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April 26 – Lack of Knowledge

April 26 – Lack of Knowledge

Hosea 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 

The great tragedy today is a Lack of knowledge. We have simplified our knowledge of the Bible to a few simple slogans that express a small amount of knowledge about the Bible, God, Christ and the life we are to lead. We have not only dumbed down the secular education today but have also dumbed down Christian education. We have reduced the knowledge and discussion to a few favorite slogans leaving out the teachings that do not appeal to the masses. We are not teaching about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We are not teaching the truths of the Church and what a Church is and the Churches responsibilities as the administrator of the kingdom of God.

This Biblical Knowledge has been rejected because it would convict. It has not only been rejected but also has been ridiculed as something that is not applicable to today’s lifestyle. This is a term that simply says, “I do not want to live a separated life from the world.” “I want to claim to be a Christian and yet do worldly things and have worldly attitudes.” There is a rejection today of a separated life that stands out and is outstanding.

God said, “I will also reject thee.” This was written to Israel, yet is just as applicable today as it was in Hosea’s day. The claim is that Israel has forgotten the law of God. That is true today also. We are not under the law of Moses but we are under God’s law of “study to show thy self approved.” We are under the law of “love thy neighbor as thyself.” We are under the law of “forsake not the assembling of yourselves together.” We are under the law of “put off concerning the former conversation the old man.” We have the law of holiness, “so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.”

Here is a warning for this day as it was in the days of Israel. I will forget thy children. Certainly, we see that warning coming to fruition today. We are losing our children to the world. When the world is brought into the Church, we lose the children to the world. Church truths are no longer taught to our children. They are certainly involved in activities yet the shallowing teaching of the Word of God enables them to embrace some of the sinful practices of the word. Then they stray. What a mess we have created, trying to entertain to create interest instead of driving the teaching home for conviction.

May we get back to teaching the Word.

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April 24 – The Whole Counsel of God.

April 24 – The Whole Counsel of God.

Acts 20:27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 

28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 

29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 

30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 

We are faced with those that would alter or change the Word of God. There are those that take away from the Word and those that add to the Word. The idea of the term to “take heed” is to pay attention to what some have to say. We are to compare what they say, not to man’s reasoning or logic, but to what the Bible has to say.

Each minister has been given a charge to feed the Church of God. I have had the occasion to call a Church that was without a pastor and has asked them, “can you describe the Church that Jesus built?” The answer, “we don’t know what you are talking about.” This is a sad situation to be confronted with. Notice the term that He uses in reference to the Church, “he hath purchased with His own blood.” I believe that the whole counsel of God is important to our Lord. We should be teaching the people.

Grievous wolves will enter. We see that happening today. I compare them to leaches. They are trying to thrive from the work of others. Men that go astray from the truth or leave out or add to the Word and mislead the people of God. Men that set themselves in a place of trust to usurp the teachings of past faithful men that labored and sacrificed on behalf of that Church.

These are men from our midst that have gone astray after a Jezebel and destroy the work that God called faithful men have built. They come in the guise of greater knowledge and a better understanding or later findings. These are the coverings they use to take away the Lord’s Church from the paths of truth. They belittle the work of those that have gone before and built the work that they now pastor.

Preach the whole counsel of God.

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APRIL 1 – Truth and Righteousness

APRIL 1 – Truth and Righteousness

Psalm 85:11  Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. 

This is a beautiful picture of the meeting between truth and righteousness. Truth from the earth? Who would have thought of such a thing? Let me reference something that I am a witness to. A young man who was at the least an agnostic went to college and took horticulture. As he learned about plants and the intricacies of plant growth and plant food he finally saw that this could not happen by chance. He became convinced that there is a God. I must relate that he is saved. The truth came out of the ground.

Isaiah 45:8  Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it. 

There is a testimony in the creation of God that testifies to truth and salvation. We have an illustration in the New Testament of seed sown in the ground and life from that seed. Here is truth derived from the earth in the seed re-generating into life. I Corinthians 15 speaks of the body as seed and sown in the ground and will come forth a new body. Truth from the earth.

Now we have the righteousness from heaven. Directly from God. Righteousness and truth meet together. We know this righteousness is of God because Romans 1:17 speaks of the righteousness of God. Romans 1:20 speaks of the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…. This creation reveals that there is a God and reveals that truth of salvation for men. The righteousness of God comes down to meet truth and convict man of that need of renewal, that need to be born again to experience everlasting life. We are told that even the rocks would cry out as a witness to the Savior and our need.

What a wonderful witness. May we be an even greater witness for our Lord.

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MARCH 15 – An Attitude of Worship

MARCH 15 – An Attitude of Worship

Ecclesiastes 5:1  Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. 

2  Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God. We have a righteous and Holy God that wants to be worshiped. The question that comes to mind is, do we worship Him in the manner we want or in the manner that God wants? What type of worship does God want? We have the Old Testament as an example unless we would want to disregard it. In that case, just buy a New Testament and ignore the Old Testament. Keep thy foot, is an interesting statement as it relates to the house of God. Moses at the burning bush was called upon to take off his shoes because he was walking on Holy Ground. Joshua was commanded to “Loose thy shoe from off they foot.” The reason was given that the ground he walked on was Holy Ground.

This tells us there is a prescribed way of worship. Today we have an attitude that if we gather and do our “thing” that God has to accept what we want to call worship. The tabernacle and temple worship was very strictly regulated in the way and method of approaching God. The New Testament gives us hints of what not to do in worship. The New Testament calls for us to “Let all things be done unto edifying.” Notice that this is Holy Ground when we come into the presence of God. There are many things that are done today that is called worship that is not what God calls for.

Be ready to hear. This has always been a problem in our day and age. Notice, “the sacrifice of fools.” We would say that a particular denomination is giving the sacrifice of fools because they believe in “good works” for salvation. We examine our method, our purpose and our heart in worship. Are we there to offer what we want to offer or are we there to offer unto God what He wants offered? Are we there to ease our own mind about being holy before God and leave saying to ourselves, there, I have done what was required and then live like the world until the next time we decide to worship?

For they consider not that they do evil. This is devastating to some methods of worship. This calls an attempt to worship God that is contrary to what He wants is called evil. This puts some well-meaning people in a position that they would not imagine being in.

The reverence that God wants is often confused with emotionalism. There should be a reverence as demonstrated by Israel when they would not even approach the foot of the mountain because of a Holy God. There should be that thought of sanctifying ourselves before we come into the presence of God. May we worship God in spirit and in truth.

How is your worship? Should we not consider what God wants?

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MARCH 10 – Are we prepared to do battle.

MARCH 10 – Are we prepared to do battle.

1Sa 17:37  David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. 

David did not go into battle unprepared. He had faith in the deliverance that God would provide. How did David know about God’s deliverance? Many hours with the sheep and pondering the ways of God. He came prepared. His faith was only a partial preparation. We need to see the rest of his preparation. We know his weapon was a sling and he was very familiar with it. We know as he crossed the brook he took 5 smooth stones. Outwardly that was his only preparation.

He had his helmet of salvation. This had already been provided as a free gift of God. We find in Psalm 51, he cried unto the Lord to restore the JOY of THY salvation. He wore the helmet of salvation into the battle. His loins were girt about with truth. This could be what we are missing today. Minimizing some truths and emphasizing others. David knew there was one true God. We find in Davids writings much of truth that we would call doctrine. Timothy was exhorted by Paul to teach others what Paul had taught him. II Tim. 2:2. Paul did not lessen any truth. We are called to study. The Great Commission says to teach them all things. These are defensive weapons.

Our help in conflict or battle is the Lord and the shield of faith. David did not have a physical shield but the Lord went before him. It is called the shield of faith. He had faith the Lord would deliver the victory. This faith was buttressed with pray. In my mind’s eye, I can see David as darkness begins to cover the land and the sheep start bedding down. The quietness that descends and soft simmering glow of the stars as they start shining and the moon filters down with its gentle shining. David sitting and gazing at the great and grand expanse of heaven and the beauty of the mountains that were outlined. The prayers that would proceed from those youthful lips for a safe that was had. Prayers for tomorrow. The prayers that would be utter for his nation and his family. No doubt, David spent much time talking to God.

He was prepared for battle. May we as children of God become bedrock anchored in the love of God and His truth. May we drive new converts to bedrock in truth and include our youth.

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MARCH 1 – Is There Not a Cause?

MARCH 1 – Is There Not a Cause?

1Samuel 17:29  And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? 

Is there not a cause? David’s brother attributed some characteristics to David that was wrong. David was surprised that the men in the service of the King would not answer the challenge of Goliath. David believed that someone should step up and be depending on the Lord to answer the challenge of Goliath. We certainly have challenges today that we need to step up to.

We need to step up to the challenge of soul-winning. We render excuses for why we cannot win lost souls to the Lord. He has given us all the equipment we need to be soul-winners. He has given us His Word that we are to speak. Get comfortable speaking it. He has given us a voice that we use to speak to people with. We even speak to strangers about the weather, the ball game of family. While shopping with my wife, we saw a baby in a buggy. Yes, comments had to be made about the baby. Yes, the mother and the grandmother had to pull out their phones to show pictures so yes, my wife pulled out her phone because she is a proud grandmother/great-grandmother. Before the two ladies left, the Lord and the Church had been spoken of. There is a cause.

There is a cause. We need to step up to the truth. We have the Word of God which is the final authority. This inspired Word fitly spoken give people divine direction. So many today lack purpose, meaning, and direction in their life. Those without purpose are living meaningless lives and have no direction and no goals. We need to step up with the truth that there is a Savior that give meaning to life. When one is saved, the Holy Spirit gives purpose. Ecclesiastes 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. We have direction, becoming a new man in Christ. Our goal is a new place. That heavenly home.

There is a cause: Exalt Christ, Worship Christ, and serve Christ.

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FEBRUARY 27 – Serve Him In Truth

FEBRUARY 27 – Serve Him In Truth

1Samuel 12:24  Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

What does it mean to fear the Lord? There is a fear of God that brings us closer to Him. That is a reverential fear knowing that God not only controls the rain and thunder but also controls the affairs of men. We are called to “serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” Psalm 2:11. The fear of the Lord should guide into paths of righteousness.

We are to serve Him in truth. Compromise is not the truth. When we compromise that then becomes a lie. We do not have the right to make adjustments in the truths that we have been given in God’s Word. John chapter 4 says to “worship in spirit and in truth.” Looking at that statement, if we do not have the truth we can not worship. It behooves us to diligently seek the truth so that we can worship. I am going to bring up one doctrine here. Most that will read this would agree that Jesus gave an ordinance to the Church called “the Lord’s Supper. Most would agree that the Lord’s Supper was closed and given to the members of those local Church members. Why do we think we can take that truth and modify it to suit us? Remember the admonition previous to this, fear the Lord. This is so clear.

What has the Lord done for you? The love of God is so precious to us that He sent His only begotten Son to this earth. He sent that Son to call out His Church to give a place of worship and service. He sent His Son to shed His blood for this Church what right do we have to minimize the Church that Jesus built. What right do we have to minimize the two offices of the Church or minimize the ordinances of the Church? We are to serve Him in truth. Yes, His blood was shed for the lost but never ever minimize or discount the blood shed for the truth.

May we find the truth so that we might worship.

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JANUARY 17 – I did it my way.

JANUARY 17 – I did it my way.

Leviticus 10:1-3 – Not just any worship is accepted by God.

Nadab and Abihu decided to worship their way. It brought about their death. God had just laid out specific instructions that He expected His priests to observe. Nadab and Abihu were the sons of Israel’s priest, the nephews of Israel’s leader, the head of Israel’s princely elders. They had been with Moses and Aaron in the mount; they had looked upon the glorious vision of God as He appeared on Sinai; they had been chosen and consecrated to the priesthood; they had assisted Aaron in the first operations of the Hebrew ritual; and in all that camp of God’s chosen ones, Moses and Aaron alone had higher dignity than theirs. But, from the mount of vision they fell into the pit of destruction. They were accepted priests yesterday; they are disgraced victims of God’s holy indignation to-day.

We must understand that at this point, God had laid out each step to be observed in His worship. We have the examples of Nadab and Abihu. We also have David improperly moving the Ark and the death of one man. Saul also intruded into the office of the priest. If it is not God’s way, it is not accepted.

We are in the church age and some would say, that does not apply today. The Old Testament is our example and gives us principles that we need to be aware of. We no longer offer animal sacrifices but today according to Paul in Romans 12:1, we are the living sacrifice. We sacrifice unto God the way He wants us to.

How often do we hear, “God sees the inside” and thereby we consent to sinful acts of the flesh because in essence it does not matter how we live or talk or what we do because we claim that what is important is the heart of man. I concur that it is important that the blood of Christ cleanses man from sin. I believe it is important that the heart is clean and pure, Yet what is inward will be demonstrated outwardly. Read the book of Ephesians. We are to put off the old man and put on the new man where the inward change has change and cleaned up our mouth. Where our thoughts have been cleaned up. We don’t do the things we used to do.

Worship of God is not according to what pleases us. Some people want to worship God in their manner. We are very much in the me/I generation. It is a throw back to the 50’s and 60’s when Frank Sinatra sang, “I did it my way.” When someone points out some obvious scripture, the common mantra of shaming is thrown up; “judge not that ye be not judged.” Another accusation that is used as a hammer to try and bludgeon people into submission is; “you are a legalist.” This is a complete and total redefinition of the word. Paul knew what a legalist is. Some one that added works to the free gift of salvation. Jews that followed Paul and told new those saved by Grace that they had to be circumcised. A “legalist” is not one that wants to continually apply the Word of God to their life so that every day they are continuing to conform to the Word. Shame on those that try to destroy those that would live a life conforming more to God’s Word everyday.

God has set the standard. There are those that will not study enough to find out what pleases God. They are self-willed people. They do not heed the instruction of God. In the 70’s in Peoria, Illinois, some enterprising person decided to start a club for christians. The though was that people loved to go to bars and taverns so this club was set up just like a bar. There was no alcohol but the lights were turned down low. Soft music was playing. There were intimate settings for couples. There was a dark dance floor. This club failed. The doors were closed. To me, this proved that the Biblical admonition was correct, “they loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.” True christians do not want to be in a situation where emotions and lusts are aroused. Those that prefer that atmosphere also prefer alcohol to be involved so that inhibitions are released and inappropriate behavior have a skin of a reason. “I was drunk.”

The saddest part of this is that we now some churches practicing the darkness over light. Music has become the draw, doing it my way. Enticement instead of confiction bringing them in instead of “going” as the Great Commission says. Then we see the response; “bring them in by what ever means and what ever works.” We make them comfortable in a worldly atmosphere. There is a tendency to not delve deeply into God’s Word and simply make them “bottle babies” where Paul says we need to go on from the “milk of the word” and eat meat, and Paul never encouraged any one to stay as “bottle babies.” Meme’s, platitudes, and incomplete phrases and sayings have never driven anyone deeper in the knowledge of God and His Word. Today in some Baptist Churchs there is less concern about truth and feelings are emphasized above truth and music above the preaching of the Word.

Now the situation is that worship is all about me and not God approved or God accepted. Yes, no fire will consume you, but that doesn’t mean it is God approved.

My purpose here and your purpose here should be worship God “in spirit and in truth” and be accepted by God. God calls for obedience.

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William Andrew Dillard
Parson to Person
Truth! Questioned by rulers, sought after in misguided paths of philosophy, pseudo-science, and secular education, obscured by false religion, servants of mammon, and demonic powers, truth survives unscathed. It not only survives, it reigns supreme in the intellects of the universe, and shall evermore, and It has a ring to it!
Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27. In this great Shepherd/sheep chapter, voice is underscored as the identifying factor of the true Shepherd. Doubtless, there was uniqueness in the voice of Jesus by which He could be identified, more-so than the telephone voice of dear ones in modern times. However, this discourse for the church throughout the age is not connected to tone, but to content.
After Jesus’ ascension, His physical voice was no longer audible to His saints, but the meaning of John 10 remains as effective as any other scriptures. His sheep hear His voice. He knows them. They follow Him. Inseparable from His voice are the meanings of words and ideas spoken and subsequently preserved in Holy Writ.
Unlike any other, the Shepherd’s voice is underscored by unity, harmony, and symmetry. But the uniqueness does not end there. The words (voice) of the Master are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63. The Shepherd’s voice is the voice of God preserved in the Bible, and carried by the Holy Spirit, the same Holy Spirit given to the sheep, by which discernment is possible. The carnal mind cannot perceive the Shepherd’s voice because it is spiritual, and spiritual things are spiritually understood. 2 Cor. 2:14.
Much is said in the Bible about ears and how they hear or do not hear. Jesus pronounced a blessing on those who had ears to hear, and sternly warned all of His people throughout the age to use their ears to hear (discern) what the Spirit is saying to the churches ( Rev. 2-3.)
From the Garden of Eden to this present day, there are other voices vying for one’s attention. They contain information which if followed end in eternal disaster more-so than Adam and Eve found out. So, try the spirits, listen for the Master’s voice. Truth always has a biblically harmonizing ring to it.

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William Andrew Dillard
“Ecumenism,” what is it, anyway? The word is basically Latin, and means “The whole world” according to several dictionaries. Within the Christian context, it means the idea and/or the movement to bring all of the “Christian churches” in the world together as one. Protestants see this as invisible, universal, and Catholics largely see this as persuading all churches to return to the Catholic fold from which they supposedly went astray. Baptists know that Catholics originated by departing from them. They see it as rank heresy; religious baloney, to be avoided at all cost.
The history of ecumenism is interesting, but it is bad. The first ecumenical movement succeeded in society at large in the days of Noah. God destroyed the entire world as a result (except for those on the Ark, of course). But men are sinful, fleshly, and do not learn spiritual truth as those things can only be understood by spiritual people. So, time found the whole populated world in another ecumenical movement at the Tower of Babel. To break it up, God created languages, and the population was segregated to the language they could understand. The language and scattering of the people accordingly created an effective separation which has served well until recent times.
Today, modern technology has all but eliminated the barrier of language. Modern transportation allows men to be global in bodily presence in only a few hours. Communications are global and instant, and for many years world leaders have been working consistently on a “New World (ecumenical) Order.” It is intended to be ecumenical politically, economically, and religiously. As nations march steadily onward toward that goal purported to be the apex of man’s existence, but apart from his Creator, the very idea of individualism and exceptionalism is abandoned.
All of this does not bode well for the nations, but it is their determined goal. Still the Creator’s clarion call to all who will hear Him is to “come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord.” 2 Cor. 6:17. Baptist churches stand or fall on their understanding and treatment of the Word. For them ecumenism offers nothing to gain, and everything to lose. They have stood on God’s truth while Catholic, Protestant, and Neo-protestants left them to go their own way. Doubtless, it will be increasingly harder to stand alone, but by the grace of God some will.

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