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Practice Humility  


 

1 Peter 5:5, 6

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time,” 1 Peter 5:6.

 

Andrew Murray wrote, “The highest lesson a believer has to learn is humility.” Oh, how we fail!

Society frowns on humility and promotes arrogance and selfishness. Advertisers bait us with ads that tantalize our appetite for self-gratification. They fool us into believing that we are the most important person in our lives. That is a lie, which kills relationships. We do not resist when we have the chance to promote ourselves, gloat and bask in the spotlight. We do not humbly give praise to God.

Many men of God are guilty of humble phobia. They are afraid of not being recognized in the––you scratch my back and I will scratch your back society. Because of this fear, they lift themselves up to the point of taking God’s place. They love to be seen with others in this fraternity instead of mingling with the lowly. However, as the disciples learned, one’s place in Heaven has been chosen by God, not by men.

Indeed, humility is not a bad characteristic to practice. Jesus, King of Glory, was not afraid to humble Himself. Jesus ate with sinners. He talked with them. He cared for them. He loved them more than He loved life. He left the splendor and beauty of Heaven and was born in a lowly dirt-floored stable. He did it with complete and loving humility.

 

 

REFLECTION

We can learn humility from the perfect example, Jesus Christ.

 

Beverly Barnett

 

 

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HOW DOES A NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH ORIGINATE?


 

Author: William Andrew Dillard

 

Parson to Person

Church and state is an entirely different thing to religion and state. However, the unscriptural doctrine of universal, invisible church has been in place in the religious world so long (since the Protestant Reformation) that most people, and especially those in government do not know the difference. Additionally, terrible things happen when the government shows favoritism to a literal, visible church or denomination of churches. Furthermore, tax favoritism toward churches has motivated less than honorable men to use such laws to create organizations for fiduciary benefits to themselves. They will tell those under the blinders of their charade to send their money to God, and, Oh, yes, here is his address. With increasing, tax free funds they build their little empire of multiple mansions, yatchs, and airplanes. The increased number and variety of such religious organizations succeed in further blurring the perceptible lines between church and religion. So, one may ask if there really is an important difference, and if so, just how does a New Testament church originate?

Having the prerequisites of personal salvation and John’s baptism, men and women may covenant together to carry out the terms of the Great Commission, ideally under the express will of an established New Testament church that is able to oversee, comfort, and encourage the new congregation. This is succession. It is the New Testament pattern. It is the only pattern acceptable to New Testament churches in their missionary efforts that lead to church succession. Some in the theological world may “guffhaw” at the idea of church succession, but that is their problem. Jesus promised it; historians confirm it, and the meaning of the Word of God is found faulty and meaningless if it is not so. So soon will the bride of Christ who has sailed through bloody seas without mercy from the emmisaries of Satan be welcomed and rewarded by its soon coming king.

Of course, there are those who would be quick to levy the charge of “legalism” to such rigid thinking, but legalism it is not. It is understanding the New Testament pattern while also understanding that Jesus did not give anyone the authority or pronounce any blessings on those who would change the Word of God to fit their own human thinking to placate a sinful world.

On a personal level, let it be known that it is a terrible thing for an eternity-bound image of Almighty God to trust his eternal state to the thinking of others fully as much of a sinner as he, instead of the pure light of the Word. If I were a blind man, I would not want to trust the safety of my travel or the arrival to my proper destination to another blind man.

 

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177 – June 25 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


 

Martyrs: Triumphant in the Flames

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Thomas Hawkes, who, with six others, was condemned to death on February 9, 1555. Hawkes was a young man of good stature who had been in the service of the Earl of Oxford. He was well versed in the Scriptures, and thus he had refused to have his child baptized in the Roman church. After being arrested, he was held prisoner in the gatehouse for many terrible months as he was being tried by the infamous Bishop Edmund Bonner of London. After Hawkes endured the agony of the long incarceration, Bishop Bonner finally decided upon the death penalty.

 

 

 

A short while before Hawkes’s death, a group of his friends promised to pray for him in the dread hour of trial and asked for a sign if he realized that Christ was with him in the torture. He agreed with their request and decided that he would lift up his hands in token that he was at peace.

 

The day of his execution—June 25, 1555—arrived, and Hawkes was led away to the stake by Lord Rich where Hawkes would become a fiery sacrifice on the altar of religious prejudice. When he came to the post where he would be burned, a heavy chain was thrown around his waist, and he was secured. After bearing witness to those close at hand, he poured out his heart to God in prayer, and the fire was kindled. The sun shone brightly on those assembled to see him die, but a group of friends stood praying and straining eager eyes for the gesture of victory.

 

The victim did not move and slowly the flames enveloped his body. When he had continued long in it, and his speech was taken away by violence of the flame, his skin drawn together, and his fingers consumed with the fire, so that it was thought that he was gone, suddenly and contrary to all expectation, this good man being mindful of his promise, reached up his hands burning in flames over his head to the loving God, and with great rejoicing as it seemed, struck or clapped them three times together. A great shout followed this wonderful circumstance, and then this blessed martyr of Christ, sinking down in the fire, gave up his spirit.

 

Dr. Dale R. Hart: From: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I. (Thompson/Cummins) pp. 260 – 261.

 

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Constitutional Convention


 

June 28, 1787

This Saturday (June 28), marks the 227th anniversary of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin calling the Constitutional Convention to prayer after several weeks of difficult discussions and frequent impasses. The Founders well understood the need to seek God and the important part that God played both in establishing this nation and in the writing of the Constitution.

 

Constitutional Convention

 

As Alexander Hamilton reported after its completion:

For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the finger of God [Luke 11:20] never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.

 

James Madison agreed, and reported:

It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it the finger of that Almighty Hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the Revolution.

 

As far as these delegates were concerned, the finger of God – that is, His Divine power – had guided their writing of the Constitution.

 

Benjamin Franklin also believed this to be the case, explaining:

[I] beg I may not be understood to infer that our general Convention was Divinely inspired when it formed the new federal Constitution . . . [yet] I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance to the welfare of millions now existing (and to exist in the posterity of a great nation) should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in Whom all inferior spirits “live and move and have their being” [Acts 17:28].

 

George Washington (president of the Convention) similarly attested:

As to my sentiments with respect to the merits of the new Constitution, I will disclose them without reserve. . . . It appears to me then little short of a miracle that the delegates from so many different states . . . should unite in forming a system of national government.

 

Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration from Philadelphia who closely monitored the proceedings, concurred, openly testifying:

I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as perfectly satisfied that the Union of the States in its form and adoption is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament were the effects of a Divine power.

(For more about the Founders’ views of the “finger of God” and what that meant historically, see the article on this in the Founders’ Bible, from Luke 11:20).

 

As we look forward to celebrating America’s 238th birthday next week. Let us remember that God truly has had His hand involved in the formation of our government and let us take time out, as George Washington recommended, “to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor” on America again.

 

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The Korean War


 

The Korean War started June 25, 1950

American Minute with Bill Federer

 

“FREEDOM IS NOT FREE” is the inscription on the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

 

The Korean War started JUNE 25, 1950.

 

Communist North Korea invaded South Korea, killing thousands.

 

Outnumbered South Korean and American troops, as part of a UN “police” action, fought courageously against the Communist Chinese and North Korean troops, who were supplied with arms and MIG fighters from the Soviet Union.

 

General Douglas MacArthur, who led the United Nations Command from 1950 to 1951, made a daring landing of troops at Inchon, deep behind North Korean lines, and recaptured the city of Seoul.

 

General Douglas MacArthur warned in a speech to the Salvation Army, December 12, 1951, stating:

 

History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline.

 

There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”

 

With temperatures sometimes forty degrees below zero, and Washington politicians limiting the use of air power against the Communists, there were nearly 140,000 American casualties in:

 

the defense of the Pusan Perimeter and Taego;

 

the landing at Inchon and the freeing of Seoul;

 

the capture of Pyongyang;

 

the Yalu River where nearly a million Communist Chinese soldiers invaded;

 

the Battles of Changjin Reservoir, Old Baldy, White Horse Mountain, Heartbreak Ridge, Pork Chop Hill, T-Bone Hill, and Siberia Hill.

 

President Harry S Truman stated while lighting the National Christmas Tree, December 24, 1952:

 

“Tonight, our hearts turn first of all to our brave men and women in Korea. They are fighting and suffering and even dying that we may preserve the chance of peace in the world…

 

And as we go about our business of trying to achieve peace in the world, let us remember always to try to act and live in the spirit of the Prince of Peace. He bore in His heart no hate and no malice – nothing but love for all mankind.

 

We should try as nearly as we can to follow His example. We believe that all men are truly the children of God…

 

As we pray for our loved ones far from home – as we pray for our men and women in Korea, and all our service men and women wherever they are – let us also pray for our enemies.

 

Let us pray that the spirit of God shall enter their lives and prevail in their lands…Through Jesus Christ the world will yet be a better and a fairer place.”

 

President Dwight Eisenhower’s son, John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower, served in Korea during the war. First Lady Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower stated in a conversation at the Doud home regarding him:

 

“He has a mission to fulfill and God will see to it that nothing will happen to him till he fulfills it.”

 

Fighting in Korea was halted July 27, 1953, with the signing of an armistice at Panmunjom.

 

At the College of William and Mary, May 15, 1953, Dwight Eisenhower stated:

 

“It is necessary that we earnestly seek out and uproot any traces of communism.”

 

Dwight Eisenhower stated December 24, 1953, lighting the National Christmas Tree:

 

“The world still stands divided in two antagonistic parts. Prayer places freedom and communism in opposition one to the other.

 

The Communist can find no reserve of strength in prayer because his doctrine of materialism and statism denies the dignity of man and consequently the existence of God.

 

But in America…religious faith is the foundation of free government, so is prayer an indispensable part of that faith…The founders of this, our country, came first to these shores in search of freedom…to live…beyond the yoke of tyranny.”

 

Bill FedererThe Moral Liberal contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.

 

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Jedediah Smith


 

Jedediah Smith – frontiersman and man of faith

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His travels were exceeded only by Lewis and Clark.

 

He led expeditions up the Missouri River with such characters as keelboatman Mike Fink.

 

He helped discover the South Pass through the Rockies and the first land route to California, opening the door for the largest voluntary mass migration in world history of nearly 400,000.

 

He led settlers across the Santa Fe Trail, the Mojave Desert, the Sierra Nevadas and up the Oregon Coast.

 

His name was Jedediah Smith , born JUNE 24, 1798.

 

At the age of 22, Jedidiah Smith answered an add in the Missouri Gazette, place by Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor, William H. Ashley, seeking:

 

“enterprising young men…to ascend the river Missouri to its source…to be employed for…three years.”

 

Smith was known to carry two books, the Bible and a copy of Lewis & Clark’s Expedition. Smith, who never drank, never used tobacco, and never boasted, wrote in his Journal:

 

“Then let us come forward with faith, nothing doubting, and He will most unquestionably hear us.”

 

Jedediah entered into a fur trapping partnership, “Smith, Jackson and Sublette,” and in 1827 sold furs at a rendezvous near the Great Salt Lake.

 

When fellow trapper John Gardner died, Smith gave the eulogy, as recorded by expedition member Hugh Glass:

 

“Mr. Smith, a young man of our company made a powerful prayer which moved us all greatly and I am persuaded John died in peace.”

 

As captain of his second expedition, Jedidiah Smith was attacked by a Grizzly bear, as Jim Clyman described:

 

“The Grissly did not hesitate a moment but sprang on the capt taking him by the head first pitching sprawling on the earth…breaking several of his ribs and cutting his head badly…

 

The bear had taken nearly all his head in his capacious mouth close to his left eye on one side and close to his right ear on the other and laid the skull bare to near the crown of the head…

 

One of his ears was torn from his head out to the outer rim…”

 

Smith had Jim Clyman sew his scalp back on, but the ear was too cut to save. Smith insisted he try, as Clyman wrote:

 

“I put my needle sticking it through and through and over and over laying the lacerated parts together as nice as I could with my hands.”

 

After two weeks of rest, Smith resumed leading the expedition.

 

On December 24, 1829, from the Wind River on the east side of the Rocky Mountains, Jedediah Smith wrote to his parents in Ohio:

 

“It is a long time since I left home & many times I have been ready, to bring my business to a close & endeavor to come home; but have been hindered hitherto…

 

However I will endeavor, by the assistance of Divine Providence, to come home as soon as possible…but whether I shall ever be allowed the privilege, God only knows.

 

I feel the need of the watch & care of a Christian Church. You may well suppose that our Society is of the roughest kind.

 

Men of good morals seldom enter into business of this kind – I hope you will remember me before the Throne of Grace…

 

May God in His infinite mercy allow me soon to join My Parents is the Prayer of your undutiful Son, Jedediah S. Smith.”

 

In a letter to his brother, Ralph, December 24, 1829, Jedediah Smith wrote:

 

“Many Hostile tribes of Indians inhabit this Space…In August 1827, ten Men who were in company with me lost their lives by the Amuchabas Indians…

 

In July 1828, fifteen men who were in company with me lost their lives by the Umpquah Indians…Many others have lost their lives in different parts…

 

My Brother…I have need of your Prayers…to bear me up before the Throne of Grace.”

 

In 1830, Smith sold his shares in the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, retired, and bought a townhouse in St. Louis.

 

However, he had agreed to go on one last trip for the Sublette and Jackson Company, leaving in the spring of 1831.

 

On May 27, 1831, while looking for water along the Santa Fe Trail, Smith was ambushed by Comanche warriors and killed.

 

Just four months earlier, January 26, 1831, Jedediah Smith had written to his brother Ralph in Wayne County, Ohio:

 

“Some, who have made a profession of Christianity & have by their own negligence caused the Spirit to depart, think their day of grace is over; but where did they find Such doctrine?

 

I find our Saviour ever entreating & wooing us.”

 

Bill FedererThe Moral Liberal contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.

 

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The Blessedness of Unity


 

Psalm 133:1-3

 

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1.

 

 

 

It is a gloomy, dark, rainy Sunday morning. There is not a parking space left in the parking lot of the church. As the thunder booms above it cannot be heard by the worshipers inside. Inside the building it is dry and warm, filled with souls singing to their Lord. They are singing songs that give Him praise, that glorify Him and that thank Him for His salvation, grace and love. The offering plates passed are overflowing with gifts and offerings, benefits of the blessings of God. These brothers and sisters are united in purpose, prayer and praise, listening intently to the personal message that God has for each hearer. When the time of decision comes, the altar is full of praying, confessing, repenting sinners. Here the business meetings are calm and orderly, conducted with kingdom expansion in mind. The members are gracious, long-suffering, gentle, good and faith-filled. This is the picture of a unified group of believers in the local body of Christ.

 

Unity is good and proper and promotes happiness in the body as a whole and in each believer. It is pleasant and sweet, refreshing and soothing to the malicious wounds of the world. You may think that this is an impossible task, but it is not. It does require a lot of self-denial in favor of promoting Jesus. It is putting brothers and sisters in Christ first.

 

REFLECTION

 

Now I beseech you, brethren, . . . be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment (1 Cor. 1:10).

 

Beverly Barnett

 

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Prayer for Help  


Psalm 141:3, 4

“Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips,” Psalm 141:3.

 

Have you ever been around those people who must speak their mind, no matter how or whom it hurts? This type of person makes me nervous. They are dangerous for many reasons, not the least being the poison arrows they shoot out of their mouths may boomerang and hit the person next to them. What is even worse they have harmed many of the Lord’s churches as they claim to be Christians.

God does not need people like that in His army. He has the Holy Spirit to convict and correct His children. God does allow calm and loving correction administered by mature believers if they speak the truth in a loving manner.

If God convicts one of being a person of quick tongue and slow mind, one of those who must say what is on their mind, then, like David, we need to utter the above prayer daily. Perhaps it would be better to memorize it, then, we can say it in place of what we think we must say and say it until we get lip locked. We can write it on our hearts and the hinges of our jaws or just a three by five card and memorize it, so that we will not bring reproach on the Lord’s work. If we are not careful, harmful words can spew out of our mouths before we know it. We, like David, need to allow God to put a guard on our lips.

 

 

REFLECTION

If you must say something, say, Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day (Psalm 71:8).

 

Beverly Barnett

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God Working in Us Unto Obedience


Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Phi_2:12-13)
We have been considering from various perspectives the great truth that God wants us to grow in obedience to His will. The lordship of Jesus makes disobedience unacceptable. “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say? ” (Luk_6:46). Also, our Lord taught His early disciples to be instructing all future disciples concerning obedience: “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Mat_28:20). Our present passage offers profound insight on this matter by describing God working in us unto obedience. “It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
This subject is introduced by a call to “work out your own salvation.” Notice, we are not called to work for our salvation. Salvation is a gift of God’s grace, freely received by faith. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph_2:8-9). Still, this gift of salvation that God has placed within us by His grace is to be worked out (developed outwardly) unto an obedient life, a life that fulfills “His good pleasure.”
This calling is to be approached in “fear and trembling.” Initially, our temptation may be to approach this request with unabashed self-confidence. Eventually, we begin to understand that we must respond in “fear” [a reverential awe] and “trembling” (a profound sense of inadequacy). The next phrase explains why we are to engage this responsibility with such unusual attitudes: “for it is God who works in you.” If the salvation that God has placed in our inner man is to ever become a visible walk that pleases Him, it will always be a result of us allowing Him to do an ongoing work deep within us. “I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts . . . you are manifestly an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart” (Jer_31:33 and 2Co_3:3). This is the wonder of true Christian living. It is based upon God working within our hearts.
Dear Lord, I praise You for the precious gift of salvation You have poured into my heart. I earnestly desire that this gift be worked outwardly unto a life that is pleasing to You. Lord, please touch and shape the depths of my heart that I may obey You in all things, in Jesus name, Amen.

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Piercing Words


Piercing Words


Proverbs 12:18, 19

“There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health,” Proverbs 12:18.

Solomon was a wise man. His wisdom was given to him by God, and it is recorded in the Bible to share with us as God planned. It would benefit every Christian if they would study the book of Proverbs preferably before they reach adulthood and hopefully to prevent many mistakes.

Words can build or tear down a person especially children. Many times parents or other adults harm innocent children by speaking harsh words over and over to them. Words spoken in anger can echo in a child’s mind for years. If negative words are spoken regularly, the child will become what he is told he is. For example, if a child is repeatedly called stupid, he will believe he is stupid and unable to learn. He will have a negative image of himself and often he will pass that image on to others in the form of self-destructive, acting out behavior.

It is proven that a child who is loved and encouraged with positive words will be more apt to be a successful learner. A successful learner will be healthier, happier and will more likely raise their children in an environment conducive to learning. Likewise, a child will benefit even more if they are raised in a Christ centered, loving home.

 

 

REFLECTION

Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy (Prov. 12:20).

 

Beverly Barnett

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