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Christian Links Vol 2 Issue 29

Tidings Of Great Joy!   Luke 2:10; Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.   “Take a step of faith and believe that God loves you intimately, He has a great plan for your life, and His promises are true.” – Joyce Meyers   Christian Links Vol 2 Issue 21 Here some great links I came across this week Clayton Kershaw pitches for Jesus Why millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology Churches merge, close: ‘We no longer live in Christendom. We really have to accept that it’s a thing of the past’ As the Number of Witches Are Growing in the US, the Media Provides Them a Favorable Voice The Attractional Church’s Trojan Rabbit North Korean defector describes ‘life of hell’ for Christians What is the good news of the Gospel? Author of Da Vinci Code no longer a Christian *** News stories and editorials on this page do not necessarily represent the views of The Simple Christian Life. Nor can I control objectionable advertising on news sites. *** Tidings Of Great Joy Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. (Luke 2:10, NKJV) It is true that these good tidings...

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Preaching Jesus Christ Alone

Preaching Jesus Christ Alone   Colossians 1:28-29 Proclaiming the excellences of Jesus. Preaching Jesus Christ Alone Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily. (Colossians 1:28-29, NKJV) This was the focus of Paul’s preaching. He didn’t preach himself, or his opinions, or even lots and lots of entertaining stories. He preached Jesus. Paul wanted the whole gospel for the whole world. He wouldn’t hold back in either area – it was for every man, and he presented it in all wisdom. Some translate the word warning as “counseling.” The ancient Greek verb nouthetountes means, “To impart understanding,” “to lay on the mind or the heart.” The stress is on influencing not only the intellect, but also the will and disposition. It describes a basic means of education. The work of warning; or helping to impart understanding – was a passion for Paul in ministry (Acts 20:31). It is also the job of church leaders (1 Thessalonians 5:12) and of the church body in general (Colossians 3:16), providing that they are able to admonish others (Romans 15:14). The goal of Paul’s ministry was to bring people to maturity in Christ and not to dependence upon himself. “Therefore, the aim of this epistle, and, indeed, of all apostolic work is admonishing...

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Who Is Jesus?

Who Is Jesus? This is the most important question in human history. Your answer determines your eternal destiny. The Simple Christian Life.com. Who Is Jesus? And there was much complaining among the people concerning Him. Some said, “He is good”; others said, “No, on the contrary, He deceives the people.” However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews. (John 7:12-13, NKJV) Jesus was the talk of the town – “Who is this guy?” Some were saying, “He’s a good man.” Others were saying “He’s leading people astray.” The same discussion still takes place every day. “Jesus was a good moral teacher, but He isn’t God.” “Jesus was a prophet, but He wasn’t the Messiah.” “Jesus was just one of many religious leaders, but He’s not the only way to heaven.” Who is Jesus? First, we must examine who He Himself claimed to be: “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24) “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the...

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Jesus Christ In You!

Jesus Christ In You   Colossians 1:26 The Simple Christian Life.com Jesus Christ In You To them, God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27, NKJV) The wonder and glory of the abiding, indwelling Jesus are not clearly revealed in the Old Testament, especially that He would abide in the Gentiles. Therefore, this aspect of the work of Jesus in His people was a mystery that wasn’t revealed until the time of Jesus and the apostles. This is the crowning wonder to Paul that God had included the Gentiles in his redemptive grace.” – A.T.Robertson This means that God is revealed to us in Jesus. Classic theologians use the Latin term deus absconditusto refer to the “hidden God,” the God then cannot be clearly seen or known. The Latin theological term deus revelatus refers to the “revealed God.” In Jesus, the “hidden God” has become the revealed God. This is the Christian’s hope of glory. It isn’t our own hard work or devotion to God or the power of our own spirituality. Instead, it is the abiding presence of Jesus: Christ in you. Amen and amen! Prayer Lord God Almighty, grant us wisdom to understand that God lives within us as believers. What an incredible truth You have revealed to us. Be our strength to walk in the awareness...

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The Revelation To Paul

The Revelation To Paul   Colossians 1:24-25 The Simple Christian Life.com The Revelation To Paul of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. (Colossians 1:25-26, NKJV) Paul was a minister – that is, a servant of the body of Christ, the church. He did not take this position on his own initiative, but according to the stewardship from God. God put Paul into this position, he did not put himself. In the Biblical sense, a mystery is not a riddle. It is a truth that can only be known by revelation and not by intuition. Now it can be known because it now has been revealed to His saints. This reminds us that there are aspects of God’s plan that were not clearly revealed in the Old Testament. The specific mystery Paul refers to here deals with many aspects of the work of Jesus in His people, but especially the plan of the church, to make one body out of Jew and Gentile, taken from the “trunk” of Israel, yet not Israel. We will get into this more deeply in our upcoming study of Ephesians. “The mystery is this: that God had designed to grant the Gentiles the same privileges with the Jews, and make them his people...

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Today’s Bible Verse & Christian Quote

Today’s Bible Verse:

Colossians 3:5-7; Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.

Today’s Christian Quote:

To gratify any sensual appetite is to give it the very food and nourishment by which it lives, thrives, and is active.” – Adam Clarke

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