A Call to Repentance

“Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him— A grain offering and a drink offering For the Lord your God?Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly;Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room.Let the priests, who minister to the Lord, Weep between the porch and the altar; Let them say, “Spare Your people, O Lord , And do not give Your heritage to reproach, That the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ ” – Joel 2:12-17 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joel2:12-17&version=NKJV

This passage called for the nation of Israel to repent. To turn back to God. To change their ways. This is a timeless message for us all. God calls us to repent of sin in our lives.

Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, – Acts 17:30 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts17:30&version=NKJV

If we think God will overlook sin in our lives, giving us a free pass, we are sadly mistaken. He will not.

The time to repent is now, not at a future date which may never happen.

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. – 1 John 1:7-10 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1John1:7-10&version=NKJV

Part of walking in the light is ongoing, daily repentance.

To be arrogant and deny we have sinned, is to deceive ourselves, make God a liar, and His Word is not in us. Confess, repent, receive His forgiveness.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:23-24 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm139:23-24&version=NKJV

A good rule of thumb: ask God to search our hearts, to reveal our secret sins. Once revealed, confess and repent.

Hearken (hear) the call to repent.

  1. Hear Romans 10:17
  2. Believe John 8:24
  3. Repent Luke 13:3
  4. Confess Matthew 10:32
  5. Be baptized Acts 2:38
  6. Remain faithful Revelation 2:10

Alpha and Omega



Alpha and Omega


Refrain 2x’s
Alpha and Omega
Son of God and Savior dear
Alpha and Omega
Son of God and Savior dear


Enrobed in eternal light
He upholds the world by His might


Teach your children Him to fear
And ever to Him draw near
Teach your children Him to fear
And ever to Him draw near


Refrain 2x’s


Born in a lowly manger
Came to save us from spiritual danger


All our sins are upon the cross
He’s saving us from eternal loss
All our sins are upon the cross
He’s saving us from eternal loss


Refrain 2x’s


Come before Him now
At His feet humbly bow


Lord, teach us to always pray
Making You our hope and stay
Lord, teach us to always pray
Making You our hope and stay


Refrain 2x’s


Lay all burdens at His feet
His comfort you will meet 


All praise to Him let’s give
He gives breath to all who live
All praise to Him let’s give
He gives breath to all who live


Refrain 2x’s


Lord of Lords King of Kings
All glory to Him bring


Angels, angels prostrate fall
Before the Holy God of all
Angels, angels prostrate fall
Before the Holy God of all


Refrain 2x’s


He will return to earth someday
To take His Holy saints away


They will behold Him in wondrous view
Gaze on all that is pure and new
They will behold Him in wondrous view
Gaze on all that is pure and new


Refrain 2x’s



Alpha and Omega


Refrain 2x’s
Alpha and Omega
Son of God and Savior dear
Alpha and Omega
Son of God and Savior dear


Enrobed in eternal light
He upholds the world by His might


Teach your children Him to fear
And ever to Him draw near
Teach your children Him to fear
And ever to Him draw near


Refrain 2x’s


Born in a lowly manger
Came to save us from spiritual danger


All our sins are upon the cross
He’s saving us from eternal loss
All our sins are upon the cross
He’s saving us from eternal loss


Refrain 2x’s


Come before Him now
At His feet humbly bow


Lord, teach us to always pray
Making You our hope and stay
Lord, teach us to always pray
Making You our hope and stay


Refrain 2x’s


Lay all burdens at His feet
His comfort you will meet 


All praise to Him let’s give
He gives breath to all who live
All praise to Him let’s give
He gives breath to all who live


Refrain 2x’s


Lord of Lords King of Kings
All glory to Him bring


Angels, angels prostrate fall
Before the Holy God of all
Angels, angels prostrate fall
Before the Holy God of all


Refrain 2x’s


He will return to earth someday
To take His Holy saints away


They will behold Him in wondrous view
Gaze on all that is pure and new
They will behold Him in wondrous view
Gaze on all that is pure and new


Refrain 2x’s

Personal Responsibility Part 2

Once again we revisit the theme of personal responsibility. Keep in mind, we are responsible to God and will answer to Him in the end (Ecclesiastes 12:14).

Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,“Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman,when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people,then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head.He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life.But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’“So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.“Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: ‘Thus you say, “If our transgressions and our sins lie upon us, and we pine away in them, how can we then live?”’Say to them: ‘ As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’ – Ezekiel 33:1-11 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel33:1-11&version=NKJV

As New Testament Christians, we are the watchman for people’s souls. Failure to warn results in our own spiritual demise.

And think on this: how can we say we believe and are faithful to God if we never share the Gospel with anyone?

God loves all souls. Wants all to turn from wicked sin (all sin is wickedness against God) and be saved (2 Peter 3:9).

“Therefore you, O son of man, say to the children of your people: ‘The righteousness of the righteous man shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression; as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall because of it in the day that he turns from his wickedness; nor shall the righteous be able to live because of his righteousness in the day that he sins.’When I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, but he trusts in his own righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous works shall be remembered; but because of the iniquity that he has committed, he shall die.Again, when I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right,if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die.None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right; he shall surely live.“Yet the children of your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ But it is their way which is not fair!When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die because of it.But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is lawful and right, he shall live because of it.Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, I will judge every one of you according to his own ways.” – Ezekiel 33:12-20 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel33:12-20&version=NKJV

Don’t expect past good deeds to save us if we fall away from grace (Galatians 5:4), and develop an evil heart that turns away from the living God (Hebrews 3:12). Throw away the false doctrine of once saved always saved immediately. This passage tears apart this myth.

Let’s get it through our thick skulls: a faithful Christian can so sin and become unfaithful so as to lose their salvation.

When sinners repent, the angels rejoice (Luke 15:10). Turning from wickedness to God, repenting of wicked sin, brings great spiritual reward.

And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth month, on the fifth day of the month, that one who had escaped from Jerusalem came to me and said, “The city has been captured!”Now the hand of the Lord had been upon me the evening before the man came who had escaped. And He had opened my mouth; so when he came to me in the morning, my mouth was opened, and I was no longer mute.Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:“Son of man, they who inhabit those ruins in the land of Israel are saying, ‘Abraham was only one, and he inherited the land. But we are many; the land has been given to us as a possession.’“Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “You eat meat with blood, you lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood. Should you then possess the land?You rely on your sword, you commit abominations, and you defile one another’s wives. Should you then possess the land?”’“Say thus to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “ As I live, surely those who are in the ruins shall fall by the sword, and the one who is in the open field I will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in the strongholds and caves shall die of the pestilence.For I will make the land most desolate, her arrogant strength shall cease, and the mountains of Israel shall be so desolate that no one will pass through.Then they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have made the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.” ’ – Ezekiel 33:21-29 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel33:21-29&version=NKJV

Sin brings swift destruction. Jerusalem was captured and the remnant would die. They actually thought they were more righteous than those exiled to Babylon even while committing gross sins themselves.

There is no one righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10).

Let’s not pat ourselves on the back for we have sinned and fallen short of His glory (Romans 3:23). If we persist in our sinful ways, we will suffer eternal torment. Think of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16: 19-31). The rich man in hell for eternity with no way out while Lazarus comforted in Abraham’s bosom. Read it for yourselves.

“As for you, son of man, the children of your people are talking about you beside the walls and in the doors of the houses; and they speak to one another, everyone saying to his brother, ‘Please come and hear what the word is that comes from the Lord.’So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain.Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do not do them.And when this comes to pass—surely it will come—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” – Ezekiel 33:30-33 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel33:30-33&version=NKJV

When we attend the Lord’s church on Sundays do we treat the preacher’s message as entertainment, not conforming our lives to God’s Word? If so then the warning in James 1:21-25 applies to us. There is no reward in being a passive hearer of His Word, but in being an active, faithful doer.

Personal responsibility: we all have it. If you have not obeyed the Gospel obey today.

  1. Hear Romans 10:17
  2. Believe John 8:24
  3. Repent Luke 13:3
  4. Confess Matthew 10:32
  5. Be baptized Acts 2:38
  6. Remain faithful Revelation 2:10

And if as a Christian you have fallen a little away be restored according to Galatians 6:1.

Nightmares and His Everlasting Strength

I’m on Prazosin a medicine to control PTSD nightmares. I admit I don’t always remember to take it and when I forget it’s pay back time. Nightmares about my abuser where I can’t get away from him.

I reach out to God asking Him to help me remember to take my medicine because the consequences are so severe if I forget.

And all in this trouble I must remember to rely on God. The medicine is just used to help me. It’s not my savior. Jesus is, and only Jesus. When that fear starts rolling and anxiety is squeezing my heart reach out to Him and peace envelopes my soul.

Reach for that peace always. Never let go.

Glory! Glory to the Highest!



Glory! Glory to the Highest 


Give God the glory 

He lives to reign

His only Son Jesus 

Bore all our stains


Refrain 


Glory! Glory to the highest!

His beauty and grace all surrounds us

Glory! Glory to the highest!

Over all His foes He will triumph!


Holy! Holy! Holy!

His angels cry

His ways are noble

His thoughts are high


Refrain


Oh, seeks Him always

He bids us draw near

For the God of gods 

Have reverent fear


Refrain 


Praise Him today, tomorrow 

And forever 

He controls the world 

And will leave us never


Refrain 


Far beyond the starry sky

He’s on His throne

Through His Holy Word

He makes His mind known


Refrain 


Of His Holy kingdom 

There is no end

His compassion and love

On us descends


Refrain 2x’s at end of song



Glory! Glory to the Highest 


Give God the glory 

He lives to reign

His only Son Jesus 

Bore all our stains


Refrain 


Glory! Glory to the highest!

His beauty and grace all surrounds us

Glory! Glory to the highest!

Over all His foes He will triumph!


Holy! Holy! Holy!

His angels cry

His ways are noble

His thoughts are high


Refrain


Oh, seeks Him always

He bids us draw near

For the God of gods 

Have reverent fear


Refrain 


Praise Him today, tomorrow 

And forever 

He controls the world 

And will leave us never


Refrain 


Far beyond the starry sky

He’s on His throne

Through His Holy Word

He makes His mind known


Refrain 


Of His Holy kingdom 

There is no end

His compassion and love

On us descends


Refrain 2x’s at end of song

True Gospel

On this blog site don’t expect any political correctness or a watered down “live any you want and still go to heaven” gospel. I’ll never forget what the preacher said at the Baptist church I used to attend back in Houston. That if you’re a Christian you can murder someone with an axe and still go to heaven.

Seriously?

That’s a lie straight from the pits of hell. 1 John 3:15 says no murderer has eternal life. So murder=hell.

Point blank.

We can’t live any way we so choose, even if we passed through the watery grave of baptism, and expect God to be pleased. If we die in unrepentant sin, there will be no pat on the back “it’s okay, I’ll still let you in,” from God. But fiery indignation instead.

It doesn’t matter how many times you get down on your knees praying the Sinner’s Prayer. It won’t work. It doesn’t save.

The Gospel must be obeyed to obtain salvation.

Not earned. For no one can earn salvation. It is a gift of God through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Once we obey the Gospel we receive this precious gift.

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Corinthians15:1-4&version=NKJV

Steps to Gospel Obedience

  1. Hear Romans 10:17
  2. Believe John 8:24
  3. Repent Luke 13:3
  4. Confess Matthew 10:32
  5. Be baptized Acts 2:38
  6. Remain faithful Revelation 2:10

Ours is the easy part. Jesus did the hard part by dying an agonizing, painful death upon a cruel cross.

And all for us. For us. The ultimate sacrifice.

Hearken the Gospel call and obey today.

Personal Responsibility

Personal Responsibility

The word of the Lord came to me again, saying,“What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children’s teeth are set on edge’?“ As I live,” says the Lord God, “you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel.“Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.But if a man is just And does what is lawful and right;If he has not eaten on the mountains, Nor lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, Nor defiled his neighbor’s wife, Nor approached a woman during her impurity;If he has not oppressed anyone, But has restored to the debtor his pledge; Has robbed no one by violence, But has given his bread to the hungry And covered the naked with clothing;If he has not exacted usury Nor taken any increase, But has withdrawn his hand from iniquity And executed true judgment between man and man;If he has walked in My statutes And kept My judgments faithfully— He is just; He shall surely live!” Says the Lord God.“If he begets a son who is a robber Or a shedder of blood, Who does any of these thingsAnd does none of those duties, But has eaten on the mountains Or defiled his neighbor’s wife;If he has oppressed the poor and needy, Robbed by violence, Not restored the pledge, Lifted his eyes to the idols, Or committed abomination;If he has exacted usury Or taken increase— Shall he then live? He shall not live! If he has done any of these abominations, He shall surely die; His blood shall be upon him.“ If, however, he begets a son Who sees all the sins which his father has done, And considers but does not do likewise;Who has not eaten on the mountains, Nor lifted his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, Nor defiled his neighbor’s wife;Has not oppressed anyone, Nor withheld a pledge, Nor robbed by violence, But has given his bread to the hungry And covered the naked with clothing;Who has withdrawn his hand from the poor And not received usury or increase, But has executed My judgments And walked in My statutes— He shall not die for the iniquity of his father; He shall surely live!“ As for his father, Because he cruelly oppressed, Robbed his brother by violence, And did what is not good among his people, Behold, he shall die for his iniquity. – Ezekiel 18:1-18 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel18:1-18&version=NKJV

As the Bible illustrates we are responsible for the choices we make in life.

Not our parents, friends, enemies, or any one else. We can’t blame our past or upbringing for the choices we make. If we sin, and persist in it, we will die spiritually (be separated from God for all eternity in hell). The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that we all have sinned and fallen short of His glory and that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).

“Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the guilt of the father?’ Because the son has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all My statutes and observed them, he shall surely live.The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.“But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; because of the righteousness which he has done, he shall live.Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “ and not that he should turn from his ways and live?“But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die.“Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ Hear now, O house of Israel, is it not My way which is fair, and your ways which are not fair?When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies.Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive.Because he considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die.Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair?“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord God. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin.Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel?For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!” – Ezekiel 18:19-32 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel18:19-32&version=NKJV

As we see from the above verses we will die for our sins unless we repent.

God does not want anyone to perish but to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

And while we’re at it, let’s refute the denominational lie of once saved always saved right now.

And while we’re at let’ In Hebrews 10:26-31 there is a warning about willful sin and turning away from God. Dreadful judgment will follow this lifestyle. Read it for yourselves. It’s possible to fall from grace (Galatians 5:4), to have an evil heart that departs from the living God (Hebrews 3:12). God holds us responsible for the life we live. Obey the Gospel if you have not done so, and if you have obeyed the Gospel in the past, but are now faithless and have turned away from God, return to Him today and be restored according to Galatians 6:1.