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Nothing is terminal…just transitional


This is your thought of the day:

Nothing is terminal…just transitional.

 

‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God.’

Isaiah 43:2-3

 

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Niets is terminaal … slechts overgangsperiode

English: Transitional doorway South door of St...

Transitional doorway South door of St.Helen’s church, just about a pointed arch with single chamfer, of c1200 and Transitional architectural phase from Romanesque to Gothic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Jesus, A way given to find the right way to God

More than once the Nazarene preacher Jeshua asked people around him what they thought he was.

Still today there are people who have never heard about Jesus. These people don’t know anything about Jesus. In our regions most people have somehow already heard about Jesus. They have very different ideas about that person. Lots of people think christians take him as their god. About that idea that all christians would worship Jesus as their god, they are totally wrong. There are loads of Christians who do not consider Jesus to be God, but believe in what the Bible says, that he is the son of God (and not a son god or a god the son).

Around us we may find people who have heard about Jesus. These people have heard about Jesus through Bible stories, their parents, a friend, media, etc., but they did not come to a point to believe  in him and/or to accept him as the son of God or the Way to God. They are also not interested in having a personal relationship with him.

Luckily we also do find people who say they want a personal relationship with Christ and people they say they want a personal relationship with God. Pity that lots of people think it is all right to take Jesus as their god and to have pictures of him in their house and at other places. Many think having Jesus as their god means that they can have a good relationship with God. They are caught in the human doctrines of their church which preaches about a three-headed god. In fact they do not hear enough bible words to convince them who Jesus really is and why it is so important to know him.

Some Christians may think that they know enough about Christ from what is told in their church at service. They think it is sufficient just to hear a few phrases or one or two paragraphs once a week to have some proper idea.

Those from the Roman Catholic Church do not worry so much about the Bible. With reason some say

If you are a life-long Catholic, you think you would be somewhat “fluent” in the Word of God.  {the musings of a Franciscan friar… Knowing Jesus}

Some friars and certain priests of that denomination may have a comfort level with Sacred Scripture, but that can not be said of many Catholics. Also when you ask them about Scripture and their relationship with Jesus, they

get a bit tongue-tied, flummoxed, bewildered, and feel this inner desire to change the subject. Why is that? {the musings of a Franciscan friar… Knowing Jesus}

We should not expect people to be able to quote all particular parts of the Bible. From those who call themself Christian we should think they can at least tell some Biblical stories with their own words.

Fr. George Corrigan, OFM

A Franciscan Friar writes

When you know the stories of Jesus and can tell them in your own words, hitting the high points, now you are truly meeting Jesus in a whole new way.

And that is what is missing today by a lot of people who call themselves Christian. They do not know much about that Jesus. somehow it is a vague figure. They mostly cannot tell much about him. They also feel not or have no relation to him.

Lots of people do not know he is the Way to God. He is the bringer of light in life, the one who took care that we shall have the right to enter the small gate to the Kingdom of God. Though we all are sinners, we shall have the possibility to come before God and say

Abba. (Father)

But to become accepted a children of God we do have to behave as children of Him. And by our willingness to come to God we also should come to recognise the other children of God, our brothers and sisters in Christ. Those who come to recognise Jesus as the sent one from God, should unite under him and follow his path, by worshipping the only One True God, the heavenly Father.

All people should know they may say a lot against people or at the son of man, Jesus Christ, but when they keep saying awful things of his heavenly Father they will be in problems.

Luke 12:8-12 RNT But I tell you every one who confesses me before men, him will the Son of Man confess before the angels of God. (9) And he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. (10) Every one who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who says profane words against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. (11) When they bring you in before synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not be anxious about how to defend yourselves or what to say. (12) For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that hour what you must say.”

Therefore it is important that people come to know more about that Spirit God, the heavenly Father of Christ. To do that the easiest way is to come to know Christ.

Before Paul came to believe in the Nazarene master-teacher Jeshua (Jesus Christ), he spoke evil of Jesus and went against all who were willing to follow that man. Saul, like he was then called, oppressed the followers of Jesus, and exalted himself.

“I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man.”

he came to admit. Yet, God called Paul from this ungodly religious life and made him a faithful, fruitful servant of the Lord.

Such transitions are possible. No man is lost. God keeps calling people. God gave the world his son to show people the Way to God. It is now up to man to find Jesus and to find that way to the Most High Divine Creator.

Once more we will see this can only happen by exceedingly abundant grace for transformation.
This magnificent transformation process began with mercy, the necessary companion of grace, which came unto man by Jesus putting his own will aside for doing the Will of God.

For Saul there was also the ministry of grace that God eventually gave to him even to become one of the major scribes of the group the Way, whose epistles or letters are still of great importance for the church today. God chose Paul to be a distinctive example of His rich mercy.

1 Timothy 1:16 RNT But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might show all of his long-suffering for an example for those who are to believe in him and gain life eternal.

Nobody is excluded to receive mercy. Like for Saul first Jesus Christ came to show all long-suffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on him for everlasting life, all followers should be grateful they can be under Christ, partakers of a grand project of transformation for people around us.

Paul told the people around him that they should ask for insight, wisdom and revelation, so that they could come to know Jesus and his God better. He tried to convince others to do like him and to put the world aside and to come to follow Jesus. He also tried to convince them that in knowing Jesus better every day people could come to wisdom. Jesus had his focus on his heavenly Father and only did what he saw his Father doing. He set the clear example for all people, who from his public life onwards have the free choice to become his followers.

Being called Christian one should be a follower of Christ, keeping to his teachings and to his commands; One command being to go out into the world and spreading the Good News. When having found Christ Jesus, one shall feel him in the ‘soul’ and be conscious of the bountiful grace having brought two spiritual blessings (faith and love).

Being reborn when one got baptised does not mean it ends there. Several Christians do think they have not to study any more. They forget that the Christian’s experience is a continual schooling. Every day we should be ready to be ready for Christ and be ready for those around us, willing to show them Jesus in us. Being under Christ we should be willing to listen to his words regularly and be prepared to learn each day.

The Book of books God has given mankind is the ideal tool for man to learn about God and about his only begotten beloved son. In Jesus we should find our example. Looking at him each day we should give ourself the opportunity to reprobate and correct in ourselves. In thus discovering our own imperfections, we should learn, as a matter of course, not to expect perfection in others; and we should give them credit for doing their best to exemplify the highest ideals which they have in respect to the unity and perfection required for membership in the body of Christ.

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Preceding article

Are we sometimes like Peter and say we do not know Jesus

Witnesses of Christ and of his gospel

May we have doubts

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Additional reading

  1. The saviour Jesus his human side
  2. To know Christ is filling life with meaning
  3. The Son can do nothing of his own accord
  4. Redemption #7 Christ alive in the faithful
  5. Through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe
  6. Luck
  7. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love
  8. Omniscient God opposite a not knowing Jesus
  9. Relating to God is it possible
  10. Several Christians fail to recognise the Chosen ones of God and are not taking on a Christian attitude
  11. Beautiful feet of those who announce the good news

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Related

  1. Barely knowing Jesus …
  2. Knowing Jesus
  3. Know Jesus Know Peace
  4. The Biggest Lie I Ever Told
  5. Knowing Jesus Christ gives you a completely new attitude
  6. The Kingdom Of God: Luke’s Gospel

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Are we sometimes like Peter and say we do not know Jesus

Living in this world where there is no so much place for the Divine Creator , we can show others we prefer to be part of His World, instead of being part of this world which indulges in the “pleasures of life”. In the regions where there are many living who call themselves”Christian” we can find lots of people who really do not know this sent one from God. What about you?

Are we sometimes like Peter and say we do not know Jesus?

This could simply mean missing an opportunity to speak out, or could be something far greater, such as an outright denial.

Peter was a marvellous disciple, but when he thought his life was on the line he denied knowing Jesus. How he then regretted his hasty words! There’s a verse (Luke 9:26, NKJV) which says in very plain language,

“Whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.”

It’s a dreadful thought! When the Lord Jesus returns to the earth and judges us all, will he look at us and say,

“Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you”?

Much, much better that he should say,

“Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”.

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Related

  1. Knowing Jesus 1
  2. Knowing Jesus 2
  3. Knowing Jesus IV
  4. Knowing Jesus Christ
  5. Knowing Jesus
  6. Jesus is brave
  7. Jesus and New Realities
  8. The Surpassing Worth Of Knowing Jesus…
  9. Wait Gracefully
  10. Without Faith ~
  11. Deny Knowing Jesus? – Lake Of Fire Awaits you!

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Fight the good fight of the faith

 

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“Fight the good fight of the faith.
Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called
and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

— 1 Timothy 6:12

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Further reading

  1. 1 Timothy 6:12
  2. Today’s Meditation
  3. Eternal life 
  4. Eternal Life Now!
  5. fight on
  6. The Fight of Faith
  7. Faithing It – Fight For Your Faith By: Cora Jakes Coleman – A Book Review

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Sanctification and How To Pursue It

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy”. 1 Peter 1:14-16

“Christians cannot afford to be confused about the doctrine of sanctification.  That is because it is where we all live.  All believers in Christ live in between the time of our past justification and our future glorification—in the present pursuit of Christlikeness.  If we desire to please the Lord in all respects, we need to be clear on how we go about growing in holiness.”

So writes pastor Michael Riccardi, author of Sanctification: The Christian Pursuit of God-Given Holiness.

God is described as “holy, holy, and holy” and believers are called to “be holy,” but what does that mean and how do we pursue sanctification?

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Additional reading

  1. Not making yourselves abominable
  2. Looking for a spiritual new life
  3. How do I know what God’s will is
  4. Hope by faith and free gift
  5. When having found faith through the study of the Bible we do need to do works of faith
  6. Glory of God appearing in our character
  7. Be holy
  8. Honesty beginning of holiness
  9. Holiness and expression of worship coming from inside
  10. Heroes and saints
  11. To turn the world into a “vessel” receptive of God
  12. Myth 12: The Hyper-Grace Gospel Makes People Lazy
  13. What Is Sanctification?
  14. The Field is the World #2 Church Union #2 Bible quotes
  15. A year coming to its end and our Spiritual Senses
  16. The longer you wait
  17. Old age
  18. Thought for those who think it is not necessary to do any works any more

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Further reading

  1. Sanctification wrap up
  2. Marshall, The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Direction I
  3. Sanctification: Clark, Robbins, and Piper
  4. The Just Shall Live by Faith
  5. The world does not know genuine Christians because it does not know God
  6. Disappointment with Other Christians
  7. Argument Against the Trinity? It should have been completely taught from the beginning of the Bible

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Restoring the Foundations

Sometimes our lives can seem to be falling down around us. It might feel like we are living with broken walls and burnt out lives. Even as Christians, our foundations can be shaken with personal issues, like an unexpected diagnosis, a financial problem or challenges with our family or work.

When we press into God, the story of Nehemiah shows us that He is our source for bringing things back into line. Nehemiah was downcast because of the destruction of Jerusalem. When he began to fast and pray, God gave him boldness to seek the king’s blessing.

In the 20th year of Artaxerxes, king of Persia, (445/444 BC), Nehemiah was cup-bearer to the king. By having a proper focus on God and trusting in Him, learning that the remnant of Jews in Judah were in distress and that the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, he asked the king for permission to return and rebuild the city. Artaxerxes sent him to Judah as governor of the province with a mission to organise the rebuild.

When we focus on the source of our restoration and step out boldly to clear away the rubble, God can begin to rebuild what is broken.

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Alive To God – Daily Thought – Ogen, hart en ziel op God gericht

Our eyes and heart should be on the Most High divine Creator.
Onze ogen, hart en ziel horen op de Allerhoogste Goddelijke Schepper gericht te zijn.

Alive to God



ENGLISH

2 Kings 3:18

‘But this is only a simple thing for the LORD, for He will make you victorious… ’

  • We should never limit the Lord to what we think He can do.
  • What may seem impossible to us can be a simple and easy thing for the Lord to do.
  • His desire is that we would walk in victory and not in defeat.
  • Look at you problems and see them for the Lord’s perspective.

Prayer: Lord, You are great and You do miracles so great. There is no one else like you, so I will trust You with my challenges and difficulties and I will believe that they are easy things for You to solve. Amen.

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AFRIKAANS

2 Konings 3:18

‘Ja, dit is nog te gering in die oë van die HERE : Hy sal ook die Moabiete in julle hande gee.’

  • Ons moet nooit die Here beperk…

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Le besoin aujourd’hui des femmes pour remplier des rôles extraordinaires

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The Reformation shows us why we need expository preaching

In Christianity pastors or preachers should be followers of Christ Jesus and spread the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God. Their first and most important book in their preaching should be the Greatest Book of all, the Bible.

It is not bad to look back at the several people who also tried to be a servant of Christ or to be a servant of God. But the main focus of the preaching may not be on the words of those previous preachers, but always should focus on the Words of God. Too often that is forgotten in several churches, where they shout only a few quotes from Scriptures and fill the main service with their own words and with music, in the hope to entertain the people in their church.

Today we have to ask all those elders, presbyters, expositors to come to preach That Most Important Word. all those who hope to have some mega church running should better remember those who did their best to bring the Word of God to the people: The evangelists in the Second and First Great Awakenings and the Reformers who preached the Word, like the apostle Paul preached followed Jesus who also preached the Word, him following Isaiah, Ezra and so many man of God who where not afraid to preach the Word of God.

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To remember

Martin Luther  = main spark to Protestant Reformation <=  95 Theses  > because the Word was unleashed.

William Tyndale, John Hus, + many others executed for translating or preaching the Word in people’s language.

Roman Catholic Church prevented Catholics from reading the Word themselves + from possessing a Bible > restricted for a thousand years.

Read word for soul’s health > solace

expository preaching > involves exposition, or comprehensive explanation, of Scripture => presenting meaning + intent of biblical text, providing commentary + examples => passage clear + understandable ==> expose meaning of the Bible, verse by verse.

 

Knowing the blood of the martyrs soaks the ground under thousands of stakes, how dare we insert our own words, opinions, fads, and stunts onto the pulpit? Men died for this Word to be preached. Jesus as the Word suffered and absorbed all God’s wrath for the elect so this word would go out and be preached.

 

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Further related

  1. The Reformation shows us why we need expository preaching
  2. St. Luke: An Expositional and Devotional Commentary” by William Klock
  3. How Relevant is Your Church?
  4. 1810 5vols The Family Expositor or A Paraphrase and Version of the New Testament
  5. The Protestant Reformation and the Reformers: The Truth Restored
  6. Was the Reformers’ Gospel something new?
  7. A Swiss Reformer
  8. The Human Reformer: Martin Luther Struggled With Depression and Nightmares
  9. Scripture Alone, for the Reformers and us!

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With the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation coming upon us October 31, many people are looking to history and learning Martin Luther and his the men that came before him.

Martin Luther is generally acknowledged to have been a main spark to the Protestant Reformation. Protestant comes from the word protest, which Luther’s 95 Theses sparked against the Roman Catholic Church’s excesses of indulgences (sin absolution for hire) and other abuses.

The Reformation didn’t happen because Martin Luther put the 95 Theses on the door to Wittenberg Chapel. It happened because the Word was unleashed. ~Mark McAndrew, North Avenue Church

Here, John MacArthur explains in a 1:33 clip How unhindered access to God’s Word changed history.

William Tyndale, John Hus, and many others were executed for translating or preaching the Word in the people’s language. The Roman Catholic Church prevented the Catholics from reading the Word themselves and…

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Bible: Translations are Reliable

Often we hear people claiming that only this or that Bible is the “true Bible” or only “right bible”. Certain people of certain denominations swear by only one particular version and consider all other bible translations falsified ones and/or written from the particular denominational view of the publishers. Those who often are willing to start a ‘war’ on Bible translations do forget that God Himself has all the Power to protect His own Word and always shall do that.

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English Bible History by John L. Jeffcoat III and Dr. Craig H. Lampe

Tyndale, the Bible and the 21st Century

The most important translation…

God plays hide-n-seek?

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Find also to read

  1. Words to bring into a good relationship
  2. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  3. Jewish writings and translations for our era
  4. People Seeking for God 7 The Lord and lords
  5. Lord in place of the divine name
  6. Names, Titles, and Characters of Jesus Christ
  7. Americans really thinking the Messiah Christ had an English name
  8. The NIV and the Name of God
  9. Corruption in our translations !
  10. Wycliffe Associates supporting underground Bible translators
  11. Word of God presented to people in more than 3200 languages
  12. How to Choose a Bible for Preaching
  13. Articles on bible Students concerning Bible translations

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The translations of the Bible are shown to be reliable throughout the years. However others, such as Atheists, state that the Bible was translated from a dead language making it “unreliable”. What makes their word unreliable is the fact that they push themselves to conclusions, and due to stubbornness they object to anything the Bible has to offer. The old Greek, known as Cornea Greek, being a dead language actual solidifies the text. There can not be words that change. The Bible writers knew that whatever they wrote in the Greek would easily be transferred over to other languages in the future. Translators over the ages have proceeded to translate the Bible in a more simpler form.

What seems to be the attacking point of most is straight to the point, the flaws of translators. What is interesting is that most that make this claim have not looked at the…

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