You're either in your sins or you have had your sins washed away by the blood of Christ. Eph 1:7. The act of baptism is where a person comes in contact with the blood of Christ. Mark 16.16. That is true because when the guards stabbed the dead body of Jesus upon the cross; the bible said blood and water came out. John 19.34.
In 1 John 5.8, the bible teaches that the Spirit, water and blood agree and that is why baptism works. It contains the blood of Christ, which serves as detergent to wash away the sins of men, thereby saving them and putting them into the body of Christ. Rom 6:1-18. 1 Cor 12.13. Gal 3.27. Jesus shed His blood for the world that by His blood men can be saved. Eph 2.14. Col 1:13-14.20. 1 John 1:7. However, all of that means nothing if a person doesn?t come into contact with the blood. So, that is where baptism comes into the picture. Arise dear reader, be baptized and wash away your sins, calling upon the name of the Lord. Acts 22.16. Rom 10.12-17.
You won?t be taking it with you and I?m speaking about money. Job 1:21 Psalms 49:15-21 1 Timothy 6:7 Now don?t get me wrong, money is good if earned honestly because God wants man to work and get money, so he can take care of his needs. Acts 20:33-35 Ephesians 4:28 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12. 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
But, the way some people live, we can see that money is all they are concerned about.As the O Jay songs goes; for the love of money people will lie, steal and cheat, and any other evil. Matthew 26:14-16 Acts 8:18-23 James 5:1-5 1 Timothy 6:10
Jesus said, if a person gains all the wealth in the world and loses his soul to hell, what can be given in exchange? Mark 8:36-37 No amount of earthly net worth will mean anything if a person?s soul isn?t right in the eyes of the Lord. We all need to slow down and start thinking about our souls and not our port folios. God first, money second.
What happen in the Bill Cosby trial should serve as an example for the choices that we make. By seeing what happen, it should help us not to repeat the same mistakes. Mr. Cosby might be guilty, or he might not be. All those women could be the biggest liars in the world or they all could be telling the truth. Who really knows but those involved.
But there is one thing we all know. By his own mouth, Mr. Cosby told us that he is guilty of an extramarital affair. So, since he made the choice to put himself into that forbidden realm; he opened the door for all the unfortunate things of which he is suffering today. Pro 5:15-23. Pro 6:24-35. The lesson for us is not to get involved in wrong, because we cannot win! Our sins will find us out. Gal 6:7. Numbers 32:23. Gen 39:9.
In the past, the United States and Pakistan had trust issues concerning Osama Bin Laden being in their country. If Pakistan knew he was there, they would have been guilty of aiding and abetting a wanted man. If they didn?t know he was around; it was just America being paranoid about something they couldn?t prove.
Anyway, the lesson for us on a more personal basis is not to protect the guilty. It matters not if it is family, friend or foe. A person guilty of wrong doing, isn?t worth the protection offered toward them.
Yet every day, people commit evil deeds and there will be someone willing to cover for them. That should never be done. We must speak out against wrong and be brave about correcting those dearest to us when they are wrong. We sure aren?t doing the guilty a favor by helping them cover up their wrongdoing.
In the end, they will give account to God for their evil deeds and we will also give account for helping them in those deeds. 2 Cor 5:10. Eccl 12:14. Heb 4:13. 1 Tim 5:22
I say, no thanks, not gonna be guilty of helping evil doers.
Some young guys aspire to go to college so they can become frat boys doing a lot of drinking, getting into trouble and not studying. To our young men: don’t do that. Your parents are spending a lot of money for you to be in college. Make them happy by being a great student. Don’t cause sadness with drinking and trouble (Proverbs 10:1).
The vulnerable are easy prey for human predators who take advantage of the weak. Anyone who would prey upon an innocent human who cannot fend for himself is a monster (2 Samuel 11:1-6). We have seen evil people who are supposed to be guardians of someone welfare take advantage of that person by stealing money that was meant for their care (Proverbs 22:22-23; Ecclesiastes 4:1).
The vulnerable need our help. The blind, the elderly, the maimed, the autistic person, the widowed, the fatherless, the orphans, etc. Will someone step up and help a person with disabilities who cannot make it without assistance? (Psalms 119:122; James 1:27; Romans 15:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 1 Timothy 5:10; Psalms 22:23-24; Exodus 22:21-27; Isaiah 1:17; Psalms 10:17-18).
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Do all you can to avoid borrowing money from someone. I know that borrowing is required for major purchases like houses, cars, student loans, etc. But what I’m warning about is money between friends. etc. People co-sign for purchases that they really cannot take responsibility for, should the primary default the obligation. Friends loan money and their buddies say they will repay once “I get my income tax.”
With the passing of time, some borrowers seem to think a loan somehow, turns into a gift. Some borrowers claim harassment when the lender is simply trying to get back his due money. Fighting, cursing, threatening, and false accusations with all other kinds of bad behavior develops and everything becomes a train wreck in court.
So be careful about lending and borrowing. Friends need to remain friends and not feel that they don’t have to pay back lenders or they can be slothful in doing so.
If borrowing or lending; get a written contract, (nothing personal, it’s just business), and don’t get involve at all if you cannot afford the possible loss (Luke 16:5-8; 1 Corinthians 6:7; Proverbs 6:1-5).
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There are things I wish people would do. I wish those things because the Bible (which is the word of God) teaches it is the right thing to do (Philippians 4:8-9). I wish all men would be responsible. Don’t create conditions that cause hardship. Look at the problems caused by those who father babies and don’t take care of them. All they do is drop babies all around town with different women. I wish women would be responsible and refuse to have sex (or commit fornication) with men who don’t love them or desire marriage (1 Corinthians 7:1-4). Quit having sex and throwing babies around because it isn’t responsible.
I wish that young people would make their schools better. Go to school with good behavior and refuse to be part of a group of hoodlums. They act out, curse teachers, get on buses being noisy, fighting and acting foolish in the neighborhoods.
School is the place where students are to be educated and learn the things that will get them farther in life so they can contribute positively. I wish young men would be responsible by getting an honest job, study their books and walk around with their pants pulled up and not down on their butts showing their underwear. But on the bright side, there are responsible people and for that we are thankful. I just wish that responsible people would increase, and irresponsible people would decline. Any chance we can get that to happen? I’m sure wishing for it.
The use of vulgarity just seems to be as common as breathing. People think in profane ways and their tongues are simply saying what their minds are full of (Matthew 15:19).
Unknown to users of profanity is the price that it will cost them, and I’m sure that once they hear the price; they won’t be able to afford it. There was a guy on the job name Paul who didn’t curse, and another fella asked him why?
Paul replied that he doesn’t use profanity because it cost too much. The use of profanity demands a price, and many are in deep debt. The word of the Lord teaches that every idle word spoken, man will have to answer to the Lord (Matthew 12.36-37).
Just think of a poor soul standing before God on judgment day, trembling and trying to explain why he used the name of God with the D word. Or, why he used the F bomb or added the F word to mother. etc. One will not have an answer that the Lord will accept and that person will be lost in Hell for eternality. Getting though the judgment of God is going to be bad enough; don’t add profanity to make it worst (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Hebrews 4:13).
We keep having mass shootings where some person enters a populated area and opens fire upon the innocent people there. Most of these shooters commit suicide, but many have been gunned down by the police. We also have cities like Chicago, where being gunned down is a daily event; but so are many other towns.
Fire your bullets first and think about it later is the motto many have chosen.
Repentance is a word that the Bible speaks a great deal about because only by repentance can a man gain relationship with God and others. Repentance means stop doing something and in the Bible case, it means evil (Matthew 3:2,8, 11:21, 12:41; Luke 13:3, 15:7, 17:3-4; Acts 2:38, 3:19, 8:22, 17:30, 26:20; 2 Corinthians 12:21; 2 Peter 3:9.
In order to do better in this life, we must conform ourselves to what the word of the Lord teaches. It is only by repentance and turning our lives around can we get rid of the mess that we are experiencing in our world. The crime, the hate, the greedy motives, sexual harassment. etc.
All of this stuff is because of sin and sin is because no repentance. We must repent and we hope to get everyone to start thinking about repentance (Jonah 3). If we can change one person with this writing, we have done something mighty good; for that will be one lest soul for Satan. Think of repentance!