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Happy Mother’s Day!

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On this special day, I wanted to wish my darling wife and mother of four a most happy and blessed Mother’s Day.

She is so loving, devoted, faithful and beautiful and has blessed our family so much.

We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful person in our lives.

Thank you darling for your love and sacrifice. You have been an inspiration and a gift sent straight from God.

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Take up the cross, and follow me. – Charles Spugeon

Great reminder as we struggle through this life.

Amazing Grace

“Come, take up the cross, and follow me”
Mark 10:21
Charles spurgeon

You have not the making of your own cross, although unbelief is a master carpenter at cross-making; neither are you permitted to choose your own cross, although self-will would fain be lord and master; but your cross is prepared and appointed for you by divine love, and you are cheerfully to accept it; you are to take up the cross as your chosen badge and burden, and not to stand cavilling at it. This night Jesus bids you submit your shoulder to his easy yoke. Do not kick at it in petulance, or trample on it in vain-glory, or fall under it in despair, or run away from it in fear, but take it up like a true follower of Jesus. Jesus was a cross-bearer; he leads the way in the path of sorrow. Surely you could not desire a…

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Quotes On Repentance

800px-Charles_Haddon_Spurgeon_by_Alexander_Melville“If you are renewed by grace, and were to meet your old self, I am sure you would be very anxious to get out of his company.”
― Charles Spurgeon

God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.”

A sinner can no more repent and believe without the Holy Spirit’s aid than he can create a world.”

-Charles Spurgeon

The recognition of sin is the beginning of salvation.”

Statue_of_Martin_Luther,_St._Mary's_Church,_Mitte,_Berlin-Martin Luther

Some people do not like to hear much of repentance; but I think it is so necessary that if I should die in the pulpit, I would desire to die preaching repentance, and if out of the pulpit I would desire to die practicing it.”

-Matthew Henry

So dear reader, where will you be a hundred years from now? Where will you spend your life beyond the grave? Only those whom God has saved will spend eternity with Him in heaven. Where does that leave you? Tomorrow might not come for you. You only have today.

What is Repentance and is it Necessary For Salvation?

Australia_R2-2_(L).svgMany understand the term repentance to mean “turning from sin.” This is not the biblical definition of repentance. In the Bible, the word repent means “to change one’s mind.” The Bible also tells us that true repentance will result in a change of actions (Luke 3:8-14; Acts 3:19). Acts 26:20 declares, “I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” The full biblical definition of repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of action.

What, then, is the connection between repentance and salvation? The Book of Acts seems to especially focus on repentance in regards to salvation (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20). To repent, in relation to salvation, is to change your mind in regard to Jesus Christ. In Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts chapter 2), he concludes with a call for the people to repent (Acts 2:38). Repent from what? Peter is calling the people who rejected Jesus (Acts 2:36) to change their minds about Him, to recognize that He is indeed “Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36). Peter is calling the people to change their minds from rejection of Christ as the Messiah to faith in Him as both Messiah and Savior.

Repentance and faith can be understood as “two sides of the same coin.” It is impossible to place your faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior without first changing your mind about who He is and what He has done. Whether it is repentance from willful rejection or repentance from ignorance or disinterest, it is a change of mind. Biblical repentance, in relation to salvation, is changing your mind from rejection of Christ to faith in Christ.

It is crucially important that we understand repentance is not a work we do to earn salvation. No one can repent and come to God unless God pulls that person to Himself (John 6:44). Acts 5:31 and 11:18 indicate that repentance is something God gives—it is only possible because of His grace. No one can repent unless God grants repentance. All of salvation, including repentance and faith, is a result of God drawing us, opening our eyes, and changing our hearts. God’s longsuffering leads us to repentance (2 Peter 3:9), as does His kindness (Romans 2:4).

Two_conflicting_street_signs_(Terni,_Italy_-_2007)While repentance is not a work that earns salvation, repentance unto salvation does result in works. It is impossible to truly and fully change your mind without that causing a change in action. In the Bible, repentance results in a change in behavior. That is why John the Baptist called people to “produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8). A person who has truly repented from rejection of Christ to faith in Christ will give evidence of a changed life (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:19-23; James 2:14-26). Repentance, properly defined, is necessary for salvation. Biblical repentance is changing your mind about Jesus Christ and turning to God in faith for salvation (Acts 3:19). Turning from sin is not the definition of repentance, but it is one of the results of genuine, faith-based repentance towards the Lord Jesus Christ.

GotQuestions

You Are Without Excuse

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18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Did you know that every man is without excuse? You live your life, make your money, and then die.

Then what?

What are you expecting to be on the other side?

Some say nothing. This is called annihilation.

Some say they will become a wave in the cosmic sea of consciousness.

Some believe in reincarnation.

I suppose there are many other ideas floating around, but I would challenge the reader to look at these ideas of the afterlife with a great deal of emphasis.

We have heard of Russian Roulette.

It is a lethal game of chance in which a player places a single round in a revolver, spins the cylinder, places the muzzle against their head, and pulls the trigger. “Russian” refers to the supposed country of origin, and roulette to the element of risk-taking and the spinning of the revolver’s cylinder being reminiscent of spinning a roulette wheel.

Because only one chamber is loaded, the player has a one in x chance of hitting the loaded chamber, where x is the number of chambers in the cylinder. So, for instance, for a revolver that holds six rounds, the chance is one in six. That assumes that each chamber is equally likely to come to rest in the “correct” position. However due to gravity, in a properly maintained weapon with a single round inside the cylinder, the full chamber, which weighs more than the empty chambers, will usually end up near the bottom of the cylinder when its axis is not vertical, altering the odds in favor of the player. This only applies to swing-out cylinder type revolvers, and only if the cylinder is spun outside of the revolver and allowed to come to a complete stop before locked back in.

Are you playing Russian Roulette with your soul? Are you gambling with eternity?

Many religions focus on works. They think that in order to earn salvation/favor/entrance into Nirvana, etc., they have to work hard enough to earn that ticket.

Christianity is the only religion that tells its hearers that he/she cannot earn salvation, it is a free gift from God.

Man wants to be in control. He wants to have his say and he wants to be part of the process. Hence why Arminianism is so popular.

We are told for a fact, that salvation cannot be bought, earned or deserved. Man cannot boast and say, “Hey, I earned my way into heaven.”

The intelligence, wealth, fame and good looks of man mean absolutely nothing to God. He could care less.

The fact is this: He doesn’t need you, nor your fame, nor your good works.

You need Him.

You are helpless without Him. You are damned, doomed, and lost without His grace.

But proud man will rail against this. He will fight against the grace and compassion of God right to the grave.

Why for goodness sake? Why would man fight against a kindly benefactor?

Why would man go to hell, shaking his fist at God when he could just as easily bow in submission before Him?

Pride. Mankind is proud. Mankind is high on himself, thinks himself to be good and in his egotistical mind, he believes without a shadow of a doubt that he has no need to be saved.

This is like the man who is dying of cancer and refuses help because he doesn’t believe the diagnosis.

Why does God say that, ‘the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.’?

Because man refuses to submit but would rather mold himself an image out of wood, stone, metal or his achievements to bypass the act of submitting to a God who loves him and died for him.

Doesn’t make an ounce of sense, does it? It’s like fighting a lifeguard who wants to save you from drowning.

God commands humanity to repent. There is no excuse. There is no defense. Mankind is guilty of his willful rebellion against God and the sins against His holiness are only increasing.

What is man’s hope? Can mankind be saved? Mark 1.15 says man must repent and believe the Gospel. First off, what is the Gospel? That Jesus died on the cross as a substitute for you. He took God’s wrath and the punishment labeled for you on Himself and suffered horribly because of your sin and rebellion. Secondly, we are told to repent. This is a command, not a suggestion. Just bearing in mind the fact that we are commanded to repent tells me there is a way out, and God as given you a way of escape.

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30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”…

Acts 11

18 When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.

God has given you the opportunity to repent and believe upon Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Will you take it and submit? Or will you continue to say, “I’ve got lots of time to do that. I’m still young and I have lots of things I want to do first.”

The point of salvation and repentance is not a parachute to save you from death or hell. But repentance of your sins and trusting in the saving grace of Jesus Christ is to live the rest of your days for Him, for His glory and for His work. It’s a turning from your wicked ways, and living a life that is pleasing in His eyes.

Peter preached to the crowds on the Day of Pentecost, and he commanded his hearers to repent “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38).

As I said, this is not s suggestion. This is not a plea. But a commandment of the utmost importance. Repent and believe. Or you will be lost in the innumerable hordes of the lost who will be thrown headlong into the awaiting jaws of hell.

God demands repentance and a turning of your wicked ways. It’s just that simple. Will you? Or will you continue hitting the snooze button until it’s too late?