Jesus’ Birthplace Prophesied 2

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Jesus’ Birthplace Prophesied

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How Big Is God?

A boy asked his Father one day, “Dad, what is the size of God, how big is He?”

The Father looked up and around the sky and spotted a plane flying way overhead. He asked his son, “What is the size of that plane you see? How big is it?”

The boy replied, “It’s very small, I can hardly see it. If it wasn’t for the trail it leaves behind I might not see it at all.”

Then the Father took his son to the nearby airport and as they approached from a safe advantage point, a passenger jet was just about to land. The Father looked at his son and asked him again, “Now what is the size of that plane you see? How big is it?”

The boy replied excitedly, “It’s huge dad, it’s so big!!”

Then the Father put his arm around his son and told him, “It’s the same with God. God’s size depends on how close or how far away from Him you are. The closer you are to Him, the Greater and Bigger He will be in your life.”

Just a little something to think about! How big is God to YOU?!

“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” – Psalm 33:6-9.

“He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.” – Psalm 147:4-5.

“He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, And has stretched out the heavens at His discretion. When He utters His voice, There is a multitude of waters in the heavens: “And He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, He brings the wind out of His treasuries.” – Jeremiah 10:12-13.

“To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him?” – Isaiah 40:18.

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The Sheep and Their Shepherd IV – Charles Spurgeon

*Pastor’s Note: I want to depart a bit from my normal practice of posting short sermons by these great men of God for one that is rather long. Because of the fact that it IS long, I am going to break it up into parts. I truly hope you can enjoy AND be inspired by the preaching/teaching of some of these great men as much as I do. God Bless for your patience. – Pastor Roland

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was an English Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he is known as the “Prince of Preachers.” He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith understanding, and opposing the liberal and pragmatic theological tendencies in the Church of his day.

Part Four:

The Sheep and Their Shepherd

Delivered At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” – John 10:27

II. Now, let us commune together awhile upon the marks of the sheep. When there are so many flocks of sheep, it is necessary to mark them. Our Savior marks us. It has been very properly observed, that there are two marks on Christ’s sheep. One is on their ear, the other is on their foot. These are two marks of Christ’s sheep not to be found on any other; but they are to be found on all his own–the mark on the ear: “My sheep hear my voice.”–the mark on the foot: “I know them, and they follow me.”

Think of this mark on their ear. “My sheep hear my voice.” They hear spiritually. A great many people in Christ’s day heard his voice who did not hear it in the way and with the perception that is here intended. They would not hear; that is to say, they would not hearken or give heed, neither would they obey his call or come unto him that they might have life. These were not always the worst sort of people: there were some of the best that would not hear Christ, of whom he said, according to the original, as translated by some, “Ye search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” They would get as far as curiosity or criticism might allure them; but they would not go any farther: they would not believe in Jesus. Now, the spiritual ear listens to God. The opening of it is the work of the Holy Spirit, and this is a mark of Christ’s chosen blood-bought people, that they hear not only the hollow sound, but the hidden sense; not the bare letter, but the spiritual lesson; and that too not merely with the outward organ, but with the inward heart. The chief point is that they hear his voice. Oh, if all that heard my voice heard Christ’s voice, how would I wander down every street in this city to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ; but, alas! the voice of the minister is utterly ineffectual to save a soul, unless the voice of Christ reach the conscience and rouse its dormant powers. “My sheep hear my voice;” the voice of Jesus, his counsel, his command, clothed with the authority of his own sacred sovereign utterance. When the gospel comes to you as Christ’s gospel, with demonstration of the Spirit, the invitation is addressed to you by him. You can look upon it in no other light; so you must accept and receive it. When his princely power comes with it–being mighty to save, he puts saving power into the word–then you hear Christ’s voice as a fiat that must be obeyed, as a summons that must be attended to, as a call to which there must be a quick response. O beloved, do not ever rest satisfied with hearing the voice of the preacher. We are only Christ’s speaking-trumpets: there is nothing in us: it is only his speaking through us that can do any good. O children of God, some of you do not always listen to Christ’s voice in the preaching. While we comment on the word, you make your comments on us. Our style, or our tone, or even our gesture, is enough to absorb–I might rather say, to distract–your thoughts. “Why look ye so earnestly on us?” I beseech you, give less heed to the livery of the servant, and give more care to the message of the Master. Listen warily, if you please; but judge wisely, if you can. See how much pure grain, and how much of Christ, there is in the sermon. Use your sieve; put away all the chaff; take only the good wheat; hear Christ’s voice. Well were it if we could obscure ourselves that we might manifest him. I could wish so to preach that you could not see even my little finger; might I but so preach that you could get a full view of Jesus only. O that you could hear his voice drowning ours! This is the mark, the peculiar mark of those who are Christ’s peculiar people: they hear his voice. Sometimes, truly it sounds in the ministry; sometimes it thrills forth from that book of books, which is often grossly neglected; sometimes it comes in the night watches. His voice may speak to us in the street. Silent as to vocal utterance, but like familiar tones that sometimes greet us in our dreams, the voice of Christ is distinctly audible to the soul. It will come to you in sweet or in bitter providences; yea, there is such a thing as hearing Christ’s voice in the rustling of every leaf upon the tree, in the moaning of every wind, in the rippling of every wave. And there be those that have learned to lean on Christ’s bosom, till they have looked for all the world as though they were a shell that lay in the ocean of Christ’s love, listening for ever to the sonorous cadence of that deep, unfathomed, all-mysterious main. The billows of his love never cease to swell. The billowy anthem still peals on with solemn grandeur in the ear of the Christian. O may we hear Christ’s voice each one of us for ourselves! I find that language fails me, and metaphors are weak to describe its potent spell.

One point is worth noticing, however. I think our Lord meant here that his sheep, when they hear his voice, know it so well that they can tell it at once from the voice of strangers. The true child of God knows the gospel from the law. It is not by learning catechisms, reading theological books, or listening to endless controversies, that he finds this out. There is an instinct of his regenerate nature far more trustworthy than any lessons he has been taught. The voice of Jesus! Why there is no music like it. If you have once heard it, you cannot mistake it for another, or another for it. Some are babes in grace: others are of full age, and by reason of use, have their senses exercised; but one sense is quickly brought out–the sense of hearing. It is so easy to tell the joy-bells of the gospel from the death-knell of the law; for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life. “Do, or die,” says Moses. “Believe, and live,” says Christ: you must know which is which. Yes; and I think they are equally shrewd and quick to discriminate between the flesh and the Spirit. Let some of the very feeblest of God’s people sit down under a fluent ministry, with all the beauties of rhetoric, and let the minister preach up the dignity of human nature, and the sufficiency of man’s reason to find out the way of righteousness, and you will hear them say: “It is very clever; but there is no food for me in it.” Bring, however, the best and most instructed, and most learned Christian man, and set him down under a ministry that is very faulty as to the gift of utterance, and incorrect even in grammar; but if it is full of Jesus Christ, I know what he will say: “Ah! never mind the man, and never mind the platter on which he brought the meat; it was food to my soul that I fed upon with a hearty relish; it was marrow and fatness, for I could hear Christ’s voice in it.” I am not going to follow out these tests; but certain it is, that the sheep know Christ’s voice, and can easily distinguish it. I saw hundreds of lambs the other day together, and there were also their mothers; and I am sure if I had had the task of allotting the proper lamb to each, or to any of them, it would have kept me till now to have done it. But somehow the lambs knew the mothers, and the mothers knew the lambs; and they were all happy enough in each other’s company.

Next time we will take up with Part Five

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The Revelation Part 8 – Daniel Amos

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” – Revelation 20:11-15.

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” – Revelation 21:1-7.

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”

“Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” – Revelation 22:1-7.

The Revelation (1977, 1986) Daniel Amos, featuring narration by Pastor Chuck Smith:
Part 8: “Soon!”

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Jesus Died For Me . . .

JESUS Died for Me . . .

It was HIS blood which set me free; yes, JESUS died for me.
HIS grace by faith forgave my sin, in HIM, I do believe.

If I were the only one to have faith and believe,
HE would have done the very same, to save a wretch like me.

Because of love HE bled and died, on the third day rose to life,
I’m seen by HIM redeemable; of worth, a valued prize.

HE died for me, it’s HIM and I, who walk this journey thru,
call out to HIM I’m sure that HE will do the same for you.

He died for you the same as I, HIS children of the light,
HE’S never letting go of you, on HIM you can rely.

You know? HE’S coming back real soon, a groom to take HIS bride,
let’s praise the ONE who died for us; who came again to life.

HE loves me more than I could know, or ever understand;
no one could love me more than HE; as I hold HIS loving hand.

I thought myself of little worth until HE set me free;
The AUTHOR of my journey, commands my destiny.

Yes, JESUS died and rose again and HE’S coming back, to take HIS family home,
hold on to the promise that; we will never be alone.

© Mike Nano Armijo, December 7th, 2019. Used with permission.
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Choice – Affects Destiny

Deuteronomy 30:19-20, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

Acts 16:6-7, “They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; . . .”

On The Turn of a Mere Choice

On Christmas Day, 1849, a part of twenty-seven wagons broke over a barren ridge and skidded downhill into the desolation southeast of Mt. Whitney. A scorched, tormented land burned before the pioneers. Their caravan decided to split up. One group of bachelors called Jayhawkers went north, and two families and a few single men moved south. In two or three days the Jayhawkers found their way out of the desolate valley. The other group found themselves trapped, trudging through misery day after day only to reach impassable mountains. Two of the men went for help in California. Three hundred miles later, at the nearest store, they acquired supplies and returned for the families. When the survivors finally left the valley, they looked back and muttered, “Good-bye, Death Valley” – an appropriate and lasting name.

We need to make our choices carefully, especially those that affect our moral and spiritual lives. God has determined the limits of acceptable behavior, but He gives us the freedom to accept or defy those limits. He gives us the privilege of accepting Him freely or rejecting Him. And while wisdom would dictate that we exercise our privilege – not our right – the choice is ours. What will it be for us: escape by grace into life (by walking in the Spirit) or entanglement by self-will in (doing the works of the flesh resulting in) spiritual death? (Parenthetical emphasis added by Pastor Roland for clarity; not part of original).

Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Applicable Quotations

Salvation is from our side a choice, from the divine side it is a seizing upon, an apprehending, a conquest by the Most High God. Our “accepting” and “willing” are reactions rather than actions. The right of determination must always remain with God. – A.W. Tozer

Now just think a moment and answer the question, “What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” – Dwight L. Moody

Nothing harms or destroys us but the wrong use of that liberty of choice which God has entrusted to us. – William Law

When a sinner refuses to come to Christ, he is guilty because he has made a free choice. It reflects his own state of mind, feeling and attitude toward GOD and His Son. He has acted voluntarily without coercion. It is his decision. – Walter J. Chantry

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Life Is Nothing Without Grace of God

“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” – Acts 20:24.

“Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.” – 2 Corinthians 4:1.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16.

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Alpha and Omega – Beginning and End

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“Every Knee Shall Bow”

Thanks to Cowboys-4-Christ for posting this poem on their Facebook Page!
He IS the Reason for the Season!

“Every Knee Shall Bow”….

T’was the night before Jesus came, and all through the house,
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.

Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.

And mom in the rocker, with the baby on her lap,
Was watching the late show, while I took a nap.

When out of the east there arose such a clatter!
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter!

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash,

When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here!

With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray,
I knew in a moment this must be “The Day!”

The light off his face made me cover my head,
It was Jesus returning just like He said.

And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw him in spite of myself.

In the book of life which he held in his hand,
Was written the name of every saved man.

He spoke not a word, as he searched for my name,
When he said” it’s not here” my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love,
He gathered to take to his father above.

With those that were ready, he rose without a sound,
While all of the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late,
I had waited too long, and thus sealed my fate.

I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight,
Oh! if only we had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem, the meaning is clear,
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.

There’s only one life, and when comes the last call,
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all.

– Author Anonymous –

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6.

“To God be the Glory, and keep Sharing the Good News!” ~ C4C ~
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