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8256 Promise Land Road

Mountain Home, Arkansas  72653

 Our Worship Schedule is

Sunday Bible Study - 9:45am
Sunday Worship - 11:00am
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting - 6:00pm
Wednesday Night Bible Study - 7:00pm
 

 

Today's Memory Verse

"Jesus answered and said to her, Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."

JOHN 4:13, 14

Quote of the Day      

"Before I can preach love, mercy, and grace, I must preach sin, Law, and judgment."

JOHN WESLEY


Questions and Objections

"I've made my peace with ‘the Man upstairs.' "

When people refer to God as "the Man upstairs," they reveal that they have no concept of (nor living relationship with) Him. They will use such words because they feel uncomfortable saying His name. Often they will have a measure of reverence for God, but not enough to obey Him. Ask if the person thinks he will go to heaven when he dies. He'll almost certainly say he will, and a little probing will reveal that he's trusting in his own goodness to save him. However, the only way sinners can have peace with the God they have offended is through the shed blood of the Savior.
Therefore, it's important to take the person through the Ten Commandments to strip him of his self-righteousness and his false sense of assurance of salvation. As you do so, you may feel bad that you are making him uncomfortable, but if you care about his eternal salvation, you must ask yourself, "Which is worse: a few moments of conviction under the sound of God's Law, or eternity in the Lake of Fire?" Unless there is a knowledge of sin (which comes by the Law-Romans 7:7), there will be no repentance.

Cameron, K., & Comfort, R. (2004). The school of biblical evangelism: 101 lessons: How to share your faith simply, effectively, biblically-the way Jesus did (116-117). Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

 

Point to Ponder

Many years ago we had in our home a stubborn spider that kept building a web against our house. No matter how many times we swept it away, the spider and its web would reappear the next morning. One day I enlisted the help of one of my sons, as well as a small stick and a can of insect spray. I had my son gently tap the stick on the web while I made the sound of a fly in distress. The hungry spider came out of his hiding place, and that's when I killed him with the insect spray.
There is a stubborn web of sin that continually plagues mankind. It is the web of violence, corruption, rape, greed, wars, theft, etc. We try to sweep it away through political means. Yet these crimes remain, and few seem to identify the root cause of the problem. That remains in hiding.
We must use the stick of God's Law to gently tap on the human heart. Suddenly, the cause of sin appears. And that's when sin can be put to death with the power of the gospel. It is God's Law that reveals the human heart as desperately wicked, and it is the gospel that delivers us from the power of sin. In Christ we are born again (John 3:3) and become new creatures.

Day by Day by Grace

Triumphant Living Even in Difficult Situations

When I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord, I had no rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I departed for Macedonia. Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:12-14)

Triumphant living is one of the characteristics that God wants to develop in us by the work of His grace. Even when we are in difficult situations, the Lord wants us to learn to walk in the victory that is available to us in Christ.

The Apostle Paul encountered a very difficult situation in Troas, as he traveled on one of his missionary journeys. "When I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord, I had no rest in my spirit." As Paul arrived in Troas, it was apparent that the Lord had granted an open door to preach the gospel. Nevertheless, Paul was distressed within his heart. The reason for the turmoil within was the absence of a key ministry partner. "I did not find Titus my brother." In some situations, ministry cannot be conducted properly, if all of the strategic parts of the body of Christ are not fully engaged. So, Paul left that city, leaving Troas for another time. "Taking my leave of them, I departed for Macedonia."

Circumstantially, this looked like a defeat. Yet, Paul had a more profound perspective than what the eyes of man could see or what the mind of man could conceive. "Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ." Paul gave thanks to the Lord for a truth that was greater than the obviously difficult situation that he had just experienced. Whenever we look to the Lord to be the one leading our lives, He "always leads us in triumph in Christ." Paul was rejoicing in the fact that he was yielded to Christ as His Lord, his leader. Thus, he knew that the Lord was leading Him in triumph, because when Jesus is counted upon to lead us, He "always leads" us triumphantly.

Christ leads us in triumph; we do not accomplish this ourselves. This triumph is a spiritual victory that belongs to us by being in Christ. "Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ." Jesus won the victory at His death, burial, and resurrection. Now, He wants us to look to Him to lead us in that victory day by day.

Dear Jesus, my victorious Lord, how often I have attempted to be the one who directs my life. I confess that when I lead, victory is not the result. Lord, help me to count on You to lead me in Your triumph, even in the difficult situations that I frequently encounter. In Your triumphant name, I pray, Amen.

 

Today's Grace Gem

The sheep do not choose their own pasture!

(Francis Bourdillon, "Bedside Readings" 1864)

"He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters." Psalm 23:2

"He makes me lie down in green pastures." That is, He supplies the needs of our souls. He . . .
  gives us the food of the Word of God,
  strengthens us with His grace, and
  makes us to find our rest in Him.

"He leads me beside the still waters." That is, He . . .
  refreshes us when we are weary,
  revives our hearts by His promises,
  cheers us by His presence,
  gives us His Holy Spirit, and
  enables us to rejoice in His salvation.

Amidst all our trials and troubles--He comforts us and gives us fresh hope.

Some may say, "Why should I have trouble at all? Why does the good Shepherd send me anything besides comfort and pleasure? Why am I poor or sad or sick?"

The sheep do not choose their own pasture--the shepherd chooses for them. In the same way, the disciple does not choose his own lot in life--it is appointed for him. His Shepherd knows best what is good for him. The best is not always what is the most pleasant at the moment--but what is most profitable in the end.

Our Shepherd sometimes leads us through what seem to us dry and stony places--but they lead to the Heavenly pastures! And even along the way, He feeds us and comforts us with all a shepherd's care. Never is our Shepherd nearer to us, than when we are in need or danger.

"My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish--ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand!" John 10:27-28

 

Word of the Day

April 23

Before Ordained

proetoimazō

Let us take one more look at Eph_2:10, for it contains perhaps the most thrilling thought about living the Christian life: "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

That is a verse we should write down on a piece of paper and post in a prominent place (such as on the door of our refrigerator). It declares: The good works that the sovereign God is doing in me today have already been prepared. If we can remember that, be reminded of it daily, it will transform our living.

Why are these works "good"? Because God has dictated them; we don't produce them. God has already marked out what works are good. The reason the works of Eph_2:9 are not called "good" is because they are man-made instead of God-ordained. Moreover, any works that man produces are "works of darkness" (Eph_5:11; Rom_13:12).

All that is in the words before ordained. The Greek proetoimazō (G4282) is comprised of pro (G4253), "before," and hetoimazō (G2090), "to make ready," and so means "to prepare before, to make ready beforehand." As one Greek authority puts it, "The terms [in this word group] are used for the divine creation and preservation." Another well sums up the point of our text: "God prearranged a sphere of moral action for us to walk in. Not only are works the necessary outcome of faith, but the character and direction of the works are made ready by God."

Some of us walk around like "Christian boy scouts," looking for good deeds to do so we can get our "merit badge" when we get to heaven. The obvious problem with such an attitude is that it leaves man to decide which works are good. So which works are good? The answer is summed up in Eph_4:24: "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." A "good work" is whatever is right and holy according to the Word of God.

Do you see the principle? God has defined good works. Just as we have nothing to boast about in our salvation, we likewise have nothing to boast of in our good works. God has ordained them, and they are now the rule of life.

Scriptures for Study: Read the following verses, noting how good works are now the rule of life for the believer: Mat_5:16; Eph_4:1; 2Ti_2:20-21; Tit_2:7.

 

Another Point to Ponder

The Bible tells us in Luke 22:47 that Judas led a "multitude" to Jesus. His motive, however, wasn't to bring them to the Savior for salvation. Modern evangelism is also bringing "multitudes" to Jesus. Their motive may be different from Judas's, but the end result is the same. Just as the multitudes that Judas directed to Christ fell back from the Son of God, statistics show that up to 90 percent of those coming to Christ under the methods of modern evangelism fall away from the faith. Their latter end becomes worse than the first. They openly crucify the Son of God afresh.
In their zeal without knowledge, those who prefer the ease of modern evangelism to biblical evangelism betray the cause of the gospel with a kiss. What may look like love for the sinner's welfare is in truth eternally detrimental to him.
Like Peter (Luke 22:51), our zeal without knowledge is actually cutting off the ears of sinners. Those we erroneously call "backsliders" won't listen to our reasonings. As far as they are concerned, they have tried it once, and it didn't work. What a victory for the prince of darkness, and what an unspeakable tragedy for the church!

Famous Last Words: Thomas Hobbes (1588-1674) was a noted English political philosopher whose most famous work was Leviathan. This cultured, clever skeptic corrupted many of the great men of his time. But what hopelessness permeated his last words:

"If I had the whole world, I would give it to live one day. I shall be glad to find a hole to creep out of the world at. About to take a leap in the dark!"

 

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American Minute

April 23rd:

Miguel de Cervantes influenced the Spanish language in the same way William Shakespeare influenced the English language.

Miguel de Cervantes fought the Muslim Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.

In 1575, he was captured by Muslim Barbary pirates and held as a slave in North Africa for five years. Cervantes was ransomed back the the Catholic Order Trinitarians and returned to Spain.

He wrote, Don Quixote de La Mancha in 1605, which is considered the first modern European novel.

Miguel de Cervantes died on the same day William Shakespeare died, APRIL 23, 1616, though some claim a day earlier.

In fact it was at least eleven days earlier, as Catholic Spain used the Gregorian Calendar and Anglican England still used the old Julian Calendar.

William Shakespeare was born APRIL 23, 1564.

His 38 plays impacted world literature.

William Shakespeare married Ann Hathaway, had three children, moved to London, and became shareholding director of Globe Theater.

He wrote such classics as Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

In 1591, Shakespeare introduced his play, King Henry the Sixth, portraying England's monarch who ruled 1422 to 1461; and 1470 to 1471; who also was the disputed King of France from 1422 to 1453.

In the play, Shakespeare wrote in Part II, act II, scene i, line 34: "Blessed are the peacemakers on earth."

In King Henry the Sixth, Part II, act II, scene i, line 66, Shakespeare wrote: "Now, God be praised, that to the believing souls, Gives light in darkness, comfort in despair!"

In scene iii, line 55, he exclaimed: "God defend the right!"

In Part III, act V, scene v, line 7, Shakespeare penned: "So part we sadly in this troublous world, To meet with joy in sweet Jerusalem."

In 1592-93, William Shakespeare wrote the play King Richard the Third, portraying the life of England's monarch who ruled 1483-1485 In the play, Shakespeare wrote in act I, scene iv: "O, I have passed a miserable night, So full of ugly sights, of ghastly dreams, That, as I am a Christian faithful man, I would not spend another such a night, Though 'twere to but a world of happy days."

Shakespeare wrote in King Richard the Third, act I, scene 4:

"Before I be convict by course of law,
To threaten me with death is most unlawful.
I charge you, as you hope for any goodness,
By Christ's dear blood shed for our grievous sins
That you depart and lay no hands on me."

In 1595-96, Shakespeare wrote the play King Richard the Second, England's king from 1377 to 1399. In act IV, scene i, line 97, Shakespeare wrote:

"Many a time hath banished Norfolk fought
For Jesus Christ in glorious Christian field,
Streaming the ensign of the Christian Cross,
And there at Venice, gave His body to that pleasant country's earth,
And his pure soul unto his captain Christ,
Under whose colors he had fought so long."

In King Richard the Second, act IV, scene i, line 170, Shakespeare wrote:

"So Judas did to Christ: but He, in twelve,
Found truth in all but one; I, in twelve thousand, none.
God save the king! Will no man say, amen?"

In King Richard the Second, act IV, scene i, line 239, Shakespeare wrote: "Some of you with Pilate wash your hands, Showing an outward pity."

In the play, The Merchant of Venice, act I, scene ii, line 59, Shakespeare penned: "God made him, and therefore let him pass for a man."

In The Merchant of Venice, act I, scene iii, line 99, Shakespeare wrote:

"Mark you this, Bassanio:
The devil can cite Scripture for his own purpose.
An evil soul, producing holy witness,
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart."

In The Merchant of Venice, act IV, scene i, line 184, Shakespeare wrote:

"The quality of mercy is not strained,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blessed;
It blessed him that gives and him that takes:

Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings,

But mercy is above this sceptered sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself,
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice.

Therefore... Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That in the course of justice, none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy,
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy."

In 1598, Shakespeare wrote King Henry the Fourth, portraying the King who ruled England from 1399 to 1413, In part I, act i, scene 1, line 18, Shakespeare wrote:

"Therefore friends,
As far as to the sepulchre of Christ,
Whose soldier now, under whose blessed cross
We are impressed and engaged to fight....
To chase these pagans in those holy fields.
Over whose acres walk'd those blessed feet,
Which fourteen hundred years ago were nail'd
For our advantage on the bitter cross."

In 1598-1600, Shakespeare wrote King Henry the Fifth, about the King of England who ruled from 1413-1422.

In act III, scene vi, line 181, William Shakespeare wrote: "We are in God's hand."

In King Henry the Fifth, act IV, scene i, line 309, Shakespeare wrote:

"O God of battles! steel my soldiers' hearts;
Possess them not with fear; take from them now
The sense of reckoning, if the opposed numbers
Pluck their hearts from them."

In his longest play, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 1600-01, act I, scene I, Shakespeare wrote: "Some say - that ever 'gainst that season comes wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated the bird of dawning singeth all night long."

In Hamlet, act III, scene i, line 150, Shakespeare wrote: "I have heard of your paintings too, well enough; God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another."

In Hamlet, act III, iv, line 149, Shakespeare wrote: "Confess yourself to heaven; Repent what's past; avoid what is to come."

In Hamlet, act V, scene i, line 84, Shakespeare wrote: "A politician...one that would circumvent God."

In Hamlet, act v, scene ii, Shakespeare wrote: "Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!"

William Shakespeare wrote in Othello, 1604-05, act I, scene i, line 108: "You are one of those that will not serve God if the devil bid you."

In Othello, act II, scene iii, line 106, Shakespeare wrote: "Well, God's above all; and there be souls must be saved, and there be souls must not be saved."

In Othello, act II, scene iii, line 293, Shakespeare wrote: "O God! that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains;
that we should, with joy, pleasance, revel, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts."

In 1613, William Shakespeare wrote his play King Henry the Eighth, about the ruler of England from 1509 to 1547

In act III, scene ii, line 456, Shakespeare wrote: "Had I but served my God with half the zeal I served my king, he would not in mine age Have left me naked to mine enemies."

William Shakespeare remarked:

"God's goodness hath been great to thee;
Let never day nor night unhallowed pass,
But still remember what the Lord hath done."

Nine years after the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, William Shakespeare died on APRIL 23, 1616.

Only 52 years old at his death, William Shakespeare wrote in his Will: "In the name of God, Amen! I, William Shakespeare, of Stratford-upon-Avon, in the county of Warr., gent., in perfect health and memory, God be praised, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, First, I commend my soul into the hands of God, my Creator, hoping and assuredly believing, through the only merits of Jesus Christ, my Saviour, to be made partaker of life everlasting, and my body to the earth whereof it is made."

Carved on Shakespeare's tomb in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-on-Avon, England, is:

"Good Friend For Jesus Sake Forbeare,
To Digg The Dust Enclosed Heare.
Blese Be Ye Man Spares Thes Stones,
And Curst Be He Moves My Bones."

Woodrow Wilson stated at the Tercentenary Celebration of the Translation of the Bible into the English Language, May 7, 1911: "How like to the Scripture is all great literature! What is it that entrances us when we read or witness a play of Shakespeare? It is the consciousness that this man, this all-observing mind, saw men of every cast and kind as they were in their habits, as they lived. And as passage succeeds passage we seem to see the characters of ourselves and our friends portrayed by this ancient writer, and a play of Shakespeare is just as modern to-day as upon the day it was penned and first enacted. And the Bible is without age or date or time. It is a picture of the human heart displayed for all ages and for all sorts and conditions of men."

U.S. District Court decision Crockett v. Sorenson (W.D. Va. 1983) stated: "The First Amendment was never intended to insulate our public institutions from any mention of God, the Bible or religion... Some of the better known works which rely heavily on allusions from the Bible include...THE PLAYS OF SHAKESPEARE, especially Measure for Measure;... Secular education imposes immediate demands that the student have a good knowledge of the Bible... A basic background in the Bible is essential to fully appreciate and understand both Western culture and current events."

 

 

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