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Where Jesus Is Lord!
|Those who followed Jesus only for loaves and fishes or to be healed could never experience authentic discipleship. In our own lives, true discipleship requires abandoning our own agenda and yielding to His will (John 6:22-40).|
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Jesus Christ is more than a system, tradition, or belief. He is a Person who knows our needs, feels our pain, and sympathizes with our weakness.
Christ Is Someone To Know And Trust
Jesus Christ is more than a system, tradition, or belief. He is a Person who knows our needs, feels our pain, and sympathizes with our weakness. In exchange for our trust, He offers to forgive our sins, to intercede for us, and to bring us to His Father. He cried for us, died for us, and rose from the dead to show that He was all He claimed to be. Conquering death, He showed us that He can save us from our sins, live His life through us on earth, and then bring us safely to heaven. He offers Himself as a gift to anyone who will trust and follow Him ( John 20:24-31).
John 20:24-31 (New International Version, ©2011)
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The Purpose of John’s Gospel30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Internet Church is a slightly different than the modern day brick and mortar churches. In these churches, only the Pastor or Preacher/Teacher speaks and the people are mostly spectators.
Do you ever wonder what the born-again Christians sitting in the pews think and believe?
In 1 Corinthians 14:26 we are given one of the few glimpses of how they actually worshiped in the New Testament. When they gathered together everyone was expected to participate. "What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church." In this verse we see a church where people not only attended a worship service but were expected to contribute in some way. The worship service was not the place to be if someone wanted to be a spectator! It is no wonder the New Testament church experienced tremendous growth. This kind of participation is very different from what we have in most churches today.
With the advent of the Internet church, now every pew-sitting born-again can access the world via the Internet right in their home. Discovering that there is quite a difference of opinion of the meaning of scriptures among these pew-sitting born-again Christians who have their computers hooked up to the Internet. We can post things about the Bible from our homes, ask questions, give opinions and interact with other Christians all over the world 24/7/365 and not just on Sundays and Wednesdays. The denominational walls are coming down as one really don’t know what denomination you are, or even if you are in a certain denomination.
Overall, we believe that the LORD God of Israel is DELIGHTED with the Internet Church and with the electronic Bibles. Click hereand give it a try.
- The Online Church is designed to bring the best of the digital Online Church to your home. Join us in interactive live Church services via streaming audio, video, live Christian chatroom, live chatroom Bible studies and BBS Message Boards using interactive messages. This is not to take place of the local Church but to strengthen it. Come join us today.
- To provide an alternative for traditional "church" for the following groups of people:
- Christians who are "drop outs" of the Institutionalized Christian church, for whatever reason, and desire some outside stimulation for spiritual growth.
- People who are "housebound" or are physically unable to attend a traditional church.
- People who have tired of the traditional church environment consisting of an emphasis on: collecting money, building a pastoral empire, church building programs, and multi-layered church programs that dilute the call to know Jesus personally.
- Christians who are in a church but believe they are not being fed on the truths of the Bible.
- People who are single, single parents or married couples who want a method of introducing biblical teaching into their lives on a flexible schedule (one that you determine rather than the institution of church determines).
- The non-Christian, a method is provided whereby they may examine the claims of Christ and either decide in a positive manner to accept what He has said about Himself in the Scriptures as truth, or to reject who He said He was and is today.
- Those who may have a church in their home, or are participating in a home church setting and are looking for study materials to be used in conjunction with their home church activities.
- Those in the church who have not yet been released to function under the headship of Christ without the use of intermediaries and hierarchical control.
Read: Luke 9:18-26
If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. —Luke 9:23
In his book The Empty Church, historian Thomas C. Reeves says: "Christianity in modern America . . . tends to be easy, upbeat, convenient, and compatible. It does not require self-sacrifice, discipline, humility, an otherworldly outlook, a zeal for souls, a fear as well as love of God. There is little guilt and no punishment, and the payoff in heaven is virtually certain. What we now have might best be labeled 'Consumer Christianity.' The cost is low and customer satisfaction seems guaranteed."
If we were only customers of Almighty God, we could be selective in our faith and reject anything we didn't like. But that's not an idea we get from Jesus. He pointed us to a cross, not to a spiritual check-out counter. He said: "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it" (Luke 9:23-24). Christ died on a cross for our sins, not for our satisfaction. And He calls us to trust in Him, then follow Him with a life of self-denial.
In a world where the customer is always right, it takes radical obedience to God to keep from buying into "Consumer Christianity." —David McCasland
When Jesus said to follow Him
Regardless of the cost,
He promised He would surely give
Much more than would be lost. —Sper
Following Jesus is not always easy, but it's always right
What It Means To Know Jesus Christ
Mark 8:34-38 (King James Version)
And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever (anyone that) will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Since this is Jesus himself speaking in this passage then we know He is speaking the truth. He expects us to deny ourselves and follow Him. Which would mean we place Him first in our life. Not second third or so on.
The first commandment is "You shall have no other gods before me" Exodus 20:2-3 This alone with the above passage tells us God wants our full attention. He does not say, "Your Pastor should put me first and deny himself" he says, "Whosoever (anyone that) will come after me, let him deny himself," So we are each individually to put God first in our lives. Not just when we are in Church, but the entire day, everyday.
If one reads the entire bible and opens theirs eyes they will see that the whole bible points to Jesus Christ and it is about knowing Him. So if one claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ and that they know Him, they will do as He teaches.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently (constant in effort) seek (to go in search or quest of ) Him. - Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
This is not about casual reading of the bible and going to Church. There are many, many people that go to Church every Sunday that do not know Jesus Christ and will bust hell wide open. (See www.lostinchurch.com for more information about that.) Knowing Jesus Christ is not about going to Church, following a Pastor, and walking the aisle. It is about seeking Him with all your heart yourself. If you do this you will find Him and then you will know Him.
There is no push button thing you can do for salvation. The bible says we MUST be born-again. That is a process and if you are born-again your live will start changing and you will put Jesus Christ first in your life. Not just know about Him or think you purchased a ticket to heaven and you have it somewhere in a drawer.
We are to walk and live by faith and endure until the very end (Matt. 10.22). If you are saved you will love and put Jesus first in your life. That is how you know if you are born-again. Your life changes it’s focus and it then becomes about knowing Jesus.
My life is my example. I knew about Jesus Christ and believe He was real since I was 12 years old and even walked the aisle at a Church and was baptized. But that is not what Jesus said to do if you want to know Him. He said one must "deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." That is not what I did. I just attended Church for a while and never diligently sought Him (I believe this happens to a lot of people that have a push button mentality). I soon stopped going to Church because of the hypocrisy and thought it must just be some sort of game people like to play. I don’t think I was saved at that time because of the following:
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)
He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him. - John 14:21
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. - Revelation 3:16 (KJV)
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. - Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)
I am sure there are more verses but that is all I will list now.
But thank the Lord for a praying Mother at the age of 23 after years of drinking, parting and things I don’t want to think about or mention God let me know that He was real. I decided I had to know if Jesus was real, so I got on my knees and ask Him. Guess what? He let me know He was real. I started seeking Him. I did not come to know Him over night, for me it took some diligent seeking through bible study, prayer and talking to people that knew Him. Actually for me it took until I was 26 until I actually meet Him. I was enlightened to know that He was REAL and not just someone that people wrote about in the bible or people used to get your money or someone that was locked up in a Church building. He proved to me He was real and I have never been the same. It changed me and is still changing me at the age of 48. I no longer looked to Pastors or people as the ones who would tell me what God wanted for my life. If you do this it will not be long before they use you or let you down. I started looking directly to Jesus Christ who has never let me down and I have learned to live for Him and not for me. I have learned it is ALL about Him and not about me. Until we come to know that, whether we are Pastors, laypersons, Elders, Deacons, business owners or the President of the United States. We will not be saved. If we do not know Jesus Christ and deny ourselves and give Him the glory for what He has done for us. He has given His very life’s blood in our stead so we might live with Him forever throughout eternity. So until we come to know Him we will never know what salvation. It is not something you can get from a Pastor or anyone else. We must go to Jesus and seek after Him daily and then we will know the joy of salvation. We will then want to tell others of this salvation and will not rest until He calls us home, as we will know what it means to know and love Him. There is no mistake about people that know Him, they always want to talk about Him and no not just at Church but everywhere they go. Yes like your first love, you would talk about them until people were sick of hearing it and you never understood what was wrong with them. Jesus wants to be our first love today and everyday of our life and if you know Him you will want the same thing. If you don’t then you will just think I am crazy, but I really don’t care what people think. I care what God thinks and what God thinks will echo through out eternity.
So to me this is what it means to know Jesus. No knowing about Him but knowing Him personally.
Article by: By David Campbell
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 (KJV)
The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him - Psalm 25:14
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. ~ Luke 9:62
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Until Jesus Christ is truly our Lord, we each have goals of our own which we serve. Our faith is real, but it is not yet permanent. And God is never in a hurry. If we are willing to wait, we will see God pointing out that we have been interested only in His blessings, instead of in God Himself. ~ Oswald Chambers
Many come to know Jesus as the Way. A few more go on to know Him as the Truth. But very few go on to know Him as their life. ~ Rick Joyner
10 Reasons To Believe Christ Rose From The Dead
- A Public Execution Assured His Death
- A High Official Secured The Gravesite
- In Spite Of Guards, The Grave Was Found Empty
- Many People Claimed To Have Seen Him Alive
- His Apostles Were Dramatically Changed
- Witnesses Were Willing To Die For Their Claims
- Jewish Believers Changed Their Day Of Worship
- Although It Was Unexpected, It Was Clearly Predicted
- It Was A Fitting Climax To A Miraculous Life
- It Fits The Experience Of Those Who Trust Him
- You're Not Alone
Simon Greenleaf, one of the principle founders of the Harvard Law School, originally set out to disprove the biblical testimony concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was certain that a careful examination of the internal witness of the Gospels would dispel all the myths at the heart of Christianity. But this legal scholar came to the conclusion that the witnesses were reliable, and that the resurrection did in fact happen. Made available online by Shane Rosenthal for Reformation Ink, this essay is in the public domain and may be freely copied and distributed.
All the Names of Jesus: The names and titles of Jesus as listed in the Bible.
Jesus Christ is called:
- Advocate (1 John 2:1)
- Almighty (Revelation 1:8)
- Alpha and Omega (Revelation 22:13)
- Amen (Revelation 3:14)
- Angel of his presence (Isaiah 63:9)
- Apostle (Hebrews 3:1)
- Arm of the Lord (Isaiah 51:9-10)
- Atoning sacrifice (1 John 2:2)
- Author of life (Acts 3:15)
- Author of salvation (Hebrews 2:10)
- Author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2)
- Beginning and End (Revelation 22:13)
- Blessed and only Ruler (1 Timothy 6:15)
- Bread of life (John 6:48)
- Bridegroom (Matthew 9:15)
- Bright Morning Star (Revelation 22:16)
- Carpenter (Mark 6:3)
- Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4)
- Chosen one (Isaiah 42:1)
- Chosen and precious cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6)
- Christ (Mattew 1:16)
- The Christ (Matthew 16:20; Mark 14:61, 62; Luke 9:20)
- Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24; 8:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 30)
- Christ Jesus our Lord (1 Timothy 1:12; Romans 8:39)
- Christ of God (Luke 9:20)
- Christ of God, the Chosen One (Luke 23:35)
- Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11)
- Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24)
- Christ, the Son of God (John 11:27)
- Christ, the Son of the Blessed One (Mk 14:61)
- Commander (Isaiah 55:4)
- Commander of the LORD's army (Joshua 5:14)
- Consolation of Israel (Luke 2:25)
- Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20)
- Counselor (Isaiah 9:6)
- Covenant for the people (Isaiah 42:6)
- Deliverer (Romans 11:26)
- Eternal life (1 John 5:20)
- Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6)
- Exact representation of God's being (Hebrews 1:3)
- Faithful and True (Revelation 19:11)
- Faithful witness (Revelation 1:5)
- Faithful and true witness (Revelation 3:14)
- The First and the Last (Revelation 1:17; 2:8; 22:13)
- Firstborn (Hebrews 1:6)
- Foundation (Isaiah 28:16)
- Friend of tax collectors and sinners (Matthew 11:19)
- Gate (John 10:7)
- Gift of God (John 4:10)
- Glorious Lord Jesus Christ (James 2:1)
- Glory of Israel (Luke 2:32)
- God (John 20:28)
- God and Savior of Israel (Isaiah 45:15)
- God of all the earth (Isaiah 54:5)
- God over all, forever praised (Romans 9:5)
- God the One and Only (John 1:18)
- God with us (Matthew 1:23)
- Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14)
- Good Teacher (Mark 10:17)
- Great God and Savior (Titus 2:13)
- Great high priest (Hebrews 4:14)
- Great Shepherd of the sheep (Hebrews 13:20)
- Guarantee (Hebrews 7:22)
- Head of every man (1 Corinthians 11:3)
- Head of the body, the church (Colossians 1:18)
- Head of the church (Ephesians 5:23)
- Heir of all things (Hebrews 1:2)
- High priest (Hebrews 4:15)
- Holiness (1 Corinthians 1:30)
- Holy One (Psalm 16:10)
- Holy One of God (Mark 1:24)
- Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 41:14; 54:5)
- Holy and Righteous One (Acts 3:14)
- Holy servant Jesus (Acts 4:30)
- Our Hope (1Timothy 1:1)
- Horn of salvation (Luke 1:69)
- I am (John 8:58)
- Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23)
- Indescribable gift (2 Corinthians 9:15)
- Innocent man (Matthew 27:19)
- Israel (Isaiah 49:3)
- Jesus (Matthew 1:21)
- Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:1; John 1:17; 17:3; Acts 2:38; 4:10; 9:34; 10:36; 16:18; Romans 1:6; 2:16; 5:15, 17; 1 Corinthians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 1:19; 4:5; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 1:11; 2:11; 2 Timothy 2:8; Hebrews 13:8; 1 John 1:3; 2:1)
- Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 5:21; 7:25; 1 Corinthians 1:9; Jude 25)
- Jesus Christ our Savior (Titus 3:6)
- Jesus of Nazareth (Mark 1:24; Luke 24:19)
- Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews (John 19:19)
- Jesus, the King of the Jews (Matthew 27:37)
- Jesus the Son of God (Hebrews 4:14)
- Jesus, the Son of Joseph (John 6:42)
- Judge (Acts 10:42)
- King (Matthew 21:5)
- King of Israel (John 1:49)
- King of kings (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14)
- King of glory (Psalm 24:7-10)
- King of the ages (Revelation 15:3)
- King of the Jews (Matthew 2:2)
- King over the whole earth (Zechariah 14:9)
- Lamb (Revelation 5:6, 8; 6:16; 7:9-10, 17; 12:11; 13:8; 14:1, 4; 15:3; 17:14; 19:7, 9; 21:9, 14, 22-23, 27)
- Lamb of God (John 1:29)
- Lawgiver (Isaiah 33:22)
- Leader (Isa 55:4)
- Life (John 14:6)
- Light, everlasting (Isaiah 60:20)
- Light of the world (John 8:12)
- Light for the Gentiles (Isaiah 42:6)
- Light, true (John 1:9)
- Living bread (John 6:51)
- Living Stone (1Peter 2:4)
- Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5)
- Lord (John 20:28)
- Lord Almighty (James 5:4)
- Lord of all (Acts 10:36; Romans 10:12)
- Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14; 19:16)
- LORD Our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6)
- Lord God Almighty (Revelation 15:3)
- Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:11; 3:18)
- Lord Christ (Colossians 3:24)
- Lord Jesus (Acts 7:59; Colossians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 4:2)
- Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 11:17; 15:26; 28:31; Romans 5:1, 11; 13:14)
- LORD mighty in battle (Psalm 24:8)
- Lord of the dead and the living (Romans 14:9)
- Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28)
- Lord's Christ (Luke 2:26)
- LORD, your holy one (Isaiah 43:15)
- LORD, your redeemer (Isaiah 43:14)
- Man Christ Jesus (1Titus 2:5)
- Man of sorrows (Isaiah 53:3)
- Man who is close to me [the LORD] (Zechariah 13:7)
- Master (Matthew 23:8)
- Mediator (1Timothy 2:5)
- Messenger of the covenant (Malachi 3:1)
- Messiah (John 1:41)
- Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6)
- Mighty One of Israel (Isaiah 1:24)
- Mighty one of Jacob (Isaiah 49:26)
- Mighty to save (Isaiah 63:1)
- Morning star (2 Peter 1:19; Revelation 22:16)
- Nazarene (Matthew 2:23)
- Offspring of David (Revelation 22:16)
- Offspring of the woman (Genesis 3:15)
- The One and Only (John 1:14)
- One and only Son (John 3:16, 18)
- One he [the Father] loves (Ephesians 1:6)
- Only God our Savior (Jude 25)
- Overseer (1 Peter 2:25)
- Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7)
- Perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:2)
- Power of God (1 Corinthians 1:24)
- Physician (Luke 4:23)
- Precious cornerstone (Isaiah 28:16)
- Priest (Hebrews 7:17)
- Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
- Prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15, 18; Matthew 21:11; Luke 24:19)
- Rabbi (John 1:49)
- Radiance of God's glory (Hebrews 1:3)
- Ransom (1 Timothy 2:6)
- Redeemer (Isaiah 59:20)
- Resurrection and life (John 11:25)
- Redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30)
- Righteous Branch (Jeremiah 23:5)
- Righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8)
- Righteous One (Acts 7:52; 22:14)
- Righteous servant (Isaiah 53:11)
- Righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30)
- Rising sun (Luke 1:78)
- rock (1 Corinthians 10:4)
- rock that makes them fall (1 Peter 2:8)
- Root of David (Revelation 5:5; 22:16)
- Root of Jesse (Isaiah 11:10)
- Rose of Sharon (Song of Solomon 2:1)
- Ruler (Matthew 2:6; 1 Timothy 6:15)
- Ruler of God's creation (Revelation 3:14)
- Ruler of the kings of the earth (Revelation 1:5)
- Ruler over Israel (Micah 5:2)
- Sacrifice (1 John 2:2)
- Salvation (Luke 2:30)
- Sanctuary (Isaiah 8:14)
- Savior (Luke 2:11)
- Savior, Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 1:10)
- Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 1:1)
- Savior of the body (Ephesians 5:23)
- Savior of the world (1 John 4:14)
- Scepter (Numbers 24:17)
- Second man from heaven (1 Corinthians 15:47)
- Seed of Abraham (Galatians 3:16)
- Servant (Isaiah 42:1)
- Servant of rulers (Isaiah 49:7)
- Shepherd (Mark 14:27)
- Shepherd and Overseer of souls (1 Peter 2:25)
- Shepherd, Chief (1 Peter 5:4)
- Shepherd, good (John 10:11)
- Shepherd, great (Hebrews 13:20)
- Shepherd of Israel (Psalm 80:1)
- Shiloh (Genesis 49:10, footnotes)
- Son he [God] loves (Colossians 1:13)
- Son of Abraham (Matthew 1:1)
- Son of David (Matthew 9:27)
- Son of the Father (2 John 3)
- Son of God. See Jesus the Christ, Son of God. Son of Man. See Jesus the Christ, Son of Man.
- Son of the Blessed One (Mark 14:61)
- Son of the Most High (Luke 1:32)
- Star (Numbers 24:17)
- Stone (Matthew 21:42)
- Stone that causes men to stumble (1 Peter 2:8)
- Sun of righteousness (Malachi 4:2)
- Sure foundation (Isaiah 28:16)
- Teacher (John 3:2)
- Tested stone (Isaiah 28:16)
- True God (1 John 5:20)
- True vine (John 15:1)
- Truth (John 14:6)
- Vine (John 15:1)
- Way (John 14:6)
- Who is, who was, and who is to come (Revelation 1:4)
- Wisdom (Proverbs 8:12)
- Wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24)
- Witness (Isaiah 55:4; Revelation 1:5)
- Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6)
- Word (John 1:1)
- Word of God (Revelation 19:13)
- Word of life (1 John 1:1)
What Do You Say?
The question you must answer is a simple one.
It's not, "What do you think of a certain religion?"
It's not, "What do you think of Christians?"
It's not, "What good works have you done lately?"
It's not, "What are the traditions of your church?"
The Question that stands between every human and God is this: "What are you going to do with Jesus?"
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). Paul and Silas said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved" (Acts 4:12). And Paul said that "God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself" (2 Corinthians 5:19).
The message is clear: Faith in Jesus is the only way to God. So what are you going to do with Him? Will you allow a philosopher's deceiving words to make you mistrust the Savior? Will you let the musings of mere humans carry more weight than the message of Almighty God? Please don't. Take Jesus at His word. Put your faith in Him and believe that He gave His life as the sacrifice for your sins on the cross of Calvary. You'll find the joy that comes from being set free from the penalty and power of sin.
What will you do with Jesus? That' the most important question you will ever answer.
Excerpted from Who Is This Man Who Says He's God?
Copyright © 1988, 2000 RBC Ministries
“In the matter of changing religion, State favors are stronger than penalties.”
The Framers of America's Founding Documents relied heavily upon the writings of the French political philosopher, Baron de Montesquieu. Typical of Montesquieu's brilliant insight, he once wrote that:
- “A more certain way to attack religion is by favor, by the comforts of life, by the hope of wealth; not by what reminds one of it, but by what makes one forget it; not by what makes one indignant, but by what makes men lukewarm, when other passions act on our souls, and those which religion inspires are silent. In the matter of changing religion, State favors are stronger than penalties.”
“The IRS has succeeded in gagging Christians.”
Rev. D. James Kennedy* has stated:
- “The federal government has proved a tremendous impediment to the ongoing work of Christians. In all the laws that they have passed against Christian schools, gagging the church, taxation, and all kinds of things that they have done, they have made it harder for the church to exercise its prerogatives and to preach the gospel.
- "Take the last presidential election. There were numbers of things that I knew that I was never able to say from the pulpit because if you advance the cause of one candidate or impede the cause of the other you can lose your tax exemption. That would have been disastrous not only for the church, but for our school and our seminary, everything. So you are gagged. You cannot do that. The IRS, a branch of our government, has succeeded in gagging Christians."
Acceptance of State favors has, indeed, had "disastrous" consequences on the churches in America. The church has been effectively silenced (or as Dr. Kennedy put it, "gagged"). Now the disastrous consequences are being felt by the entire nation.
Is there a remedy? Yes! The church can be re-empowered and regain the former glory and influence she once knew in America. But in order to do so the church must stop acting as an underling, as a subordinate, as a dependent, of the State. The church must cease asking for State favors.
- Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. (3John 1:7)
Online Prayer Chain circa 2006
please pray for my father,doug.He has had a stroke. He just got out of the hospital two weeks ago from a bout with lung cancer!!also pray for my friend's father who is in the hospital. thank you Prayer count: 1Posted by carol ferringer on today 10:29am. Dear Lord I want to thank you for all the blessings you've brought into our lives and especially thank you for bringing Charles into mine. Because of him I have never known such happiness and the love that feels my heart for this man is a kind I've never known. I know our lives are in your hands dear Lord, and we must all place our faith in you as you carry out your Will. I know it might be a lot to ask, but please take care of Charles as he prepares himself for this surgery, don't let anything or anyone steal his joy. And Lord, just one more thing. Please protect him and help him through to a complete recovery, I can't imagine my life without him and I believe you brought us together for a reason and I'd like the chance to carry out whatever plan you have for us. Thank you Lord, thank you for everything, for I truely feel blessed! In our Lord Jesus Name I Pray Amen Prayer count: 1Posted by Debbie on today 10:07am. Dear Lord I want to thank you for all the blessings you've brought into our lives and especially thank you for bringing Charles into mine. Because of him I have never known such happiness and the love that feels my heart for this man is a kind I've never known. I know our lives are in your hands dear Lord, and we must all place our faith in you as you carry out your Will. I know it might be a lot to ask, but please take care of Charles as he prepares himself for this surgery, don't let anything or anyone steal his joy. And Lord, just one more thing. Please protect him and help him through to a complete recovery, I can't imagine my life without him and I believe you brought us together for a reason and I'd like the chance to carry out whatever plan you have for us. Thank you Lord, thank you for everything, for I truely feel blessed! In our Lord Jesus Name I Pray Amen Prayer count: 0Posted by Debbie on today 10:07am. Dear Lord I want to thank you for all the blessings you've brought into our lives and especially thank you for bringing Charles into mine. Because of him I have never known such happiness and the love that feels my heart for this man is a kind I've never known. I know our lives are in your hands dear Lord, and we must all place our faith in you as you carry out your Will. I know it might be a lot to ask, but please take care of Charles as he prepares himself for this surgery, don't let anything or anyone steal his joy. And Lord, just one more thing. Please protect him and help him through to a complete recovery, I can't imagine my life without him and I believe you brought us together for a reason and I'd like the chance to carry out whatever plan you have for us. Thank you Lord, thank you for everything, for I truely feel blessed! In our Lord Jesus Name I Pray Amen Prayer count: 0Posted by Debbie on today 10:06am. God, I ask that You have mercy on my husband John. Save him from the enemy today. Let him worship You and praise You from this day forward on his knees. Please heal him right now, turn him away from the wrong paths and lead him back home. Prayer count: 0Posted by Chris on today 08:40am. Father God in Heaven I come in Jesus name and ask that you hear the prayers of the ones who are on this prayer chain and let your will be done for them and bless them. I also Father God ask the same for me and my money problems. I don't have enough at this time to pay my monthly bills. I don't know how you will aid me in this matter but I know in my heart that you will and I thank you and praise you for it in advance. You are a blessing for us all and in Jesus name I ask you forgive me for any sin I may have comitted and help me to do your will. amen Prayer count: 0Posted by bj on today 07:30am. WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS: Marsha has hardened her heart further saying I will be served by a constable if I don't sign the divorce petition. I know God hates divorce and I want to reconcile with my wife. Please pray along with me to the Lord God Allmighty that he open her eyes to what she is doing and remove Mark from her life. Please God help me in my darkest hour. I KNOW WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. In Jesus name we pray, Amen! Prayer count: 2Posted by Thomas N. on today 06:00am. Dear Lord bless my children so they may have happy lives and be successful in what they do. Bless our family with peace, prosperity, health, and happiness. May we get all the money now that is past due from the company my husband is been doing work for. Let us always have money in the bank to pay all bills and be debt free. We rebuke satan out of our lives, we ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen. Prayer count: 100Posted by madeline on today 05:48am. Please show Richard how lucky of a man he was to have someone as special as Wendy in his life. Please show Richard that there is no other woman who will love him like Wendy does if there really isn't one, and please open up Richard's heart so he will hopefully go back to Wendy and be a better person to her so they can make a life together regardless of all the obstacles. Please don't let the devil continue to attack Richard and Wendy. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN Prayer count: 0Posted by concerned friend on today 05:27am. Dear Brother/Sister in Christ, Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am Prakash Chettri from Kurseong, Darjeeling (India). I am running Athens Boarding School for the last 11 years. Please pray earnestly and with much burden for God to have mercy upon me and open the windows of heaven to pour out His richest blessings opon this school and bless our school with 200 boarding students. I take a vow with God that I will help God ministry and I myself involve with ministry. Please pray continuously. Thank you. Yours Sincerely, Prakash Chteeri Prayer count: 2Posted by Prakash Chettri on today 04:45am. Dear Brother/Sister in Christ, Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am Prakash Chettri from Kurseong, Darjeeling (India). I am running Athens Boarding School for the last 11 years. Please pray earnestly and with much burden for God to have mercy upon me and open the windows of heaven to pour out His richest blessings uopn this school and bless our school with 200 boarding students. I take a vow with God that I will help God ministry and I myself involve with ministry. Please pray continuously. Thank you. Yours Sincerely, Prakash Chettri Prayer count: 0Posted by >Prakash Chettri on today 04:19am. Thak you God for reuniting my family under one roof. We are returnign to the quiet life we are accustomed to. Thanks to those who prayed on our behalf. Thank you God. Prayer count: 4Posted by danielle on today 03:01am. to overcome these challenges Prayer count: 1Posted by j on today 02:18am. PLEASE' PRAY FOR SHARON PAGGET SHE HAS LEUKEMIA.SHE IS SAVED AND BE LEAVS IN GOD; SHES NEEDS YOURS PAYERS FOR TO HEAL HER Prayer count: 1Posted by PATRICIA KEITH on today 01:58am. PLEASE' PRAY FOR SHARON PAGGET SHE HAS LEUKEMIA.SHE IS SAVED AND BE LEAVS IN GOD; SHES NEEDS YOURS PAYERS FOR TO HEAL HER Prayer count: 0Posted by PATRICIA KEITH on today 01:57am. PLEASE' PRAY FOR SHARON PAGGET SHE HAS LEUKEMIA.SHE IS SAVED AND BE LEAVS IN GOD; SHES NEEDS YOURS PAYERS FOR TO HEAL HER Prayer count: 0Posted by PATRICIA KEITH on today 01:57am. My ex Ethan calls me Mina. Right now regardless of the love between us, he is pursuing other females. My son (that is not biologically his) misses him terribly and is devastated. We are a perfect family and VERY happy, but Ethan refuses to acknowledge it even though it is apparent to anyone that is around us for barely 5 minutes. He has even gone so far as to be mean to me to try to deny it what is between us. I am asking you to please pray that he loses interest and desire for these other women and stops pursuing them. And that we can start fresh and rebuild our relationship with no barriers. Thank you. Prayer count: 6Posted by Tiffany on Friday, 10:45pm. heavenly father,i commit sa to you . please help him in his problem he is tryimg to do the right thing . please reveal yourself to him.and deliver him from himself. protect him from evil lord, also that he will find you through this.t dont know how to pray. but you know all things and i leave it in your hands because you love him more than me.thank you for all you are going to do in jesus name Prayer count: 3Posted by k on Friday, 10:44pm. Please agree in prayer with me!! For it is written when 2 or more agree in prayer it will be done....I recently applied for an employment opportunity as an Administrative Secretary for a local school and I really would love to receive this position. It is a 260 day position which would enable me to be home for the summer with my children. I am currently unemployed and am going through a divorce and really need this job. I thank all of you who are willing to pray for me and this position and ask God to bless those who pray for me to be blessed abundently themselves. Thank you all and God Bless. Prayer count: 9Posted by Cheryl on Friday, 09:19pm. FATHER GOD, IN THE NAME OF JESUS I AM IN AGREEMENT WITH ALL FELLOW PRAYERS THAT MY SPOUSAL SUPPORT HEARING WILL BE IN MY FAVOR. LORD GOD, YOU KNOW THAT THIS DIVORCE WAS DUE TO JIMMY'S ADULTRY, SELFISHNESS AND BEING UNEMPLOYED IS VERY DIFFICULT. THANKS TO ALL WHO PRAY FOR US. Prayer count: 4Posted by clsk on Friday, 08:48pm. Please could you pray that Iain will be fine and that he will not hurt himself in any way and that he will contact me and let me know that he is well. Thank you. Prayer count: 2Posted by Rachal on Friday, 08:48pm. God, I ask that You have mercy on my husband John. Save him from the enemy today. Let him worship You and praise You from this day forward on his knees. Please heal him right now, turn him away from the wrong paths and lead him back home. Prayer count: 1Posted by Chris on Friday, 07:52pm. WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS: Marsha has hardened her heart further saying I will be served by a constable if I don't sign the divorce petition. I know God hates divorce and I want to reconcile with my wife. Please pray along with me to the Lord God Allmighty that he open her eyes to what she is doing and remove Mark from her life. Please God help me in my darkest hour. I KNOW WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. In Jesus name we pray, Amen! Prayer count: 2Posted by Thomas N. on Friday, 07:00pm. Thank you for your prayers. After a very rough time, my husband Dan and I are talking again, though he still has not agreed to come home. He is seeking counseling, and has been diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). He is very depressed and doesn't think he will ever recover. I believe in him, and I believe God can heal him. He needs your prayers. Please ask God to heal his mind and bring peace to his heart. Thank you. Prayer count: 12Posted by Ann on Friday, 04:37pm. Please pray that the letter I gave my wife yesterday will soften her heart to go to our senior pastor's wife for advice. Before I even knew if she would take the letter I suddenly thought to ask her to seek the pastor's wife's counsel. It happened while my atty was asking if she'd take it. When he came back I'd already written it on the envelope. I know if she is advised to seek counseling instead of a divorce by someone she trusts she will have a change of heart. I love her so much and want her to see what Jesus has done in my life in the last month in the hopes that she will let Him in too. I'm praying she'll contact me after church this Sunday. Prayer count: 6Posted by Tom on Friday, 03:42pm. Dear All, Please pray that I would do well in my new part time job at an ice cream place. I'm trying to balance out going to the seminary and working at the same time. I'm soo tired and my anxieties flare up to the point that I dont want tointeract with customers. Please pray that Jesus would give me the strength t0 carry on, to study well, and to learn my job well enough and be at peace, not anxious when encountering and talking to customers. In Jesus name. Amen. Prayer count: 2Posted by tim on Friday, 03:09pm. Please pray for a financial burden to be lifted off of me that has been placed upon my household and I! Unless we can raise a large sum of money immediately, my home will be foreclosed upon and we will be homeless! We are also planning on selling our home as well. So, please pray that God will not only provide the funds to bring it out of foreclosure, but will also send a buyer very soon as well! Thank you so much!!!! Prayer count: 2Posted by Greg on Friday, 03:02pm. Please pray that God will quickly come to my aide and heal me of my afflictions. I’ve been suffering from severe depression and anxiety for many years now and ask the Lord restore my smile, sense of humor and grant me the ability to talk to people, make friends and share my personality with myself and others. Where medication and therapy have failed, I know God will succeed. Through Him all things are possible. “…For I am the Lord, who heals you.” Exodus 15:26 Prayer count: 2Rachael K. on Friday, 02:43pm. i pray for your assistance in landing a good job and so does my husband. please grant us both success and peace of mind. we really need your support right now. let us conceive a baby this month. amen, Tee Prayer count: 2Posted by tee on Friday, 12:45pm. had a great job interview on Wednesday. I haven't heard back from the lady yet. Please pray I get this job, it's close by, has great hours and great pay and benefits! I would be able to do so much for my kids with braces for their teeth , and getting them into sports by getting this job, not to mention pay my bills! Please pray I find out asap! Thank you and God Bless! Prayer count: 2Posted by Ev on Friday, 12:29pm. Please I need that at least 100 people join me right now in praying for my father. Please give me only 5 seconds. I beleive in the power of prayer. It always work. My father's heart is in failure and is very weak, but I beleive God can make it very strong and healthy right know. Please join me in visualizing my father Pablo as healthy and positive as he can be. Thanks and God bless you. LLR Prayer count: 25Posted by Lissy on Friday, 12:17pm. Please pray for my children as the new school year begins. Pray that they will make wise decisions, be safe and have a good year. Please pray especially for my daughter that she may have a better year this year and that things will go her way this year. Pray that they will be safe and happy and all children will have a good year. Thank you and God Bless! Prayer count: 7Posted by LeAnn on Friday, 09:28am. Dear Lord give me the strength to keep on doing what I am doing in regards to our Son and his new job..let him shine Lord and give me the strength to keep on keepin on the way that I have in regards to the whole situation..I know you see and you know what I mean Lord.. just please help my husband to keep being as sweet as he has too about it all...I love you Lord and ask that you answer the prayers of each and everyone on this prayer chain... In Jesus name I pray for all of these things.. AMEN!! Prayer count: 15Posted by sally on Friday, 07:09am. Satan is getting his grips on my family!Please pray!Mom has fatal lung disease and is having lots of complications.Aunt has cancer in her chest and given little hope.Brother has 2 blown discs in his back.Another brother avoids my mom almost all together and won't even give her the number to his cell phone.My boyfriends mom has a broken pelvis and none of his family will help her and they have layed the majority of it at his feet knowing he will help her if they won't.They use their daily lives as an excuse not to help as my one brother does with my family. My boyfriend and I have no time at all together due to the situation and our relationship is suffering because of it.Please pray for him and his family.I'm having trouble finding a permanent job.I was fired almost 2 years ago and have went through my savings and unemployment trying to stay afloat.I have only been able to find temporary work and that pays my rent.Then I pay 2 utility bills one month and the other 2 the next month to keep them from being shut off.I'm on medication that I can't buy for obvious reasons.The stress and depression and financial worries are wearing all of us down.We verbally fight and as for me,suicide has become a frequent thought in my mind and that has not been so for over 10 years!Help us Lord! Prayer count: 4Posted by Wendy on Friday, 06:47am. I made a big decision in my life recently and I don't know if I made the right one. I prayed about it and went on with it. Now I'm waiting and wondering. I would like a few prayers from others that it would be revealed soon if I did make the right choice. Prayer count: 2Posted by Wendy on Friday, 06:46am. I need God's guidance now. I am on my second marraige and it is not going well. my husband is a good guy but isnt really motivated to work and be "the man." My son is very selfish and self centered and needs to find God. I have developed a drinking problem and it is getting worse. Please Dear Lord, help me and my family. lead us to you and fill the emptiness in my heart with your love. Prayer count: 7Posted by Pat on Friday, 04:04am. Oh, Lord I pray for my husband for he his lost, help him to find the light again. For he was once a true believer, but has lost his faith. Open his eyes Lord, help him to see that he his on the road to no where without you in his life. Rip the anger and darkness that lives inside him day after day. I know he blames you for his childhood, and all the horrible things that has happened in his life. Help him to realize that he has caused most of these affictions do to his actions and his unforgiving heart. Lord, help me to say the right words when I speak to him. I ask that you fill me with the holy spirit and empower me with yours truths so I can help him achieve the goal I have searched for so long. I believe you are shepard of the sheep, you will bring back your sheep that have gone astray. Thankyou father!! I ask in your name Amen. Please, help me pray for husband!!! Prayer count: 6Posted by S.T. on Thursday, 11:53pm. Father, I pray for my sister Sherry. She is looking for a soul mate. She feels all alone father. This makes her very sad. She's had very few relationships, but the ones she has had have all ended up to be a disappointment. God please help her find a man who shares the same interest,one who actually likes to go church, and shares the same beliefs. Father, she has mentioned time to time about just giving up. This has all made her loose the confidence and self esteem she once had. Father, I ask that you lift up her spririts again, give her back the hope, and self respect that she has lost for sometime. I ask in your name. Amen Prayer count: 5Posted by S.T. on Thursday, 11:12pm. dear lord, please heal s from gout also the swelling of his knee.father ,i pray for the specialist he is to see monday that you will give him wisdom to find out why it is swelling.heal him lord please, thank you for all things and praise you in jesus name amen Prayer count: 4Posted by C on Thursday, 09:55pm. Please pray for my friends Melvin and Carolyn Mittlestat in Michigan. Melvin had surgery months ago and has not healed. He is being transferred to Henry Ford Hospital for testing. Carolyn also had surgery and has been in a lot of pain. Please put them on any and all prayer lists and let's let the Lord know of their needs. Thank you, LOUISE Prayer count: 4Posted by Louise on Thursday, 09:24pm. WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS: Marsha has hardened her heart further saying I will be served by a constable if I don't sign the divorce petition. I know God hates divorce and I want to reconcile with my wife. Please pray along with me to the Lord God Allmighty that he open her eyes to what she is doing and remove Mark from her life. Please God help me in my darkest hour. I KNOW WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. In Jesus name we pray, Amen! Prayer count: 8Posted by Thomas N. on Thursday, 09:02pm. Please pray for David, he has a test tomorrow at his job that if he does not pass he will be fired. Prayer count: 7Posted by Robin on Thursday, 08:39pm. I am so confused!! I prayed for someone to spend the rest of my life with and while praying I had a vision of this man sitting on a chair with his left hand in a fist. Later that year I met this man!! We began dating and got married. After 11 years he decided he wanted to dedicate his life to his first wife and his kids. I am so upset and don't know what to think about this. Please pray that God's will be done in my marriage whatever that may be. God is the one and only, the alfa, the omega so I am willing to accept whatever his will may be. Thanks for the prayers. Prayer count: 10Posted by Shirley on Thursday, 08:37pm. Please pray for all the broken marraiges out there. With a broken marriage there is hurt, depression and financial problems. I pray that all couples who take the vow of marriage that they love their spouse the way that Jesus loves us. My heart aches for Tom whose wife Marsha has left him for another man. I pray that Tom and Marsha are reconciled and their love is stronger than ever. In JESUS'S NAME WE PRAY FOR LOVE AND FORGIVENESS TO RETURN TO MARRIAGES WORLDWIDE. AMEN
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