Standing Firm In Christ

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  • Interests Reading the Word of God, Christians Based Movies, Bluegrass Gospel Music
  • Are you IFB? Yes

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  • Bio Born in Africa, reborn in prison, dwell in Mississippi, live in Christ

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  1. Hi from a Mississippi Author

    Thus far, my books have been focused on God's holy tithe. I do have another that I will be publishing in the near future on poetry and songs that I have written over the last four decades. promotion of my books has been through readers of my blog and Facebook, Twitter, and word of mouth.
  2. Hi from a Mississippi Author

    I am also from Mississippi. (Cleveland). I, too, have a passion for writing. I have published three of my books through createspace.com . They are in association with Amazon.com, and the books are available in other countries. Royalties are deposited directly in my bank account. .35¢ per book. Amazon just deposited $20 in my account from sales last month.
  3. Trying To Find TRADITIONAL Wedding Vows

    Can't find my copy. Found a couple ceremonies on google though. (RSV verses can be replaced with KJV) https://books.google.com/books?id=d7a4AwAAQBAJ&pg=PT32&lpg=PT32&dq=Broadman+Minister%27s+Manual+-+Wedding+Ceremonies&source=bl&ots=Bb__PbloRW&sig=6hGm2JPx1pHPaEOBF3AMtp6O1_0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjQ6cL6v9jMAhUKJCYKHerdAhsQ6AEIaDAG#v=onepage&q=Broadman%20Minister%27s%20Manual%20-%20Wedding%20Ceremonies&f=false
  4. Trying To Find TRADITIONAL Wedding Vows

    Been so long since I used my Broadman's Ministers Manual. If I can find it, I will scan the wedding ceremony.
  5. Burned out of home

    Please pray for OB Member Michael Sherrod. He and his wife's home caught fire and they are now living with their daughter.
  6. Why are Christians voting for Donald Trump?

    U CNN reported a couple days ago that Cruz dropped out.
  7. Why are Christians voting for Donald Trump?

    CNN just reported that Kasich dropped out. http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/04/politics/john-kasich-drops-out/
  8. Kirk Cameron's "unstoppable" Grosses 2 Million In 1 Night

    Saw "Unstoppable" on Netflix a couple nights back. Huge disappointment. Kirk Cameron was speaking at one point in the movie of the flood that destroyed the Earth. He said that the bow that God set in the clouds was God's weapon of war. Just as a soldier hangs his weapon when ceasing from war, God hung His bow in the clouds to signify His war against the Earth was over. Or something to that effect. His argument seemed to hinge upon the fact that everywhere bow or bows was mentioned in the Old Testament, except Genesis 9, it was speaking of weapons. So God must have been speaking of a weapon in Genesis as well. So, the bow was not a rainbow, but a weapon? Really?
  9. Free Will an Illusion?

    If man has no free will, then God is unjust. The free will argument reminds me of the Chronicles of Narnia. Aslan was the righteous. Tash was the wicked. When Tash got killed, Aslan rewarded him with entrance into the Kingdom. He said Tash had accomplished what he was created to do. Sounds like universalism. However, it demonstrates that there must be free will between God and man. Otherwise, man who is wicked should be accepted of the Father for accomplishing what God wanted him to do. If man has no free will over his actions, then it would be wrong for God to punish man for his actions. Yet, Matthew 25:46 states the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment.
  10. Believers and the Law

    Elephants in the circus sideshow tent are chained to a three foot metal stake which is hammered in the ground. They are exposed to the chain from their youth. As as a youth, the elephant pulls constantly on the chain, trying to get away. As it gets older, the elephant resigns itself to the belief that it can never escape that chain,... even though it could easily snap the chain as an adult and escape captivity if it tried. Like the elephant in a circus sideshow tent with a chain on its back leg that has come to the conclusion that being held captive by that chain is his fate, many people have been conditioned to believe a lie that they must keep part, or all, of the Law that was never meant for them. Because they hear the lies from the pulpit so much, and because they have concluded that the man in the pulpit is telling the truth, they have concluded that they must keep The Law in order to obtain Grace.
  11. Believers and the Law

    Here is how I explain the fulfillment of the Law,... Covenant: A Contract that brings about a relationship of commitment between two parties. In rhe first part of Matthew 5:17, Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to abolish the Law or the Prophets.” Many will quote this and then will go into a tirade that basically says, “See, the Mosaic Law has not been abolished and must be observed and kept.” These people fail to understand the last part of Matthew 5:17, which says, “but to fulfil.” The Law was part of the Old Covenant. Jesus came to fulfil the Law. Anyone who has entered into a Covenant knows that once a Covenant is fulfilled, it is no longer binding. Example: You go to a car dealership in hopes of purchasing a car. In order to acquire the car, you enter a Covenant with the Dealership to make payments of $259 dollars a month for 5 years. When you fulfil the Covenant you entered, the Dealership gives you the title to your car. When the Covenant has been fulfilled and the title is legally in your possession, you do not continue to send the Dealership payments of $259. Why not? Because, with the Covenant being fulfilled, you are no longer obligated to make payments to the Dealership. It is the same with the commands written in the Old Covenant. The 613 commands, statutes and torts were written in the Old Covenant. Jesus Himself said that He came to fulfil that unit of commandments. Was Jesus lying when He said He came to fulfil? Not at all! We have many texts that reveal that Jesus completed the task He came to do. One such example can be found in John 19:30, which records the words of Jesus Christ in His final hour on the cross, saying: “It is finished.” We also have the words of His servant Paul in Ephesians 2:14-15 & Colossians 2:14. In these two texts, we read that Jesus took the ordinances and nailed them to His cross. He abolished the commandments through His flesh. The Covenant was fulfilled. There is no more an obligation to keep them. They are not binding upon the New Covenant Body of Believers in Christ Jesus.
  12. Believers and the Law

    Scripture showing we as Gentiles today are not under any part of the Mosaic Law... Psalm 147:19 (KJV) 19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. Psalm 147:20 (KJV) 20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and [as for his] judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD. Acts 15:5 (KJV) 5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command [them] to keep the law of Moses. Acts 15:10 (KJV) 10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? Acts 15:19 (KJV) 19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: Acts 15:20 (KJV) 20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and [from] fornication, and [from] things strangled, and [from] blood. Galatians 3:24 (KJV) 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:25 (KJV) 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
  13. The Wonders of God's Grace

    The Wonders of God’s Grace by Ronald W Robey Luke 5:37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. Luke 5:38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. Luke 5:39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better. In the above passage, Jesus was demonstrating the fact that Law and Grace CANNOT mix. The Old wine representing Law, the New representing Grace. The Old man, upon trusting Christ Jesus, becomes a New man. Grace (New Wine) is bestowed to the New man (New wineskins) 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Many refuse the New Wine, saying, "The Old is better". Yet Christ came to make all things New and in His death on the cross, has done away with the Old. Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; Genesis 3:16 (KJV) Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. Genesis 3:17 (KJV) And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Genesis 3:18 (KJV) Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; Genesis 3:19 (KJV) In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. In Genesis 3:16, we see the God of all creation, who is clearly angry because of man disobeying Him, pronouncing judgment upon the first married couple who ever walked upon this Earth, and He put a curse upon the Earth as well. One man’s disobedience affected not just that one man, but the entire world and all of mankind who would be born upon the face of the Earth Romans 5:12 (KJV) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: God had promised earlier in the creation story, death as the sentence to be carried out should the man and woman partake of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And just as God promised, the man and woman died that day as a result of disobedience. The immediate death was not physical, but rather it was spiritual. In 1 Timothy 2:14, we read: And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Eve, being deceived, was in the transgression. At that moment that she partook of that fruit that God had forbidden, God could have struck her dead. He could have removed her life force from the face of the Earth and created another help meet for man. But, because of His infinite mercy, His unfailing love, and the Wonder of God's Grace, He did not. God allowed the woman to live. He allowed her to give the fruit to her husband. Her husband ate of the fruit, and died spiritually with her. His love for his wife was so strong that he partook of the forbidden fruit, in spite of the fact that he knew he was being disobedient to God. No doubt, there must have been a change in Eve’s countenance after partaking of that forbidden fruit…a change that caused her husband Adam to know that his wife was, though standing before him with life-giving blood flowing through her veins, now spiritually dead. Jesus, toward the close of His speaking to the multitudes in what would later be known as“The Sermon on the Mount”, warned of false prophets, stating,“Ye shall know them by their fruits”. Adam must have witnessed something in Eve’s actions or expressions that instant that made him to know that his wife, the woman that God had told him to procreate with, had indeed spiritually died after eating of that forbidden fruit. For the Bible tells us that the man was not deceived, but the woman was deceived. Adam partook of that fruit with full understanding and full knowledge that he too, would die spiritually. And so He ate, and subsequently hid from God. As God walked in the Garden in the cool of the day, the man and his wife hid in the flora, ashamed because their eyes had been opened to knowledge of good and evil. They realized theirnakednessand were afraid of being seen by God. God called out to Adam, and Adam answered. In His calling out to Adam, God was revealing the Wonder of His Grace. God, being omniscient, already knew Adam had partaken of the tree that God had forbidden him to eat from. But God, in His infinite mercy and great love with which He loved Adam revealed His Grace by calling the man and his wife out of the bushes and unto Himself. What a perfect picture of the Wonder of God’s Grace so early in the first book of our sacred book, God’s Word. God, in His infinite mercy, manifested the Wonders of His grace. Instead of destroying man for his act of disobedience, God extended that grace toward man and allowed him to live in a world that was once perfect, but now was cursed with thorns and thistles. Man, through his one act of disobedience had lost the authority to tend the Garden in Eden where the Tree of Life was planted. Man lost the ability to eat of that Tree of Life and live forever. Man lost his privilege to care for and dress the Garden that God had placed him in. But the Wonder of God’s Grace allowed him to continue to live outside the Garden in the now cursed world. The woman, as our text above shows, did not go unpunished. God said that because of her rebellion she would have great sorrow in childbirth. We are not told whether the man and his wife had any children while he was filling the position of Caretaker of the Garden. However Genesis 1:28 reveals that God did tell them to“go forth and multiply”. God had given them His blessing to have children, thereby showing the Wonder of His Grace even before the fall. The curse God gave to woman was that where there may not have been great pain in giving birth, she now would be tasked to endure much pain… “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception”Sorrow where joy may have once been. Sorrow, not just because of the stress on her body during childbirth, but also because of knowing the life every child born to her would ultimately have to face because of her being deceived and giving in to the lust of the eyes. Oh, how it must have torn at her heart to know what she had lost and what her children could have had if she had only been wise to the serpent's words when he beguiled her. And how she must have remembered God’s Words each time she brought forth children and experienced that“great pain”that God said she would experience through childbirth.! But Oh, the wonders of God’s grace that the woman was given the chance to live a long life, if only outside of the Garden that she once walked with her husband and the Lord God in the cool of the day. We read in the third chapter of Genesis how that after God sentenced mankind through judgment, God clothed man with coats of skin. We are not told what skin was used to cover the man and his wife. We do know that it was a type and shadow of a future sacrifice and covering that would be offered for all mankind through the death, burial and resurrection of God’s only begotten Son Jesus Christ. By one man’s disobedience sin entered into the world. And that man’s disobedience brought sin and death upon all men. We are told that because of that one’man’s disobedience, the world quickly became full of wickedness. The Bible tells us that“man’s heart was only evil continuously.”God set His heart against man and against the Earth that He had created. He decided that the world was useless to Him and that He would destroy it completely. No doubt, just as He spoke and the worlds were framed, He could have just as easily spoken and made them vanish in an instant of time. But because one man caught God’s attention, the Wonder of God’s Grace was shown to that man and his family. The Wonder of God’s Grace allowed righteous Noah and his family to enter the ark and stay safe while the rest of the world, mankind, flora and fauna as well, perished in the great worldwide flood. We are reminded of the Israelites, slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, who witnessed the Wonder of God’s Grace as God poured out plague upon plague upon Egypt. The plagues affected the Egyptians, but the Israelites were not affected. Prior to the last Biblical plague upon Egypt, the death of the firstborn of every Egyptian household and of every firstborn animal in the Egyptian flocks and herds, lambs were slain by Israelite households and the blood from those lambs put upon the doorway of the Israelite home, a type and shadow of the blood sacrifice that Jesus Christ the Righteous gave on Golgotha, the place of the skull, for all mankind. It was that final plague that caused Pharaoh to release the Israelites and allow them to journey away from Egypt to go worship the LORD their God. As they were journeying toward the Red Sea, the Wonder of God’s Grace is seen once again as God guided them by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night until they reached the Red Sea. We all know the story…Pharaoh had a change of heart once again and gathered an army to chase after the Israelites. The Wonder of God’s Grace made a way where there was no way. He parted the waters and they walked across on dry land! The Egyptians pursued them. God caused the waters to fall upon the Egyptian army and they were drowned. The Wonder of God’s Grace had protected the Israelites and destroyed their enemies. We read of the wilderness wanderings, how that men began to murmur and complain, God provided manna from Heaven, birds brought them food as well. And twice they were given water from a rock. And yet, they did not see the Wonder of God’s Grace even though He had clearly bestowed it. It is no surprise that Jesus later said,“No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.” The Israelites murmured and complained, they voiced how they wished Moses had left them alone under the hands and rule of the Egyptians. The Wonder of God’s Grace had provided for them constantly, and yet, they were not focused on God. Had they focused on Him, they would not have complained as they did and would have recognized the Wonder of God's Grace. Moses went up on the Mount to speak with God and God gave him commandments for the Israelites to observe and follow. There were 613 commandments in all that God told Moses the children of Israel were to observe. It must be noted that God gave these commandments to Israel alone. He did not give them to Gentile nations. God’s Word tells us in Exodus 12:49,“One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you. God was very careful to construct His words as He spoke them to Moses. Notice He said“and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you,”and not“and to you who live among the strangers”This reveals to us that the Mosaic Law was restricted to those living in the Promised Land. We find further confirmation of this decree in the writings of King David,. In Psalm 147, we read: Psalms 147:19 He sheweth His Word unto Jacob, His statutes and His judgments unto Israel. Psalms 147:20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for His judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD. God’s Law given to Israel, which was in effect from 1450 BC to 70 AD, all 613 statutes, torts and ordinances contained in that Law, was never given to Gentiles. We have examined only a handful of the accounts of the Wonder of God’s Grace being shown in the Old Testament. There are many, many more. It was the wonder of God’s Grace that was bestowed upon the widow of Zarephath who shared her last meal with the Prophet and we are told that God multiplied what she had. We see the Wonder of God’s Grace in the story of the Hebrew children Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego as they declared to the king“we will not bow to your image, nor worship it”. The Wonder of God’s Grace was seen in a den of lions when the man of God, Daniel, was cast in for praying to Almighty God, disobeying the kings command. Oh, that we will have that same boldness in the face of tribulation and persecution, that we might witness the Wonder of God’s Grace as the men of God in the Book of Daniel did! Let us move forward to the year 4 BC. The year that an angel appeared to a young virgin named Mary. We are told how that God sent His Son into the world, made of a woman, to save His people from their sin. Oh, the Wonder of God’s Grace extended in the giving of His only begotten Son to a sin-sick world! God’s chosen people Israel were still under the Law handed down to Moses from Heaven above. They were bound to the sacrifices, the offerings, ...all ordinances, statutes and torts written in that Law. Theycould not deviate from the guidelines that God had established. In Deuteronomy 12:8, we read: Deuteronomy 12:8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes. Man could not just do whatever he chose to do. God did not give those 613 Laws to man so man could simply ignore them and do his own thing. He had to follow the Law precisely in the way that God had prescribed. Where God did allow substitutions, God revealed what those substitutions were to be.Things wereto be done God's way, not man's. But after nearly 1,440 years of the the Wonder of God's Grace being displayed in the dispensation of the Law, in an even greater demonstration of the Wonder of God’s Grace, God sent His Son, whose life, death, burial and resurrection would be the catalyst for a New Covenant with Israel. And not with Israel only, but with every nation upon the face of God’s Earth. Throughout His life on this Earth, Jesus Christ was manifesting the Wonder of God’s Grace everywhere He went. At twelve years old, the child Jesus amazed Rabbi’s in the Temple, answering questions concerning the Holy Scriptures. At twenty-nine He performed the first miracle man had ever seen Him do at a wedding feast in Cana. The wonder of God’s Grace is seen in His raising Lazarus from the dead, His healing blinded eyes, His casting out devils, in multiplying a few loaves and fishes for hungry crowds of thousands who had come to hear Him speak, and in the countless other miracles He performed while walking this Earth as the Son of man. The Wonder of God’s Grace is seen in His restoring a servant’s ear after Peter had cut it off with a sword in the Garden of Gethsemane. And then, we come to Golgotha, that horrible hill on which the Saviour was hung. As He was dying, He revealed once again the Wonder of God’s Grace when He said,“It is Finished!” It is true, as He said in Matthew’s Gospel, that He did not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it. And fulfill it He did. He did what no other man was able to do, He kept every aspect of the Law that applied to Him as an Israelite, born of the lineage of David. But, we are told in Ephesians 2:14-15 that Christ, in His death, burial and resurrection, abolished the ordinances written in the Law. Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; Abolished! Cancelled out. Completely! Man, who has trusted and is now married to Jesus Christ, no longer has to be governed by the Mosaic Law. Romans 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? Romans 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. Romans 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. In Romans 7:1-4, the Apostle Paul likened a person who submits to the Law, while married to the One who has risen from the dead, to an adulterer married to a spouse, but living in the home of another. My Brethren, The Wonder of God’s Grace has called us out of the bondage of the Mosaic Law. We have been freed from not only the law of sin and death, but we are told that we have been brought into a New Covenant. The old is ready to vanish away, as the author of the Book of Hebrews said nearly 2,000 years ago. Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Hebrews 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. Colossians 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, Where Grace abounds, there is liberty. There is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus; who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. The Word of God has indeed freed us from the Law, never to be entangled again with its yoke of bondage. We needn’t wear that yoke, Christ wore it for us. We needn’t submit to the ordinances, Christ took them out of the way, nailing them to His cross. As the Apostle Paul wrote in the third chapter of Galatians, it is foolish for one who has begun in the Spirit to subject himself to the Law. How are we to expect Grace and Mercy from the Father, when we turn our backs on the price his Son paid for our freedom and choose to walk in ordinances that God’s Word said belonged to national Israel alone? So many today are being told that they are lost and in need of a Saviour. This is true. So many are told that eternal life is a gift from God to man, and that the only things man has to do to receive this wonderful gift is to believe on Jesus Christ. This also is true. The problem arises when we get the new Convert into the Church, the Convert quickly finds that, according to the pastor, there is a price to pay. The new Convert is told to keep certain of the ordinances that were given to national Israel. That God requires these ordinances to be observed by the Church members today. My Brethren, nothing could be farther from the Truth. My Brethren, cast out the bondwoman and her son. Break away those chains that cause you to be unfaithful to the Lord. It is only when you walk away from the Law, that you will truly know the fullness of the Wonder of God’s Grace. What is the Wonder of God’s Grace? It is all that I have mentionedpreviously, and more. It is the recognition of where God found us, what God offered us, what He has given those of us who have accepted that offer, and what He has prepared for us…despite the fact that we are a fallen race, despite the fact that we fail from time to time, despite all of our shortcomings. The Wonder of God's Grace assure us that we are accepted in the Beloved. As we come to the close ofthe short message,My prayer is that ithasspoken to our hearts and challenged us to be more diligent in our studies of God’s Holy Word. …………………………………………………………………………… For those who maybeunsure of your eternal state after this short existence on Earth, do not hesitate to make that decision today. Our Lord’s return is more nigh us that it has ever been. If you should die without Christ, you will miss the Wonder of God’s Grace, If you should die without the Lord, your only hope is to face Him in His wrath. . God bless all who work for His eternal Kingdom!
  14. Three Days and Three Nights

    Amazing Facts is SDA. Careful where you get your info.
  15. Three Days and Three Nights

    Amen! Go tell the world the debt's been paid.