Ideas to revive a church? Well, Revelati…

Ideas to revive a church? Well, Revelation 2:5 and Revelation 3:2-3 lists some specifics on revival. Members have to be motivated from within, to realize the urgency of taking the gospel of Christ to the lost. If they are not motivated from within themselves, no outside motivation will do much good.

The bottom line is: We have to internalize the fact that people are lost in sin, then get up off our duffs and go to work to remedy the problem. We have to be concerned for the souls of men:

We have to love other people as we do ourselves (Matthew 22:39).

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Am I square or round? Whenever I look in…

Am I square or round? Whenever I look in the mirror, it’s pretty clear I’m round. But when I look into the mirror of the soul, I think I’m round in places for some of the same reasons why Laura says she’s round, and I’m square for some of the same reasons Mike discussed. That doesn’t mean I’m conflicted, does it?

#soul, #square

What is spirituality?

           What  Weylan wrote is good enough to steal: “The spiritual man is one with his mind engaged in matters of the soul.”

            Being “spiritual” means having a mind focused on spiritual things. Instead of concentrating on job, money, position or power, the spiritual mind focuses on things that are important to God.

            Since God is spirit (John 4:24) his mind is focused on spiritual things, not material ones. God is keenly interested in his children, but if we think that he is going to manifest his love toward us by making us rich, then we’re thinking of him as a material father, not a spiritual one.

            Focusing on spiritual things means thinking on God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and what they consider important. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians, “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God,” (Colossians 3:1-3).

#soul, #spirituality

Heart disease is a killer

            Heart disease is the leading cause of  the death of adults in the United States.

            According to statistics compiled by the American Heart Association, the disease kills more than 425,000 people in the U.S. annually and there are more than 1.25 million new cases of the disease diagnosed each year.

            There is a heart disease that is deadlier, and its effects are longer lasting. That disease is the hardening of the heart or soul. It’s a disease that can be eternally deadly, and the afflicted may not know they’ve  a problem.

            It only took the writer of Hebrews three chapters before he broadcasts a specific warning: watch out for your heart!”

            “Harden not your hearts,” the writer says in Hebrews 3:8. In verse 12, he says, “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” He repeats the warning in verse 8 in verse 15 and says in verse 19, “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”

            The people this writer addresses may not have even known they were about to descend into a fatal heart disease, but they were. The hardened heart and the evil heart of unbelief are the same thing. Here’s what it does.

            The evil heart of unbelief tells a person, “It doesn’t matter which church you belong to.” It matters quite a bit to God, because his son only shed his blood for one church, not for a smattering of denominations (Ephesians 4:4-6). But, people believe men and not God and are stricken with an evil heart of unbelief.

            The evil heart of unbelief tells a person, “Baptism is only a sign of conversion. A person is saved well before baptism.” The Spirit of truth doesn’t agree. In 1 Peter 3:21, the apostle wrote, “The like figure whereunto baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” But, people believe men and not God and are stricken with an evil heart of unbelief.

            The evil heart of unbelief tells a person, “You don’t have to do anything after you’ve been baptized. You can’t be lost.” This very passage in Hebrews refutes that idea. It tells these brethren that if it was impossible for the Israelites to enter Canaan because of their unbelief and disobedience, it is likewise impossible for them to enter into God’s rest of heaven for the same reason.

            Watch out for your soul’s heart. A hardened heart of unbelief can be deadly.

#heart, #soul, #unbelief

Once your soul has been enlarged by a tr…

Once your soul has been enlarged by a truth, it can never return to its original size

Blaise Pascal (Mathematician,physicist,philosopher)

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David Stevens writes about The Soul of M…

David Stevens writes about The Soul of Man on Here’s a portion:

The soul of man originates with God. God is the Father of spirits. “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?” (Heb. 12:9). God gives each person a spirit or soul at the time of conception. When we die, the body and soul are separated. “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Eccl. 12:7). Whenever Rachel died, the Bible states, “And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin” (Gen. 35:18). Whenever Jesus died, He stated, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). His body was placed in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea and His spirit went to the Hadean realm in Paradise ((Luke 23:43). James affirms, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

Be sure to read the whole article.

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