You Are Accepted By God

What is worship?..

At one point I was lost in my own churchy abyss on this issue, among others.  Well-intended as I was.  This brief clip brings, in my opinion, sober insight into true worship and it’s practical application.

Accepted By God  |  http://www.realanswers.net/radio/desc/003048.html

Presented By |  Bob GeorgePeople To People Ministries

Regards.  Mark

Richard Bennett | The Inquisition

Berean Beacon Ministries proclaims the Good News of Salvation, The Gospel of Jesus Christ. The President and founder is Richard Bennett, a former Roman Catholic Priest.

Website | http://www.bereanbeacon.org/index.php

Richard Bennett Testimony | http://www.bereanbeacon.org/testimonies/Former_Priests/Richard_Bennett.pdf

Nowhere To Run Interview | http://www.bereanbeacon.org/audio/No_where_to_run.mp3

New RRN Feed | http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=386901691

Questions comments and concerns | marksmorrow@gmail.com | sojournalmedia@gmail.com

The Christian and Suicide

Consider this scenario: Someone walks into a building, pulls out a gun, shoots several people (some of whom die), and finally shoots and kills himself. Or this scenario: A person loses her job, she can’t find another one, and then the bank forecloses on the house (making her family homeless), and finally she kills herself by purposely overdosing on sedatives.

Later on, you hear that both of the people described above were Christians and attended churches in your town.

How should a Christian view suicide? What kind of comfort can you give the family of a suicide victim? Do people who commit suicide go to hell?

Let’s deal with the last question first, because it is the most important. We’ll begin by asking other questions.

Why ask the question, “Do people who commit suicide go to hell?” in the first place? Why are we so concerned about this sin and not others? How is suicide different from any other death?

The answer usually given is that suicide is final. The person who dies this way has no opportunity to ask for forgiveness or to make amends.

The question and the answer both show a misunderstanding of the finality of the cross and the nature of salvation.

If a person is a truly saved, born-again child of God, upon death, regardless of how the death occurs, he or she will be absent from the body and present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8). If a person is not saved, then he or she will go to hell. The person’s final destination has everything to do with her or his relationship with Jesus and nothing to do with behavior.

How is this possible? “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them” (1 Corinthians 5:19). “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit…” (1 Peter 3:18). “…so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28). “I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name” (1 John 2:12).

As you can see by these verses our sins no longer separate us from God. Jesus provided forgiveness for the sins of the entire world one time at the cross, so there is no more forgiveness to be gotten. Even someone who commits suicide is forgiven.

The question is not about sin, but about salvation, and salvation is life. “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ ” (John 14:6). “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 5:10).

If a person has accepted Jesus’ life as her own, then she is saved, period. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). “…God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’ ” (Hebrews 13:5b). “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2).

Humanity needed complete forgiveness so that sins could no longer cause spiritual death. Jesus provided it.

Humanity needed eternal life so that we could be restored to a relationship with God. Jesus provided it.

Because Jesus has provided us everything we need, nothing we do can cause what He provided to fail.

Does this mean that suicide doesn’t matter? No. Suicide is a selfish act. The person who decides to commit suicide has decided that his suffering is more than he can stand, that God’s grace is no longer sufficient to make his life worth living. Although his decision will not condemn him, it does remove the chance for God to work through him into the lives of others. This is tragic, but it is not the unpardonable sin. The only sin that cannot be forgiven is a person’s refusal to believe in Jesus (see John 16:8-9), because forgiveness and eternal life are found only in Him.

So how do you comfort the family and friends of someone who commits suicide? Comfort them with truth. Help them fix their eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of their faith (Hebrews 12:2). Ignore the way death occurred. Dead is dead, whether it happened in an automobile accident or by swallowing a handful of pills. Death is the tragedy, so comfort them with the only answer to death – Jesus Christ and His saving life.

Bob George | People To People Ministries | www.realanswers.net


Caterpillars and Butterflies

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

What does it mean to be a new creation in Christ?

Jesus told Nicodemus what it meant to become a new creature when He said, “You must be born again” (John 3:7).

To be made into a new creature means to be born of the Spirit of God. I like to describe it by using the example of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly.  Initially, a caterpillar is a hairy, ugly earthbound creature. For the caterpillar to change, it must go through the process of metamorphosis.

To do this, the caterpillar weaves a cocoon where the process of metamorphosis occurs. Ultimately, a brand new creature emerges from the cocoon – a butterfly. Once ugly and ground-bound, the now-beautiful butterfly can soar gracefully through the sky.

In the same way, when you and I were born into this world, we were born under the law of sin and death. The Bible tells us that we’re all sinners, separated from the life of God.

We need more than a fixed-up life, we need a completely new life.

The new birth happens when we place our faith in Jesus Christ. The Bible explains, “When you were dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ” (Colossians 2:13). We pass from death to life and emerge a brand new creature with Christ living in us. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Alas, even after our new birth we may not always act like the new creatures we have become in Christ. Sometimes we land on things we shouldn’t or forget we’re butterflies and crawl around with our old ‘worm buddies.’ The truth, however, is that once we’re new creatures in Christ, we’ll never be old sinners again.

Would it ever occur to you to refer to a butterfly as a “good-looking converted worm”? After all, it was a worm and it was “converted.”

But now it’s a new creature, and you don’t think of it in terms of what it was. It’s simply no longer a caterpillar – it’s a butterfly. Similarly, we too were once sinners before we were born again. But God no longer recognizes us as sinners, but rather as “saints.”

Through faith in Christ you became a new creature with a new identity to go with your new life. Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:8, “You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” A good paraphrase might be, “Once you were a worm; now you are a butterfly. Fly like a butterfly!” It just makes sense.

This is who you are – a child of the living God! Recognize it and begin trusting Christ to live His life through you.

Get up and fly!

Bob George | People To People Ministries | www.realanswers.net

Richard Peifer | Perspective

August 8, 2010 | Metro Bible Fellowship

Perspective

Malachi 3:1-4:6 – Richard Peifer

Join us as Richard continues the study from Malachi. Reading from a proper perspective, we learn that God initiated to us; we have less than nothing to offer Him. Yet, He reached down and saved us. We humans have such arrogance, which, in reality, is fear disguising itself as pride. It’s time for us to take our Lord Jesus at His word: walk by faith, and let the grace of God infuse us to the point where we disappear, and all that others see is Jesus. If we don’t have Jesus, we have nothing!

Richard Peifer | Arrogance, Dishonor and Treachery

August 1, 2010 | Metro Bible Fellowship

Arrogance, Dishonor and Treachery

Malachi 1:1-2:17, Romans 9:10 – Richard Peifer

Join us as Richard guides us through the beginning messages of Malachi. Even with the admission of how bad things can be, whether under the Old or New Covenant, the answer is still the same: Jesus Christ. The Old Covenant people had to walk by faith in the future coming of the Messiah. We, under the New Covenant, accept by faith that God’s Son Jesus came, as promised, and accomplished God’s mission on earth. We also accept by faith that Jesus is coming again. This is the same faith, same God, but different covenants, And oh, what a difference.

Songs by the Unknown Brother

Songs by the Unknown Brother

This music for the remnant was made by a brother who identified himself only as “A Brother in Christ.”  The albums and songs have no titles.
Click on the roman numerals for the playlist of songs below them. Right click on the regular numbers to download each song, and select “save target as”.

Click here to visit the music page someone made to spread this brother’s music on MySpace.

I advise starting with roman numeral I, track 14

My own name for this track is Derek’s Jam, that is Derek Talley, host of Spiritual Eyes Ministry podcast who initially made me aware of this brother’s work.   I cannot express how well it melted this jaded heart.

Godspeed Unknown Brother.  And thank you.  We’re listening with grateful ears.

Songs by the Unknown Brother

Spiritual Eyes Ministry