My prayer is
every message is aimed
by the Holy Spirit
My prayer is
every message is aimed
by the Holy Spirit
There are two messages
in the Bible:
Come and Go
William Andrew Dillard
TWO PREACHERS-ONE SERMON
“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matt. 3:1-2.
Reading further in Matt. 4:17, it is written, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” So, Jesus and John delivered the same initial message to the Jewish nation, and it was not a new plan of salvation of the spirit, but something new, and at hand: the kingdom of heaven.
Dr. Fred G. Stevenson, instructor of Old Testament Hebrew for many years in Missionary Baptist Seminary, stated often that the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God as it is variously called are one and the same, and what constitutes it is the righteous ways of God being carried out by righteous men.
Truly, the concept of such a kingdom was in play as early as Eden, but took on the necessary processes applicable to sinful men after the fall to bring them to a state of spiritual maturity. Those processes are the Bible story, the full fruition of which, men still struggling with sinful flesh, is realized in this age of grace through the New Testament church. The complete fullness of it will be realized in the millennium and subsequent heaven ages.
The Lord’s church, a mystery hidden in ages past, is the heavenly designed climax of four thousand years of experience designed to bring men to the position of mature sons by virtue of spiritual growth aided by the anointing of the Holy Spirit which came to permanently reside in the church on Pentecost, Acts 2. The church is the bride of Christ, the branches of the vine, and kingdom representative and executive in the present age.
Make no mistake about it. The kingdom of heaven did not exist prior to the ministry of Christ Jesus even though it was in preparation. Both Jesus and John declared it was at hand. Some may object because Jesus said to the rejecting Jewish nation that the kingdom would be taken from them and given to another bringing forth the fruits thereof. That simply means what was intended for Israel would not be received by them, but by another.
Thus was the kingdom of heaven entrusted to a prepared people to receive it. This was the mission of John the Baptist, and the message of both John and Jesus. What a treasure beyond words God’s obedient people have today, but individual decisions are still necessary to be positioned in it.
Opening the mind to ultimate truth is God’s Work: exposing the mind to the Word is ours! How sad it will be for some to go out into eternity having had copies of the Bible in their possession, but not knowing what it was all about. Hear then the message of two heaven sent preachers. Learn its meaning!
He Gave His Scalp for a Crown
According to the First Annual Report of the State Historical Society of North Dakota to the governor of North Dakota for the year ending June 30, 1906, Elijah Terry, a Baptist missionary, was killed by the Sioux Indians June 28, 1852. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota when he came in contact with James Tanner, a half-breed whose father was stolen in childhood by a band of Shawnee Indians in Kentucky in 1789. Tanner, having been adopted into their tribe, married an Indian and spent his life among them. His son James was educated in the best schools available for Indians. He served for several years as an interpreter and assistant in Methodist Missions at Sandy Lake and other stations among the Indians along the upper Mississippi River.
After careful Bible study, Tanner became a Baptist. During a severe winter, he walked to the nearest Baptist church and minister, possibly in St. Paul, in order to be scripturally baptized. He then went east, where he enlisted the interest of some Baptists in Philadelphia and elsewhere to support the teaching of the gospel to the Indians in the Dakota Territory.
On his return, Tanner solicited the assistance of Elijah Terry to carry out a plan to erect a log building in which they could teach the Indians and half-breeds and conduct gospel services. It was in the construction of this building that young Terry lost his life. While Tanner went to a nearby town to sharpen his broad-ax, Terry and a Frenchman went to the woods to score timber. Tanner relates:
When I got near town a half-breed came running after me and called out that our comrades were killed. I instantly went back home, where I found a Frenchman badly wounded under the chin. After enquiring for my wife and children and finding them hid in the grass, I, with some armed half-breeds who had just arrived, went in search of Brother Terry….They found him…with two arrows sunk deep in his back…a bullet hole in his left arm…a gash behind his left ear, a piece of scalp about seven inches long and four inches wide taken off, and two marks as if they were made with a blade of a hatchet on his back.
Terry and the Frenchman had been walking along singing hymns when a party of Sioux Indians fell upon them.
Dr. Dale R. Hart: From This Day in Baptist History Vol. I. (Thompson/Cummins) pp. 267-268.
CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS: JOHN LELAND
Divines generally inform us that there is such a time to come (called the Latter-Day Glory) when the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters do the sea, and that this day will appear upon the destruction of antichrist. If so, I am well convinced that Jesus will first remove all the hindrances or religious establishments, and cause all men to be free in matters of religion. When this is effected, he will say to the kings and great men of the earth, “Now see what I can do; ye have been afraid to leave the church and gospel in my hands alone, without steadying the ark by human law; but now I have taken the power and kingdom to myself, and will work for my own glory.” Here let me add, that in the southern states, where there has been the greatest freedom from religious oppression, where liberty of conscience is entirely enjoyed, there has been the greatest revival of religion; which is another proof that true religion can and will prevail best where it is left entirely to Christ.
Source: Excerpt from John Leland’s 1791 Sermon, “The Rights of Conscience Inalienable,” as found in Political Sermons of the American Founding Era, 2 Vols., Ellis Sandoz, Published by Liberty Fund, Inc.
Called Unto Liberty is researched, compiled, and edited (with occasional introductory notes and commentary) by Steve Farrell, Founder and Editor In Chief of The Moral Liberal. Copyright © 2009-2014 Steve Farrell.
1 John 5:14, 15
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us,” 1 John 5:14.
Some have preached that God does not want you poor; He does not want you sick. Evidently, Lazarus, the beggar, covered in sores and Paul, the sick apostle, did not hear that message. Paul surrendered to God’s will and experienced satisfaction in the face of his many trials (2 Cor. 12:10).
In 1 John 5:14, John explains that the confidence must rest in the source of the blessings. We have had people promise us something, and we didn’t even consider it possible that the promise was valid because we didn’t trust the integrity of the promiser. In the heat of adversity, some make promises they know they can never fulfill.
We cannot always heal every hurt and carry every burden. Just like with Paul, often adversity is God’s best teacher. Sometimes all we can do is pray and hold the hand of the hurting while God carries them forward. Paul’s confidence came from personal experience: “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthenenth me” (Phil. 4:11-13).
The confidence must be in Him, not in our ability to back Him into a corner and use twisted Scriptures to force God to come through with the desires of our heart.
Confiding in the confidant increases confidence and security.
God couldn’t take the time to bless us today
Because we couldn’t take the time to thank Him yesterday ?
God decided to stop leading us tomorrow
because we didn’t follow Him today ?
We never saw another flower bloom
because we grumbled when God sent the rain ?
God took away the Bible tomorrow
because we wouldn’t read it today ?
God took away His message
because we failed to listen to the messenger ?
God didn’t send His only begotten son
Because He wanted us to be prepared to pay the price for sin ?
The door of the church was closed
because we didn’t open the door of our heart ?
God stopped loving and caring for us
because we failed to love and care for others ?
God wouldn’t hear us today
because we didn’t listen to Him yesterday ?
God answered our prayers
the way we answer His call to service ?
Keep praying to God. Have faith in Him. 🙂
There is, today, a move away from the deep endearing knowledge of God and what He wants us to know. We are shallow in knowledge, relationship and living. We can no longer call our selves Christians because we do not pass the test of "Christ like." We want what we want and tend to move through the buffet line of the Bible, picking and choosing our desires. By this we allow our selves to indulge in worldly thought and actions.
We are called to be a separate people, distinct from the world and its practices. Those that call themselves Christians today practice worldly things and are no longer identifiable as Christians.