My Church Notes- Absolutes

Feb 2, 2020 “The Bible Sure Things”

As always I walk away blessed from my Pastor’s preaching and today hit topics close to my heart. I am very thankful my church preaches from God’s word found in the King James Bible. I am filled with gratitude when God hears my cries for help and answers them with his word.

This morning the title of the message was “The Bible Sure Things”

Although the following is not the sermon but what God has put on my heart to search out and write about to my readers.

Today we are living in times of “fluidity” –

1828 Websters Dictionary states – FLUID’ITY, noun The quality of being capable of flowing; that quality of bodies which renders them impressible to the slightest force, and by which the parts easily move or change their relative position without a separation of the mass; a liquid state; opposed to solidity. fluidity is the effect of heat.

1994 Merriam-Webster states – Gender fluidity is the ability to freely and knowingly become one or many of a limitless number of genders, for any length of time, at any rate of change. Gender fluidity recognizes no borders or rules of gender.

In today’s society, we even have moral fluidity.  At this time does not have a definition found in the dictionary but yet if we google it, it’s easily identified.  As I have found on the site: Ethics Daily – Oct. 15, 2018

Younger generations in the U.S. are more likely to see morality as fluid and changing, according to a Barna Group report released Oct. 9.
When asked whether they agreed with the statement, “What is morally right and wrong changes over time based on society,” 24 percent of Gen-Z (born 1999 to 2015) respondents agreed.
By comparison, 21 percent of Millennials (born 1984 to 1998), 18 percent of Gen-X (1965 to 1983) and 12 percent of Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) did so.
A similar trend was found when presented with the statement, “What is morally right or wrong depends on what an individual believes.”
This view was held by 23 percent of Millennials, followed by Gen-Z (21 percent), Gen-X (18 percent) and Boomers (17 percent).
Generational differences on these broad perspectives were also reflected when respondents expressed their views on specific moral issues.
For example, 61 percent of Elders (born before 1946) said that lying is morally wrong, while only 34 percent of Gen-Z agreed.
Of the five specific issues presented in the survey, the only one without a notable difference between the oldest and youngest generations was regarding the morality of sex before marriage.
Twenty-two percent of both Elders and Boomers strongly agreed that “sex before marriage is morally wrong,” compared to 26 percent of Gen-X, 19 percent of Millennials and 21 percent of Gen-Z.
“Young Americans have come of age in an incredibly complex world with access to more information and ideas than any other generation before them. They are also the most diverse generation in history,” the report said. “These realities have not only broadened their horizons and sources of input, but inculcated a deep sense of empathy. For instance, Gen Z as a whole are generally opposed to challenging others’ beliefs, likely driven by a desire to avoid offense or to acknowledge the value of other perspectives.”

We are now living in a time of no absolutes and everything relative.

absolutes as defined in 1828 by Webster is:  Existing independent of any other cause

relative as defined in 1828 Not absolute or existing by itself; considered as belonging to or respecting something else.

So, what can one do to find truth and where can we find absolutes?   Praise God, we can always rely on God’s word as our truth, set of standards to live by and our absolute.  So how do I know this as truth – easy because God’s word is sure.

1828 Websters Dictionary – sure:

1. Certain; unfailing; infallible.

The testimony of the Lord is sure Psalms 19:7:

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”

We have also a more sure word of prophecy. 2 Peter 1:10:

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”

2. Certainly knowing, or having full confidence.

We are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth– Romans 2:2:

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.”

Now we are sure that thou knowest all things. John 16:30:

Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.”

3. Certain; safe; firm; permanent.

Thy kingdom shall be sure to thee. Daniel 4:26:

And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.”

4. Firm; stable; steady; not liable to failure, loss or change; as a sure covenant. 2 Samuel 23:5. Nehemiah 9:38. Isaiah 28:16:

Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.”

And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.”

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.”

The Lord will make my lord a sure house. 1 Samuel 25:28:

“I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days.”

So we say, to stand sure to be sure of foot.

5. Certain of obtaining or of retaining; as, to be sure of game; to be sure of success; to be sure of life or health.

6. Strong; secure; not liable to be broken or disturbed.

Go your way, make it as sure as ye can. Math.27:

Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.”

7. Certain; not liable to failure. The income is sure

To be sure or be sure certainly. Shall you go? be sure I shall.

Give all diligence to make your calling and election sure 2 Peter 1:10:

“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”

SURE, adverb Certainly; without doubt; doubtless.

Perhaps you are thinking, why do I refer back to the 1828 Websters dictionary so often and the reason is simple:  in 2020, I have found we are so removed from God’s truth and set of standards that I need to go back to a time where those standards were seen in our society. And for me it’s shown clearly in the 1828 Websters dictionary that God’s word and set of standards were being used.

May you continue to search the word of the living God and lean not unto your own understanding.

Farm H

The Seven Wonders of Jesus

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My Church Notes – July 24, 2016

Matthew 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased,

Wonderful – (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

WONDERFUL, a. Adapted to excite wonder or admiration; exciting surprise; strange; astonishing. Job 42.

What do you think it was like when Jesus walk on earth?  Did one wonder when those heard of his birth?

Luke 1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

What do you think life was like for Jesus while he was on earth?

We read in Luke 23:4 – Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.

Even in Luke 4:13 we read:  And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

His message is wonderful.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Without the word of God and the gospel, we have no hope.

Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Psalm 119:81 My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.

Are you reading God’s love letter to you?  The King James Bible

His love is wonderful.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 15:9,10 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus died on the cross for you.  He loves you so much, he died on the cross, so you should not perish in hell but have everlasting life with him in heaven.

His death is wonderful.

Without his death, we would perish.  Without the gospel, we would have no hope.

Hope – (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)

HOPE, n. [L. cupio.]

1. A desire of some good, accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. Hope differs from wish and desire in this, that it implies some expectation of obtaining the good desired, or the possibility of possessing it. Hope therefore always gives pleasure or joy; whereas wish and desire may produce or be accompanied with pain and anxiety.

The hypocrite’s hope shall perish. Job 8.

He wish’ed, but not with hope–

Sweet hope! kind cheat!

He that lives upon hope, will die fasting.

2. Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well founded expectation of good; as a hope founded on God’s gracious promises; a scriptural sense.

A well founded scriptural hope,is, in our religion, the source of ineffable happiness.

3. That which gives hope; he or that which furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good. The hope of Israel is the Messiah.

The Lord will be the hope of his people. Joel 3.

4. An opinion or belief not amounting to certainty, but grounded on substantial evidence. The christian indulges a hope, that his sins are pardoned.

His resurrection is wonderful.

John 11:24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrectionat the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

His return is wonderful.

John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Thank you Father God for your living word!

May you continue to not lean unto your own understanding but to search the word of God.

 

Are you on the winning side?

white house on green grass and green mountain

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My Church Notes- June 26, 2016

Today we read the story in I Kings 18 about Ahab, Obadiah and Elijah.  What a perfect picture of two sides and one is right without a shadow of doubt and then the other finds truth.

18:1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth. 18:2 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.
The people of Samaria had turned their backs on the Lord and had leaned on 400 prophets of Baal to “get them through the famine”.
18:5 And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts. 18:6 So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.
Ahab and Obadiah try to find the answer without the help of God.  Elijah is being obedient to God and tells Obadiah to go tell Ahab he is present.
18:8 And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
However, Obadiah is afraid that Elijah will not stay and then Ahab will have him killed.
18:15 And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.
As Elijah states, he is present and Ahab sees him. Ahab doesn’t understand why Elijah is there or what he wants. Elijah then confronts Ahab about turning his back on God.
18:18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
Of course, Ahab’s pride gets in the way and wants to prove his gods are “the gods”.  Elijah let’s Ahab try to prove who was really God.  Was it Baals gods or was it the one true living Lord.
18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 18:23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: 18:24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. 18:25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. 18:26  And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. 18:27  And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
The scene is set – who will provide the fire?  Who is the one true God?
We see this today over and over again.  One side is right and one is not, those who stand with God and his word can never be wrong.  It’s so simple but yet so difficult for others to see and hear the truth.  The winning side will gain the victory in the end and there is no doubt that is the truth.
18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
Truth – Webster Dictionary 1828
TRUTH, noun

1. Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be. The truth of history constitutes its whole value. We rely on the truth of the scriptural prophecies.

My mouth shall speak truth Proverbs 8:7.

Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth John 17:17.

May you continue to search the word of our living God and lean not unto your own understanding.

Are you a “Whosoever”?

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Acts 16:12-15

And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.

13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

In today’s church notes from June 19, 2016, we read Lydia’s heart is opened by the Lord. In order to understand the bible and God’s word your heart needs to be opened. A closed heart will not hear the Lord, read his words or follow the Lord. Will the Lord open your heart today?

In God’s word we clearly find out how to become a whosoever and allow the Lord to open your heart.

In Luke 14:27 – we need to bear the cross to be a whosoever.

And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

In John 3:15, 16 – we need to believe to be a whosoever.

15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

In Acts 2:21 – we need to call on his name to be a whosoever.

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

In James 2:10 – we need to keep the whole law to be a whosoever.

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

1 John 4:15 – we need to confess to be a whosoever.

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

Are you ready to become a “whosoever”?

May you continue to search the word of our living God and not lean unto your own understanding. If you don’t know how to become a “whosoever” – reach out to me or leave me a comment.  I would be more than happy to show you how.

 

Times of Distress – My Church Notes

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My Church Notes- May 22, 2016

1 Samuel Chapter 30: 1-25

VS 6: And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in theLord his God.

Do you go through distress?  How many times do we blame God for our stress?  Why do we blame God for our distress?  Is it perhaps we need correction ourselves or conviction?

Webster’s definition of distressed–  Suffering great pain or torture; severely afflicted; harassed; oppressed with calamity or misfortune.

What kind of day do you have?

1- Mountain Top Days (these are the best brightest days and nothing is wrong and you don’t have a care in the world)

2- Ordinary Days (these are the uneventful, nothing to exciting, nothing is wearing us down)

3-  Dark Days (drudge and despair, confusion and distressed)

Webster’s definition of despair– 1) Hopelessness; a hopeless state; a destitution of hope or expectation. 2) Loss of hope in the mercy of God.

There are times we need to journey through distress or despair in order to allow us to learn something new.  The good news God always sees us through. If we are in the wilderness of life and don’t know where we are or where we are going, we need our Lord to get us through this journey.  Walking this journey alone is not what the Lord intended for us.

We know this by reading his word-

Deuteronomy 4:31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

and

Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

When you are going through a dark day – reading God’s word, writing a poem, reading Psalms which are praises to God or perhaps write a song may help with your dark days.

Frances Jane van Alstyne (née Crosby; March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915), more commonly known as Fanny Crosby, was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. Fanny’s work produced more than 100 million copies printed, despite being blind from shortly after birth. 

“Jesus Is Tenderly Calling You Home” by Fanny Crosby

  1. Jesus is tenderly calling you home—Calling today, calling today,Why from the sunshine of love will you roam Farther and farther away?

    • Refrain:
      Calling today, calling today,
      Jesus is calling, is tenderly calling today.
  2. Jesus is calling the weary to rest—Calling today, calling today,Bring Him your burden and you shall be blest; He will not turn you away.

  3. Jesus is waiting, oh, come to Him now—Waiting today, waiting today,Come with your sins, at His feet lowly bow;Come, and no longer delay.

  4. Jesus is pleading, oh, list to His voice:Hear Him today, hear Him today,They who believe on His name shall rejoice;Quickly arise and away.

In Job we read how he has many dark days, however, we know by reading Job 13:15 he never gave up on God.

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

In Isaiah we read about his dark days, however, Isaiah does not give up on our God.

Isaiah 25:4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

Have you given up on God today?

May you not lean unto your own understanding but trust and read the living word of God and know he is a good God all days not just on mountain top days ………….but all days.