A lesson from the wind

We have three large pine trees in our yard, and the wind was blowing late one afternoon as I sat on the front porch. Have you ever stopped to listen to the wind blowing through pine trees? It is the most beautiful sound and almost sounds like the ocean. I invited Doug to come out and listen to it with me. I shared with him how the wind reminds me of God.

Jesus said, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes” (John 3:8). Consider these thoughts: Continue reading

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What does the Bible say about the Lamb of God

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin

of the world!” (John 1:29, 36).

“These are the ones who come out of great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14).

“But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (Revelation 21:27). Continue reading

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What does the Bible say about hope

By Douglas M. Williams Sr.

“For we are saved by hope, but hope that is seen is not hope: for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience” (Romans 8:24-25). Colossians 1:27 “…Christ is in you, the hope of glory.”

The Bible speaks of the “hope of eternal life” (Titus 1:2; 3:7). We can look “for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

Our hope is “an anchor of the soul” (Hebrews 6:19). And 2 Peter 1:3-4 reads, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.”

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Corinthians 15:19).

“And now abideth faith, hope and love, these three, but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Hope is the moving force behind our activities. Sophocles stated, “It is hope which maintains most of mankind.” Our world is one of hope! Martin Luther said, “Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” The Bible says, “he that ploweth should plow in hope; and he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope” (1 Corinthians 9:10).

Hope of a crop encourages the farmer to drive the plow; hope of victory urgest the soldier to fight; hope of winning makes the athlete run; and hope of the incorruptible crown inspires the child of God to run in the race of life (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

Our hope is in God, and it is powerful! Our hope is obtained from the scriptures (Romans 15:4), and as long as there is life, there is hope. Our greatest hope is for eternal life in heaven. No matter how many times we lose in this life, we can look forward to eternal life where we win and never lose.

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You’re out of the sinning business now

My friend related how she was talking with a Christian when he said he planned to do something that she knew was sinful. Her reply was excellent. “Don’t you do that. You’re out of the sinning business now.”

What is the sinning business? A disobedience to the will of God is sinning. A person who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin (James 4:17).

Who can get out of the sinning business? The invitation is open to all. The vilest sinner can be forgiven of their sins. Jesus told the woman in adultery to “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11). Anyone who has faith in God and obeys His will can be forgiven of their sins. Who? Anybody.

Where can one get out of the sinning business? The Ethopian eunuch was riding in a chariot when God sent Phillip to teach him. The eunuch said, “Here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” He confessed he believed that Jesus was the Son of God. They went down into the water and Phillip baptized him.) He went on his way rejoicing (Acts 8:26-39). Where? Anywhere.

Why should one get out of the sinning business? Only those who are sincerely trying not to live a sinful life will go to heaven when they die. There is a way that seems right unto a man but the end is the way of destruction (Proverbs 14:12). We are warned of traveling the wrong path, the way to destruction. Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). He also said, “If you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33) Why? It’s the right thing to do.

How does one get out of the sinning business? Faith plus obedience equals salvation. The plan is simple:

  • One must HEAR the gospel of Christ (Romans 10:17).
  • One must have FAITH in God. He must believe in God (Mark 16:16).
  • One must REPENT of their sins and desire salvation (Luke 13:3).
  • One must CONFESS that Jesus is the Son of God (Romans 10:9-10).
  • One must be BAPTIZED into Christ for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38).

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What does the Bible say about worshiping God your own way?

The Bible does not teach that a person can worship God his or her own way. The idea or concept is foreign to what the Bible says. In fact, the Bible clearly and plainly teaches the specific way in which we are to worship God. At John 4:23-24, Jesus says, “the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth: for the Father is seeking such to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Notice Jesus said we must worship God not only in spirit but also in truth!

The Old Testament says God was to be worshipped in forms and rituals in the sacrifices and praises they offered to God at designated holy places on the altars, in the tabernacle, and later in the temple. Now, since God is spirit He is to receive spiritual worship from our hearts, as we humble ourselves to God at any time and place since God is everywhere present, and is not limited to any specific place. Continue reading

What does the Bible say about attendance at worship?

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25).

The early Christians “continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

The New Testament shows that Christians in Bible days met regularly on the first day of the week to worship God, and at other times as well for study, prayer, encouragement, teaching others about salvation, etc. (Acts 2:46-47; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 14:23; 16:2). Continue reading

What does the Bible say about our soul never dying?

“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” (Genesis 2:7).

“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

Matthew 25:46 states that Jesus will say to those who did not prepare for heaven, “these shall go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal.” Continue reading