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Hate As A Loving Thing.


A morning Blog:

Carl Bromley

Hate As A Loving Thing.

We talk of the importance of ‘love’ and often perceive ‘hate’ as the opposite to ‘love’. However we need to be less ‘polarized’ in our assumptions. Hate, can be a ‘loving thing’; and is an important part in truly loving the Lord.

“You who love the Lord; Hate Evil” – Psalms 97:10

Here in the Psalms is a directive to ‘hate” that is inseparably linked to ‘loving’ the Lord.

The command to all who ‘love the Lord’ is to ‘hate’ evil.

We learn then that ‘Hate’ in it self is not always a catagorically ‘bad thing’. Hate can be, and is a ‘good’ and ‘right’ thing in the correct context.

Here is such a context where ‘hate’ is a good, right and indeed a ‘loving’ thing.

Those who Love the Lord are to ‘Hate’ evil.

Hate comes from the Hebrew word transliterated: ‘Sane’.

When taken in context with the idea of ‘hating evil’ – ie. hating that which is wrong, injurious, bad, wicked; ones mind readily jumps to the English sense what being ‘Sane’ means and can easily appreciate the connection between the ‘insanity of a world’ that loves Evil, promotes what is sinful, injurious, wrong as defined by the authority of an all knowing, loving God. At least as those who love the Lord.

The world is growing more insane everyday in its rebellion against the morals and values ordained by God.

Sanity is restored as we learn to ‘hate’ evil and do ‘right’ as God defines it.

If we love the Lord, we will hate evil as he does.

To not hate evil is glaring evidence that one does not really love the Lord; at least as he or she ought.

Hating evil is part of a maturing process for a believer in coming to love the Lord as he calls us too.

As part of his love for the Lord David writes:

‘I hate every false way’ – Ps.119:28, &104

‘I hate and abhor lying: ‭but‭ thy law do I love.‭’ – Ps.119:163

‘I hate vain thoughts’ – Ps.119:113

Others Scriptures contribute:

‘The froward mouth i do hate’ – Proverbs 8:13

‘I hate the work of them who turn aside’ – Psalm 101:3

Proverbs 6:16 speaks of seven things the Lord hates.

God hates all these evil things and more. If we Love the Lord; we will truly hate them too.

Love has many facets, and hating what God hates is a ‘Loving thing’.

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THE LIKENESS OF THIS GENERATION


William Andrew Dillard

Someone once said the more things change, the more they stay the same. It appears contradictory, nevertheless true. Vaunted progress in most every field of endeavor characterizes the present time, but the universal plight, and the persistent actions of men remain unchanged. Nowadays, good is called evil and evil is called good. Selfishness largely rules, and the unchanging principles of time and eternity are pushed aside for what men want right now.
It was to a similar generation of Jesus’ day that he explained the ministry of John the Baptist, and the subsequent kingdom of heaven. There were those who heard him, and they with the publicans justified God being baptized with the baptism of John. On the other hand, there were many of the lawyers and Pharisees who rejected the counsel of God against themselves by rejecting the baptism of John. Luke 7.
They wanted to pit the ministry of John against the ministry of Jesus. They criticized the person of John as aloft, stoic, antisocial because he was not given to eating bread, nor drinking wine with them. Then they criticized Jesus because He did those things, calling Him a gluttonous man, a winebibber, and a friend of publicans and sinners. In short, nothing could be right in the eyes of these critics but their own twisted formula of life. How that remains. Times have changed, but the more they change, the more they stay the same.
Jesus summarized the generation of His earthly ministry. “They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you and you have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.” Luke 7:31-32. This is an unchanged status quo, having multiplied exponentially.
Men do not have the qualifications, nor any ability to call upon the substance or perimeters of eternity. God does! Moreover, the true churches of the Lord Jesus Christ are in covenant relationship with Him, so they have been given the knowledge of eternity by the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. They have visited that dimension vicariously, and proven their understanding by the eternal, unchanging Word. It is they who justify God, not only being baptized with the baptism of John, but offering the same to such as bring forth fruit meet for repentance. With them, by God’s grace, I stand! Trusting one’s pompous, but powerless formulations is silly. Trusting the eternal creator of the universe is wise.

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APRIL 8 – An Unprepared Heart


APRIL 8 – An Unprepared Heart

2 Chronicles 12:14  And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.

Such a tragic statement. “… and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” The heart has been said to contain the wickedness of the world. There are times when a person can seem to be fine and wonderful, yet the heart contains wickedness that corrupts the thinking of men. How often has one that has appeared to be a pillar of the community been revealed to have done something vile?

Jeremiah 17:9 – “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? That is a pretty definitive statement. So what is the answer to this wickedness? We need to know because the wickedness in our communities is growing rapidly. The condition of the human heart leads to abortion, beatings, theft, and murder. The only answer is to clean out the heart.

That brings us to the cleanser that can do such a wonderful work. The blood of Jesus Christ. Are we bloody Baptists? Yes, we are. That is the cleansing power of God. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse a wicked heart. While there are those that have taken the blood out of the hymnals and out of the pulpit, we preach the cleansing blood of the lamb, Jesus Christ ,and His shed blood.

Jesus prepares our heart to seek the Lord. “Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin.” The blood cleanses the heart of wickedness and sin. This is a necessary preparation for seeking God and His will in our lives. Then we are “prepared” to meet our God when death comes to this mortal body.

A daily preparation to meet and know God for those that have been born again, is prayer and study of His Word Did you prepare your day by communicating with God this morning?

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Christian Duties in the Church


Charles Moore

Christian Duties in the Church, Landmark BC, February 25, 2018
Introduction: Peter gives us a description of good church membership and how we are to act towards each other.
I Peter 3:8-17
8 Finally*, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye
are thereunto* called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

10For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

11 Let him eschew* [turn aside from] evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

Key Verse:

18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death* in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

Verses 8-15 The apostle here passes from special to more general exhortations.
He teaches us how Christians and friends should treat one another. 


I. Unity
Christians should endeavor to be all of one mind [Unity] in the great points of faith, in real affection, and in Christian practice; they should be like-minded one to another, according to Christ Jesus (Rom. 15:5 ), not according to man’s pleasure, but God’s word.
He advises each one to show compassion and be sympathetic one for another; To show pity, compassionate and humility to those who were in distress, and to be courteous to all.

To love as brethren

II. He instructs us how to behave towards enemies. The apostle knew that Christians would be hated and evil-entreated of all men for Christ’s sake; therefore,
1. He warns us not to return evil for evil, nor railing for railing; but, on the contrary, “when they rail at you, do you bless them; when they give you evil words, do you give them good ones; for Christ has both by his word and example called you to bless those that curse you, and has settled a blessing on you as your everlasting inheritance, though you were unworthy.’’ To bear evils patiently, and to bless your enemies, is the way to obtain this blessing of God. Learn,

(1.) To render evil for evil, or railing for railing is a sinful unchristian practice. To rail is to revile another in bitter, fierce, and reproachful terms; but for ministers to rebuke sharply, and to preach earnestly against the sins of the times, is not railing; all the prophets and apostles practiced.
(2.) The laws of Christ oblige us to return blessing for railing.Mt. 5: 44, “Love your enemies, bless those that curse you, do good to those that hate you, and pray for those that persecute you. You must not justify them in their sin, but you must do for your enemies all that justice requires or charity commands.’’ We must pity, pray for, and love those who rail at us.
(3.) A Christian’s calling is invested with glorious privileges and also it obliges him to difficult duties.
(4.) All the true servants of God shall infallibly inherit a blessing, however, the full possession of it is reserved to a time in the future.

2. Find peace with mankind.
He gives an excellent prescription for a comfortable happy life in this quarrelsome ill-natured world (v. 10): it is quoted from Ps. 34: 12-14. “If you earnestly desire that your life should be long, and your days peaceable and prosperous, keep your tongue from reviling, evil-speaking, and slandering, and your lips from lying, deceit, and dissimulation. Avoid doing any real damage or hurt to your neighbour, but be ever ready to do good, and to overcome evil with good; seek peace with all men, and pursue it, though it retires from you. This will be the best way to dispose people to speak well of you, and live peaceably with you.’’It is the duty of Christians not only to embrace peace when it is offered but to seek and pursue it when it is denied: peace with societies, as well as peace with particular persons, in opposition to division and contention, is what is here intended.

3. He shows that Christians need not fear that such patient inoffensive behavior as is prescribed will invite and encourage the cruelty of their enemies, for God will thereby be engaged on their side: For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous (v. 12); His ears are open to their prayers; whose ears are always attentive to the prayers of his servants in their distresses, and who will certainly aid them against their unrighteous enemies.
The face of the Lord is against those that do evil; his anger, and displeasure, and revenge will pursue them; for he is more an enemy to wicked persecutors than men are. Observe,

(1.) God hath a special care and paternal affection towards all his righteous people.
(2.) God doth always hear the prayers of the faithful, Jn. 4:31 ;
1 Jn. 5: 14; Heb. 4: 16.
(3.) Though God is infinitely good, yet he abhors impenitent sinners and will pour out his wrath upon those that do evil. He will do himself right, and do all the world justice; his goodness is no obstruction to his doing so.

4. This patient humble behavior of Christians is further recommended and urged from two considerations:—

(1.) This will be the best and surest way to prevent suffering; for who is he that will harm you? v. 13. This, I suppose, is spoken of Christians in an ordinary condition, not in the heat of persecution. “Ordinarily, there will be but few to harm those who live so innocently and usefully as you do.’’
(2.) This is the way to improve sufferings. “If you be followers of that which is good, and yet suffer, this is suffering for righteousness; sake (v. 14), and will be your glory and your happiness, as it entitles you to the blessing promised by Christ’’ (Mt. 5:10 ); therefore, “You need not be afraid of anything they can do to strike you with terror, neither be much troubled nor concerned about the rage or force of your enemies.’’
Learn,
First, to follow always that which is good is the best course we can take to keep out of harm’s way.
Secondly, To suffer for righteousness sake is the honor and happiness of a Christian; to suffer for the cause of truth, a good conscience, or any part of a Christian’s duty, is a great honor; the delight of it is greater than the torment, the honor more than the disgrace, and the gain much greater than the loss.
Thirdly, Christians have no reason to be afraid of the threats or rage of any of their enemies. “Your enemies are God’s enemies, his face is against them, his power is above them, they are the objects of his curse, and can do nothing to you but by his permission; therefore trouble not yourselves about them.’’
Instead of terrifying yourselves with the fear of men, be sure to sanctify the Lord God in your hearts (v. 15); let him be your fear, and let him be your dread, Isa. 8:12, Isa. 8: 13. Fear not those that can only kill the body, but fear him that can destroy body and soul, Lu. 12:4, Lu. 12: 5.

We sanctify the Lord God in our hearts when we with sincerity and fervency adore him when our thoughts of him are awful and reverend when we rely upon his power, trust to his faithfulness, submit to his wisdom, imitate his holiness, and give him the glory due to his most illustrious perfections.
We sanctify God before others when our deportment is such as invites and encourages others to glorify and honor him; both are required,

Learn,
First, A full sense of the divine perfections is the best antidote against the fear of sufferings.
Secondly, The hope and faith of a Christian are defensible against all the world.
Thirdly, Every Christian is bound to answer and apologize for the hope that is in him. We are to be ready to give an answer to every man for the hope that we have in Christ.
Fourthly, These confessions of our faith ought to be made with meekness and fear. Not in haughtiness, revenge, spitefulness, or better than thou attitude.

Conclusion: The Bible is our guidebook to teach us HOW TO PLEASE God, LOVE OTHERS, AND LOVE OURSELVES.

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FEBRUARY 3 – SIN WILL DISPLACE YOU


FEBRUARY 3 – SIN WILL DISPLACE YOU

Judges 6:1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.

3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;

4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.

There comes a time when God says, “enough is enough. When God has shown His love to someone that has strayed, when God has gently urged one to return, when God has tenderly touched lives in a way to call someone back from the wrong path; God says enough is enough.

We must learn that evilness does not please God. Notice the thought of delivered. God has a final response and that is to give his people into evil hands to prove to them that evil is not what they want. Why do people want to be like others that are involved in wickedness? Some run with the crowd because of the social aspect. I know that business deals is one aspect of why a certain Church is selected. All the business men that go to Church, go there.

There is also the emotional element. There are those that want to be moved emotionally. I was reading some comments about a T.V. show. It made you laugh and it made you cry. People were hooked on this show because it moved them emotionally. This kind of people will leave a Church that preaches the Bible to go to a Church that makes them laugh and makes them cry. They will accept heresy because they are emotionally moved.

There are those that want to be entertained. I met with a man and we talked Church and Bible doctrine. I went through the plan of salvation and we were in agreement. We discussed security of the believer and agreed. We talked about baptism and we agreed. We read scripture on the Lord’s Supper and we agreed. We pursued the Local Visible Church and came to the agreement that is what the Bible taught. He and his family came to Church a number of times and brought visitors. They then quit coming. I visited the man and he said, “we are going to such and such a church because they have a youth group and pool parties and my wife wants to go there. This church agreed with us in salvation only. Every other doctrine was unbiblical.

Those people have given themselves over to evil. No, they are not murdering. They are not performing abortions. They have simply rejected the truth of God’s Word. This makes God a liar. To reject truth is evil.

When God brings the evil world against His own people because of rebellion, it will be a terrible time. It will be a time when caves and dens are a welcome abode. Our nation is suffering because of the rejection of Gods Word. It is a time to renew our efforts to make sure that what we believe lines up with the Word of God. Study to show ourselves approved.

May we with fervor proclaim Gods true Word.

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Keep Thy Tongue  


Psalm 34:12-16

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it,” Psalm 34:13, 14.

Have you ever watched one of those televised beauty pageants? Then you probably heard the phrase world peace. It is the stereotypical pageant contestant’s answer. It is really cliché, but really, who doesn’t want to see peace?

We may not be seeking world peace, however we would all like to see peace in our own lives. But are we entitled to peace? Should peace just automatically come our way? We may not directly say that, but many times we act as though we deserve it.

Nevertheless, peace does not come without effort. We learn in today’s Scripture that we are to “seek peace” (verse 14). Instead of sitting back and expecting our lives to be filled with tranquility, we should be pursuing opportunities to cultivate peace. Instead, many times we do nothing and complain when conflict and chaos come.

One key way we can pursue peace is by watching what we say. There is nothing that can cause conflict in relationships faster than a loose tongue. This passage commands us to “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile” (verse 13). This sounds really good and makes a lot of sense, but it is not always easy to accomplish. In the New Testament book of James, we are shown how difficult the tongue is to tame, however, if we want peace we must learn how to be peacemakers.

Peacemaking begins with you and me. If we are going to have peaceable relationships it is going to take effort. If you desire a more peaceful life, then make peacemaking a priority.

 

JUST ASKING

How are you making daily efforts to keep thy tongue?

Nathan Rogers

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Christ’s Prayer for Us


John 17:13-21
“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil,” John 17:15.

Early one bright and clear morning, the freckled-faced boy looked down at his poor, helpless, old dog. The dog had been his faithful companion for as long as he could remember, and, now, he had come to the end of his life. “Davy,” he said as he stroked the old dog’s whitened face, “I’m going to tell you the story my Sunday School teacher told us yesterday. It made me feel good and I hope it does the same for you.” Quietly, the aged dog lay still, for there was love and comfort in his boy’s voice.
In the innocent voice of the young boy, he began, “Jesus was about to go away and leave the good friends He had made on earth. He was sad to leave them but happy He had done what His Father had asked Him to do. One cool, quiet evening in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed for His friends. He asked God to keep them from evil. Davy, I know you love me because you kept me from stepping on that rattler two years ago, and you always walk me down the drive to catch the bus and wait for me to get home. Jesus loves His friends even more than that, Davy. He loved them so much that He prayed for them before He died to save them.” With that old Davy died.
Tears streamed down the boy’s face as he bowed his head and thanked the Lord for making dogs like Davy and for praying for boys like himself.

REFLECTION
Yes, my friend, Jesus loves you so much He prayed for you even before you were born.
Beverly Barnett

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