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8256 Promise Land Road
Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
Worship Schedule is
Sunday Bible Study - 9:45am
Sunday Worship - 11:00am
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting
Wednesday Night Bible Study - 7:00pm
Today's Memory Verse "For
the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the
Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father."
JOHN 16:27, 28
Quote of the Day
"The gospel has not been clearly preached if the hearer doesn't know that not to make
a decision is a decision."
"Why are there so many denominations?"
In the early 1500s, a German monk named Martin
Luther was so conscious of his sins that he spent up to six hours in the confessional. Through study of the Scriptures he
found that salvation didn't come through anything he did, but simply through trusting in the finished work of the cross of
Jesus Christ. He listed the contradictions between what the Scriptures said and what his church taught, and nailed his "95
Theses" to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany.
Martin Luther became the first to "protest" against
the Roman church, and thus he became the father of the Protestant church. Since that split, there have been many disagreements
about how much water one should baptize with, how to sing what and why, who should govern who, etc., causing thousands of
splinter groups. Many of these groups are convinced that they are the only ones who are right. These groups have become known
as Protestant "denominations." Despite the confusion, these churches subscribe to certain foundational beliefs such
as the deity, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible says, "The foundation of God stands sure, having
this seal, The Lord knows them that are his" (2 Timothy 2:19).
Cameron, K., & Comfort, R. (2004).
The school of biblical evangelism: 101 lessons: How to share your faith simply, effectively, biblically-the way Jesus did
(612-613). Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.
Day by Day by Grace
More on the Boldness of Grace
I have written more boldly to you on some points...because of the
grace given to me by God...Great is my boldness of speech toward you. (Romans 15:15 and 2 Corinthians 7:4)
When the grace of God is at work in the lives of His
people, spiritual boldness is a common result. This was clearly the testimony of the early church. "They
spoke the word of God with boldness ...And great grace was upon them all" (Acts 4:31, 33).
The Apostle Paul experienced this same boldness, as he ministered
by the grace of God. "I have written more boldly to you on some points...because of the grace
given to me by God." Paul's letters often displayed the boldness of grace. Romans
was no exception. As he applied the radical truths of the gospel of grace (given in the earlier chapters of Romans), he spoke
with characteristic boldness. His exhortation to lay our lives on God's altar is a prime example. "I beseech you
therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable
to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this
world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove
what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God" (Romans 12:1-2). His call to be clothed in Christ, leaving no room for fleshly tendencies, is another notable instance of boldness. "Let
us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness,
not in licentiousness and lewdness, not in strife
and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision
for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts" (Romans 13:13-14). His pronouncement concerning the Lord's ownership of our lives is one more illustration of the boldness of grace. "For
if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die
to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die,
we are the Lord's" (Romans 14:8).
"Great is my boldness of speech toward you"
wrote Paul to the saints at Corinth. Just prior to this confession of boldness, he had given a radical request to be separate
from the defilements of the world. "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.
For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion
has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with
Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For
you are the temple of the living God" (2 Corinthians 6:14-16). Yes, God's grace works boldness into our lives.
Dear Father, I praise
You for the radical nature of You and Your truth. I thank You for the boldness that Your grace can bring into lives. By Your
grace at work in me, cause me to think, pray, speak, and act in godly boldness. For Your glory, grant me, I pray, a boldness
that is confident, but not arrogant; daring, but not reckless; uncompromising, but not harsh; unrelenting, but not insensitive;
fearless, but not unloving.
Word of the Day
In light of yesterday's
mention of the Judaizers, today we consider the debated issue of law. The noun nomos (G3551), which
in turn is derived from the verb nemō (not in NT), "to deal out, distribute, apportion."
Nomos, then, "originally referred to distributing and what follows from it . . . [namely] custom, usage, statute,
law, especially in the context of distribution of goods, and of law and order."
Some Bible teachers talk about the "law" of the OT and the "grace" of the NT. That is a little
misleading because grace has always been in operation and law is still in operation, although
a different law is now in force.
What do we mean by that? Jesus
Himself said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil"
(Mat_5:17). He even summarized the entire law into two: love God and your neighbor, on which "hang all
the law and the prophets" (Mat_22:36-40).
So, if the old Law
was fulfilled, what law is in operation now? The law of love. As Paul wrote, "He that loveth another hath fulfilled
the law. . . . Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law" (Rom_13:8, Rom_13:10).
He also told the Galatians, "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself " (Gal_5:14). He adds that as we "bear one another's burdens," we "so fulfil the law of
This new law is, in fact, far superior
to the old. Jesus provides several examples in Matthew 5. While the old law said to not commit adultery, the new says to not
even look with lust (Mat_5:27-28; cf. Exo_20:14). While the old said to not swear falsely, the new says, "Swear
not at all," that is, carelessly or profanely (Mat_5:33-34; cf. Lev_19:12). While the old said "an
eye for an eye," the new says "turn the other cheek" (Mat_5:38-39; cf. Exo_21:24).
As Gal_3:1-3 declares, it's not the old law that makes us "perfect" (mature,
teleios, see July 14); rather, the Holy Spirit does so through the law of Christ. While the old law was the "schoolmaster,"
Christ now is the teacher (Gal_3:24).
Study: Read Gal_5:16-26, noting the great superiority of walking in the Spirit over following "the
weak and beggarly elements" of the old law (Gal_4:9).
Famous Last Words: William Ceiller, eminent British physician and medical lecturer, said as he died:
"I wish I had the power of writing; I would describe
how pleasant it is to die."
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We don't change the message, the message changes us.
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It is our hope at Promise Land
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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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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.
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The Play, "Fiddler on the Roof," recounts the story of Jewish persecution in
Eastern Europe and Russia.
President Abraham Lincoln, shortly after he signed the Emancipation
Proclamation, met with Canadian Christian Zionist, Henry Wentworth Monk regarding the oppression of Russian and Turkish Jews.
Lincoln showed sympathy for Monk's pleas of: "restoring them to their national home in
Lincoln noted this was "a noble dream and one shared by many Americans."
On May 22, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant wrote to Congress: "In answer to a resolution
of the House of Representatives ... requesting me to join the Italian Government in a protest against the intolerant and cruel
treatment of the Jews in Romania, I transmit a report from the Secretary of State relative to the subject."
President Chester A. Arthur had stated, December 4, 1882: "Our long-established friendliness with
Russia ... has prompted me to proffer the earnest counsels of this Government that measures be adopted for suppressing the
proscription which the Hebrew race in that country has lately suffered."
pogroms incited by Czar Alexander III provoked an outcry by many prominent Americans, including the Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court and Speaker of the House.
Rev. William E. Blackstone and Cardinal James Gibbons presented
a petition on behalf of the persecuted Jews of Russia to President Benjamin Harrison and Secretary of State James Blaine.
The petition was signed by notable leaders, including John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Cyrus
McCormick, the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, D.L. Moody, A.T. Pierson, Philip Schaff, and future president William McKinley.
The petition stated: "Why shall not the powers which under the treaty of Berlin, in 1878,
gave Bulgaria to the Bulgarians and Serbia to the Serbians now give Palestine back to the Jews? ... These provinces, as well
as Romania, Montenegro, and Greece, were wrested from the Turks and given to their natural owners. Does not Israel as rightfully
belong to the Jews?"
Rev. William E. Blackstone's petition, which he also sent to
Queen Victoria and Czar Alexander III, continued: "We believe this is an appropriate time for all nations and especially
the Christian nations of Europe to show kindness to Israel. A million of exiles, by their terrible suffering, are piteously
appealing to our sympathy, justice, and humanity. Let us now restore to them the land of which they were so cruelly despoiled
by our Roman ancestors."
Rev. William E. Blackstone, who later corresponded with
Theodor Herzl, called for the first international conference: "to consider the Israelite claim to Palestine as their
ancient home, and to promote in any other just and proper way the alleviation of their suffering condition."
President Benjamin Harrison wrote DECEMBER 9, 1891: "This Government has found occasion to express
... to the Government of the Czar its serious concern because of the harsh measures now being enforced against the Hebrews
in Russia ... By the revival of anti-semitic laws, long in abeyance, great numbers of those unfortunate people have been constrained
to abandon their homes and leave the Empire by reason of the impossibility of finding subsistence within the pale to which
it is sought to confine them ..."
President Harrison continued: "The immigration
of these people to the United States - many others countries being closed to them - is largely increasing... It is estimated
that over 1,000,000 will be forced from Russia within a few years ..."
on: "The Hebrew is never a beggar; he has always kept the law--life by toil--often under severe and oppressive civil
restrictions ... It is also true that no race, sect, or class has more fully cared for its own than the Hebrew race ..."
President Benjamin Harrison concluded: "This consideration, as well as the suggestion
of humanity, furnishes ample ground for the remonstrances which we have presented to Russia."
On December 2, 1895, President Grover Cleveland wrote to Congress: "Correspondence is on foot touching the practice
of Russian consuls ... to interrogate citizens as to their race and religious faith, and upon ascertainment thereof to deny
to Jews authentication of passports of legal documents for use in Russia ... Such a proceeding imposes a disability ... and
... is an obnoxious invasion ... It has elicited fitting remonstrance."
Theodore Roosevelt addressed Congress, December 6, 1904: "It is inevitable that such a nation should desire eagerly to
give expression to its horror on an occasion like that of the massacre of the Jews in Kishenef."
President Woodrow Wilson made a plea for aid to stricken Jewish people, January 11, 1916: "Whereas in the various
countries now engaged in war there are nine millions of Jews, the great majority of whom are destitute of food, shelter, and
clothing ... have been driven from their homes without warning, deprived of an opportunity to make provision for their most
elementary wants, causing starvation, disease and untold suffering; and
Whereas the people
of the United States of America have learned with sorrow of this terrible plight of millions of human beings and have most
generously responded to the cry for help ...
Now, Therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President
of the United States ... do appoint and proclaim January 27, 1916, as a day upon which
the people of the United States may make such contributions as they feel disposed for the aid of the stricken Jewish people."
Gems from Octavius Winslow
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completely was Jesus bent upon saving sinners by the sacrifice of Himself, that He created the tree upon which He was to die--and
nurtured from infancy, the men who were to nail Him to the accursed wood!
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Christ took your cup of grief, your cup of
the curse, pressed it to his lips, drank it to its dregs--then filled it with His sweet, pardoning, sympathizing love, and
gave it back for you to drink, and to drink forever!
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It is because we have such shallow views of God's love--that
we have such defective views of God's dealings. We blindly interpret the symbols of His providence--because we so
imperfectly read the engravings of His heart!
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