Following Christ

Following Christ has two requirements:
Believing, and acting like you do.
–Our Daily Bread, May 15, 2011

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Suffering “For His Time”

When South African pastor Andrew Murray was visiting England in 1895, he began to suffer pain from a previous back injury. While he was recuperating, his hostess told him of a woman who was in great trouble and wanted to know if he had any counsel for her. Murray said, “Give her this paper which I have been writing for my own [encouragement]. It may be that she will find it helpful.” This is what Murray wrote:

“In time of trouble say:

God will keep us by His love. By His grace, we can rest in Him.

First—God brought me here. It is by His will I am in this strait place. In that I will rest.

Next—He will keep me in His love and give me grace in this trial to behave as His child.

Then—He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.

Last—In His good time He can bring me out again—how and when He knows.

I am here—by God’s appointment, in His keeping, under His training, for His time.”

We want the instant solution, the quick fix, but some things cannot be disposed of so readily; they can only be accepted. God will keep us by His love. By His grace, we can rest in Him.

Dear Lord, it’s hard to endure times of illness and suffering. Comfort me and help me to trust You.

When God permits suffering, He also provides comfort.

From Our Daily Bread, March 4, 2016

What Does God Want?

What does God want us to do. It is best to see what the Bible says!

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. John 3:15-16

 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24

 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8

 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40

 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments. Psalm 119:59-60

 If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Luke 11:28

 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by grace ye are saved; Ephesians 2:5

 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. Mark 3:35

 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God. Joshua 23:11

 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15

 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Psalm 100:2

 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10

 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Ephesians 6:10-18

What God Says in Ezekiel About Telling Others About Him

Do we have a responsibility to tell others about salvation in Jesus Christ? Read what God tells Ezekiel in the book of Ezekiel 3:17-21:

Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

And a few verses from the New Testament concerning salvation.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;                                                                              Titus 3:5

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.                                       Ephesians 2:8-9

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.   John 14:6

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.                                          Acts 4:12

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.          Matthew 7:21

What are we to do tell others about what He has done for you! Be a daily walking and talking witness for Jesus Christ! Being a Christian is not being religious, but a lifestyle! Your daily testimony is very important!

Learn it! Love it! Live it!

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Easter Holy Week Resources for Free

I tutor students in my home. One of the subjects I teach is Bible for a student. I gathered information to use for Holy Week. I uploaded it to my online teachers store for free to anyone who wants it. I am, also, offering it to anyone who reads this post on my blog, for free. Read below (in the bold) what the file contains.

If you want it, you can get it from my file sharing account. Just contact me on the form provided at the bottom of the post and let me know you would like the file and I will send you the link.

This zip file is not a curriculum. It provides resources and reference materials for use when teaching about Holy Week through to Jesus’ resurrection. The folder contains material that can be used for kids, teens, or adults. This file can be also be used for personal study.

It is offered for free to you, but please do not take credit for what is contained. It is provided for your use. Some of the material is created by me. Other material is freely downloaded in PDF format from various websites on the internet. The material that is produced by others is notated in the documents. You will also find documents with links to various other material that can be used.

Some of the material is in PowerPoint show format for all versions from 1997 to 2016.

Some PowerPoints were created by me on various topics related to the Holy Week.  There are Bible verses we have memorized in the past or present, along with one that is on an 8 ½ by 11-inch document. One PowerPoint is on some of the Old Testament verses on the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

I use approximately 32 PowerPoints to tell the Bible stories from the Saturday before Palm Sunday through the Resurrection. I cannot include these, but the source link is included. They come from an invaluable website that offers Bible stories in various formats for free. (www.freebibleimages.com)

ALL of the PowerPoints can be printed in PDF format, whether mine or from the Free Bible Images website.

Other documents in the file are:

  • The Easter story scriptures KJV
  • A scripture reading schedule for the week
  • Holy Week parables
  • Holy Week timelines
  • Olivet Discourse
  • Reason for the Easter date
  • Lessons for the final week
  • Links to some YouTube videos

No Greater Love

The immensity of God’s love is insurmountable! It is hard to imagine the depth of His love! He created man for His glory and for His pleasure. (Isaiah 43:7, Revelation 4:11)

He knew there would be those who would always love and follow Him. (John 10:27-29) He knew that they would not all choose to love Him. He knew that some would choose to love Him if they just knew about Him. He knew that there would be many who would give their everything, including their lives, for Him, so that others might know about Him. (Isaiah 46:10)

So, when God created man, He already knew what would happen and He had a plan in place. That thread of redemption can be followed through the whole Bible.

  1. Bible story excerpts showing the scarlet thread of redemption through all the Bible is downloadable, in a free PowerPoint or other format from this site.
  2. “The Big Story” from The Gospel Project, a 5 minute video, View it here.

And He provided a way for man to choose to love and follow Him—His only son, Jesus. Jesus who is a part of the Father. (John 10:30) Jesus was sent by the Father to accomplish one thing, only one. To give His life on the cross so that man might have a way to be saved from his sins and live with God forever. (Matthew 20:28) For more verses on His love go to this website.

Then, on top of that, God had it all written down in a handbook for life—the Bible. Now all man must do is study the Bible to find how to live God’s way and accept His salvation provided through Jesus Christ alone. (Micah 6:8)

What love our Heavenly Father had for us! Using a saying of our modern times, it is hard to wrap your mind around that! Oh, such love! Immeasurable! Glorious! Wonderful! Amazing!

We love him, because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 Check out this link for more verses about His love.

Let Me Tell You About My Savior

Now at the age, where in the United States I am considered a senior citizen, I can look back over the years and see how the Lord has worked in my life. I came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was 15. Because of the consistent and repeated testimony in books I was reading, I asked the Lord to be my Savior when I was at band camp. Through the years, He guided as I grew up in His family.

Through His leading in college from a godly couple, I began working as a Christian school teacher. Though I failed the Lord many times, He never failed me.

I had to take a medical retirement from the Christian ministry I was in for more than 37 years in 2010. Because of the rare disease, I have, I am limited to what I can do outside of my home. But the Lord led me to home schooling and tutoring. Times have been tough, but He has provided so many amazing times.

It is so hard, with our earth-bound minds, to wrap our understanding and thoughts about what it was God, our heavenly father, did for us because of His love. He separated a part of Himself, His Son, and sent Jesus to earth.

Jesus came for us. It doesn’t matter what our size, shape, language, education, eye color, or skin color is. To quote the angel when announcing Jesus’ birth to the shepherds: “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” Luke 2:10

But, the only way we can have Jesus Christ as our Savior, is to realize we are sinners, lost without Him. We must believe He is the only Son of God, who came to earth to die on the cross for our sins, and rise from the grave to ascend to Heaven.

Do you know Jesus Christ has your personal Savior? The Romans Road describes the only way to Heaven. Study it, learn it, and follow it! You will never regret it! This is for eternity!

 Everyone Needs Salvation

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Jesus Died for Our Salvation

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

 Salvation Is a Gift

The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

 We Are Saved by Grace

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. (Romans 11:6)

 Salvation Comes Through Faith

To him that … believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (Romans 4:5)

 God Saves All Who Call Upon Him

Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)

The Bible says there are two roads in life: one is the way to eternal joy in Heaven, and the other leads to eternal punishment in Hell. Which road are you on? When you reach death’s door and go through it the road ahead will be set by what you do in this present life. Please, do not put it off!

Follow the Romans Road to your personal salvation today. Recognize that you are a sinner and that your sin must be judged by God. Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sin, but you must choose to accept His provision. Understand that you cannot earn your way to Heaven through good works or religious activity. Now turn to God and put your faith in Jesus Christ who died for you and rose again.

 If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9,10)

What love our heavenly Father had for His creation, it’s amazing! Not accepting His great love and not living for Him hurts His heart.