Salvation part 5

How can you receive the Holy Spirit?

God has told us that we must ask him for the Holy Spirit

Luke 11:9-13

 

How were godly persons saved before the coming of Christ?

They believed in the Saviour to come

John 8:56

 

How did they show their Faith?

By offering sacrifices on God’s altar

Hebrews 9:19-23

 

What did these sacrifices represent?

Christ, the Lamb of God, who was to die for sinners

Revelation 13:8

Week 1 and 2 Catechisms

Week 1

1. Who made you? God made me.

Genesis 1:26-27

2. What else did God make? God made all things.

Psalm 33:6-9

3. Why did God make you and all things? For his own Glory.

Psalms 19:1

4. How can you glorify God? By loving him and doing what he commands.

Ecclesiastes 12:13

5. Why should you glorify God?  Because he made me and takes care of me.

Psalm 145:9-10

 

 

Week 2

6. Are there more gods than one? No. There is only one true and living God.

Deuteronomy 6:4

7. In how many persons does this one God exist? In three persons.

Matthew 3:16-17

8. Who are they? God the father, the son and the Holy Spirit same in substance equal in power and Glory.

Matthew 28:19

9. Does God have a body like ours? No. God is spirit, infinite, eternal, unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.

1 Timothy 1:17

10. Where is God? God is everywhere.

Jeremiah 23:23-24

11.Can you see God? No. I can not see God, but he always see me.

Psalms 139

12. Does God know all things? Yes. nothing can be hidden from God.

Hebrews 4:12

K is for Keep

“Keep your tongue from Evil” Psalm 34:13

OOOOOO isn’t this so hard sometimes.

YES!

When person X just gets under your skin. Time after time after time again. Then someone else comes along and confirms that person X really is the irritant you think they are…. Next thing you know you just went on a verbal shoot out killing this persons image.

Have you been there? I have and guess what?

That’s Evil.

That Verse up there… Keep your tongue from Evil is something I keep in the front, side, back, and middle of my mind at all times. I know we feel like we have the right to VENT. but we don’t, not in that fashion.

So I am working on it, I encourage you to do the same.

“Keep your tongue from Evil”

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C for Children

“Children Obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord” Colossians 3:20

If you look at most cartoons and T.V. Shows you will noticed something  about family relations. If the family has children, sibling relationships are usually not very gentle and kind. They are constantly annoyed,frustrated or embarrassed by each other. You will also notice that often the father figure is this clueless idiot instead of a Tender Warrior or fearless leader.

What is sad is that this creates a family culture that trains children to not respect their fathers or authority. I believe it also raises up people that have very shabby people skills. The home is where most people learn many life skills GOOD and BAD skills.  If most people are getting their Cues from T.V.  what skills do you think they are learning?

Many people have accepted it as normal that Children (specially teens) will be horribly disobedient and impossible to live with.  That siblings will fight and be at each others throat. ALL-THE-TIME!

I believe that does not have to be so. Children can be shown how to Love their siblings and Obey their parents. It helps to start early.

During ages 0-5 we started repeating things and have them memorize things like, “Children obey your parents…”,” God made all things…”, “Wisdom is better than Gold”, “cast all your cares on him for he cares for you”.

At a young age they do not understand what all that means but it is becoming a part of what they believe by repetition. As early as age 3, when they are disobedient , we can say Hey what does God’s word say about obedience and they can say “Children obey your parents….” Then I ask, “well did you obey?” They realize they did not and often self correct.

As they get older we  go into the Why’s and consequences etc.

I also teach my children that if they are asked by me or any authority to do something that is in violation with something they believe to be good and true they can refuse politely and as aggressively as they need to.

I am not saying that my 4 children are always perfectly compliant, ( I wouldn’t want that) but I am saying that a family environment can be a peaceful place instead of a war zone. Children can and do obey if you put them up to the challenge.

Children can obey if you train them to.

“Children Obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord” Colossians 3:20

O What Mercy

This song By Tim Be Told always lifts my spirits listen to it or read the Lyrics.
Verse One

O what mercy has been granted me
for the filthy rags I’ve worn
clothed in sacrifice to great to speak
and of new life reborn
still my darkness veils all the victories
that you’ve seen me through
the prisons I have counted each
a wall of sin so high I cannot reach
Jesus Christ who died for me
gave his life so that I could be free
he gave his life so that I could be free

Verse two

They come to you weary broken torn
and lay their sorrows at your feet
parched and hungry for a taste of joy and from suffering find retreat
but our silence veils all the answers
that they seek from you
children cry to see your face
poor men desperate for your arms of grace
Jesus Christ who died for them
by your scars we pray their wounds will mend
by your scars we pray their wounds will mend

Verse Three

Our God of grace
our deliverer
to you be glory and fame
all our treasures we have counted loss
for to surrender is to gain
but your hope unveils all the answers
and reveals the Truth
by the cross you made a way
you will bring us to your home one day
Jesus Christ for us you died
gave the world Your love though we denied

Words and Music by Tim Ouyang
Performed by Tim Be Told feat. Laurie Seaman
w/ Justin Walton and William Jin
From the album “Getting By”
copyright 2007 Tim Be Told

The tongue is an arrow: Small but Powerful

Be careful the words you speak. Even from a distance your words can wound, kill and destroy.

Some of life’s biggest regrets are from words spoken and sometimes words not spoken. Words have consequence,  it is wise to remember to speak tenderly,  carefully, graciously and sometimes not at all.

“The tongue is you in a unique way. It is a tattletale that tells on the heart and discloses the real person. Like Fire, the tongue’s sinful words can spread destruction rapidly, or as its accompanying smoke, those words can permeate and ruin everything around it” -J.MacArthur

“But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil full of deadly poison.” James 3:8

Be Careful the words you speak.