Wednesday Testimony – Joy, Excitement, and Hospitality

We need a birthday song for the day we were born again, brethren! For now, I’m going to use Amazing Grace to celebrate. What am I celebrating today, you ask? My third second birthday! Everyone else in America is baking, grilling, and popping fireworks to celebrate our freedom. Today I celebrate the freedom from sin and death I received three years ago today! What love is this, that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us? Absolutely amazing grace, oh how sweet the sound!

To celebrate freedom, as is her custom, my very own Naomi is flying up tomorrow afternoon. Yes, that’s right, by mother-in-law is coming to stay for a full two weeks! The best part is the fellowship, the second best part is practicing hospitality, the third is that she is an UNBELIEVABLE cook. Kk and her Meme have a very special relationship, I think partly because I worked the for a year and a half after she was born and Meme retired just to be able to stay home with her. The two of them FaceTime everyday, sometimes multiple times! So, while my husband and I are overjoyed to welcome her into our house, no one is more joyful than our little Kk. It’s also wonderful to have company when celebrating the grace of God that saved a wretch like me, a little before midnight in a hotel room in Bismarck, ND.

If you’ve never read my testimony you can find it here. For all my American readers, I pray you’re all enjoying your Independence Day. For everyone outside of the USA, I pray you are blessed by the Lord today. If any have a testimony they want to share, I’m always so edified by them, please feel free to leave them in the comments. As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Wednesday Testimony – God Uses Many Instruments

Puritan testimony are impossible, brethren, just impossible. You can, and I have, search for hours without finding more than a hint on how these men were converted. David Brainerd is the only one I’ve found clearly detailed, almost painfully so. While I was searching for Isaac Watts testimony, however, I stumbled on this testimony instead.

“In 1830, James Delaney, a British artilleryman in India, first heard a Protestant prayer at the execution of a soldier for murder. Delaney’s command was stationed in Maulmain, where he heard Eugenio Kincaid preach, and ‘When I survey the Wondrous Cross’ was sung. In his hard life Delaney had seemed insensible to religious influence, but the song so deeply laid hold upon him that the course of his life was changed; his conversion was complete, and a few weeks after he was baptized in the Salwin river. Four years after he emigrated to the United States, and in 1844 settled in Wisconsin where he became a Baptist missionary, with fruits of his labors no less remarkable than his conversion. He died at Whitewater, Wis., in 1896, aged 93.”

Delaney’s testimony struck me at once, because the instrument God used in his conversion was a hymn. It never fails, each testimony I hear or read about is unique. This great God we serve not only condescended to enter His creation, where He died for our sins, rose again for our justification, but also rescues us from the wrath to come while we are yet sinners! No wonder men have written about His amazing grace! We are saved, dear ones, by the grace of God alone through faith in Christ alone. The only difference is the means by which God sends us to our knees, humbled and repentant. In this mans case, hard hearted though he was, a beautiful hymn pierced his conscience and caused him to bow his knee to the only way and truth and life, Jesus Christ. I pray this testimony is a blessing to you all, my beloved brethren. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourself approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Jesus Sinless?

Beloved, have you ever been told that Jesus couldn’t have lived a sinless life? Many in the liberal churches like to say that Christ Jesus was just a good man, living as an example for us all, not the sinless, perfect, God incarnate. For this they sometimes twist Matthew 3:13-15, claiming that Jesus was baptized because He had sinned.

What is the real reason Christ was baptized? Jesus Christ is our high priest after the order of Melchizedek. We’re told in Exodus 29 and Leviticus 8 that the priests were washed with purifying waters. Christ’s baptism was, as He Himself said, a fulfillment of all righteousness. It in no way suggests Christ had sinned, as a matter of fact the Bible tells us repeatedly that Jesus was sinless.

It’s so easy for the world to misinterpret, or take out of context, the Word of God. This is why I implore you daily, dear ones, to be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved. The attacks against God’s Word, and Gods Son, are not new. These are rehashed by each generation, which means we have generations of men and women who stood firm on the authority of the Bible, on Sola Scriptura. Let us link hands with them, with those who stood where we now stand, and remain securely set on the truth of God’s Word. He says what He means, and means what He says. Christ did live a sinless life, He did become our great and high priest, dying as the final sacrifice in place of us, baring the wrath we stored up in our sins. Jesus Christ, therefore, is not a savior, not a king, not a way or a truth. No. He is the Savior. He is the King. He is theonly way, the truth. No one comes to the Father but through Him.

Let us work through our salvation through fear and trembling, examining ourselves to see whether or not we are in the faith. Which one of us wants to hear on the day of judgement, ‘depart from me you workers of iniquity for I never knew you’? We all long to hear ‘well done, good and faithful servant’. Recognize, beloved friends, we can not save ourselves. Salvation is through faith in Christ alone, by the grace of God alone, that none shall boast. Repent of your sins, cry out to God, flee from the wrath to come.

For more reading on Christ’s baptism please see here.

Twisted Scripture- Just a Nice Guy

We hear this a lot, don’t we beloved? Jesus wasn’t the Son of God, He was just a prophet, or worse, just a ‘nice guy’. Very few people can ignore the massive historical evidence for Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. With all this evidence what is the sinful mind to do? The light has entered the world, but men loved the darkness.

Enter the ‘nice guy’ delusion, which allows the lost to accept Christ’s life without having to accept Christ’s truth. Delusion might sound like a strong word for this twist in scripture, but let’s look at this viewpoint logically. If Jesus of Nazareth was not who He claimed to be how could anyone say He was a ‘nice guy’ or even just a prophet? You’d really have to twist the entirety of the New Testament along with the many prophetic verses in the Old Testament to manage this falsehood.

If anyone else made the claims that Christ made we would think they were insane. When Jesus made the claim to be the Son of God there were prophecies fulfilled and signs preformed to vindicate the message. Then, as a stamp of approval, God raised Him from the grave for the justification of the saints.

There are many twists of scripture, and generally I think the subtle ones are more dangerous, however this massive reworking of Biblical truth is prevalent in today’s western culture. It’s difficult, to be sure, to see our savior belittled in such a fashion. Man is forever lifting themselves up to be like God, and bringing God down to be like them. The truth could not be further from this twist.

Was Jesus just a prophet? Just a ‘ nice guy’? No. He was God’s only begotten Son, both man and God, who left His heavenly glory to enter His creation, saving all who believe on Him. I often wonder why God would want to redeem such a people as us. However, before salvation came, before I saw my righteousness as filthy rags, before repentance, I felt like God saved because we deserved it. How foolish is the heart of man, it’s the most wicked of all his members!

Liberal theology has spread this ‘nice guy’ nonsense like a cancer from church to church. The secularists might enjoy joining in, but this twist of scripture was born in the ‘church’. Any denial of Gods Word makes the entirety of it errant. When you start with the belief that some of the Bible can not be believed it’s easy to eventually make your way to believing non of it. Which is what we see here, with the idea that Christ didn’t come as the sacrificial Lamb to redeem His chosen people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.

This is why I frequently refute evolution, beloved brethren. When you’re theology begins with Genesis being errant story telling, Adam and Eve being fictional characters, the rest of the Bible falls at the wayside. Why? If Adam never fell, mankind has no need for a savior. Christ Jesus was prophesied that day in the Garden as the seed of the woman. He was prophesied in hundreds of other ways all throughout the Old Testament. If the Jesus Christ you profess as your Lord and Savior is just a prophet or a ‘nice guy’ then you will die in your sins and rightfully be deemed guilty on judgement day. There is only one way to the Father, and that is through the Son.

Beloved brethren, we must be aware that within our midst are sheep and goats, wheat and tares, converts and false converts. We’ve all met them, some say they believe is Jesus but just not that He lived a perfect life. They believe in Jesus, just not that He was born of a virgin. They believe in Jesus, just not the Jesus of the Bible. Lovingly correct them when you are able, pray for them ceaselessly, because for those who believe they are already saved yet remain lost in their sin, salvation does not seem needful. I should know, I speak from experience, it took over a decade for me to see my need! That I saw was only by the grace of God! As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday Testimony – Christians in India

Beloved, this video will draw a burden from your heart into your prayer. So many lost in India, it’s heart breaking to consider. We see such an amazing awakening happening in China, where the church is persecuted for disagreeing with the state run religion. We can see the same increase in harvest there in India! The harvest is plenty, so pray for the workers, dear brethren. And as always, beloved friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part IX

Hello again, beloved friends! We are finally getting to focus on human eyes in our series on the Miracle of Life. As promised, although late in its arrival, is the 8th month of pregnancy, and 9th part of this series. By this month the baby will have developed enough to have all five senses active. Isn’t this amazing, dear brethren? We’ve gone from a few cells trying desperately not let the mothers immune system take it out, to a four pound miracle, that can see, hear, feel, taste, and smell. Each of these developments has been a complex creation from microscopic changes in cells.

Throughout the series I haven’t focused on the eyes. Somethings are best left until the end. There’s a reason for this, as in the 8th month we see the tiny human made in the image of God is having a major increase in brain development. Scientists still don’t fully understand the brain, in all its complexity. They do know that during the 8th month the brain tissue begins to form little grooves. So when you’re baby hears your voice they’ll remember that sound. When they see lights turned on in the morning, through your tummy, they’ll remember that sight.

The development of sight has taken this tiny miracle six months of hard work. It’s no wonder the eyes take so long to develop, they truly are a masterpiece of design. The retinas, themselves, have 10 millions photoreceptor cells for picking up light, which is then converted to electrical signals sent to the brain. Now we see that electrical connection once more.

As you can see in that short clip, there’s a lot that goes into sight. Ironically eyes have been used in past years as an example of a ‘mistake’ in design by evolutionists. If God is so smart why didn’t He make them a different way? I can’t even imagine the amount of arrogance it takes to assume you know better than an all knowing God. However, as it turns out, the more we learn about our eyes the more we see the intelligence in their design.

For the miracle of life, the ability of a baby to have eyes created through the microscopic mechanics we’ve discussed previously, is absolutely miraculous. When we look into the eyes of a newborn baby we see beauty, and sweetness. What we should really do is praise the great God who crafted those eyes to fulfill an important purpose.

Sight is often compared to spiritual awareness in the Bible. The Jewish people of Christ’s time who rejected Him were said to have a veil over their eyes, like the veil Moses wore. Christ came as light unto the world, but man loved the darkness rather than the light. Just as precious as our physical sight is the light we see in Christ when we come to salvation through the grace of God, putting our faith in Christ alone. Friend, if you’ve been blind to Christ’s salvation, open your eyes! You and I have broken the law written by God, born as we are into a sin nature. We may be able to see with the intelligently designed eyes God created in us, but we are born blind to spiritual matters. We sin against a thrice holy God, and will one day be held accountable to Him on Judgement day. Repent of your sins, cry out to God for forgiveness and salvation. Don’t know where to start? John is a great place!

To my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I pray God will continue to grow you in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Christ Jesus. As always, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.