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God’s Holy Bible is Truth

 

Having just visited the Holy Land, I was once again convinced of the accuracy of the word of God.  Walking the land where prophecies were given and fulfilled always strengthens my heart.

 

As one reads the Old and New Testament, it is evident that the author is God. He has divinely inspired every word.  Believing that God is capable of producing such a book is not difficult to accept. After all, any rational, observant person, who cares to look at the evidence, can quickly conclude that God is all powerful and can and does do as He pleases. So, inspiring men to write a divine document to which God guarantees its accuracy is not that difficult compared to creating the universe, or knowing the number of hairs on the top of every head in the world.  You see, to accept the fact that God wrote the Bible “as holy men were moved by the Spirit of God” (2 Tim. 3:16) is in keeping with the character and nature of God. If you have trouble accepting this fact, maybe you should first reevaluate your opinion of God and not your opinion of the Bible.

 

God’s Holy Bible is Truth That We Live

 

The Bible is not only factual and accurate, but it is powerful to those who receive it.  Since God is the author of every word of the Bible it is easy to see how we are blessed when we read it and live it.  God gives us his truth for our advantage and his pleasure.  God’s Word brings strength to the weak, peace to the anxious, faith to the doubter and courage to the discouraged.  God’s word gives us all the instructions and directions we need to live a joyous life in a dark world.  God is pleased when we walk in the truth. Our fellowship with God is strengthened when we walk in the light. Living the truth of the Bible is God’s will for your life.

 

God’s Holy Bible is Truth That We Live and Share

 

One obvious conclusion of visiting the Holy Land is that those who accepted the message of the Bible, shared that message with consistency and sacrifice.  This is why we are followers of Jesus today.  The commitment to share this wonderful message of the Bible is compelling and is in step with the Spirit of God.  When we experience the Bible and its power, we have the power and privilege to share God’s word daily.  Know the truth of God’s word, live the truth of God’s word, and share the truth of God’s word today.

 

Pastor Mack

If Anyone Loves Me

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John 14:23-24
"Jesus answered, 'If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 The one who doesn’t love Me will not keep My words. The word that you hear is not Mine but is from the Father who sent Me.'"

Have you ever found yourself arguing with a loved one? I'm guessing that everyone reading this is nodding up and down emphatically. Ok, in these unplanned and always untimely arguments have you ever said something like this, "Don't tell me you love me, show me" ? This within itself is perplexing, why would love seem to have a condition to it? After all, love is supposed to be unconditional.

Love is described in 1 Corinthians 13 as ..."patient, kind, does not envy, is not boastful, or conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish or provoked, does not keep record of wrongs, finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoiced in truth...." all of which are outwardly visible traits seen by those around us. Therefore our actions provide evidence of our love for those around us. If our actions are contrary to the definition then we are not loving.

Jesus, In John 14 gives us another requirement for love...obedience. "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word." It's simple, obedience is a response and act of our Love for Christ and disobedience is a loveless act towards our Lord and Savior.

We live in a world with flexible views on almost everything. But, Christ's word is absolute, if I dare to say...inflexible. It is not open for change and is not just a cute story with good morals. Our act of obedience is birthed from His perfect love towards us, and our love for Him is birthed from a heart of undeserved gratitude to our creator who holds the exclusive right of salvation to all of us. God alone is Sovereign and obedience is not optional.

When we respond to God's word, do we respond with a bartering heart that feels guilted into obedience or do we run to obedience not matter the price because of a love so deep that we cannot contain it?

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