Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | October 3, 2022

Are Some Offended by What You Believe?

I’m confident there are hundreds of thousands who would be offended by what I believe. Many years ago, I adopted a Biblical worldview and see the world from that perspective. The Bible’s worldview is far removed from the worldview shared by many, a worldview based on fallen human reasoning and a Satanic world system.

We seem to be living in a time where someone is offended by almost anything you believe or practice. If you dare to state an opinion, there is always someone who takes exception to what you said and ready to vigorously challenge it with a contrary opinion.

The following was written by a dear brother in Christ we have known for many years. It expresses, with great clarity, a problem we are hearing so much about today, offensive behavior. As a subscriber to his writings, I recently received this and was very impressed with the fresh insights it offered and wanted to share it with my readers. I’ll finish my series on salvation next week.

Days of Offense

By Hal Lindsey

When giving the signs of His return, Jesus listed something you may not have spent much time thinking about — offense. In Matthew 24:10 (NKJV), the Lord said, “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.”

There has never been a time when more people were more offended over more things than right now. Offense is everywhere in our day. People are offended by things both real and imagined; by words spoken and words unspoken. They are not only offended by your political affiliation, but even by the kind of car you drive. They are offended by names and by whole regions of the country. Most people today have a highly honed, well-developed sense of offense. And they keep it ever on alert, just in case.

Beware of this. Jesus said, offense is followed by betrayal and hatred. Those are happening, too.

Most of our society has been infected. We have made taking offense a sign of virtue, and we have shaped it into a fine art. It is one of the main things now taught in public schools, even though it harms both society as a whole and the individual children being taught. It infuses the music of our age, as well as other entertainments. Society reinforces it in the news media (left and right), in the home, and, yes, even in the church. What a sad thing!

The original language takes this verse even further. The word here translated offense comes from the Greek word, “skandalizo.” That’s where we get the English word “scandalize.” We are scandalized by the attitudes and behaviors of others. The root word has to do with trapping and ensnaring. Don’t be ensnared.

Please understand that there are times when people’s words or actions should shock, insult, or upset us. That’s normal, even healthy. But we should never live there. Neither should we be on the lookout for things in which to find offense. And we should never, ever try to find our self-esteem there. Increasing numbers of people try to bolster their own sense of self-worth by being scandalized by someone else. “They are mean, but I am good. They are not smart, but I have things figured out.”

We live in a time when to find something offensive about a political opponent, or a famous person, has become one of the most sought-after feelings. But that rush is not happiness, and it is not even in the vicinity of joy. It may give a moment of satisfaction to find that a wealthy or famous individual is, for instance, a terrible racist. It might even make a person feel briefly superior. But it will never bring lasting joy.

At other times, people use “offense” as an excuse. “I would have succeeded, but the world is not fair.” Nobody ever said the world was fair. Don’t let your offense at perceived unfairness fool you into not working hard. God wants you on His side. When you are on His side, forces will come against you, but He will help you become an overcomer. He wants us to be like the Apostle Paul in Acts 20:24-25. “But none of these things move me,” he said, “neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

The disease of finding offense in everything is a sign of the times. Jesus said it would be among the constellation of signs that His coming is near. So, don’t be discouraged when you see it. Instead of bringing discouragement, may it help all of us to realize that our work is great and our time short. Also, remember that the disease of offense is highly contagious. Be careful not to let it infect you. God has much work left for you and me. We must avoid getting bogged down in offense.

More Information: In this special Report Hal explains how ‘tolerance’ is driven by a fear of causing offense – Click Here –

Programing Note: Part 13 of Hal Lindsey Presents: Revelation airs tonight at 11pm EST on Daystar. This week Hal shows us what John sees as he stands before God at the very center of Heaven.  You can watch this and every episode of Hal Lindsey Presents in Hal’s video archive: https://www.hallindsey.com/videos/

Hal’s line by line examination of the Book of Revelation is available as a 31 DVD set. This comprehensive lesson on the last book of the Bible would make an prayerful gift for any believer or an outstanding addition to your own Christian library. Available now in Hal’s store!

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Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | September 26, 2022

Why Should Anyone Need Saving?

Many are Unaware of a Need for Salvation

I believe that every adult person senses something is wrong both within and without. Attempts to find an answer to our general feelings of uneasiness can be addressed in a variety of ways most of which involve some sort of acquisition of things or control of others. Efforts of this sort always result in failure, there is no resolution of those bad feelings by either acquisition or control!

What is the Problem?

There is a root cause for our feelings of uneasiness, but it is only in the Bible that the root cause is revealed to us. The problem is explained in Romans 5:12-19 where it is written:

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Paul identifies an apparent problem in verse 13 where he points out death, as the penalty for sin, was experienced by those who had not sinned against a command from God as Adam did. He goes on to explain that all who descended from Adam were counted to have sinned in Adam, there in the Garden of Eden when Adam disobeyed a direct command from God.

This guilt has passed down through each succeeding generation to the point it has reached those of us living today; we too are counted to have sinned in Adam, there in the Garden! Every human being, born of a human father, died spiritually in the Garden, with Adam, to this very day!

Only two human males did not have a human father, Adam, who caused the problem, and Jesus Christ, God’s solution to the problem!

God’s Solution to Man’s Problem

The Book of Romans presents a very clear picture of mankind’s problem and God’s solution to that problem. In Romans 5:6-11 we read:

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

It is only by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and the new birth by the power of God, the Holy Spirit, that we find deliverance from the oppression that envelopes mankind. Without the new birth, we are spiritually dead and have no power to deliver ourselves from death.

Good works, without the new birth, is like putting fancy clothes on a corpse; it may look better but it’s still dead!

Embrace God’s solution to the problem mankind faces, receive Jesus Christ as Savior, experience the new birth, and be delivered from the coming judgment!

Next time, “Who is Saved and How Can You Tell?”

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | September 19, 2022

What is Salvation?

Salvation and Sin!

The Biblical message of salvation and sin is widely misunderstood by many people. The Bible’s statements on those subjects are greatly different from the popular notions prevalent in society today. Society tends to judge a person by their actions and while this is a valid measurement in some cases, it fails to address the underlying cause of those actions.

The measure of other people’s actions is generally subjective and subject to a variety of interpretations depending on the standards that have been adopted by a particular group. Any given action may be viewed as exemplary by one group, acceptable by another, questionable by yet another and grossly offensive by still another.

The First Question Must be, Salvation from What?

If we speak of salvation, then a logical question is salvation from what? What is the danger, or peril that threatens those who need salvation? Another question might be, is everyone in danger or just some of us?

Those questions would get a wide variety of responses from almost everyone asked; the world today has a multitude of opinions and a large part of the world would, I suspect, have no opinion at all! There are many who feel no need of salvation from any overriding danger!

When Sin Got Lost

In September of 1973, a book was published, “Whatever Became of Sin?” by Dr. Karl A. Menninger, a man who had established a notable career as a psychiatrist over many years. He objected to the way that certain actions of men were no longer thought of as sin but as psychological problems which could be resolved by proper psychiatric care.

Dr. Menninger’s focus was on how the actions of individuals impacted the lives of other people and appealed to all to modify their behavior to a more loving and caring mode. There is no recognition of a fallen nature as described in the Bible and he implied all religions seek the same objectives; turning away from selfishness to a more charitable and caring attitude toward others.

While he touched on important issues, he totally overlooked others!

A Time of Judgment is Coming

The Bible describes a time of coming judgment for all whose names are not written in the Book of Life; in Revelation 20:11-15 it is written:

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Operation Bootstrap is a Sure Path to Failure!

The Bible makes it very clear that every human being is born spiritually dead and inhabited by a sin nature that is too powerful to resist. No one can overcome the power of that sin nature by trying harder or longer. Struggling to overcome the insurmountable challenges presented by that sin nature is a sure path to failure!

The Bible tells us, the solution to the problem cannot come from within, it must come from an outside source and this is exactly what God has done for us at the First Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our personal sin is a symptom of our basic problem, not the problem itself; our basic problem is a dead spirit and we simply cannot restore life to our dead spirit. We need a power from without to restore life and that is what God has done through the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Next time, the Bible’s perspective on “Why Should Anyone Need Saving?”; where and how did we all die spiritually?

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | September 5, 2022

The Answer to Life’s Biggest and Most Important Question!

Some Interesting Facts of Life That Apply to All, from the Greatest to the Least!

A recent headline referenced the death of a well-known industrialist who had made his mark on the world; his passage was duly noted and properly mourned by those who knew him. Being theologically inclined, I wondered what decision he had made about Jesus Christ during his mortal life and mused idly on his location after death.

This got me to thinking about mortal death in general; while the death of a few notable individuals is widely publicized, the majority of deaths only affect a small number of individuals. I was reminded of my thoughts in 1985, as I was driven through traffic to my older son’s burial; the world was moving on totally unaware of the death of my son; it was simply one more inconsequential event in the broader pattern of life.

During my life, I have observed the deaths of many famous individuals; it got me to wondering, just how many people have died during my years on this earth. With modern technology, it is not hard to get a rough estimate.

Statistically, world-wide, there are some 56,000,000 deaths each year; that times my years of life, 89, would equal 4,984,000,000 deaths so far. Fortunately, for the survival of the species, the birth rate is still greater than the death rate. Over this same period of 89 years, the earth’s population is estimated to have grown at a statistical rate of 128,845,000 births per year for a total of 11,467,205,000 babies born during my lifetime so far.

While these numbers are nothing more than crude, statistical estimates, they provide a rather broad overview of what is going on regarding the earth’s population. If we factor in the Biblical revelations concerning mankind, we are faced with a totally different picture of what is happening.

A Biblical View of Life and Death

One of the most vitally important facts, revealed in Scripture, is the fact mankind is created in the image of God and is eternal! In Genesis 1 and 2 it is recorded:

“1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

2:21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

2:22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.”

The implications of this process of creation are vitally significant to our view of life and death; we are beings who exist in the image of God and share certain characteristics with God; for example, our immaterial part, the part breathed into us by God, will never, ever die. There will never be a point in time, or timeless eternity, that everyone who has ever lived does not exist in some form somewhere.

That process we refer to as death, is nothing more than the vacating of our mortal bodies which were made of the dust of the earth and were never intended to be our permanent dwelling. Paul mentions this in 2 Corinthians 5:1-8

“5 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

What Does All This Mean to Each of Us; What Does it Mean to You?

Regardless of fame or fortune, there is only one question that each of us must resolve conclusively, and that is the question of Jesus Christ’s place in our lives. The ultimate truth of the whole matter of life is what do you think of Jesus Christ? Anyone who receives Jesus Christ as Savior, is born-again by the power of God, the Holy Spirit; has their name placed in the Book of Life and is delivered from eternal judgement in the Lake of Fire.

Those who reject salvation by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, whose names are not found in the Book of Life, face eternal judgment in the Lake of Fire; there are no other alternatives available. In Revelation 20:11-15 it is written:

“11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

I urge all who care to make the only decision in life that counts for all of time and eternity; receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and join God’s eternal family!

With Christ You have Everything!

Without Christ You have Nothing!

First published on March 6th, 2020 but much too important not to update and publish again!

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | August 29, 2022

The Fiery Serpents Among Us!

I have long been fascinated by the vast insights provided in John 3; our Lord, while speaking to Nicodemus, reminds him of the story of the bronze serpent as described in Numbers 21:4-9. While the Old Testament is a picture of the person and works of the Lord Jesus Christ; I find it of great interest that our Lord selects this particular story.

The Bronze Serpent

Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

The Lord explains the typology in the following verses 14-17:

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

While the Lord did not remove the serpents, as asked by the people of Israel, he did provide a cure when anyone who had been bitten, simply looked at the bronze serpent, he lived!

The Fiery Serpents of Sin Among Us Today

Christians today are surrounded and under attack by a wide variety of fiery serpents of sin too numerous to mention! We should be ever mindful that anything and everything that is not of faith is sin! While there is no hope this situation will improve any time soon, there is every hope God’s answer will serve each of us as a cure to this ongoing attack.

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Today, every unbeliever who looks to the cross in faith in Jesus Christ as Savior will live eternally as part of God’s family. Every believer who looks to the cross in faith can continue to rejoice in the salvation they have been given!

God’s Ultimate Solution

Both the cross and the grave are empty, our Lord Jesus Christ is home with the Father!

The people of Israel came to Moses, asking the Lord to remove the serpents, “pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” While God did not remove the serpents, he neutralized the poison but left the serpents in place.

Today, once again, the Lord is not removing the serpents but has provided a cure, the walk of faith; faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and the joy of the faith centered life!

The Lord has a take-away planned but it is not the serpents he will take away, it is his children who will be taken away and the serpents left behind. The time is coming, and may be soon, that all of God’s children will be taken away out of this wilderness of sin and called home to heaven! In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 we are promised:

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

Even so, come Lord Jesus!

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | August 8, 2022

Faith Alone

Today I received a new devotional from Jeff Wells which I wanted to share with my readers. It is on a foundational subject which should be clearly understood by all Christians.

August 8
Faith Alone

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 Faith alone.

This was one of the rallying cries of the Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe.  We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

It is amazing how strongly the Book of Romans emphasizes that we are saved by faith, not works.  The Greek word for faith (and its cognates) is found four times in Romans 1:16-17, nine times in Romans 3:21-31, nine times in Romans 4:1-15, and eight times in Romans 4:16-25.  And it reappears often, including in this verse, which begins Romans 5.

Why this incredible emphasis that we are justified (made right with God) by faith and therefore we have peace with God?  Why is God so emphatic on this matter?  I can think of five reasons why God is so emphatic that we are justified by grace.

First, the “earn this” mindset is so rooted in the human heart, and we need the continual reminder that we are saved by faith, not by our efforts or merit.

Second, the stakes are so high.  We are talking about eternity – forever and ever.  We must be crystal clear on how we receive salvation:  by faith, not works.

Third, there are difficult passages in the New Testament which seem to suggest that we are saved by works or baptism or obedience or something else, rather than simply receiving the gift of salvation through faith or trust on Christ.  Faith is receiving something, not doing something.  Why does God include difficult passages?  I don’t know.  I can guess, but I don’t know.  But I do know there are many clear passages that teach salvation by faith, not works.  A sound rule of Bible study:  The clear passages interpret the unclear passages.

Fourth, the gospel of grace alone, faith alone, Christ alone counters all human pride.  If we are saved by anything we do, then we can take some of the credit.  But if Christ did it all and we just receive it, then all glory goes to Christ.

Fifth, God is so emphatic because we need to hear the gospel over and over again.  We need the continuous reminder that we get in by grace, not by performance.  Jesus paid it all.  We simply receive it.  By faith.

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Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 29, 2022

You are Being Sculpted by God, You’re a Work in Progress!

OUCH, THAT HURTS!

A favorite anecdote about the great artist, Michelangelo, has been circulating for many years. According to the story he was asked about the difficulties that he must have faced in sculpting his masterpiece David. But, according to the story, he replied with a casual description of his creative process:

It is easy. You just chip away the stone that doesn’t look like David.

Detail of Michelangelo’s David

We are told that we, as Christians, are experiencing a time where we too are being sculpted by the hand of God into the image of his Son, Jesus Christ; yes, we are a work in progress!

I think we can all agree that the chisel can sometimes cut into sensitive areas of our lives and cause a sharp pain! Even those painful episodes are intended to chip away those parts that fall short of the image of Jesus; we come with a lot of Adamic baggage attached!

In Romans 8:28-30 it is written:

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

God’s plan for your life was completed before you were even born; in Psalms 139:16 it is written:

16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.”

God’s Book

One of the many joys of walking by faith and not by sight, is the joy of not trying to understand why things happen the way they do. Life, from our perspective, is filled with the unexpected; I observed many years ago the most impactful events in the life of our family had been those events which were unplanned and unexpected.

These events were suddenly thrust upon us and we had to respond as best we could and trust in the Lord to carry us through the results of those events. One of those events was the death of our older son, at 28 years, due to inoperable brain cancer; another was the death of our grandson, at 10 months, due to an inoperable circulatory defect.

These are life-changing events for the family, one is never again the same after experiencing such an event. While it is possible to rest in the Lord after something like that happens, one’s perspective on life is forever altered.

Our Christian faith provides us the reassurance that those loved ones are not gone, they have just moved on ahead of us and at our appointed time, we will rejoin them. It is a game-changer when one clearly realizes and accepts that each of us are eternal, having been created in the image of God.

Both our son and grandson lived every day that had been fashioned for them, they went home to their Lord at the time written in God’s book! It is a source of great comfort to know that God’s will for their precious lives was not thwarted by circumstances!

The Walk of Faith

My older son struggled with an Astrocytoma, Grade Three, for over four years; initially the surgeon gave him three months to live, but he lived another four years after the surgery. Our family was as supportive as we could be but felt rather helpless as he fought the progress of the cancer.

It was during this time I began to often refer to Proverbs 3:5-6 for a feeling of peace regarding his struggles.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

There was no way I could ever understand why this was happening, I could only trust in the Lord that his will for my son’s life was being fulfilled in accordance with his divine plan. My son is a strong Christian, (I use present tense as my son is still alive and home with the Lord) and is now seeing and experiencing wonders I cannot even imagine; at God’s appointed time, I will join him and give him a big hug!

For reasons known only to God, I’m still in my mortal body and functioning at a reasonable level as God continues to work on me. I’ve outlived all of my male ancestors, of which I have a record, by many years. I fully acknowledge my times are in God’s hands.

It appears the Lord is not through chipping away the parts that doesn’t look like Jesus; I guess some of us take a little more work. I’ll leave all that in God’s very capable hands and, in the meantime, try to serve him as faithfully as I possibly can.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 25, 2022

Is a Dark Veil of Satanic Deception Descending Upon the United States?

From Coast to Coast, Satanic Evil is Being Embraced by Multitudes!

From the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles to the heights of power in Washington D.C., corruption and depravity are running rampant and increasing in frequency and intensity each day that passes!

Monstrous events are transpiring of a sort I had never expected to see in my lifetime as a citizen of the United States of America!

I find it very sobering to see the pages of the Bible being fulfilled before my eyes; it helps me better understand the people referenced in the Bible who personally experienced, one day at a time, the extraordinary events described.

Living each day, as those events take place, requires a steadfast walk of faith if one is to avoid the pressure and panic of circumstances. It is becoming increasingly evident we are living in the last days described in the Bible.

I find it a great blessing to often meditate on Ephesians 1:11 where it is written:

11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

All that is now happening is in accordance with the will of the Lord Jesus Christ! Nothing that is happening is beyond the direct control of the Lord Jesus Christ; it appears God’s hand of judgment has enveloped this nation and this world!

As bad as it is now, it will only get worse after the removal of the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit!

As one examines the pages of the Bible, it appears one is reading a commentary on current events:

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:24-32

“3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.” 2 Timothy 3:1-9

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

Many Types of Sin but Only One Answer!

It would be an exercise in futility to try and counter the many different manifestations of sin that can be found in society today. All of them are nothing more than symptoms of the basic problem facing mankind; the dead spirit inherited by birth into the family of Adam!

In his grace and mercy, God has provided the only solution that works, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior!

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” Romans 5:6-11

Jesus Christ was lifted up on the cross that all who looked to him for salvation might be saved. Jesus Christ is the only answer to the multitude of problems mankind is facing today. John 3:10-17

36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36

The wrath of God is to be feared:

The Burning Sulphur of the Lake of Fire!

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be Saved!

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 18, 2022

Saved, Saved, Saved! Why did Christ have to Die?

You Were Part of a Family that Died in the Garden of Eden!

Mankind truly has a big problem with sin, but it is not the sins of commission or omission which so quickly come to our minds; it is rather the sin of being a human being; it is the sin of being a descendant of Adam.

In Romans 5:12 the apostle writes: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned.” In the following verses Paul goes on to explain what is called the doctrine of the federal headship of Adam. Adam, as the first man, had within him all who would be subsequently born of a human father into the human race. When Adam sinned against a direct command from God, he died spiritually and all who would be born of his seed died at the same time.

What this teaches is that both you and I and everyone who was to later be born to a human father, died spiritually in Adam in the Garden of Eden! This is God’s primary charge against the human race and the main reason Christ died on the cross.

There is absolutely nothing you can do or undo that would change that one fact, you are a human descendant of Adam’s race and you spiritually died in Adam in the Garden. You were born into Adam’s fallen sinful family and simply must be spiritually born again into God’s eternal family by faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior!

While you have been given spiritual life by the power of God, the Holy Spirit; your mortal body is still under the penalty of Adam’s sin and must pay the penalty of that sin, which is death. When the Lord returns, at the Rapture, those Christians who are still alive at that time will not see physical death, but will be transformed instantaneously and given their heavenly bodies without seeing physical death!

The bodies of Christians who have died, will be resurrected first, given heavenly bodies and joined by those Christians who are alive at the time of the rapture of the church. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

TWO DISTINCT TYPES OF HUMANITY

The earth today is inhabited by two distinct types of human beings; those who are spiritually alive, and those who are spiritually dead. Spiritual life comes only by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as one’s Savior. In Ephesians 2:1 Paul writes: “And you hath he made alive who were dead in trespasses and sins;” spiritual life came with salvation and only salvation can provide spiritual life.

These then are the issues at play when one accepts the saving work of the Lord as their payment for sin. The Lord Jesus Christ as our kinsman redeemer has paid the price necessary for our redemption from Adam’s transgression. We have received the gift of spiritual life in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Where then does personal sin enter the picture? With regard to the believer’s eternal place in God’s family it is irrelevant; with regard to the Spirit led life it is critical. In I John 1:8-10 John writes: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

The good news there, is that God hears us when we confess our sins to Him and is also faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Confession of our sins before God restores the power of God the Holy Spirit in our lives and permits us the privilege of enjoying the fruit of the spirit as described in Galatians 5:22f.

The motivator for resisting sin should not be fear of losing our salvation which is impossible, but rather our devotion to and love for the Lord Jesus Christ and our sincere desire to please the one who died in our place!

With regard to our salvation there is nothing whatsoever that can separate us from the love of God; in Romans 8: 38-39 Paul writes: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

With this you, as a born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, can know beyond any doubt that your place in God’s family is preserved eternally by the mighty power of God. Rejoice in your good fortune and give thanks to your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 11, 2022

Saved, Saved, Saved!

The Joy of Singing a Congregational Favorite!

As a young boy, my family attended church at Baptist Temple, in the Houston Heights. The congregation was very enthusiastic about singing hymns at the beginning of each service; one of the top favorites was the hymn, (click Saved, Saved to listen) “Saved, Saved!” on page 339 of the Broadman Hymnal.

There would always be a little murmur of excited appreciation in the congregation as the introduction was played by the organ.

All verses would be sung and some adventurous sopranos would even end the hymn singing the high b flat on the last note. We would all join in, singing our respective parts in the refrain, soprano, alto, tenor, or bass which most of the congregation had memorized in the distant past.

The church had the prized “Hammond Organ” which was played from the hymnal so the vocal parts were always mirrored by the organ. The vast majority of the congregation would sing out with great gusto and enthusiasm.

Those moments of congregational singing are engraved in my mind and still flood me with joy and dear, precious memories! The words for this particular hymn are copied below, each verse would be followed by the refrain:

Saved, Saved!

(Verse 1) I’ve found a Friend, Who is all to me,
His love is ever true;
I love to tell how He lifted me
And what His grace can do for you.

Refrain

Saved by His power divine,
Saved to new life sublime!
Life now is sweet and my joy is complete,
For I’m saved, saved, saved!

(Verse 2) He saves me from every sin and harm,
Secures my soul each day;
I’m leaning strong on His mighty arm;
I know He’ll guide me all the way.

Refrain

(Verse 3) When poor and needy and all alone,
In love He said to me,
“Come unto Me and I’ll lead you home,
To live with Me eternally.”

Refrain

Saved, Saved, alternate version!

Words and music by J P Scholfield

The great hymns of the Christian church are a priceless heritage for those of us who had the joy of singing them; they are a storehouse of sound Bible doctrine and taught the truths of the Bible as one sang them!

Getting Saved is the Reason Christ Died on the Cross!

OSAS is an acronym for once saved always saved; the popular expression for the eternal security of the believer. Christianity teaches that the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ dying on the cross provides an eternal, unalterable salvation for the one who accepts the finished work of Christ as the payment for their sins.

This very simple concept is amazingly difficult for many Christians to believe and accept. I find it saddening that so many who should be rejoicing with confidence in their salvation are afflicted by doubt and uncertainty when it comes to the security of their position as members of God’s family.

There seems to be a feeling that some sins are just too bad to be so easily forgiven by simple belief in the Lord as one’s Savior; certainly, they think, some sins are so hideous that some sort of special penance or additional payment is required for God to forgive those sins.

Notice particularly that I selected the word feeling because these ideas come from our own feelings of unworthiness. There are times when all of us are disgusted by memories of our failures and feel unworthy of salvation; feelings that God should just send a lightning bolt down from heaven and obliterate us, giving us what we truly deserve.

GOD KNOWS US BETTER THAN WE KNOW OURSELVES

As painfully aware of our failures as we might be, God knows our failures even better and in spite of all of them has sent His Son to die in our place and pay for all of our sins past, present and future.

In Romans 5:8 the apostle writes: “But God commendeth his love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” It is at this point that the confusion about sin begins in the minds of many.

When we think of being sinners our minds review the committed sins of which we have been guilty during the course of our lives. The knowledge of those sins can all too easily haunt us as our minds replay those events of rebellion and transgression against God.

Is this the sort of thing the Holy Spirit had in mind as He inspired Paul to write those words? I think not because a few verses later He inspired Paul to explain the primary reason Christ died on the cross.

Next time, why Christ had to die on the Cross.

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