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FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017  (Courtesy of: www.seekthetruth.org.uk)

WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN READY?

In most homes when someone is going out for the evening or leaving for work it is normal to hear someone shout ‘are you ready yet’?

Preparing to go out or getting ready for various events in life is a major part of human activity. When two people fall in love and decide to get married then great preparation is made for the wedding day. Later on if they discover that they are expecting a baby there is equally as much planning that goes into the preparation for the arrival of the little one. Life is full of times of preparation. Often this is exciting and sometimes it makes life very hectic.

As I consider the tragic events that took place in Manchester, England in the last week I wonder how many people who entered that arena were prepared for the end of their life. Please don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to make mileage out of a sad event and I don’t think that they shouldn’t even have had to consider that life may have ended in such an awful way. But my question remains the same – how prepared was each individual, in that arena, to leave this world and enter the next. My heart breaks when I consider the age of the children that died. The tragedy of teenagers who had hardly begun to live and life was taking forcibly from them but the question remains the same – how prepared were they for this final step from this life to the next?
Please let me turn the question round and address it to you. Are you prepared for the next life? Do you understand that there is life on the other side of death? Do you realise that this life is about the preparation for the next?
There are a lot of other questions that sit alongside the ones that I have posed. Questions that might challenge some of the things that I have send! You might say that I’m making assumptions. Or you may deny the validity or the basis of the statements that I make. I would, with all due respect, ask you to read some of my other blog posts before passing judgement as they go into more detail about why I believe the Bible and the gospel of Jesus Christ to be the truth.
I want to leave you with a couple of statements from the Bible and I want to request that you take time to consider them and reflect upon them.
Proverbs 14:12
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Proverbs 16:25
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
This statement is repeated twice by a man who is renowned to be the wisest man who ever lived. Basically he is saying that we think we know the truth, we think we know what is right but actually we get it wrong and our way ends in death.
You are no doubt a very good person as measured against other people but we all are flawed and sinful and need salvation from a God who is holy and against whom we have sinned.
Ecclesiastes 12:1
Remember now — thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
This is a warning to young people to think about God early in life. You might be well beyond ‘the days of your youth’ but if it was important to think about God when young then it must be even more important and urgent as life progresses. God is concerned about all his creation, he hates evil, he will judge the perpetrators of evil but he does not pick and choose which sins he judges. He judges grosser sin more severely than lesser forms of sin. However that will not be much of a comfort when you are excluded from heaven, God’s grace and all that our hearts desire. God will judge all sin and humanity fairly and justly.
Amos 4:12
Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.
This recommendation was made to a nation. They had sinned against God and were about to be judged by him. The advice of the prophet Amos was that they should prepare to meet God. The advice is just as significant for us today in the 21st-century. We need to be prepared for the day when we meet God.
I am praying that God would give help in our country to reduce and control terrorism. I doubt that will ever eradicate it but I hope that we can minimise it and reduce the horrible events of Manchester being repeated elsewhere.
But let us learn a lesson. A lesson that we would rather not learn. We need to be prepared for the unexpected, prepared for the end of life, prepared even though we might not be in the age bracket where we expect life to end. It could, and did and the tragedy is that many were most likely not prepared.
The ultimate advice in the Bible is that we should believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved, Acts 16:31. Would you take that advice today.

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Peace with God?

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Peace with God?

We all long for peace, in our families, communities or the wider world, and yet any peace we find never lasts for long. The reason is that we don’t enjoy peace with God, and peace with God is the foundation of all true peace.

Peace with God is impossible in our current sinful condition.

Jesus Christ, the true and living Word of God, tells us in the Bible, that the reason we don’t have peace with God is that ‘all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God’ (Romans 3:23). Because the ‘heart is deceitful … and desperately wicked’ (Jeremiah 17:9) no amount of outer change will make a difference. All our prayers, good deeds, or religious commitments can never cleanse our sinful hearts. Peace with God is impossible in such a condition, but there is hope.

Peace with God is made possible through the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

‘For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things … making peace by the blood of His cross.’ (Colossians 1:19,20)

This is amazing grace. The eternal Word humbling Himself to not only become a man, but become ‘obedient unto death, even the death of the cross’ (Philippians 2:8). And while on that cross Christ ‘once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God’ (1Peter 3:18). In other words, it is because Christ died, that it is now possible to have forgiveness of sin and peace with God.

Christ Jesus is able to ‘bring us to God’ because He is ‘risen from the dead’ (1Corinthians 15:20). He is the living Saviour, and He promises that ‘whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life’ (John 3:16). This is the promise of God. Do you believe it?

Peace with God becomes certain when we trust the Lord Jesus Christ.

If forgiveness of sin, and eternal life was something we had to merit through our good deeds, prayers or religious commitment, we could never be certain of attaining such a position. We would never have peace!

However, the good news is that forgiveness of sin and eternal life are gifts from God to those who will humble themselves, confess their sin and accept that Jesus Christ has paid the price on their behalf. All that God asks of us is to trust Him. If you do, peace with God is guaranteed.

‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved’ (Acts16:31).

Courtesy of: https://forwardinhope.com

By ALM

Who is Jesus Messiah?

DOES IT MATTER WHO JESUS IS?

 Courtesy of: www.seekthetruth.org.uk

Is Jesus Christ the Son of God? 

Why are Christians are so convinced that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and why is it deemed to be so important? It’s an excellent question! Christian belief is laid on a very solid foundation. First of all we believe that God has revealed information, to the prophets who wrote the Bible, to point us in the right direction. Our beliefs are not just based on human research or discovery.

In other areas of life when we want to learn about something outside of our sphere of experience we seek information from a trustworthy source. So if you are researching space travel for the first time you would go to NASA or some other space agency to ask them questions. It is wise practice to go a reliable source.

The Truth About God 

So, if you are serious about discovering truth about God and the spiritual world then you need to go to the most reliable source, the book of God, the Bible. It is a trustworthy source. Read it, check it’s sources, speak to those who believe it, look at it’s accuracy in every sphere it touches. There can only be one answer to the question of the origin of a book that was written over a period of one thousand five hundred years by forty different authors, many of whom did not even know each other and yet, amazingly, present the same message and principles from the beginning to the end.


The Bible 
The Bible has been proven to be God’s message to mankind. The evidence that the Bible we have today is the Bible that was written originally can be checked out from archaeology, history, geography and many other disciplines. To check this out you might want to read some of Lee Strobel’s books, he makes an excellent case for the veracity of the bible. In addition read John Blanchard, John Lennox, Erwin W. Lutzer and Josh McDowell to name a few. This is not a myth but if you treat the Bible as one you will miss out on the most vital truths known to humanity.

Facts about Jesus the Son of God

Secondly check the facts concerning Jesus Christ. There are over three hundred signposts (biblical predictions/prophecies) which point to him. The chances of them all being fulfilled precisely in the life of one person, at the right time, in the right place are mindblowing odds apart from this fact – God planned it and implemented His plan in a person – His Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible predicts the mode of his conception, the place of his birth, his exile into Egypt, the slaughtering of the innocents, the gifts from the magi, the time of his death, the method of his execution and His resurrection and lots more. Co-incidence, I don’t think so!

Predictions about Jesus 

Finally look at the detailed predictions about the way that Jesus would die. Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 describe the horrific death of God’s Son a cross. Death by crucifixion was unknown when Psalm 22 was written about 1000 years before the death of Jesus but God knew that was the way that His Son would die. Angelic Words In closing please listen again to the words of the angels who announced the birth of the Lord Jesus ‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord’. Is he your Saviour? He died ‘for our sins‘. He suffered ‘the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God‘. Will you rest by faith on what the Lord Jesus did to save your soul?

Images Courtesy of:

Young Man – Unsplash

Woman – onebowl

Signposts – GregMontani

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Do Christians believe in 3 Gods?

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Question: “Do Christians believe in three gods?”

Answer: If you’re a Muslim, you may think Christians believe in three gods. That idea is as blasphemous to Christians as to you.

There is one God!
Christians believe in one God. In the Holy Bible, God commands, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).

When asked for the greatest command, Jesus responded, “. . . The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:29-30).

The one God exists as three Persons.
The Bible teaches that God is one in essence, three in Person: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-1728:19). Each is fully God. God is not three gods but three in one. Although we cannot completely grasp the tri-unity of God, we must trust His revelation is true.

Is Jesus God’s Son?
The same Jesus who affirmed God’s oneness also said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). Jesus’ perfect life, miracles, death, and resurrection proved He was God’s Son in the flesh. We cannot both praise Jesus’ teaching and refute His deity because He claimed to be from and of God (John 1:1-25:18-24). Jesus is either God’s Son or a blasphemer.

The religious leaders of Jesus’ time refused to believe He was the Son of God and so desired to kill Him for blasphemy. “. . . Again the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?’ And Jesus said, ‘I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.’ And the high priest tore his garments and said, ‘What further witnesses do we need? You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?’ And they all condemned him as deserving death” (Mark 14:61-64).

What is your decision?
Your beliefs cannot change the truth. Is Jesus the Son of God? If not, He did deserve death for blasphemy, and His bones would be resting in a tomb. But the resurrection proved Jesus divine.

Being God’s Son, why did Jesus die? Death is the punishment for sinners (Romans 6:23). Jesus kept every commandment—even the greatest command to love God.

Have you? Unlike Jesus, not one of us loves God supremely. Even breaking a small command (such as lying, hating, or coveting) disqualifies us from heaven: “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10). We deserve death—eternal separation from God in hell.

But take heart. The Lord Jesus took the punishment for sin when He died on the cross. “[God] made [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). After dying on the cross, Jesus rose from the dead, showing God’s approval of His sacrifice for sin.

The living Lord Jesus can pay for your sin, providing the way to paradise. When Jesus was promising to prepare a place in heaven for His followers, one asked Him for the way to heaven. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me’” (John 14:6).

You cannot come to the Father on your own because you are a sinner, unable to fix yourself. Trust in Jesus as your Savior from the penalty and power of sin. Turn from your sin and your own way to follow Jesus as the Lord of your life. He is the way, truth, and life!

Courtesy of : www.gotquestions.org

How to understand Son of God?

To help a Muslim understand better the title “Son of God” I suggest the following:
If you think that it is blasphemy to say that God had close personal relations with Mary and so produced the Son of God, then we agree with you. So how is the description “the Son of God” meant to be understood?

If a book is called “the mother of books”, for say Italian cooking, does it mean that all other Italian cook books came from that one book? No. It means that this book is considered the best source of information for Italian cooking.

Does the phrase “a son of the road” mean that two roads got together and produced another road? No. It is an expression meaning that a person is a traveller.

The same principle applies to the description of “the Son of God.”  Jesus Christ eternally was the Son of God as seen in Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child us born, unto us a son is given…” and 1John 4:14″And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” As someone had to exist before they are sent anywhere, so Jesus Christ was eternally in the character of the Son of God before He was also sent to the earth and became a Man. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) (DP)

An Important question about Jesus Messiah

If we are serious about faith in God, then we will want to search out and  know the truth. Many people have their own ideas about Jesus, some are correct and some are not.

The Holy book, the sacred scriptures tell us Jesus is the Son of God. Many will ask, “How can God have a Son?”

God as correctly pointed out by many is one, the Bible says “There is one God”

Before someone suggests it, God did not have a wife.  We must understand that the One God of the Bible is one in essence and nature and yet revealed as three personalities, who are inseparably united in being, purpose and action. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All were eternally pre-existent before creation, so God the Son, becoming flesh as Jesus the Messiah, while continuing  to be God, we need to understand that He voluntarily humbled himself (Philippians 2) and at his birth, but became a man  (John 1:1 & John 1:14)

The Son of God became the Son of Man. Jesus was the Son of God, like a man born in Tunisia for example, would be called a Son of Tunisia. Jesus continued to be at birth here on earth what he had always been in eternity in heaven.

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