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Feb 29, 2012

“Do you remember,...

“Do you remember when you just got into the word because you wanted to hear something from God? You wanted to know something about Him. Do you remember when you just prayed because of Him? Is your heart burning for Him?” - Paul Washer

"Erinnerst du dich daran, als du gerade mit Gottes Wort anfingst, weil du etwas von Gott hören wolltest? Du wolltest etwas über Ihn erfahren. Erinnerst du dich daran, als du das erste Mal nur wegen Ihm gebetet hast? Brennt dein Herz für Ihn?" - Paul Washer

“If you’re a Christian,...

“If you’re a Christian, you’re not a Christian because when Jesus Christ was on that cross – the Romans and Jews beat Him up. If you’re a Christian – your sins are paid for, because when He was on that tree, He bore the sins of His people. And God, His own Father, crushed Him under the full force of His wrath – all the wrath that should have been poured out on you; God crushed His only begotten Son in your place.” - Paul Washer

 "Wenn du Christ bist, dann bist du nicht Christ, weil Jesus am Kreuz war - wo die Römer und Juden Ihn niederstreckten. Wenn du Christ bist - sind deine Sünden bezahlt, weil Er, als Er an diesem Kreuz war, die Sünden Seiner Menschen trug. Und Gott, Sein eigener Vater, zerdrückte Ihn mit der vollen Wucht Seines Zornes - des ganzen Zorns, der eigentlich auf dich ausgeschüttet werden müsste; Gott zerdrückte Seinen einzigen Sohn an deiner Stelle." - Paul Washer

Feb 26, 2012

Romans 5:1-5

By Vera Six

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed;
because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Romans 5:1-5 KJV

Feb 25, 2012

The Tenth Commandment

"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour's." Exodus 20:17

Based on this, how can I explain to an unbeliever that slavery is not condoned in the Christian world?

I would refer him to the New Testament that is valid for Christians. We Christians have two Commandments:

"But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matthew 22:34-40 KJV)

The Commandments in the Old Testament were given to the people of Israel in former times when slavery was a part of their lives (they had just been freed from it by God). Before this time no written law was given to them, and it was a start to regulate things of their lives after been in slavery for a very long time. They did not know any other rules but to obey their masters. 

We Christians are freed from the former law, though... Jesus fulfilled it. It is still valid, but in our times it would rather apply to the staff of a company... It is the meaning of the Commandment, namely not to covet whatever could be coveted that belongs to others in a Christian's life.

"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians."

"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." - Mahatma Gandhi

The problem with this quote is just that Gandhi did not like Christ enough, or he would not have remained Hindu...
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"And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God." (Luke 18:19 KJV)

So our own "goodness" might not really be the reason why people become a Christian...

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"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
(John 3:14-18 KJV)

It is faith that makes a Christian, not his behavior. Jesus came to save the sinners, even the worst sinners, and He changes their hearts... But we are all still on our way and fall very, very short of the glory of God.

Trying to perfect ourselves is contra productive to the way of sanctification. Instead we are to give up our own selves, so He can take over... If this happens, and if we do not just copy others, it will show something that unbelievers might see, but which they seldom admire and even take offence at it.

"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me." (John 15:18-21 KJV)

The world does not have to love us. It is important that God loves us.

"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." (Matthew 16:25-27 KJV)

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Gandhi's quote proves that he did not know Christ at all, because it is how all the unbelievers justify themselves when they feel the need to explain why they do not answer Jesus' calling. He is calling them all, and some of them listen, others are offended, others do not care at all, others dance an egg dance of tolerance and think it could save them. Fact is it cannot save them.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. (John 14:6-7 KJV)

A Christian life will not look very attractive for others, because we Christians are to pick up our crosses daily in a world that hates our God who was persecuted and crucified. Which unbeliever would like this? YET God calls people into the boat daily, and some listen, others do not... I hope you do.

Feb 23, 2012

God Created this World in Seven Days...

DAY 1:
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." (Genesis 1:1-5 KJV)

God created heaven and earth, light, and Day (it does not say He created darkness or Night, just that He separated it from light and day...)


DAY 2:
"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day." (Genesis 1:6-8 KJV)

God divided the waters from the firmament.


DAY 3:
"And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day."
(Genesis 1:9-13 KJV)


God created the dry land and the Seas, also plants and trees.


DAY 4:
"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day."
(Genesis 1:14-19 KJV)
 
God created the sun, the moon and the stars, and thus time and the light that we know from the sun.

DAY 5:
"And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day." (Genesis 1:20-23 KJV)

God created all sorts of birds and fish, blessed them and told them to multiply and where they were to live.
 
DAY 6:
"And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Genesis 1:24-31 KJV)


God created the other animals and all the insects.

Then He created man in His image: male and female. He created them to rule over the animals and insects.


DAY 7:
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens" (Genesis 2:1-4 KJV) 
God completed and ended His work, blessed the 7th day, sanctified it and had a rest.

Feb 15, 2012

Jesus my Rock!

by Vera Six
God is AWESOME!!! It is incredible, but He did not just die for us, but He had all of our sins on His shoulders and paid for them all in our place. I cannot even imagine the punishment just for my own sins, but He paid for them all - and what for? It was so we can all have eternal life through Him. For He was raised three days after He died this cruel death on the cross, and we will also be raised if we believe in Him.

No sin was too small or too big for Him to die for, and no man or woman too rotten or too arrogant. All can come to Him and start to follow Him and fellowship with us anytime, no matter how small or how big their guilt may be. He can change everything, and make something better out of us. So everybody who hears this call and wants to turn away from his life and start a new, a better, an eternal  life with God: repent of your sins, take a U-turn from your way to hell and join us! I am still work in progress, but I am on my way to Heaven. You can be, too... He paid for it all... Amen wooooooooooo!!!

Feb 13, 2012

Cleansed by Jesus' Blood...

Foto by Vera Six

I was taught we are saved by grace through faith... Of course it is Jesus' blood that cleansed the sin from us, and of course it had to be shed as a ransom, and of course it was His love that made it all possible, and of course it was the Father's plan that had worked it all out, and of course we are just saved because Jesus was the blameless Lamb of God who overcame death and was raised, so we can be raised in Him. Which of that is correct? Which of it is wrong? I think it is all correct, just seen from different perspectives, and it is all Biblical and in this case not one-sided like in most others.

What about the blood... where is it now? If it was the blood that cleanses me today in a literal sense, where is it now? I have never got into contact with it but Spiritually... So then, am I not saved and need to wait until they find the Holy Grail that is said to contain the blood of Jesus, so I can be set free by that?

I kindly ask those who claim that Jesus' blood literally saves us to explain this to me, so I can learn... and be saved...

The following verses might be helpful...

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:5-6 KJV)

When did He wash us from our sins, and how, and if I could not have a part in that in 33 AD, will I be lost forever and have no choice to go to Heaven?


Feb 9, 2012

All Praise to Thee, Eternal God

All Praise to Thee, Eternal God

1. All praise to Thee, eternal God,
Who, clothed in garb of flesh and blood,
Dost take a manger for Thy throne,
While worlds on worlds are Thine alone.
Hallelujah!

2. Once did the skies before Thee bow;
A virgin's arms contain Thee now,
While angels, who in Thee rejoice,
Now listen for Thine infant voice.
Hallelujah!

3. A little Child, Thou art our Guest
That weary ones in Thee may rest;
Forlorn and lowly is Thy birth
That we may rise to heaven from earth.
Hallelujah!

4. Thou comest in the darksome night
To make us children of the light,
To make us in the realms divine,
Like Thine own angels, round Thee shine.
Hallelujah!

5. All this for us Thy love hath done;
By This to Thee our love is won;
For this our joyful songs we raise
And shout our thanks in ceaseless praise.
Hallelujah!

"All Praise to Thee, Eternal God"
by Dr. Martin Luther, 1483-1546
Text From:
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942), p. 65
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Notes:
Hymn #80 from The Handbook to The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: John 1:14
Author: Martin Luther, 1524, cento
Translated by: unknown, 1858
Titled: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ
Based on Latin sequence, 11th century
German, st. 1, 1370
Tune: Gelobet seist du, Jesu
Ancient melody, c. 1400

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This text was converted to ascii format for Project Wittenberg
by Cindy A. Beesley and is in the public domain. You may
freely distribute, copy or print this text.

The Lost Doctrine - Paul Washer

Calling evil good... Isaiah 5:20

by Vera Six
Many years ago in the last century, the people were divorced guilty or innocent. Then a new law was introduced, and they were not asked about guilt anymore, because people found it improper to investigate in people's private lives. It became enough to say that one had lived separately for a certain period of time, and no matter if the spouse agreed or not, the marriage was divorced. That is how it still is, at least here in Germany. Now things changed for the one who was innocent and faithful, yet he was divorced, no matter what. People started to say it was always both parrtner's fault if a marriage was broken. In general, the partner who was an adulterer, for example, can live on as if nothing had happened, and society accept him as before, married or divorced, guilty or innocent. The other partner however, the one who was betrayed or treated badly, feels the hurt that goes along with a divorce, but he does not get the support of the society that even claim he or she gave 50 per cent of the reason for the divorce. Hurt and angry, the person is often seen uncomfortable by the others, because he or she often asks them directly or indirectly to take a stand, which they do not like. They feel bothered. It is much easier not to take a stand and celebrate or fellowship with the betrayer (who avoids going into detail about his broken marriage for a reason, of course) than to listen to problems. He is not hurt and usually open for the joy of life. So the hurt is left to the betrayed alone, and very often the betrayer even profits from the whole situation, either financially or else.

A similar tendency has been going on with criminals. While a murderer was regarded an evil person many years ago, he has now all the focus and is excused, because he had the bad childhood or a hard life. Stealing at the supermarket is regarded harmless. But those who complain, they have become the troublemakers. At least in the eyes of the masses who just want to consume and celebrate.

This way of thinking has also reached our churches. Many false teachers could creep in. They are usually kind, quiet, charming and smiling at us, so everybody likes them. If a Christian gets behind the fact that he or she is a false teacher, a so-called wolf in sheep clothing, he might try to warn the flock and shout "wolf"! But this is very uncomfortable for the rest of the flock and disturbing them, and they do not really want to listen. The wolves keep smiling, while the one who warns is regarded a troublemaker and probably even dismissed from church - for the sake of peace, while truth is no longer asked for. It seems nobody is really interested in a sound Biblical doctrine at our churches anymore. So it is no wonder that they are falling more and more away from it, just as was prophesied in the Scriptures. People with discernment are no longer needed at the churches which have long stopped caring about sound doctrine. Church growth is what counts today, and nothing else. Sad but true.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20 KJV)

Feb 4, 2012

Growing in Christ

Growing in Christ is something that can only be done over the time. It is not right at the beginning on our way with Jesus that we have grown. We were planted, and then (hopefully) born again, then our Spiritual life into eternity began, and we can grow. First we need to be fed with milk and honey, then there might be events in our life that challenge our faith. It turns out how much it is worth in these cases. Many run away in such situations, and doubts come up. Why me? Why me? Poor me... Poor me…. (But why not me? Should it rather happen to others? Is that what a Christian could desire?)

It happens that things do not go as planned by us. This might have diverse reasons. First there is the devil who tries us, or God is using us for His plans to give glory to Him if we still confess His name loudly and proudly. The main reason in my life that I can see is the power there is in faith while we are weak. I was in situations where I thought everything is at an end, and I almost lost my faith in God, but there was no other way than give up and let Him do it all. Then things changed to the better. We can often not rely on our judgment on situations, but if we trust God to make the best of us and our lives just as HE plans it to be, we learn more and more that this God can be trusted, and that He and only He is worthy of our praises. It is our trust in which we are growing in Him until the end. Amen.

For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. (2 Corinthians 13:4 KJV)

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