where now are the parades,
The marching bands and such?
If you care, then tell a friend,
And join in this Veterans Day.
Make the occasion special;
It shouldn’t be made a chore,
For those you have come to honor,
Once cherished peace and not war.
Some now lay in hallowed ground,
For they paid the ultimate price.
Why not then, take the time to visit?
Surely, you can make this sacri ce.
So, whenever you meet a veteran,
Especially on Veterans Day,
Just wave, acknowledge him, or even better yet,
Why not shake his hand and say,
“Thank you for all that you have done,
To keep this nation free.”
And to all who have served before us,
Who treasured liberty,
Once Armistice Day, now Veterans Day,
Just let us never, ever forget,
To pay our respects to all who served;
This nation will forever be in their debt!

- Boyce Clark
Leatherneck, November 1997

Love God, Love Others!

So the Pharisees and Saducees were always trying to trick Jesus, as if they would know more than the Son of God. They always thought they had some new trick question. So here they come up to him and ask what is the greatest commandment, something I am sure they debated all the time, just as we debate what is the greatest sin all the time.

But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.
Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’
On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:34-40 NKJV

All this comes from the old testament, most referenced are these:

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NKJV

You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
Leviticus 19:18 NKJV

So Jesus not only comes back with the greatest but also the second greatest, a two for one special as it were.

So were does this come from? The verses in Deut & Lev but lets also take a look at the Ten commandments and see how they break down. If you look at the first four they relate to Jesus answer for the greatest commandment. If you look at the last six they cover the second greatest commandment.

And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exodus 20:1-2 NKJV

1
“You shall have no other gods before Me.
Exodus 20:3 NKJV
2
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Exodus 20:4-6 NKJV
3
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Exodus 20:7 NKJV
4
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
Exodus 20:8-11 NKJV

5
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
Exodus 20:12 NKJV
6
“You shall not murder.
Exodus 20:13 NKJV
7
“You shall not commit adultery.
Exodus 20:14 NKJV
8
“You shall not steal.
Exodus 20:15 NKJV
9
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Exodus 20:16 NKJV
10
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Exodus 20:17 NKJV

So in what ever you are doing: Love God, Love Others!

Genesis chapter 1 taken literally

This is from a Sunday School class I did recently

Do you take Genesis chapter 1 literally (also 1-11)? Why or Why not?

Read John 20:30-31; 1 John 5:13; Why do we have the written word? _____________

Read 1 Corinthians 15:45-49; Romans 5:12-15
Why did Christ come? _________________ Where do you first read this? ______________

Where did Cain find his wife? How many children did Adam and Eve have? Gen 5:4
Where did the “races” come from?

Answers In Genesis; Get Answers: http://www.answersingenesis.org/get-answers
What Others Are Asking
Cain’s Wife—Who Was She?
What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?
What’s the best “proof” of creation?
Is There Really a God?
Couldn’t God Have Used Evolution?
Was There Really a Noah’s Ark & Flood?
Hasn’t Evolution Been Proven True?
Does Distant Starlight Prove the Universe Is Old?
Does the big bang fit with the Bible?
Doesn’t Carbon-14 Dating Disprove the Bible?

What is the real issue? __________________________

Read Genesis 1:1-3 and John 1:1-3; Who was there in the beginning? _________________

Who wrote Gen 1? _________________, where did the information come from? __________

Can you be a Christian and not believe Genesis 1 is literal (6 – 24 hour days)?

What about Christian who don’t believe?
“The first 11 chapters cover a minimum of 2000 years. It could easily be a thousand times longer.” J. Vernon McGee, GENESIS p2

Can’t we just believe God did it, however He did it, and understand that we don’t know how or how long? Couldn’t God Have Used Evolution?

What About Science? Doesn’t Science prove the Earth is 4.54 Billion Years Old? “Solar System, formed between 4.53 and 4.58 billion years ago”
http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/geotime/age.html

Ussher argued that Day 1 of creation was October 23, 4004 BC –
http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v1/n1/world-born-4004-bc

Only real scientist believe in an old earth! 193+ who don’t
http://www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/bios/
Why is it important, or not, to believe in Genesis 1 and six 24 hour days?
It is a question of authority, at what point do we believe the bible?
Exodus 20:1; Who is speaking? ______________
Exodus 20:9-11; What are we to do and why? ________________________________

Already Gone, Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it
http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/ag
A young earth is not the issue, authority is!
http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/1998/01/23/young-earth-not-issue

Genesis 1 used in the New Testament, examples!
John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:2-3; 1 Timothy 2:13-14;
1 Corinthians 11:8-9; Colossians 3:10; Matthew 19:3-6

God responds to Job: Job 38:1-39:30

It is quite impossible, therefore, for one to reject the historicity and divine authority of the Book of Genesis without undermining, and in effect, repudiating, the authority of the entire Bible. If the first Adam is only an allegory, then by all logic, so is the second Adam. If man did not really fall into sin from his state of created innocency, there is no reason for him to need a Savior. If all things can be accounted for by natural processes of evolution, there is no reason to look forward to a future supernatural consummation of all things. If Genesis is not true, then neither are the testimonies of those prophets and apostles who believed it was true. Jesus Christ Himself becomes a false witness, either a deceiver or one who was deceived, and His testimony concerning His own omniscience and omnipotence becomes blasphemy. Faith in the gospel of Christ for one’s eternal salvation is an empty mockery.
Morris, Henry M. (2010-07-27). Genesis Record, The: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Beginnings (Kindle Locations 292-298). Baker Book Group.

Resources:
How Important Is Genesis 1-3? By John MacArthur – http://www.gty.org/resources/articles/a176
RFORH Debunked Video’s – http://rforh.com/store/index.php/dvds.html
Answers In Genesis, Get Answers, Topic, Genesis – http://www.answersingenesis.org/get-answers/topic/genesis
Quotations from or Allustions to Genesis in the New Testament – http://www.creationstudies.org/Education/quotations.html
Necessity of six days – http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/cm/v18/n1/six-days
How old is the earth –
http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab2/how-old-is-the-earth
RATE – http://www.icr.org/rate/
Tools for teaching – http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/tools-for-teaching

Organizations:
Answers in Genesis – www.answersingenesis.org/‎
Creation Ministries International – http://creation.com
Creation Research – http://www.creationresearch.net/
Creation Research Society, The – http://www.creationresearch.org/
Creation Training Initiative – http://www.creationtraining.org/
Institute For Creation Research – http://www.icr.org/

Abraham’s plea for Sodom

Genesis 18 – Abraham’s plea for Sodom

All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Set aside a speci c time each day to read. Make reading part of your every day life.
Choose a plan or course of reading and hold to it.
Pray before you read. Ask God to teach you and help you understand.
Think about how the material you are reading applies to your life.
Read with an open, inquiring mind. Think about the people and events and be open to the Spirit’s teaching.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis18;&version=49;