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October 9, 2018, 12:59 PM

Forgiveness Among Men

As we live in the world, but are not part of the world, the scriptures warn that offenses are bound to come, but woe unto him by whom they come.  We might agree there are intentional offenses, but there are also accidental offenses and misjudgments.  The scriptures don’t really differentiate.

The place of forgiveness in a sanctified life is in several passages.  Colossians 3:13 tells us “if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye”.  Ephesians 4 tells us “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”.  Matthew 18, in Jesus’ words tell us we must forgive until seventy times seven trespasses; so it seems there is no option to withhold forgiveness in the sanctified life. 

However, in contemporary theology the forgiveness discussion often seems to demand unbounded forgiveness, without acknowledging the example of God’s forgiveness and the other biblical requirements.  1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins”.  In the example of our relationship with God, we have to confess.  Luke 17:3-4 says “Take heed to yourselves:  If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.”  Jesus in Matthew 5 said “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the alter, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the alter, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. “  Earlier in Mathew 18 it says “But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church….”  Borrowing from Paul Harvey, perhaps this tells “the rest of the story”.

Bro. David Cosby

September 25, 2018, 12:30 PM

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

When the veil of the temple was rent in twain from top to bottom, the old covenant was done away and our access to God changed. The Levitical priesthood was replaced as Jesus Christ became the mediator of the new covenant and our high priest. Our relationship is directly with Jesus.

We are instructed to study the Word, that was made flesh and dwelt among us (St. John 1: 1-14), but we also are ministers. 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 states, "Not that we are sufficient to think anything of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament."

When we read Ephesians 4:1, "I therefore the prisoner of the Lord beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you were called," it challenges me as an individual to examine myself as a minister. Not that my actions will be sufficient, but is my life and study of His Word sufficient for a minister?

Bro. David Cosby

September 5, 2018, 1:44 PM

There Is Just One Way

Society norms and expectations change with time, but God’s expectations of us are settled forever in heaven in the Word of God. Psalms 119:89 says, “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven”.

It might be foolish to debate the accuracy, but widely repeated generalized generational descriptions can reasonably highlight that societal expectations evolve. You can Google generation X,Y,Z characteristics for your own investigation. I’ll lift one quote - “Gen Z grew up in an era in which societal standards began to shift dramatically. Norms were flipped upside down”.

In an era of independence, acceptance, questioning authority and finding one’s own way, the thought may seem convenient that you go your way, I’ll go mine, and we’ll all end up at the same place.  In 1920 James Rowe wrote a song:

There are many paths through this world of sin,
But there’s only one I shall travel in;
’Tis the old Cross Road, or the way called “Straight”—
There is just one way to the pearly gate. 

There is just one way to the pearly gate,
To the crown of life and the friends who wait;
’Tis the old Cross Road, or the way called “Straight”—
There is just one way to the pearly gate.

There are some who sneer at the old Cross Road,
At the pearly gate and the soul’s abode;
Yet I mind them not, but, with happy song
And assurance sweet, still I press along.

Others risk their souls on some new-made way,
Thinking they will come to the gate someday;
Oh, may they find out, ere their lives are done,
That the old Cross Road is the only one.

He called it “The Old Cross Road”, but I could humbly suggest an alternate title might be “There is Just One Way”. The scriptures support that. St. John 10:1-10 says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

There is but “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” – Eph 4:5-6.

And finally, Luke 9:23 says “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

Bro. David Cosby

August 20, 2018, 1:08 PM

Ephesians 5:2 (KJV)

I ask my grandchildren, “Who do you love?” Wanting to hear them say “Pops.” It’s because I love them so much. Our heavenly Father loves us just as much. 

How much does he love us?Ephesians 5:2 states, "And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour."

And Gods wants us to love him.In 1 Corinthians 2:9 we read, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

And in that love is Security.Romans 8:39 says, "Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

In that love is Peace. Ephesians 3:19 states, "And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God."

In that love is Assurance.  As we read in 1 Corinthians 8:3, "But if any man love God, the same is known of him."

And in that love is Surety.In Galatians 2:20 we read, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."

In that love is the Knowledge.2 Corinthians 5:1 states, "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."

Bro. Doug Roan

August 6, 2018, 7:26 PM

What is truly ours?

What is truly ours?  Our home, our car, our health, our wealth? Our family, our friends, our church?

We have a song that says “Riches oft take wings and fly”. Family can be taken from us, by death, by distance, age or neglect.  Health is something we have no control over.  In spite of all our medical advances, even our health is not guaranteed. The only thing that truly belongs to us and over which we have total control is our soul, which is given to us by God.

Genesis 2:7 states that “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.”

No man can take our soul.  They can take our life, wealth, destroy our health, our families, anything and everything that can be seen. But our soul was given to us by God and God has given us control of our soul and its destiny.

Joshua 24:15 reads, "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 god’s of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Only you can decide the home of the soul. Heaven or Hell, no one can make that choice for you and no one can take that choice from you. It’s yours to make. I pray you chose God’s love in this life and Heaven’s reward after life.

Bro. Doug Roan

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