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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

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes 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."

JOHN 3:16, 17

Quote of the Day        

"God, send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. And sever any tie in my heart except the tie that binds my heart to Yours."

DAVID LIVINGSTONE


QUESTIONS & OBJECTIONS

"Religion has caused more wars than anything else in history."

It is true that man has used religion for political gain. The Nazis had "God mitt uns" (God with us) engraved on their belt buckles. America said, "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition." The law may even allow you to start the Christian Nazi Party, if you so desire. You can become a "reverend" for a few dollars through the tabloid classifieds and then further your political agenda with the world's blessing, no matter how much it smears the name of Christ.
Jesus tells us in John 16:2, 3 that there will be some who, in their error, commit atrocities and murder in the name of God: "The time is coming that whosoever kills you will think that he does God service." However, He informs us that these are not true believers: "And these things will they do to you, because they have not known the Father, nor me." (See also 1 John 3:15.)
Jesus told His followers to love their enemies. So if a man puts a knife into someone's back in the name of Christianity, something obviously isn't right. If we human beings can detect it, how much more will God? He will deal with it on Judgment Day.
Abraham Lincoln stated, "I know that the Lord is always on the side of right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I-and this nation-should be on the Lord's side."

Cameron, K., & Comfort, R. (2004). The school of biblical evangelism: 101 lessons: How to share your faith simply, effectively, biblically-the way Jesus did (516-517). Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

 

Point to Ponder

If I offered you a fistful of diamonds or a bucket of cold water, which would you take? The diamonds, of course; who in his right mind wouldn't? But if you were crawling through a desert with blistered lips and a swollen tongue, dying of thirst, and I offered you a fistful of diamonds or a bucket of cool water, you would despise the diamonds and cry, "Give me water-or I'll die!" That is called "circumstantial priorities." Your priorities change according to your circumstances.
Christianity demands a choice between the sparkling diamonds of sin and the cool, clear waters of everlasting life. Most people prefer the diamonds of sin, something quite normal for sin-loving humanity. But on Judgment Day their circumstances will radically change. They will find themselves in the desert of God's Judgment, upon their faces, about to perish under the burning heat of a Creator who warns us that He is a "consuming fire." They despised the Water of Life when it was offered to them in Christ. Now they must face eternal consequences. Those sparkling diamonds they so dearly clutch will suddenly be the glaring evidence for their condemnation.


Day by Day by Grace

Righteousness through Christ in Justification

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:21-24)

The basic manner in which Jesus fulfills the law of God for us is by justifying us "freely by His grace." He does this by offering us "the righteousness of God through faith."

In the gospel of Jesus Christ, "the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed." It is the same righteousness that is spoken of in the law, that is, "being witnessed by the Law." In the law, righteousness is an impossible standard being imposed. In the gospel, righteousness is a gracious gift being offered.

This gift of righteousness is available to all who believe, to all who put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to be their Savior and Lord. This gift is, of course, free to the recipients. Yet, it was made available at great cost to the giver. This gift cost the Father His only begotten Son. This gift cost the Son His own life, as He paid the price of redemption to buy us back from the slave market of sin and death.

Every person ever created needs this redemption price paid for them. "For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Now, for all who believe in the Lord Jesus, the righteousness of God is imputed to them (that is, credited as a gift to their heavenly account). Thereby, the Lord God justifies us "freely by His grace." The Lord declares us righteous in His sight by giving to us "the righteousness of God which is through faith."

Dear Lord, I am so grateful that Your message of righteousness did not come through the law alone. Otherwise, Lord, I would have been condemned before You forever. Thank You for speaking to us of righteousness through Your glorious gospel of grace. I rejoice in You that I am now righteous in Your sight, through faith in Your beloved Son. Lord, I am learning that the righteousness I need for daily sanctification must also come from Jesus, by that same grace, through that same kind of trust. What good, good news is Your grand gospel! I magnify and praise You through Christ, my Lord, Amen.

 

Today's Grace Gem

He shall save His people from their sins!

(Frank Hall)

"You shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins!" Matthew 1:21

Glorious Jesus, your name is . . .
  the cure for sin-sick hearts,
  the resting place for the weary pilgrims of Zion,
  heavenly manna for every true Israelite wandering through this barren wilderness of darkness and sin.

This name, "which is above every name" . . .
  calms the troubled sea within,
  sweetens every bitter trial,
  illuminates every sad and lonesome path,
  dispels the darkness of doubt and despair, and
  soothes the trembling heart
 - of every redeemed child of God.

This precious verse teaches us that Jesus Christ cannot fail to save His people from their sins. He established perfect righteousness for them by His obedience unto death, and obtained eternal redemption for them with His own precious blood. When He shouted from the cross, "It is finished" . . .
  salvation was finished,
  God's holiness was appeased,
  satisfaction for sin was made, and
  judgment was over
 - for all the people of God.

God did not send His Son into this world to save all men from their sins; rather, He sent His Son into this wicked world to save "His people" from their sins. 

God's salvation, in its entirety, is for His elect people, who are identified in the Scriptures as "the people of God." All that the Lord Jesus did, does, and will do - is, has always been, and will always be for His chosen people. He came into this world, was born of a virgin, lived under the law, was in all points tempted like as we are, and perfectly obeyed the will of God in all things for one reason - that He might save His elect people with an everlasting salvation. He loved them, chose them, and gave Himself for them - them, and only them.

He was born for His people.
He kept the law for His people.
He suffered for His people.
He was made sin for His people.
He died for His people.
He arose from the dead for His people.
He ascended into glory for His people.
He rules all things for His people.
He intercedes for His people.
He is coming again for His people.

Listen to the reverberation of God's distinguishing grace as the apostle Paul sounds the gospel trumpet: "Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her . . . to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless!" Ephesians 5:25-27

 

Word of the Day

January 17

Foreknowledge

proginoskō

Here is one more of those "controversial" terms, but there is again no need for debate. A common belief is that foreknowledge simply means "prior knowledge," just knowing something before it happens. But that simply is not so. The Greek word proginoskō (G4267) also carries the idea of foreordination.

A good example is found in Act_2:23, where Peter is preaching on the Day of Pentecost and reminding the Jews about Jesus: "Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain." Now, is Peter saying that God foreknew in eternity past that Christ would die on the cross? Is he saying that God simply looked down through time and said, "Oh, yes, I see that they will put my Son to death." Obviously not. What Peter is saying is that Christ died on the cross because God purposefully sent Him to do so. The construction of the verse further bears this out. "Determinate" is from horizō (which we studied yesterday), and "counsel" is from boulē (G1012), which in Classical Greek referred to an officially convened, decision-making council. Therefore, God, who is His own "decision-making council," purposefully set up boundaries in which men could act.

Deeper and more blessed, however, is that the root ginoskō means "to know by experience" and often is practically synonymous with love and intimacy. Mat_1:25, for example, says that Joseph "did not know" Mary before Jesus was born, that is, they had not yet been physically intimate. Jesus used the same word in Mat_7:23 where He speaks of those who have professed to be believers but are not: "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (emphasis added).

This is exactly what we see in 1Pe_1:1-2: "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father." Some insist this just means prior knowledge, but now notice 1Pe_1:20: "[Christ] verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you." This is significant because the Greek for foreordained is the same word for foreknowledge in 1Pe_1:2. Therefore, it's obvious that this doesn't mean that God simply foresaw that Christ would be manifested. Rather, He was, as we are, foreordained and foreknown by an intimate relationship before the foundation of the world. What a staggering truth!

Scriptures for Study: In Rom_8:29-30, which action of God is first in the progression? In light of today's study, how does that action strike you? In Rom_11:1-24, what people has God not "cast away"? What will He do in the future?

 

Famous Last Words: Louis B. Mayer, film producer, died October 29, 1957:

 "Nothing matters. Nothing matters."


 

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American Minute

Burke on French Revolution "What is liberty without virtue? It is madness, without restraint!"; "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"-Edmund Burke, British Statesman

"ALL that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

This famous quote was from British statesman Edmund Burke, who was born JANUARY 12, 1729.

He was considered the most influential orator in the House of Commons.

Edmund Burke stands out in history because as a member of the British Parliament, he defended the rights of the American colonies and strongly opposed the slave trade.

A man of principle, Edmund Burke wrote in his Will: "First, according to the ancient, good, and laudable custom, of which my heart and understanding recognize the propriety, I bequeath my soul to God, hoping for His mercy through the only merits of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."

When America's Revolutionary War began, Edmund Burke addressed Parliament with "A Second Speech on the Conciliation with America," March 22, 1775: " The people are Protestants; and of that kind which is the most adverse to all implicit submission of mind and opinion. This is a persuasion not only favorable to liberty, but built upon it ..."

Edmund Burke continued: " All Protestantism ... is a sort of dissent. But the religion most prevalent in our Northern Colonies is a refinement on the principle of resistance; it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion."

New York University Professor Emeritus Patricia U. Bonomi wrote in her article "Religious Pluralism in the Middle Colonies" that "... the colonists were about 98 percent Protestant."

Edmund Burke is quoted in The Works and Correspondence of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, Volume VI: "The Scripture ... is a most remarkable, but most multifarious, collection of the records of the Divine economy; a collection of an infinite variety of theology, history, prophecy, psalmody, morality, allegory, legislation, carried through different books, by different authors, at different ages, for different ends and purposes."

In 1789, the French Revolution started with the vaunted motto of "Liberty, Equality and Fraternity."

Robespierre led the "Committee of Public Safety" -- France's Department of Homeland Security.

He gave a Speech to the National Convention, February 5, 1794, titled "Terror Justified": "Lead the people by means of reason and ... by terror ... Terror is nothing else than swift, severe, indomitable justice; it flows, then, from virtue."

As hard as it is to imagine, the government actually planned and carried out terrorist attacks on its own people.

Robespierre's Reign of Terror resulted in over 40,000 French citizens being beheaded in Paris, and over 300,000 massacred in the Vendée, a rural, very religious, Catholic area of northwest France.

French General Francois Joseph Westermann wrote to the Committee of Public Safety stating: "There is no more Vendée ... According to the orders that you gave me, I crushed the children under the feet of the horses, massacred the women who, at least for these, will not give birth to any more brigands. I do not have a prisoner to reproach me. I have exterminated all."

During the French Revolution: churches were closed or used for "immoral ... lurid ... licentious ... scandalous ... depravities." The Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg was made into a Temple of Reason; crosses were forbidden; religious monuments were destroyed; graves were ransacked and desecrated, including those of Good King Henry IV, and Ste. Genevieve, who had called Paris to pray to avert an attack of Attila the Hun in 451AD; public and private worship and religious education were outlawed; treaties were broken resulting in the capture of 300 American ships headed to British ports.

Talleyrand, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, demanded the U.S. pay millions in bribes to stop France from raiding American ships.

A politician skilled in obfuscation, Talleyrand stated: "We were given speech to hide our thoughts."

The French Revolution instituted an intentional campaign to de-christianize French society, replacing it with a civic religion of state worship.

Robespierre placed a prostitute in Notre Dame Cathedral, clothed her with a sheet, and called her 'the goddess of reason'.

Not wanting a constitution "Done in the Year of the Lord" -- as America's was -- France made 1792 the new "Year One."

Not wanting a seven day week with a Sabbath day rest, as that came from the Bible, they came up with a ten day "decade" week.

Each day was made up of ten decimal hours, each hour made up of one hundred decimal minutes, and each minute was made up of one hundred decimal seconds.

Considering "ten" the number of man -- as man had ten fingers and ten toes -- they created a system where every measurement was divisible by ten, calling it the "metric system."

The first to be beheaded was King Louis XVI, who had previously sent his navy to help America gain its independence.

Next to be beheaded was Queen Marie Antoinette.

When the country's situation did not improve, Robespierre accused the royalty, resulting in all of them being beheaded.

When the situation did not improve, the wealthy were beheaded, followed by business owners, farmers and those who hoarded food.

When the situation did not improve, the religious clergy were beheaded. Their speaking out against the immoral behavior was somehow considered as holding back the nation from achieving a secular utopia.

Religious orders of nuns and lay sisters, were sent to the guillotine for refusing to deny their faith and obey the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, such as the Martyrs of Compiègne, being buried in a mass grave.

Priests and ministers, along with those who harbored them, were executed on sight, similar to what happened in Mexico in 1917.

When France's situation did not improve, Robespierre accused those who had been the initial revolutionaries but were now calling for moderation.

They were considered disloyal and beheaded.

Finally, Robespierre himself was accused, arrested and beheaded.

Proverbs 26:27 "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him."

Lawless street mobs cast off all moral restraint in unprecedented debauchery and violence.

The seeds of this behavior were planted a generation earlier by Voltaire -- now they came to fruition.

The French Revolution became a model for every socialist and communist revolution, which always end in dictatorship and mass deaths.

British Statesman Lord Acton wrote: "What the French took from the Americans was their theory of revolution, not their theory of government - their cutting, not their sewing."

Best-selling author Os Guinness stated in an interview with Dr. Albert Mohler, ( Thinking in Public, June 5, 2017): "The culture war now at its deepest roots is actually a clash between 1776, what was the American Revolution, and 1789 and heirs of the French Revolution."

Amid France's social and domestic instability, Napoleon began to rise toward dictatorship.

Regarding the bloody French Revolution, Edmund Burke wrote in "A Letter to a Member of the National Assembly," 1791:  " What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without restraint. Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as they are disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good in preference to the flattery of knaves ..."

Burke continued: "Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters."

Noah Webster wrote "Political Fanaticism, No.III," published in The American Minerva, September 21, 1796: "The reason why severe laws are necessary in France, is, that the people have not been educated republicans - they do not know how to govern themselves (and so) must be governed by severe laws and penalties, and a most rigid administration."

In 1799, Alexander Hamilton condemned the French Revolution's attack on Christianity as: "... (depriving) mankind of its best consolations and most animating hopes, and to make a gloomy desert of the universe ... The praise of a civilized world is justly due to Christianity; - war, by the influence of the humane principles of that religion, has been stripped of half its horrors. The French renounce Christianity, and they relapse into barbarism; - war resumes the same hideous and savage form which it wore in the ages of Gothic and Roman violence ..."

Hamilton wrote further on France: "Opinions ... have been gradually gaining ground, which threaten the foundations of religion, morality, and society. An attack was first made upon the Christian revelation, for which natural religion was offered as the substitute. The Gospel was to be discarded as a gross imposture, but the being and attributes of God, the obligations of piety, even the doctrine of a future state of rewards and punishments, were to be retained and cherished."

On the eve of the French Revolution, the first U.S. Minister to France, Gouverneur Morris, wrote April 29, 1789: "The materials for a revolution in France are very indifferent... There is an utter prostration of morals ... depravity ... extreme rottenness of every member ... ... The great masses of the common people have no religion ... no law but their superiors, no morals but their interest ... In the high road a la liberte ... the first use they make of it is to form insurrections everywhere."

Gouverneur Morris wrote Observation on Government, Applicable to the Political State of France, 1792: " Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God ... Provision should be made for maintaining divine worship as well as education ... Religion is the relation between God and man; therefore it is not within the reach of human authority."

Gouverneur Morris, who died November 6, 1816, had spoken 173 times during the Constitutional Convention, more than any other delegate.

As head of the Committee on Style, it was Gouverneur Morris who penned the final draft of the Constitution and originated the phrase: "We the people of the United States ..."

Gouverneur Morris helped write New York's Constitution, was elected U.S. Senator and pioneered the Erie Canal.

In the same spirit of Edmund Burke, Gouverneur Morris addressed the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1785, regarding the Bank of North America: "How can we hope for public peace and national prosperity, if the faith of governments so solemnly pledged can be so lightly infringed? ... This hour of distress will come. It comes to all, and the moment of affliction is known to Him alone, whose Divine Providence exalts or depresses States and Kingdoms ... in proportion to their obedience or disobedience of His just and holy laws."

In Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790, Edmund Burke wrote: "People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors."

On January 9, 1795, in a letter to William Smith, Edmund Burke stated: "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

 

 

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