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None of Self and All of Thee survey

 You have probably heard or sung the song by Theodore Monod; if you are unfamiliar with the words here they are:

  1. Oh, the bitter pain and sorrow
    That a time could ever be,
    When I proudly said to Jesus,
    “All of self, and none of Thee.”
    All of self, and none of Thee,
    All of self, and none of Thee,
    When I proudly said to Jesus,
    “All of self, and none of Thee.”
  2. Yet He found me; I beheld Him
    Bleeding on th’ accursed tree,
    And my wistful heart said faintly,
    “Some of self, and some of Thee.”
    Some of self, and some of Thee,
    Some of self, and some of Thee,
    And my wistful heart said faintly,
    “Some of self, and some of Thee.”
  3. Day by day His tender mercy,
    Healing, helping, full and free,
    Brought me lower while I whispered,
    “Less of self, and more of Thee.”
    Less of self, and more of Thee,
    Less of self, and more or Thee,
    Brought me lower while I whispered,
    “Less of self, and more of Thee.”
  4. Higher than the highest heaven,
    Deeper than the deepest sea,
    Lord, Thy love at last has conquered:
    None of self, and all of Thee.”
    None of self, and all of Thee,
    None of self, and all of Thee,
    Lord, Thy love at last has conquered:
    None of self, and all of Thee.”

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Do ministers really work?

A teenager asked me that question several years ago.  She was interested in knowing just how I, and preachers generally, occupied the time on an “average day.”  The joke has been used on me that as a preacher I have it made: “…Must be nice to work four hours a week.”  Sadly, I have known some “jackleg” preachers–unindustrious and unmotivated, unreasonable and unapproachable, and for these reasons just plain unlikable!

Some preachers seem to stay in the eye of the storm in the local church.  They stir up trouble and controversy, whether seeking to loose or bind where they have no business.  Some ride hobby horses!  Some seem to be ever involved in “career building” and posturing.  Some even give indication that they see preaching primarily as simply the way they make a living.

It is unpleasant to suggest that some preachers do their work with less than honorable motives, though motivation problems for preachers are almost as old as the church (Philippians 1:15Philippians 1:15
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15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

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ff). Some day, Christ will determine whose motives are straight and whose are not (cf. Matthew 25:31Matthew 25:31
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31 But when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory:

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The better question may be, “What should a preacher do?”  Paul admonishes Timothy, “But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:52 Timothy 4:5
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5 But be thou sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry.

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).  This is actually a second series of injunctions, following his encouragement to the young preacher to “Preacher the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (2 Timothy 4:22 Timothy 4:2
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2 preach the word; be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

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Does the New Testament tell us what “the work of an evangelist” is?  It does!  First, “the work of an evangelist” is inherent in that name he wears.  He is an “evangelist.”  That is derived from the word “euaggelizo,” meaning to “announce the good news; to declare and bring glad tidings.”  How he does this is through a lifetime of study of the whole Bible and a daily study of specific portions of the Bible.  Where he does this is publicly and privately.  When he does this is in the assembly, the classroom, in people’s homes, or wherever he can impart the word. 

Second, “the work of an evangelist” is expanded in the context.  Doing that work is to “fulfill” his “ministry” (here, special service).  It is a ministry involving three basic elements:  reproof (correct, convince, tell a fault), rebuke (censure, charge, forbid), and exhortation (encouragement, comfort, and consoling). 

Third, “the work of an evangelist” involves an underlying attitude.  He may have to endure hardships, slights, and unkindness from those who do not want to hear his message.  He must “watch…in all things” (one version says, “keep your head in all situations”).  In other words, a preacher’s message can be harmed by poor methodology.  Even when dealing with the ill-tempered, the combative, and the mean-spirited, he must stay cool.  He must develop the wisdom to let his “speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that” he “may know how” he “should respond to each person” (Colossians 4:6Colossians 4:6
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6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one.

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The preacher is called by God to preach and evangelize.  He is to encourage with every opportunity.  He is to correct and instruct.  He is to endure the difficult and keep his head at all times.  All this implies that he must be among and around both the lost and the people of God.  A preacher who takes this work seriously will help the church to grow!  — Neal Pollard

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Who Nailed Jesus to the Cross?

 
Back in 2004, Mel Gibson produced The Passion of the Christ. Ironically, he didn’t star in the film. He did, however, have a small, yet significant, cameo in the actual movie.

Don’t recall seeing him? Watch it carefully again. He’s there. You don’t see his face or body, but you do see one of his appendages.

Remember the scene when Jesus was being nailed to the cross? You don’t see the soldier who held the hammer and drove that long nail into the Lord’s flesh, but you do see the soldier’s left hand. That was Gibson’s hand.

Gibson said he reserved that role for himself because he wanted his audience to know that his sins made the crucifixion necessary. He said, “I’m first on line for culpability. I did it.”

In truth, we all did it. We’re all responsible for Calvary. Scripture says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23Rom. 3:23
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23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;

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). “All have sinned.” That means everybody. Our transgressions, both cumulative and individual, put the Savior on tree of Golgotha.

So, what do we do? If we’ve sinned, and we have (Rom. 3:10Rom. 3:10
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10 as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;

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), and if sin separates us from God, and it does (Isa. 59:1-2Isa. 59:1-2
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59 1 Behold, Jehovah's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, so that he will not hear.

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), then what is our recourse? What do we do?

My denominational friends would say, “Nothing. There’s nothing you can do, because if you do anything, you negate the grace of God.” But dear reader, is that accurate? Biblical?

Turn in your New Testament to Acts 2. On the Day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter told his listeners, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ” (v. 36; emphasis mine–mb).

Like Gibson, Peter’s audience had nailed Jesus to the cross. In this case, literally. Now notice how they responded, “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

And how did the apostle respond to their sincere inquiry? He said, “Do? My friends, there is nothing you can do. If you do anything, you negate the grace of God.” Right? Read the next verse.

“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit'” (v. 38).

Repentance (Matthew 12:41Matthew 12:41
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41 The men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, a greater than Jonah is here.

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; Luke 13:3Luke 13:3
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3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.

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) refers to change. Change requires effort, in essence, doing (Jonah 3:10Jonah 3:10
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10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil which he said he would do unto them; and he did it not.

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) something.

Baptism refers to immersion in water (Acts 8:36-39Acts 8:36-39
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36 And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Behold, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 [And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.] 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing.

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).  Again, doing (Acts 22:16Acts 22:16
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16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name.

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) something.

Now pay close attention that little word “for.”  “Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ FOR (Greek, “eis”) the remission of sins.” “For” means “in order to” obtain. Repent and be baptized in order to obtain the remission or forgiveness of sins (Mark 16:15-16Mark 16:15-16
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15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.

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Question. What would have happened to these believers on Pentecost had they not repented and been baptized?  Obviously they would have been lost! They recognized this, and that’s why two verses later we’re told, “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and
that day about three thousand souls were added to them” (v. 40).

Now did any of these 3,000 earn or merit God’s grace simply because they obeyed Peter’s command (cf. Acts 10:38Acts 10:38
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38  even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

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)? Could any in that assembly proudly thump his breast and say, “Look what I’ve done to save myself?!”  Of course not.

Some object, “Mike, you’re confusing effort because of what Jesus did for us; any effort we exert in an attempt to merit the gift of grace.” Friend, if works — of any kind — have absolutely no role whatsoever in our salvation, then it matters not if they are before or after.

In truth, none of us can earn or merit our salvation.  Period. Underline that statement. Highlight it.  Catholicism says, “Earn it.” Calvinism says, “You can’t earn it, so do nothing.” Both extremes are unscriptural.

Meritorious works can’t save (Ephesians 2:8-9Ephesians 2:8-9
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8 for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not of works, that no man should glory.

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; 2 Timothy 1:92 Timothy 1:9
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9 who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal,

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; Titus 3:5Titus 3:5
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5 not by works done in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

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), but a dead, non-working faith (James 2:17, 19James 2:17, 19
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17 Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself. 19 Thou believest that God is one; thou doest well: the demons also believe, and shudder.

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) can’t save either! Only through faith coupled with works (Galatians 5:6Galatians 5:6
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6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith working through love.

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) of obedience (Acts 10:34-35Acts 10:34-35
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34 And Peter opened his mouth and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him.

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; James 2:14-26James 2:14-26
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14 What doth it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but have not works? can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked and in lack of daily food, 16 and one of you say unto them, Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; and yet ye give them not the things needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself. 18 Yea, a man will say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith apart from thy works, and I by my works will show thee my faith. 19 Thou believest that God is one; thou doest well: the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect; 23 and the scripture was fulfilled which saith, And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness; and he was called the friend of God. 24 Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith. 25 And in like manner was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works, in that she received the messengers, and sent them out another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.

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; Philippians 2:12Philippians 2:12
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12 So then, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

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) can we lay hold of the free gift of God’s grace.

Read through Hebrews 11 and then consider the following questions in the context of our study: . Did Noah earn his salvation when he built the ark   (Hebrews 11:7Hebrews 11:7
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7 By faith Noah, being warned of God concerning things not seen as yet, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; through which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

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; cf. Genesis 6:22Genesis 6:22
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22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

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)?  . What if he had never constructed it in the first  place?  After the flood waters abated, could the aged
  Patriarch have smote his chest and say, “Look how   I’ve saved myself!”?  . Was he saved before or after expressed his faith?  Did Abraham earn his salvation when he obeyed God and  left his home for a foreign country (Hebrews 11:8Hebrews 11:8
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8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out unto a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

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; cf. Genesis 12:4Genesis 12:4
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4 So Abram went, as Jehovah had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

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)?  What if he had never moved as God decreed?

. Did Moses earn his salvation when he kept the   passover (Hebrews 11:28Hebrews 11:28
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28 By faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of the blood, that the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them.

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; Exodus 12:3Exodus 12:3
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3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household:

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ff)?  What if he had not slain a lamb and placed its blood
  on the doorposts?

. Was splashing blood on the door a meritorious act?

. Did the children of Israel earn their salvation when  they passed through the Red Sea on dry ground (Hebrews 11:29Hebrews 11:29
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29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were swallowed up.

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; Exodus 14:22Exodus 14:22
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22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

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. Could one among those thousands have objected, “Hey, we can’t cross over! If we do anything we’ll be negating the grace of God!”?

. Did the children of Israel earn Jericho when they marched around the city (Hebrews 11:30Hebrews 11:30
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30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they had been compassed about for seven days.

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; cf. Joshua 6:1ff)?

. Jericho was a gift (Joshua 6:2Joshua 6:2
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2 And Jehovah said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thy hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valor.

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; cf. 2:9, 14). If the Israelites hadn’t marched around the city as God had required, would they have received the “gift”?

. Did Rahab merit her salvation by hiding the spies and later tying the scarlet cord in the window (Hebrews 11:31: cf. Joshua 2:ff; 6:17ff)?

All of these Old Testament stories illustrate without question that it’s not a dead, non-working faith that saves, but a living, obedient faith. That’s why the Bible says, “He who believes (a work of obedience, John 6:28, 29John 6:28, 29
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28 They said therefore unto him, What must we do, that we may work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

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) AND is baptized (a work of obedience, Titus 3:5Titus 3:5
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5 not by works done in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

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) will be saved” (Mark 16:16Mark 16:16
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16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.

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; cf. 1 Pet. 3:211 Pet. 3:21
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21 which also after a true likeness doth now save you, even baptism, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the interrogation of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ;

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We’re all guilty. We’re all culpable. We all had a part in nailing Jesus to the cross. That’s the bad news.  The good news is that Jehovah has enacted a gracious plan by which we can receive divine pardon. We must (1) believe that Jesus is the Christ (John 8:24John 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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); 2) repent and turn away from our sins (Acts 17:30Acts 17:30
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30 The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent:

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;  26:20);

(3) confess that Jesus is the Christ (Acts 8:35-38Acts 8:35-38
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35 And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Behold, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 [And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.] 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.

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Romans 10:9-10Romans 10:9-10
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9 because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: 10 for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

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(4) and then be immersed (Galatians 3:27Galatians 3:27
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27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ.

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; cf. Acts 8:12-13; 36, 38; 9:18; 10:47; 16:15, 33; 18:8; 1 Corinthians 12:13).

God has done his part. Will you do yours (1 Thessalonians 1:31 Thessalonians 1:3
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3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father;

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“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12Philippians 2:12
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12 So then, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

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— by Mike Benson

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Jesus' trials

 

  1. Before the trials started Jesus was arrested.
  2. Mt. 26:47Mt. 26:47
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    47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priest and elders of the people.

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    says a “great multitude” came to arrest the Lord.
  3. How many people are in a “great crowd?”
  4. Many believe that 500-600 people were sent to arrest the Lord.
  5. Imagine a police force that is tasked to capture a single man.
  6. They are told where they man is and 500 officers go to that persons’ house.
  7. Jesus’ trials began with some Jewish officials.
  8. Jesus went to Annas, Jn. 18:12-14Jn. 18:12-14
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    12 So the band and the chief captain, and the officers of the Jews, seized Jesus and bound him, 13 and led him to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 Now Caiaphas was he that gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.

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  9. Annas had been appointed as high priest, but corruption had ousted him from office.

10.  People began to spit on Jesus.  He was hit.

11.  Mt. 26:67-68Mt. 26:67-68
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67 Then did they spit in his face and buffet him: and some smote him with the palms of their hands, 68 saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ: who is he that struck thee?

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12.  Along with the spitting there is hitting.  People used their palms to strike the Lord.

13.  Jesus was also blindfolded (Mk. 14:65Mk. 14:65
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65 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the officers received him with blows of their hands.

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), and people used this blindfold to mock Him.

14.  Jesus appeared before Annas, Caiaphas, and then the Sanhedrin, Mt. 27:1-2Mt. 27:1-2
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27 1 Now when morning was come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: 2 and they bound him, and led him away, and delivered him up to Pilate the governor.

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15.  The Bible says “many” false witnesses came forward to accuse Jesus (Mk. 14:56Mk. 14:56
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56 For many bare false witness against him, and their witness agreed not together.

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16.  Have we ever been accused of something we did not do?

17.  False accusations are no fun and Jesus knows exactly what this is like.

18.  People also twisted the Lord’s word (Mk. 14:58Mk. 14:58
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58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.

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19.  After these three Jewish trials, there were three Roman trials.

20.  Jesus appeared before Pilate (Jn. 18:28-38Jn. 18:28-38
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28 They lead Jesus therefore from Caiaphas into the Praetorium: and it was early; and they themselves entered not into the Praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but might eat the passover. 29 Pilate therefore went out unto them, and saith, What accusation bring ye against this man? 30 They answered and said unto him, If this man were not an evildoer, we should not have delivered him up unto thee. 31 Pilate therefore said unto them, Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law. The Jews said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: 32 that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying by what manner of death he should die. 33 Pilate therefore entered again into the Praetorium, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? 34 Jesus answered, Sayest thou this of thyself, or did others tell it thee concerning me? 35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? 36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. 37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end have I been born, and to this end am I come into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. 38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find no crime in him.

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6 But when Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean. 7 And when he knew that he was of Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him unto Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem in these days. 8 Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was of a long time desirous to see him, because he had heard concerning him; and he hoped to see some miracle done by him. 9 And he questioned him in many words; but he answered him nothing. 10 And the chief priests and the scribes stood, vehemently accusing him. 11 And Herod with his soldiers set him at nought, and mocked him, and arraying him in gorgeous apparel sent him back to Pilate. 12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

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21.  Jesus appeared before Pilate “the next morning” (Mt. 27:1-2Mt. 27:1-2
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27 1 Now when morning was come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: 2 and they bound him, and led him away, and delivered him up to Pilate the governor.

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22.  John said it was “early” (Jn. 18:28Jn. 18:28
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28 They lead Jesus therefore from Caiaphas into the Praetorium: and it was early; and they themselves entered not into the Praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but might eat the passover.

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23.  Jn. 18:31Jn. 18:31
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31 Pilate therefore said unto them, Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law. The Jews said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:

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24.  Pilate sent Jesus to Herod.

25.  Lk. 23:8Lk. 23:8
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8 Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was of a long time desirous to see him, because he had heard concerning him; and he hoped to see some miracle done by him.

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26.  Jesus would not perform for Herod so this official and his men mocked Him.

27.  Lk. 23:11-12Lk. 23:11-12
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11 And Herod with his soldiers set him at nought, and mocked him, and arraying him in gorgeous apparel sent him back to Pilate. 12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

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28.  This was also the time when the crown of thorns was beaten into Jesus’ head, Mk. 15:17Mk. 15:17
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17 And they clothe him with purple, and platting a crown of thorns, they put it on him;

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29.  After Herod had finished with the Lord, Jesus was sent back to Pilate.

30.  This began the sixth trial which is found in Lk. 23:14-16Lk. 23:14-16
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14 and said unto them, Ye brought unto me this man, as one that perverteth the people: and behold, I having examined him before you, found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: 15 no, nor yet Herod: for he sent him back unto us; and behold, nothing worthy of death hath been done by him. 16 I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

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31.  Pilate said he could find no fault with Jesus.

32.  Pilate made other attempts to free the Lord (Jn. 19:4-5Jn. 19:4-5
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4 And Pilate went out again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him out to you, that ye may know that I find no crime in him. 5 Jesus therefore came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold, the man!

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33.  In the end the people would not be swayed – they wanted Jesus to be crucified.

34.  Eventually the people said “His blood be on us and our children” (Mt. 27:25Mt. 27:25
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25 And all the people answered and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

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35.  It was not long before Jesus died on the cross. 

36.  We need salvation from sin and Jesus provides that through His death.

37.  Jesus also provides so much more.

38.  His trials show that He can understand the things we go through in life.

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Levi Strauss's jeans

ON FEBRUARY 26, 1829, A Jewish boy named Loeb Strauss was born in a cottage in the Bavarian village of Buttenheim… 

As a young man, Loeb changed his name to Levi and wound up in California where he opened a textile company in San Francisco.  One day a gold miner walked into Levi’s shop and assailed the young merchant.  “Look at these,” said the miner, pointing to the pants.  “I bought ’em six months ago, and now they’re full of holes!” 

When Levi asked why, the miner explained, “We work on our knees most of the time.”  

What you need is some really strong material,” replied Levi.  “We have some canvas.  It’s used to make tents.  If we make your trousers out of canvas, I’m sure they won’t get holes.”

A tailor was called, and presently the miner had a set of trousers — and the rest is history.  Soon minors across the West were wearing Levi Strauss’s jeans.  (Stephen Van Dulken) 

THOUGHT: Christians should have the same problem that plagued that miner — pants with worn-out knees — for we ought to do most of our kingdom work on our knees. 

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 3:14Eph. 3:14
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14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father,

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–Mike Benson

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BKE
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Cruel Girl
Current Elliott
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MEK Denim
Metro7
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Miss Sixty
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Newport News
Nicole by Nicole Miller
Not Your Daughters Jeans
Notify
Oakley
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Paige Premium Denim
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People for Peace Jeans
Peoples Liberation Jeans
Pepe Jeans
Personify by Denim & Co
Polo by Ralph Lauren
Proportion of Blu
PRPS
PRVCY Jeans
PZI
Radcliffe Denim
Rag and Bone
Red Engine Jeans
Request Jeans
Rich & Skinny
Riders
Rock and Republic
Rocky Mountain Jeans
Sakura
Silver Jeans
Siwy
Sonoma
Spiegel
St. John Sport
St.John’s Bay
Tag
Taverniti So
Theory
Tommy Hilfiger
True Religion Brand Jeans
Uncharted Territory
Venus
Victoria’s Secret
Vigoss Jeans
William Rast
Womyn
Work Custom Jeans
Wrangler

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We cannot hide from God

 Tonight, after being admitted into the local Work Release Center for the first time, an officer asked me several questions.  After the questioning another officer escorted me to a classroom and told me to wait.  A few minutes passed and in came an officer with a drug dog.  Apparently she wanted to verify that I was not trying to bring in any type of illegal substance into this facility.  The staff did not perform a “pat down” on me, but they were pretty thorough in their investigation of me and my visit.   

The Work Release officers were cautious and thorough, but their investigation was hardly as detailed as the one done by God.  In Heb 4:12Heb 4:12
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12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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We may be able to hide a lot of things from people, but absolutely nothing is hidden from God.  In Heb 4:13Heb 4:13
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13 And there is no creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

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Remember that absolutely nothing is ever hidden from God.    

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Strange preacher stories

Many ministers deal with some unusual people or circumstances and often have some GREAT stories to tell.  If you have had a strange experience or met up with someone who left you with an interesting tale, please take a moment to share it here for others.

The New Testament church: A study in New Testament Christianity

New Testament Christianity:  What is New Testament Christianity? Is it possible to be a New Testament Christian?  What is a New Testament Christian?  The New Testament church.  Using only the Bible as our guide.  No additions and no subtractions to the scriptures.  Get the study on New Testament Christianity through the http://www.abiblecommentary.com/  web site at this link:  http://www.abiblecommentary.com/newtestamentchristianity.

Gorgeous women

IN ANGOLA, WOMEN had an opportunity to enter a very different kind of beauty pageant…

Contestants had to have been injured by land mines. In that African country, 80,000 people are amputees because of land mines, so it wasn’t a stretch to find eligible contestants for the awareness-raising event. The women wore evening gowns and showed off their artificial limbs. The winner received a custom-made artificial limb and $2,500 in prize money. “This event provides encouragement for all of those who have become invalids,” said Candida Celeste, the Minister for Family Affairs.

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised” ( Prov. 31:30Prov. 31:30
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30 Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; But a woman that feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.

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-Mike Benson

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Love Lifted Me

By the main warehouses that are down by the river in a particular town there is a daily operation that occurs. In order for the barges to be able to come in and out, the channel has to be dredged often.  When the sand is dredged from the bottom of the river and is dumped on the riverbank, huge sand hills are created upon which children love to play.  However, these mounds can be very dangerous.  When the sand comes out of the river bottom, it’s wet and it creates a crust on the top of the hills. A person can climb to the top of one of these mounds and it will collapse causing the person to sink down inside the mound and be covered instantly by the sand.

Several years ago two brothers didn’t come home for dinner and their bikes were found outside the fence where the dredging had taken place. The brothers’ family and other rescue workers began to search frantically for the two brothers. They finally found one of them. He was buried up to his chin in the sand. Because of the pressure of the wet sand and muck around him, he was not breathing; so they began to dig frantically. When they uncovered him down to his waist he regained consciousness and the family, in hysterics, began to say, “Where’s your brother? Where’s your brother? Where’s your brother?”

The boy replied, “I’m standing on his shoulders.” *

The one brother had given his life so that the other might be saved! 
Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13John 15:13
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13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

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Jesus demonstrated this “greater love” by giving His life for you and for me.  When we were sinking into the depths of sin, Jesus bore the weight of our sins on the cross (1 Peter 2:241 Peter 2:24
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24 who his own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.

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) providing the means of our salvation.  He invites each of us to “stand on His shoulders” so that you and I can be saved.

We can be saved by the merits of Christ’s death on the cross if we believe in Him (Acts 16:30-31Acts 16:30-31
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30 and brought them out and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house.

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), turn from our sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31Acts 17:30-31
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30 The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent: 31 inasmuch as he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

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9 because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: 10 for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

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14 1 Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go, ye know the way. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; how know we the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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“I Was Sinking Deep In Sin, Far From The Peaceful Shore,
Very Deeply Stained Within, Sinking To Rise No More;
But The Master Of The Sea, Heard My Despairing Cry,
From The Waters Lifted Me, Now Safe Am I”

“Love lifted me….”
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Won’t you allow the love of Jesus to lift YOU from the deadly depths of sin?

David A. Sargent, Minister

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Book review for "Doctrines of the Bible" by Daniel Kauffman

The book “Doctrines of the Bible” by Daniel Kauffman is still in print, at least as of this writing.  If you own a copy of this book or you have used this book, please take a moment to review this book.  Have you used Daniel Kauffman’s book to preach some sermons?  Have you used Kauffman’s book on the doctrines of the Bible for Bible class preparation?  You feedback about Daniel Kuffman’s book or other information about him can help fellow Internet users.

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