Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Nations Have Forgotten God 8/31/2013

The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made;
In the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.
The Lord is known by the judgement He executes;
The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

The wicked shall be turned into hell,
And all the nations that forget God.
For the needy shall not always be forgotten;
The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.

Arise, O Lord,
Do not let man prevail;
Let the nations be judged in your sight.
Put them in fear, O Lord,
That the nations may know themselves to be but men.

Selah      (Psalm 9:15-20)

On her first time back with the team, since family responsibilities temporarily filled her schedule, our sister Sharon got right to work witnessing to whoever the Lord would put in her path. She was joined by faithful evangelists Mark, Steve M., Debbie, Dean S., his son Kyle, Dr. Jack, his wife Barbara, Dean C., his wife Sai, Jeremy, and Steven V.

Christ Warns of Not Discerning the Times

A chilling decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court is another sign that we who publicly proclaim the name of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior may soon face persecution from our own government. It was also recently reported that the Department of Justice has adopted a policy that requires employees to affirm values that may be at odds with their Christian beliefs.

"Then He also said to the multitudes, 'Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming'; and so it is. . . Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?" (Luke 12:54,56)

It seems that our nation is among those who have "forgotten God." Although we still enjoy a climate of indifference toward our presence in the public arena, We must all be prepared for the inevitable confrontations that will occur. Our hope is in the Savior, and His redeeming grace. Let us continually comfort and exhort one another to be "wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." (Matthew 10:16)

Christ Warns of the Costs of Discipleship

"I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. For from now on five in one house with be divided: three against two, and two against three." (Luke 12:49-52)

"And the Lord said, 'Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.'" (Luke 12:42,43)

Heard from the box:

"If there is any sin in your life that's holding you back from a relationship with Jesus Christ, then you have already made that sin your god. You cannot have any other gods than the Lord Jesus Christ, because that's idolatry. And anything you put before a Holy God, God will look at you on judgement day and say, 'Did you deny yourself, daily? Did you pick up your cross and did you follow Me?' Christ's call to disciplship is complete. He will have you all or He will have none of you. First John chapter three gives us the ultimate assurance. People ask, 'Can I lose my salvation?' Well, it wasn't yours to lose in the first place. God gave it to you. It is God's free gift of salvation. So when God sent His Son on the cross, and He died for your sins, now He is extending that offer to you. Come be reconciled to a Holy God. The Bible says, "And this is the record: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son." Do you hear what the Bible says? If you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have eternal life. Why? Because the blood that He shed on the cross, that blood was poured out for you. The scourging that He went through, the 39 lashes, was for you. And all the while knowing our sins."

Mark shared this:
"Please don't believe in religions. Please don't believe what man says. We'll give you a free Bible. You can read it for yourself. That's the only way I learned how to get out of a cult. You pick up the Bible and your read it. And you pray about it. You say, "Okay, God, if You are real, please reveal Yourself to me, please show me the truth of Your word. Please show me that You are a living God and that You want a relationship with me. And He will do that. If you seek Him He will be found. A broken and contrite heart He will never despise."

Please join us again this Saturday, September 7, at 6:00pm @ Burbank Police Department parking lot on Palm near Glenoaks.

See you there!!

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