Christ Said Repent

“I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”  Luke 13:3   “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven has drawn near.”  Matthew 4:17   Moving from Montana to Michigan has proven to be quite a difficult transition so far.  Schematics, income, housing, you name it, it has been difficult, but God has been providing for our family in the midst of the storm.  Yet finding a Church to attend has also been difficult.   While I simply consider myself just being a Christian, not dependent on a particular named organized Church institution, in regards to finding a Church, I have found the Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) to be very close to the Truth in most all regards.  Yet each IFB church is different.  While most of the Baptist doctrines are in align with the Word of God, there are more and more IFB churches that have become way of the mark, usually in regards to refusing to be separate.   “Now I exhort you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and snares, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and turn away from them.  For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.”  Romans 16:17-18   “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?  And what agreement has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?   And...

A Small Package

“A little leaven leavens the whole lump.”  Galatians 5:9   Once I was experimenting with natural yeast and made my own leaven.  At the time I was trying to figure out how to make natural breads using whole ground wheat berries.  I used the natural yeast of wild blackberries to activate the leaven.  Ultimately I only cooked one loaf as my taste buds were not accustomed to sour dough bread, yet the leaven did work.  Just a little leaven and the whole lump of dough rose, ready to bake, just like the commercially produced yeast that I had always used.  While this verse talks about separation and essentially how a little comprise will spread throughout the Church, the same effect can be readily seen in the world in which we live.   Years ago outside of the post office in Petoskey, Michigan, there was someone standing out there trying to collect signatures to legalize medical marijuana.  Their argument was that people with terminally ill diseases should be able to choose smoking marijuana over hardcore pain killers.    At the time if they were standing there trying to collect signatures to legalize marijuana as a whole, so-called recreational marijuana (as if it is something that is to be equated with a hike or going to a park!) I would have thought they were nuts.  Well eventually Michigan did pass medical marijuana, as well as many states, but shouldn’t it have ended there?  Finally those who had a ‘humane’ argument for the validity of such an argument had won their case.  Yet fast forward to where we are now, not only...

Everyone Dies

“And as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, without sin, unto salvation.”  Hebrews 9:27-28   Death is a topic that most people try to ignore.  For when a friend or a family member passes away, the reminder of our own mortality is stark and apparent, everyone dies.    The older a person gets, the more people that they will know who have died will increase.  While sadness often prevails, sometimes for quite some time, many take comfort in believing that the person for whom their soul yearns for is now in Heaven.  The truth of the matter is that it is appointed for men to die once, but there is a second death.   “And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away. And there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God. And books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, out of the things which were written in the books.  And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one, according to their works.  And Death and Hades were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second...

A Divided Country, A Divided World

“And it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, Is that you, O troubler of Israel?  And he answered, I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of Jehovah and have gone after the Baals.  Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of the groves, who eat at Jezebel’s table.  So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel.  And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long will you be limping between two divided opinions? If Jehovah is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow after him. But the people answered him not a word.  Then Elijah said to the people, I alone am left a prophet of Jehovah; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.  Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it.  Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call upon the name of Jehovah; and the god who answers by fire, He is God. So all the people answered and said, The word is good.  And Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you...

Hurry Up!

“For He says: In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”  2nd Corinthians 6:2   “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk decently, as in the day, not in carousings and drunkenness, not in cohabitation and licentiousness, not in strife and envy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”  Romans 13:11-14   The other day I had to travel across the state to take a required training class.  On my way there was a church with a sign that included ‘hurry up’.  Indeed!  How much longer do we have as a society, before Jesus appears?  How much longer do you have?   “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you sorrow not as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.  For this we say to you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. ...