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NEO-BRETHREN

The Neo-Brethren By Jean Gibson & William MacDonald
The theological world is familiar with the terms Neo-Orthodox and Neo-Evangelical. Now we can add a third: Neo-Brethren. In all three cases, trusted words are used but new interpretations have resulted in an entirely different meaning. In the case of the Neo-Brethren, new ideas, practices, and changes are advocated which are significantly different from the mainstream. If the early brethren could visit some of these churches, it is doubtful that they would find much resemblance to what they considered to be the New Testament pattern. We freely admit that we don't have to be frozen into practices unrelated to New Testament teaching, practices that are matters of culture or tradition. However, it has become common for some Neo-Brethren to take matters on which the Scriptures teach clearly and Label them "traditional." These men reinterpret the Bible to fit the culture of the day or their own whims. They want to appear…

THE WONDER OF THE BOOK

Bible The Wonder of the Bookby Dyson Hague; edited by Stephen Ross "Thy testimonies are wonderful" is the enthusiastic proclamation of the 129th verse of the 119th Psalm which has been echoed by multitudes through the centuries. For the more deeply we search it, the more we feel that the Bible is not merely a book, but The Book. Sir Walter Scott in his dying hour was right when he asked his son-in-law to read to him out of the Book, and in answer to the question, "What Book?" replied "There is only one Book, the Bible. In the whole world it is called 'The Book.'" Yes. It alone is the universal Book, the eternal Book, the Book for all time. The Bible is "the Book" of all books. It is the Book that stands alone; unapproachable in grandeur; solitary in splendor; mysterious in ascendancy; as high above all other books as heaven above earth, as the Son of God above the sons of men. The Wonder of its Formation One of the first things about this…

"THANKSGIVING," not "Feast Day"!!!

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Pagan America has replaced "Thanksgiving" with the term "Feast Day," or "Turkey Day." This is yet another rejection of anything related to God and especially Christianity. The original day of "Thanks-giving" was to remember and express gratitude for God's providential care. Early settlers, though not all Christians, were God-fearing enough to recognize His hand in their affairs and give thanks. Not today. Today the emphasis is not giving thanks to God nor recognizing His providential care, but on food and eating. Personal pleasure has replaced humble gratitude. For American hedonists, "Feast Day" means pigging out, stuffing oneself. It is a day of vacation from work to watch sports, lounge around and eat too much. Gluttony is featured as various ones make fools of themselves eating ridiculous amounts of food and videoing it for You Tube, etc.
     Those who don't believe and are not thankful to God, who do not wish to spe…

WORSE THAN HELL?????

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Truly our hearts go out to the people suffering in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. We feel for them, and pray for them, that they will find relief and comfort.
    The woman whose brief interview appeared on CNN pled, even demanded international aid "now, not tomorrow, now!" and went on to say, "It's worse than hell, worse than hell!"
    Now when people suffer they sometimes exaggerate and say things without thinking. This may have been the case with this woman, because one thing is for sure: no matter how bad the suffering on earth, there is nothing worse than hell! I repeat, There is nothing worse than hell!


    Those who are in hell don't endure it for a few hours or days and then rebuild, like survivors of natural disasters. They are there forever. Those who are in hell cannot be interviewed. There is no one to talk to; they are alone, cut off from everyone. No aid can come to them. There is no Red Cross for people in hell. There is no relief, and…

Tozer: The Word of Authority by Which We Can Die

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"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them..." Hebrews 11:13
There is not one word published on the North American continent today that I would want to die by!    If I knew that tomorrow evening was to be my last, and that I would never see another sunrise, there isn't a newspaper published anywhere in the world that I would want to see.    There hasn't been a book published this year that I would want to read. There hasn't been a word uttered in the United Nations what I would want to hear. There is no authority anywhere.    Everybody is writing and talking, but for dying men there is not one word of authority anywhere, except as you hear the sure, true, terrifying words of Jesus Christ! The only authoritative word ever published is that which comes from the Holy Scriptures.    "Holy" books that have been compounded out of all the high, fine, lofty thoughts of mankind since the begin…

Spiritual Fruit Comes Only From Spiritual Life

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"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."  Matthew 6:21
   Water cannot rise above its own level, and neither can a Christian by any sudden, spasmodic effort rise above the level of his own spiritual life!    I have seen in my own experience how a man of God will let his tongue go all day in light, frivolous conversation; let his interest roam abroad among the idle pleasures of this world; and then under the necessity of preaching at night, seek a last minute reprieve just before the service by cramming desperately in prayer to put himself in a position where the spirit of the prophet will descend upon him as he enters the pulpit.    Men do not gather grapes of thorns, nor figs of thistles. The fruit of a tree is determined by the tree, and the fruit of life by the kind of life it is. What a man is interested in to the point of absorption both decides and reveals what kind of man he is; and the kind of man he is by a secret law of the soul decides the kind of…

OUR PATTERN

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Knowing God's will is essential to effective service. Uncertainty regarding His design for the Church cannot but lead to endless confusion. Moses was given the pattern of the tabernacle when in the mount with God and was repeatedly admonished to build according to that pattern. No departure from the original would be tolerated. God's will was expressed; Moses obeyed. We, too, have been given a pattern to follow. The will of God for His people today is outlined clearly in the New Testament. In centuries past, many, at the cost of imprisonment, the rack, and the flames have sought to carry out the "due order." Turning with indifference from what God has recorded for our guidance can only result in shame and loss.  In the Book of the Acts the Holy Spirit has supplied a record of developments in the early Church which constitutes an abiding pattern for churches everywhere. This record impresses us with the simplicity of apostolic churches. Much that is now considered esse…

Connected

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God has no Iphone, But I talk to Him. He has no Facebook, But he is my Friend. Does not have Twitter, YouTube etc..; But I still Follow Him. And even without Internet, I'm Still In Contact With Him. --- Anonymous

George Whitefield: The Marks of the New Birth

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The Marks of the New Birth George Whitefield
– MATTHEW 18:3 - VERILY I SAY unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
I suppose I may take it for granted, that all of you, among whom I am now about to preach the kingdom of God, are fully convinced, that it is appointed for all men once to die, and that ye all really believe that after death comes the judgment, and that the consequences of that judgment will be, that ye must be doomed to dwell in the blackness of darkness, or ascend to dwell with the blessed God, for ever and ever. I may take it for granted also, that whatever your practice in common life may be, there is not one, though ever so profligate and abandoned, but hopes to go to that place, which the scriptures call Heaven, when he dies. And, I think, if I know any thing of mine own heart, my heart's desire, as well as my prayer to God, for you all, is, that I may see you sitting down in the kingdo…

Behold, My Saviour For Me Died

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tune: Whitburn

Behold, my Saviour for me died,
This world my Lord has crucified,
And now because He loved me so,
Outside the came, to Him I go.

His love has called my heart away
From this world's glittering vain display,
To find in Him my treasure store
Of joy and rest for evermore.

How can I ever friendly be
With this dark world that hated Thee,
Lord keep me ever near Thy side,
That I may in Thy love abide.

Outside the came He went for me,
He bore my sins at Calvary,
His finished work can never fail,
And I am brought within the veil.

Inside the veil, the sprinkled blood
Has satisfied the claims of God,
And through that new and living way
I find communion day by day.

Jesus my great High Priest is there,
And He presents my praise and prayer,
He bears my name upon His breast,
And in His love secure I rest.

Outside the came, to Him I go
In His rejection here below,
Inside the veil I soon shall be,
Where all His glory I shall see.

Within the veil, O wondrous thought,
Home to Himself …

Christ's Birth, More Likely In September

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Was Jesus born on December 25, or in December at all? Although it’s not impossible, it seems unlikely. The Bible does not specify a date or month. One problem with December is that it would be unusual for shepherds to be “abiding in the field” at this cold time of year when fields were unproductive. The normal practice was to keep the flocks in the fields from Spring to Autumn. Also, winter would likely be an especially difficult time for pregnant Mary to travel the long distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem (70 miles). “A more probable time would be late September, the time of the annual Feast of Tabernacles, when such travel was commonly accepted. Thus, it is rather commonly believed (though not certain) that Jesus’ birth was around the last of September. The conception of Christ, however, may have taken place in late December of the previous year... Isn’t the virgin birth of Jesus Christ mythological and scientifically impossible?Answer How do we know the Bible is true? Answer When w…

PURPOSE OF HEART

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A prison chaplain noticed an inmate who had been tasked with mending uniforms. Greeting the man cheerfully, he said, "Good morning, friend! Sewing?"
"No sir," replied the inmate with a grim smile. "Reaping!" As the book of Daniel opens, the southern kingdom of Judah is about to reap a bitter harvest for long years of disobedience to God's Word. Judgment should not have come as a surprise, for as far back as Moses, somber warnings had been clearly sounded regarding the price of departure from God (Leviticus 26; Deuteronomy 28). When judgment came, it was for two clear reasons. First, the Mosaic Law specified that every seventh year the land was not to be farmed since it was a sabbatic year, a year of rest for the land, symbolizing that "the earth is the Lord's." But apparently the Israelites had not observed this law for 490 years, because the writer of Chronicles states that the captivity was 70 years in length because: "As long as [th…