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Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
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Sunday Bible Study - 9:45am
Sunday Worship - 11:00am
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
Wednesday Night Bible Study - 7:00pm
"I will believe if God will appear to me."
A proud and ignorant
sinner who says this has no understanding of the nature of His Creator. No man has ever seen the essence of God. (When God
"appeared" to certain men in the Old Testament, He manifested Himself in other forms, such as a burning bush or
"the Angel of the Lord.") When Moses asked to see God's glory, God told him, "I will make all my goodness pass
before you, ... [but] you cannot see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live" (Exodus 33:18-23). If all of God's
"goodness" were shown to a sinner, he would instantly die. God's "goodness" would just spill wrath upon
However, the Lord told Moses, "It shall come to pass, while my glory passes by, that I will put you in
a cleft of the rock, and will cover you with my hand while I pass by." The only way a sinner can live in the presence
of a holy God is to be hidden in the Rock of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4).
Cameron, K., & Comfort,
R. (2004). The school of biblical evangelism: 101 lessons: how to share your faith simply, effectively, biblically-the way
Jesus did (p. 471). Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.
Point to Ponder
night, unbeknown to the passengers of a plane, hijackers broke into the cockpit. They took over the controls, contacted the
control tower, and demanded that the White House release a large number of political prisoners. When authorities refused to
comply with the demands, the terrorists threatened to fire on the passengers and force them out of an open door at 20,000
During negotiations, the captain was able to scribble a note on official paper warning of the hijackers' threat
and telling passengers to reach under their seats. There they would find a parachute, which they were instructed to put on
As the note was passed among the passengers, there were different reactions. Some saw the note as obviously
authentic because it was written on official paper. Besides, they remembered the strange jolt when the hijackers violently
took control of the plane. They immediately put the parachute on realizing that they had nothing to lose but their pride if
the note was fraudulent, and everything to gain if it was true.
Some passengers refused to believe the note because they
thought there was no way that there could be a parachute beneath the seat. They were so sure that they didn't even check.
A couple rejected the note because they noticed a passenger who had only pretended to put on the parachute. They could see
that he hadn't bothered to tighten the straps.
Others laughed at the note as though it were some joke, while others didn't
bother reading it because they were watching an onboard movie.
Some passengers even ignored the evidence of the official
paper and the jolt of the plane and instead maintained that the plane didn't even have a pilot and that there was no aircraft
maker. As far as they were concerned it came together by accident, taking millions of years, and could fly itself.
the hijackers burst into the darkened cabin, thrust open the exit doors, and began firing automatic weapons over the terrified
passengers' heads, forcing them to jump 20,000 feet into the blackness. Most fell to their deaths. However, those who had
had the good sense to believe and obey the captain were saved from such a horrible demise.
There is nothing wrong with
sinners questioning the mystery of prayer, the authenticity of the Bible, the existence of God, and the fact of hypocrisy.
However, it is wise for them to put on the "parachute" first. They could be made to jump through the door of death
into a black and horrifying eternity at any moment. There is a merciless Law awaiting them-a Law far harsher than the law
of gravity. They desperately need the Savior. Encourage them to do what the "Note" says-reach under their seat and
"Put on the Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 13:14). After they have secured their own eternal salvation, they can worry
about the fate of the pretender. If they think it's important, they can then try to figure out the age of the earth, etc.
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God's Promises and God's Rest
since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come
short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them;
but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who
heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest. (Hebrews 4:1-3)
Through the promises of God, all who believe can experience
spiritual rest. Initially, those who believe enjoy rest from the guilt and condemnation of sin. Additionally,
those whose faith embraces other promises from God can enjoy rest from carnal striving and worldly indulgence.
When the children of Israel were delivered from Egypt, they had rest from the bondage
they had known there. This pictures our rest from sin and guilt. Yet, the Lord had more rest to share with His people. He
wanted to give them rest from the futile wilderness striving they experienced between Egypt and the Promised Land, the land
flowing with milk and honey. This pictures how we can rest from the fleshly striving of doubt and disobedience by drawing
upon the riches that are ours in Christ.
The Israelites wandered through
the wilderness in hardness of heart for forty years. All of that generation (except Joshua and Caleb) missed the additional
rest that God wanted them to experience. "Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, 'They always
go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.' So I swore in My wrath, 'They
shall not enter My rest'" (Hebrews 3:10-11). They were out of Egypt, but they would not enter into the Promised Land.
Are we entering into the additional rest that God has for us? "Therefore, since
a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you
seem to have come short of it." The Promised Land is a picture of the abundant spiritual life (not
a picture of heaven-no battles or failures in heaven). This additional rest is what Jesus offers to all who believe in Him.
"I have come that they may have life [eternal life, forgiveness of sin], and that they may have it more
abundantly [richness of life, growing in practical righteousness]" (John 10:10). This abundant life is enjoyed as we believe in the word of God, as it describes the riches that are ours in Christ. "Blessed
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
in the heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3). Will we take the Lord at His word and believe that we might enter in? "For we who have believed
do enter that rest." Israel did not believe, so they did not enter in. "The word which they heard did not
profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it."
Dear Lord, I thank You for giving me rest from sin and guilt, simply by trusting in Your promises. Now, I ask for
new measures of additional rest from barrenness and striving, simply by trusting in Your promises of abundant life, in Jesus'
Here at Promise Land Bible Church
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Here at Promise Land Bible Church, we are
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It is our hope at Promise Land
Bible Church that you will be encouraged by the preaching and teaching of God's Word presented here. For it is our desire
to teach the whole council of God, so that the body can be edified and above all that God may be glorified.
For it is our passion and desire to share the Gospel message with everyone who will hear, in obedience
to God's word.
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The fellowship of believers who call Promise Land Bible Church home would like to welcome you to
our website. We believe that salvation is by grace alone, thru faith alone, in Christ alone, and that the Holy Scripture is
our sole source of authority for what we do and how we live, and that everything we do, should be done for the glory of God.
This is commonly called the 5 Solas of the Reformed Faith.
So here is our invitation
If you are looking for a church that affirms the sole authority of the Holy
Scriptures for all of faith and practice, the pre-eminence of the preaching of the Word of God, the glorious truths of salvation
called the Doctrines of Grace, the necessity and responsibility of evangelism and a serious approach to the joyful worship
of God, then we warmly invite you to come and visit us.
Join us as we look to the truth of scripture
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"We must thrust the Sword of the Spirit into the hearts of men."
Today's Memory Verse"He
that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name
of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather
than light, because their deeds were evil."
JOHN 3:18, 19
Today's Grace Gem
I could wish He would have spared my son
(Letters of William Romaine, 1714-1795)
My good Friend,
I never was more obliged to you than for your Christian
sympathy with us in this time of need. It is a great trial, but it is the Lord who has a right to do what He will with His
own. It is my Lord, my old Friend, who never alters His love to me. He has acted for His own glory, and has done the best--what
more would I wish? Nothing, but only for His grace to make me submit to His sovereign will.
I could wish He would have spared my son--my soul delighted in him. He was a sweet youth. The remembrance of his
person and manners and behavior, his dutifulness (for he never offended me but once in his life), his upright conduct--these
draw tears from my eyes while I am writing. I do feel as a parent; I am no stoic.
thanks be to my good God, His grace conquers nature. The struggle is hard, but God is with me--and through Him, I conquer
myself. He forces me to go to Him every moment for His support and His comforts. I have no stock of resignation.
It is outside of myself, laid up in the fullness of Jesus; and while I live upon Him for it, He helps me to kiss His chastening
rod. He keeps my rebel will under control, and teaches me to say from my heart, "Not my will, Lord, but may Your will
be done." Such is the kindness of my Jesus, for which I adore and worship Him.
Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away." He has a right to do what He will with His own. He has enabled me to reply,
"Blessed be the name of the Lord." And I do praise Him for giving me some of Job's resignation, that I
could use his words with the same spirit.
Word of the Day
Among his final
words to the believers in Philippi, Paul wrote, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are
honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good
report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Phi_4:8).
What a profound statement! Think is logizomai (G3049), which
means "to put together with one's mind, to count, to occupy oneself with reckonings or calculations." While in Classical
Greek, especially in the writings of Plato, it spoke of non-emotional thinking that desires to grasp and apply facts, it later
added the idea of subjective, emotional, and volitional character. As he often did, however, Paul gives this word group an
even deeper significance, namely, it "must be oriented to the facts established by God," with the result that it
now "becomes the term for the ‘judgment of faith.'" In other words, all our thinking, pondering, and questioning
are put into the context of God's standards.
It's now easy to see exactly
what Paul was saying to the Philippians and what he's saying to us today. How are we to think? Are we to think in the cold,
calculated, detached way of the philosopher? Indeed not. While we certainly use the mind and calculate facts, those things
always apply in some subjective way, they affect our will and character, and they are weighed according to the balance of
Paul then goes one step farther to specify several specific
things that we should think about, weigh, and apply. One commentator calls these "six ethical terms."
We have already considered three of those subjects in previous studies.
First, we should think about the things that are "true" (truth,
see February 1-3), that is, think about things as they really are, not as they are concealed, falsified, or misrepresented.
Second, we are to think about things that are "honest" (gravity,
see May 24), things that are solemn, dignified, sublime, and majestic.
Third, we are to think about things that are pure (see May 12), things that are morally,
and even doctrinally, holy and chaste.
In the next few days, we'll examine
the other subjects Paul lists here. As Pro_23:7 declares: "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he." Someone
once said, "You might not be what you think you are, but what you think, you are."
Scriptures for Study: What great conclusion does Paul come to in Rom_3:28
("conclude" is logizomai)? What does he also conclude in Php_3:13 ("count" is logizomai)?
Famous Last Words: William Carey (1761-1834),
known as "The Father of Modern Missions," developed remarkable gifts as a linguist. Sent out by the Baptist Missionary
Society, he became the first missionary to India. His motto was, "Expect great things from God. Attempt great things
for God." On his deathbed he said to a friend:
I am gone, say nothing about Dr. Carey; speak about Dr. Carey's Saviour."
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