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Mitch E has been shared in 9 public circles

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Jessica Clark-McDowell11,942I haven't shared a circle in a while so I'm going to share my 2 favorite (this one is my Christian one) circles for my friend +John Stinnett who is new to G+... And, all of you should add him too :)2013-05-25 14:07:01327405
AJ Durling05) The fifth of today's circle shares - G+ ChristiansThese are people who, from time to time, share some useful, edifying, thought-provoking and amusing musings on Christianity. Most of them simply add these nuggets into already interesting streams on many other subjects, too.Again, if you like this, feel free to share it. If not, feel free to ignore it.Notable mentions: +Tim Young  +BJ Hewitt +Kevin Minnett +Brian Hoch +James Shiels +Theophilus Ibn Iakobos +Tre Lawrence +Justin Reeve +Keith Tackel  +Jeff Abel +Aaron Downs +Jorge Bessa +K.C. Hartman  +Adrian Warnock  +Rob Lamont  +Kevin Adams +Jeff Abramovitz  +Nathan DiGesare  +2012-10-19 15:26:4522018412
Tim Young1,428Wanted to share a circle of G+'ers who share commentary about being a follow of #Jesus Christ. Enjoy ;)2012-05-30 16:17:21453504
Mark Spencer435Made some updates to my circle and thought I would share it with all of you. If you would like to be added to the circle, let me know.2012-05-19 14:11:39500401
Mark Smith2,765Yay! Here is circle one of the Christians I know of here on G+. I have a second one I'll post in just a minute. If you are reading this, are Christian, and are not in this OR the second circle that I'm about to share... then my apologies. Please reply and let me know and I'll get you added right away. I'll be sharing both of these circles a couple more times over the next couple of days!2012-05-04 14:38:02401616
Aadel Bussinger1,795Christians2012-05-02 00:10:51500213
Tim Young1,042This is my circle of folks who follow Jesus Christ, it includes people of all backgrounds, geography and denomination, etc. Pass it along and expand the community ;)If you wish to be removed from the circle please let me know.#add #share #reshare #follow #circle #circles #follower #followers2012-03-23 19:25:42426145
Jessica Clark-McDowell4,517It's been a while since I've shared a circle so I wanted to share this one for those who are new to my page and would like to get connected with other Christians on G+2012-02-26 03:43:39378537
Chris Morgan5Its been an crazy explosive week, with the plethora of circles being shared. I'm still getting organized, having circled 3500 google plussers this week. I'll start sharing more circles as I consolidate more. Here is my current Christian circle.Chris Morgan shared a circle with you.2011-10-15 13:24:472051825

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I am having relational problems with my father when i stepped through my door my other "self" who had a great relationship told me father loves me very much and i need to be more appreciative and seen images of reasons why and had to do with the past and other things. shown that it was not completely my fault and that i had to do what was best and would know what was that was..

I am having relational problems with my father when i stepped through my door my other "self" who had a great relationship told me father loves me very much and i need to be more appreciative and seen images of reasons why and had to do with the past and other things. shown that it was not completely my fault and that i had to do what was best and would know what was that was..___

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Does this guy ever wear a shirt in any video? OK he's buff so what. What is youtube the new american idol or something

Does this guy ever wear a shirt in any video? OK he's buff so what. What is youtube the new american idol or something___

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That's an interesting  documentary watched whole thing not anything haven't heard but still intriguing..

That's an interesting  documentary watched whole thing not anything haven't heard but still intriguing..___

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Graduating from the U of U :D

Graduating from the U of U :D___

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A meditation on Holy Week

A meditation on Holy Week___

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That's Cool :D I'm going to be at Comic Con this year

That's Cool :D I'm going to be at Comic Con this year___

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I got a 4 day badge w/ preview to Comic Con :D just throwing this on my google + wall for updates on who's gonna be there.

Now that you (hopefully) have a badge, it's time to see what we know so far will be at this year's #SDCC: http://ow.ly/uCHKZ  ___I got a 4 day badge w/ preview to Comic Con :D just throwing this on my google + wall for updates on who's gonna be there.

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Praying for New York

Praying for New York___

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It's been a gorgeous week on campus. #UofU  

It's been a gorgeous week on campus. #UofU  ___

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Best Frakkin Finale!!! I've wanted to go to one of the Comic Cons so bad where the BSG ppl r there but i haven't been able to make it out yet..I LOVE BSG! 

Best Frakkin Finale!!! I've wanted to go to one of the Comic Cons so bad where the BSG ppl r there but i haven't been able to make it out yet..I LOVE BSG! ___

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My mind is set on Jesus Christ only.

My mind is set on Jesus Christ only.___

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November 27
 
Evening...
 
Ephesians 1:7
The forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
 
 
Could there be a sweeter word in any language than that word "forgiveness," when it sounds in a guilty sinner's ear, like the silver notes of jubilee to the captive Israelite? Blessed, for ever blessed be that dear star of pardon which shines into the condemned cell, and gives the perishing a gleam of hope amid the midnight of despair! Can it be possible that sin, such sin as mine, can be forgiven, forgiven altogether, and for ever? Hell is my portion as a sinner-there is no possibility of my escaping from it while sin remains upon me-can the load of guilt be uplifted, the crimson stain removed? Can the adamantine stones of my prison-house ever be loosed from their mortices, or the doors be lifted from their hinges? Jesus tells me that I mayyet... more »

November 27
 
Evening...
 
Ephesians 1:7
The forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
 
 
Could there be a sweeter word in any language than that word "forgiveness," when it sounds in a guilty sinner's ear, like the silver notes of jubilee to the captive Israelite? Blessed, for ever blessed be that dear star of pardon which shines into the condemned cell, and gives the perishing a gleam of hope amid the midnight of despair! Can it be possible that sin, such sin as mine, can be forgiven, forgiven altogether, and for ever? Hell is my portion as a sinner-there is no possibility of my escaping from it while sin remains upon me-can the load of guilt be uplifted, the crimson stain removed? Can the adamantine stones of my prison-house ever be loosed from their mortices, or the doors be lifted from their hinges? Jesus tells me that I may yet be clear. For ever blessed be the revelation of atoning love which not only tells me that pardon is possible, but that it is secured to all who rest in Jesus. I have believed in the appointed propitiation, even Jesus crucified, and therefore my sins are at this moment, and for ever, forgiven by virtue of His substitutionary pains and death. What joy is this! What bliss to be a perfectly pardoned soul! My soul dedicates all her powers to Him who of His own unpurchased love became my surety, and wrought out for me redemption through His blood. What riches of grace does free forgiveness exhibit! To forgive at all, to forgive fully, to forgive freely, to forgive for ever! Here is a constellation of wonders; and when I think of how great my sins were, how dear were the precious drops which cleansed me from them, and how gracious was the method by which pardon was sealed home to me, I am in a maze of wondering worshipping affection. I bow before the throne which absolves me, I clasp the cross which delivers me, I serve henceforth all my days the Incarnate God, through whom I am this night a pardoned soul.___

2012-11-22 15:12:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

No Condemnation 
"In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve" (Jeremiah 50:20).

A glorious word indeed! What a perfect pardon is here promised to the sinful nations of Israel and Judah! Sin is to be so removed that it shall not be found, so blotted out that there shall be none. Glory be unto the God of pardons! Satan seeks out sins wherewith to accuse us, our enemies seek them that they may lay them to our charge, and our own conscience seeks them even with a morbid eagerness. But when the LORD applies the precious blood of Jesus, we fear no form of search, for "there shall be none"; "they shall not be found." The LORD hath caused the sins of His people to cease to be: He hath finished transgression... more »

No Condemnation 
"In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve" (Jeremiah 50:20).

A glorious word indeed! What a perfect pardon is here promised to the sinful nations of Israel and Judah! Sin is to be so removed that it shall not be found, so blotted out that there shall be none. Glory be unto the God of pardons! Satan seeks out sins wherewith to accuse us, our enemies seek them that they may lay them to our charge, and our own conscience seeks them even with a morbid eagerness. But when the LORD applies the precious blood of Jesus, we fear no form of search, for "there shall be none"; "they shall not be found." The LORD hath caused the sins of His people to cease to be: He hath finished transgression and made an end of sin. The sacrifice of Jesus has cast our sins into the depths of the sea. This makes us dance for joy. The reason for the obliteration of sin lies in the fact that Jehovah Himself pardons His chosen ones. His word of grace is not only royal but divine. He speaks absolution, and we are absolved. He applies the atonement, and from that hour His people are beyond all fear of condemnation. Blessed be the name of the sin-annihilating God!___

2012-11-22 01:31:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

O, give thanks to the Lord!

(James Smith, "Sunny Subjects for All Seasons" 1858)

"O, Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endures forever!" 1 Chronicles 16:34 

O, give thanks to the Lord, Christian, for He has not dealt with you after your sins, nor rewarded you according to your iniquities! He has . . .
  pardoned your sins,
  justified your soul,
  renewed your nature, and
  given you a title to everlasting life!

He has thus . . .
  prevented your ruin,
  borne with your follies,
  supplied all your needs,
  guided your steps, and
  promised to conduct you to glory! 
His mercy has been ever great toward you!

"O, Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endures forever!

O, give thanks to the Lord!

(James Smith, "Sunny Subjects for All Seasons" 1858)

"O, Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endures forever!" 1 Chronicles 16:34 

O, give thanks to the Lord, Christian, for He has not dealt with you after your sins, nor rewarded you according to your iniquities! He has . . .
  pardoned your sins,
  justified your soul,
  renewed your nature, and
  given you a title to everlasting life!

He has thus . . .
  prevented your ruin,
  borne with your follies,
  supplied all your needs,
  guided your steps, and
  promised to conduct you to glory! 
His mercy has been ever great toward you!

"O, Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endures forever!___

2012-10-24 03:31:40 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 


(David Harsha, "The Savior's Intercession")

"O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive
 to my cry for mercy." Psalm 130:2 

Prayer is the motion of our renewed hearts towards God.

Prayer lifts the soul unto Him in sweet and heavenly 
communion, 'Unto You, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.'

Prayer calls down upon us the choicest blessings of heaven.

Prayer brings our spirits near the throne of 
God, and fills them with inexpressible delight.

Prayer elevates our views and affections far above 
this world of sensual and perishing enjoyments.

Prayer is the Christian's vital breath!

No true child of God can live without prayer.

If we have the spirit of adoption, we 
will be often crying, 'Abba, Father!'

"O God, Youare m... more »


(David Harsha, "The Savior's Intercession")

"O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive
 to my cry for mercy." Psalm 130:2 

Prayer is the motion of our renewed hearts towards God.

Prayer lifts the soul unto Him in sweet and heavenly 
communion, 'Unto You, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.'

Prayer calls down upon us the choicest blessings of heaven.

Prayer brings our spirits near the throne of 
God, and fills them with inexpressible delight.

Prayer elevates our views and affections far above 
this world of sensual and perishing enjoyments.

Prayer is the Christian's vital breath!

No true child of God can live without prayer.

If we have the spirit of adoption, we 
will be often crying, 'Abba, Father!'

"O God, You are my God; early will I seek You.
 My soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You
 in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water."
     Psalm 63:1___

2012-10-21 16:28:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Daily Spurgeon for Today:
"Noah came into the ark and his wife, and his sons and their wives. Their obedience was unquestioning. We do not find them asking anything at all, about the reason for the command; but they came as they were bidden. They passed through the doorway, and they were all in the ark. Fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and their wives, daughters and their husbands, and all of you, oh that the blessed Spirit would put you now into such a frame of mind that you should at once yield to the divine precept which says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”

Have you not asked questions enough? You have had some of them answered, but every answer has only helped you to invent another dozen questions. Oh, those questions! these quibbles! those debates! those doubts! those cavillings! They are ruining thousands. "

From aser... more »

Daily Spurgeon for Today:
"Noah came into the ark and his wife, and his sons and their wives. Their obedience was unquestioning. We do not find them asking anything at all, about the reason for the command; but they came as they were bidden. They passed through the doorway, and they were all in the ark. Fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and their wives, daughters and their husbands, and all of you, oh that the blessed Spirit would put you now into such a frame of mind that you should at once yield to the divine precept which says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”

Have you not asked questions enough? You have had some of them answered, but every answer has only helped you to invent another dozen questions. Oh, those questions! these quibbles! those debates! those doubts! those cavillings! They are ruining thousands. "

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "A Family Sermon."___

2012-10-18 00:18:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Today's grace Gem:
"The Profligate's Doom!

(Theodore Cuyler)

"He who is often reproved and hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy!" Proverbs 29:1

Not many years ago, an eminent London clergyman observed among his regular hearers, a young man whose appearance excited in him an unusual interest. He took pains to learn the young stranger's history, and found that he was the son of pious parents, and had been trained to respect the gospel of Christ. A devout mother had added to her prayers the fervent precept, "My son, if sinners entice you--do not consent!"

The young man at length was missed from his place in the church. The watchful eye of the minister sought for him in vain. He had met with a company of witty and engaging skeptics, who had persuaded him to abandon the house of prayer, for the... more »

Today's grace Gem:
"The Profligate's Doom!

(Theodore Cuyler)

"He who is often reproved and hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy!" Proverbs 29:1

Not many years ago, an eminent London clergyman observed among his regular hearers, a young man whose appearance excited in him an unusual interest. He took pains to learn the young stranger's history, and found that he was the son of pious parents, and had been trained to respect the gospel of Christ. A devout mother had added to her prayers the fervent precept, "My son, if sinners entice you--do not consent!"

The young man at length was missed from his place in the church. The watchful eye of the minister sought for him in vain. He had met with a company of witty and engaging skeptics, who had persuaded him to abandon the house of prayer, for the more "manly" entertainments of their infidel club, where the ribaldries of atheists were rendered more palatable by the lively jest, and the exhilarating glass. His conscience stung him, but their merry laugh soon drowned the troublesome remonstrance. He proved to be an apt scholar in the ways of sin. His Sunday instructions among the skeptics soon prepared him for the haunts of revelry, and for those chambers which lie nearby the door of Hell. A short career of reckless dissipation did its work of ruin upon his slight and delicate frame.

His former pastor, who had well-near forgotten him, was one day surprised by an invitation to visit the unhappy youth on his dying bed. He found him sinking rapidly, and sinking without hope. As the man of God approached the bedside, the young man hid his face and refused to speak to him. Finding it impossible to draw a word from the wretched victim of remorse, who was just about entering eternity in such a state of sullen despair--the minister offered a fervent prayer and turned away. He reached the door, his hand was upon the latch, when the young man suddenly rose in the bed, and beckoned him to return. He went back and leaned his head over the bed to receive the message. The young man threw his arms about him and drawing his head close to his lips, whispered in convulsive accents, "I am damned!" and then sank back silent on his pillow. No further efforts or entreaties could rouse him. The heart-wrung pastor pleaded with him, but in vain. Having pronounced his own awful doom--his lips refused to speak again; and before the clock struck the hour of midnight, his unhappy soul was in the eternal world!

Young man! as you read the appalling narrative of the poor profligate's doom--you may be reading your own! If your feet have forsaken the house of God--if you have been seen on the seat of the scorner--if you have returned home at the midnight hour from the card table, or the drinking circle--you have good cause to tremble! Persist in your course of self-destruction, and you may meet that young man in the world of eternal despair! Partners in misery, you may, to all eternity, curse yourselves as the authors of your own damnation!
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2012-10-09 23:41:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 


(John Flavel)

Christ is the very essence of all delights and pleasures--the very soul and substance of them. As all the rivers are gathered into the ocean, which is the meeting-place of all the waters in the world--so Christ is that ocean in which all true delights and pleasures meet!

"Yes, He is altogether lovely! This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend!" Song of Songs 5:16


(John Flavel)

Christ is the very essence of all delights and pleasures--the very soul and substance of them. As all the rivers are gathered into the ocean, which is the meeting-place of all the waters in the world--so Christ is that ocean in which all true delights and pleasures meet!

"Yes, He is altogether lovely! This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend!" Song of Songs 5:16___

2012-10-09 03:51:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Today's Grace Gem - Wow--what a humbling reminder - this is what Christ has done for us! Drinking down the wrath of the Father down so that we can be right with God . Thank you Father God. Thank you.

The cup of wrath!
(Andrew Bonar, "The Cup of Wrath!")

"In the hand of the LORD is a cup full of red wine mixed with spices; He pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs!" Psalm 75:8

There has been only One who has ever drunk this cup down to its very dregs!

Cain has been drinking it for 5,000 years and finds that his punishment greater than he can bear--but has not come to the dregs.

Judas had been drinking it for some 2000 years, often crying out with a groan that shakes Hell, "Oh that I had never been born! Oh that I had never seen or heard of the Lord Jesus Christ!" But he has not... more »

Today's Grace Gem - Wow--what a humbling reminder - this is what Christ has done for us! Drinking down the wrath of the Father down so that we can be right with God . Thank you Father God. Thank you.

The cup of wrath!
(Andrew Bonar, "The Cup of Wrath!")

"In the hand of the LORD is a cup full of red wine mixed with spices; He pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs!" Psalm 75:8

There has been only One who has ever drunk this cup down to its very dregs!

Cain has been drinking it for 5,000 years and finds that his punishment greater than he can bear--but has not come to the dregs.

Judas had been drinking it for some 2000 years, often crying out with a groan that shakes Hell, "Oh that I had never been born! Oh that I had never seen or heard of the Lord Jesus Christ!" But he has not reached the dregs.

The fallen angels have not come near the dregs--for they have not arrived at the judgment of the Great Day.

The only One who has taken, tasted, drunk, and wrung out the bitterest of the bitter dregs--has been the Judge Himself, the Lord Jesus!

You know how often, when on earth, He spoke of it. "Are you able to drink the cup that I shall drink of?" (Matthew 20:22). "The cup which My Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?" (John 18:11).

The universe saw Him with it at His lips. It was our cup of trembling; the cup in which the wrath due to His people was mixed. What wrath, what woe! A few drops made Him cry, "Now is my soul deeply troubled!" In the garden, the sight of it wrung out the strange, mysterious words, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death!" Though God-man, He staggered at what He saw, and went on trembling.

The next day, on Calvary, He drank it all! I suppose the three hours of darkness may have been the time when He was drinking it down the very dregs; for then arose from His broken heart, the wail which so appealed to the heart of the Father, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me!" As He drank the last drop, and cried out, "It is finished!" we may believe that the angels felt an inconceivable relief--and even the Father Himself! So tremendous was the wrath and curse!--the wrath and curse due to our sin!

Jesus drank that cup as the substitute for His innumerable people, given Him by the Father; and thereby freed them from ever tasting even one drop of that fierce wrath, that "cup of red wine, mixed with spices," with its dregs--its unknown terrors!
"Death and the curse were in our cup,
 O Christ, 'twas full for Thee!
 But Thou hast drained the last dark drop,
 'Tis empty now for me!"

"Once it was mine, that cup of wrath,
 And Jesus drank it dry!"___

2012-10-07 05:16:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Tribulations, difficulties, and disappointments

(Letters of John Newton)

"Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is!" 1 John 3:2

Let us not be greatly discouraged at the many tribulations, difficulties, and disappointments which lie in the path which leads to glory--seeing that our Lord has foretold us of them, has made a suitable provision for every case we can meet with, and is Himself always near to those who call upon Him in His almighty strength--as a sure refuge, and a never-failing, ever-present help in every time of trouble!

Note likewise, that He Himself was a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief for our sakes. He drank off the full cup of unmixed wrath for us--shall we then refuse to taste of the cup of... more »

Tribulations, difficulties, and disappointments

(Letters of John Newton)

"Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is!" 1 John 3:2

Let us not be greatly discouraged at the many tribulations, difficulties, and disappointments which lie in the path which leads to glory--seeing that our Lord has foretold us of them, has made a suitable provision for every case we can meet with, and is Himself always near to those who call upon Him in His almighty strength--as a sure refuge, and a never-failing, ever-present help in every time of trouble!

Note likewise, that He Himself was a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief for our sakes. He drank off the full cup of unmixed wrath for us--shall we then refuse to taste of the cup of affliction at His appointment, especially when His wisdom and love prepare it for us, and proportion every circumstance to our strength? He puts it into our hands, not in anger but in tender mercy--to do us good, to bring us near to Himself; and He sweetens every bitter draught, with those comforts which none but He can give!

The time is short, the world is passing away, all its cares and all its vanities will soon be at an end! Yet a little while, and "we shall see Him as He is!" Every veil shall be taken away--every seeming frown be removed from His face--and every tear wiped away from ours! We shall also be like Him!___

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2012-10-06 13:45:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Here is a couple of pictures i got from the Todd Agnew/ Jason Gray concert. it was really neat last night. Both Todd & Jason are used By God in many ways in the body of Christ around the world

Here is a couple of pictures i got from the Todd Agnew/ Jason Gray concert. it was really neat last night. Both Todd & Jason are used By God in many ways in the body of Christ around the world___

2012-10-06 13:42:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Here is yesterday's Grace Gem, Sorry for the delay i was at a concert last night:
And will He feed His birds--and starve His children?

(John MacDuff, "Looking unto Jesus!" 1856)

"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" Matthew 6:26 

From the general care of God for these lower creatures--with what confidence may we infer God's special care for His people, who are His by so many close and tender ties!

Are the birds of the air fed? Do they find their food provided by a hand which they cannot recognize? Does He who gave them being, and who has assigned to them their appointed place in the ranks of creation, supply their daily needs, so that none of their species perish for lack of sustenance, but continue, from age to... more »

Here is yesterday's Grace Gem, Sorry for the delay i was at a concert last night:
And will He feed His birds--and starve His children?

(John MacDuff, "Looking unto Jesus!" 1856)

"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" Matthew 6:26 

From the general care of God for these lower creatures--with what confidence may we infer God's special care for His people, who are His by so many close and tender ties!

Are the birds of the air fed? Do they find their food provided by a hand which they cannot recognize? Does He who gave them being, and who has assigned to them their appointed place in the ranks of creation, supply their daily needs, so that none of their species perish for lack of sustenance, but continue, from age to age--a standing monument of His providential goodness? 

And will He feed His birds--and starve His children? Will He care for the one--and neglect the other? It cannot possibly be! The Savior refers to their comparative value, and asks, "Are you not of more value than they?" You are rational creatures, spiritual creatures, immortal creatures, yes, redeemed creatures--and therefore unspeakably more important than the birds are. If He then cares for them--oh! will He not care for you? 

In connection with the above consideration, we may refer to the relationship which exists between God and His people. He is their Father--and they are His sons and daughters. Now a kind earthly father has it in him, as a natural instinct, to care for his children. His heart is set upon helping, supporting, directing, comforting, and blessing them. Such a concern has he for their well-being, that scarcely any sacrifice is deemed too costly by which that concern shall appear in practical manifestation. And if his concern for them should be repaid by nothing but ingratitude, as, alas! is often the case--yet even this cannot destroy his affections and feelings.

And if earthly fathers care for their children--will not our heavenly Father care for His? If they are full of concern for their offspring--then is it to be supposed that He, who implanted those kindly principles in their hearts, can be unconcerned about His offspring? 

"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" Matthew 6:26 ___

2012-10-03 13:01:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Faith's Checkbook for today , a real treat:
October 3
Reflections of the LORD's Beauty
"As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness"   (Psalm 17:15).
The portion of other men fills their bodies and enriches their children, but the portion of the believer is of another sort. Men of the world have their treasure in this world, but men of the world to come look higher and further. Our possession is twofold. We have God's presence here and His like-ness hereaften Here we behold the face of the LORD in righteousness, for we are justified in Christ Jesus. Oh, the joy of beholding the face of a reconciled God! The glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ yields us heaven below, and it will be to us the heaven of heaven above. But seeing does not end it: we are to be changed into that which we gaze upon. We... more »

Faith's Checkbook for today , a real treat:
October 3
Reflections of the LORD's Beauty
"As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness"   (Psalm 17:15).
The portion of other men fills their bodies and enriches their children, but the portion of the believer is of another sort. Men of the world have their treasure in this world, but men of the world to come look higher and further. Our possession is twofold. We have God's presence here and His like-ness hereaften Here we behold the face of the LORD in righteousness, for we are justified in Christ Jesus. Oh, the joy of beholding the face of a reconciled God! The glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ yields us heaven below, and it will be to us the heaven of heaven above. But seeing does not end it: we are to be changed into that which we gaze upon. We shall sleep a while and then wake up to find ourselves as mirrors which reflect the beauties of our LORD. Faith sees God with a transforming look. The heart receives the image of Jesus into its own depths, till the character of Jesus is imprinted on the soul. This is satisfaction. To see God and to be like Him-what more can I desire? David's assured confidence is here by the Holy Ghost made to be the LORD's promise. I believe it. I expect it. LORD, vouchsafe it. Amen.___

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2012-10-01 15:13:17 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2012-10-01 15:13:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Todays' Grace Gem:
The sum total of my experience is:

(The following is an excerpt from the diary of James Smith)

March 27, 1861.
Jesus is precious--very precious, to my soul. I love Him, rest in Him, preach Him, and wish that I could exalt Him a thousand times higher than I do!

The sum total of my experience is: I am nothing--but Christ is all! I am sin--and Christ is my salvation.

No one ever needed Jesus more, no one will be under greater obligations to Him, than I am. I am never so happy as when I am alone, thinking of Him, reading of Him, or writing about Him--unless it be sometimes, when I am preaching about Him, assisted by His ever blessed Spirit.

Jesus is mine--and I am His. I think I may go even further than this, and say as the spouse did, "I am my Beloved's--and His desire is toward me." O to honor His dear name... more »

Todays' Grace Gem:
The sum total of my experience is:

(The following is an excerpt from the diary of James Smith)

March 27, 1861.
Jesus is precious--very precious, to my soul. I love Him, rest in Him, preach Him, and wish that I could exalt Him a thousand times higher than I do!

The sum total of my experience is: I am nothing--but Christ is all! I am sin--and Christ is my salvation.

No one ever needed Jesus more, no one will be under greater obligations to Him, than I am. I am never so happy as when I am alone, thinking of Him, reading of Him, or writing about Him--unless it be sometimes, when I am preaching about Him, assisted by His ever blessed Spirit.

Jesus is mine--and I am His. I think I may go even further than this, and say as the spouse did, "I am my Beloved's--and His desire is toward me." O to honor His dear name more! O to glorify Him on earth, until He glorifies me with Himself, in Heaven! Anything for Jesus! Anywhere with Jesus! Thus my soul cries,
"Do not I love you, dearest Lord,
 Behold my heart and see;
 And turn each cursed idol out,
 That dares to rival Thee!"___

2012-09-30 04:20:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Ascertain what kind of a Heaven a man desires

(James Smith, "The Wondrous Love of Christ as Displayed in His Intercessory Prayer!" 1861)

"Father, I want those you have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world." John 17:24

Our eternal happiness will consist in our seeing, enjoying, and being like Christ. We have no conception of Heaven beyond this. We desire no Heaven but this.

May I but see my Savior in His glory,
may I but enjoy His presence and His love,
and may I but be like Him--and I have enough!
Anywhere with Christ--I shall be happy.
Anything with Christ--I shall enjoy.
Let me but be with my Savior--and I ask, I desire no more!

Ascertain what kind of a Heaven a man desires--and you will know what a man is.... more »

Ascertain what kind of a Heaven a man desires

(James Smith, "The Wondrous Love of Christ as Displayed in His Intercessory Prayer!" 1861)

"Father, I want those you have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world." John 17:24

Our eternal happiness will consist in our seeing, enjoying, and being like Christ. We have no conception of Heaven beyond this. We desire no Heaven but this.

May I but see my Savior in His glory,
may I but enjoy His presence and His love,
and may I but be like Him--and I have enough!
Anywhere with Christ--I shall be happy.
Anything with Christ--I shall enjoy.
Let me but be with my Savior--and I ask, I desire no more!

Ascertain what kind of a Heaven a man desires--and you will know what a man is. A sensualist will desire a sensual Heaven. Health, wealth, and freedom to enjoy himself--will satisfy a natural man.

Not so with the soul that is born again. He pants for the spiritual, the pure, the glorious. If, therefore, we sigh for holiness--if we desire above all things to see Jesus, be with Jesus, and be like Jesus--we are unquestionably among the number of those for whom He prayed; and we shall be with Him, where He is, to behold His glory.

O Savior, let me in solemn silence, muse on Your wondrous love, and adore Your glorious grace! O Jesus, it is my heart's desire that You should be with me--unfolding Your glory to me, and satisfying my soul with Your presence. O visit me, visit me daily; or rather, come and dwell with me, that I may fix and feast my eye and heart upon You evermore! I desire to be wholly taken up with You, until I am ravished with Your love!___

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2012-09-29 16:44:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Want to know what Passion is all about? Watch this video. So exctied for what God will do Working in and through College Students like me. Ready for Passion 2013? I am! Get your Ticket now they go up on October 1st. Atlanta will be the place to be on January 1st, 2013 :)

Want to know what Passion is all about? Watch this video. So exctied for what God will do Working in and through College Students like me. Ready for Passion 2013? I am! Get your Ticket now they go up on October 1st. Atlanta will be the place to be on January 1st, 2013 :)___

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2012-09-28 05:51:45 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2012-09-28 05:26:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Today's Grace Gem:
We have expected too much from 'the creature'

(Octavius Winslow, "The Lord's Prayer" 1866)

"Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?" Isaiah 2:22

We have expected too much from 'the creature', more than any creature could possibly give. 

Who has not, in some instances, found . . .
   their love fickle, 
   their promises capricious, 
   their opinions harsh, and 
   their judgment fallible? 

We reposed a while beneath our pleasant gourd--and in a night it perished. 

We nursed our bosom flower--and in an hour it died. 

We leaned upon the strong and beautiful staff--and in a moment it broke. 

We came to the crystal stream that had so often refreshed us--and, lo! it was driedup! 

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Today's Grace Gem:
We have expected too much from 'the creature'

(Octavius Winslow, "The Lord's Prayer" 1866)

"Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?" Isaiah 2:22

We have expected too much from 'the creature', more than any creature could possibly give. 

Who has not, in some instances, found . . .
   their love fickle, 
   their promises capricious, 
   their opinions harsh, and 
   their judgment fallible? 

We reposed a while beneath our pleasant gourd--and in a night it perished. 

We nursed our bosom flower--and in an hour it died. 

We leaned upon the strong and beautiful staff--and in a moment it broke. 

We came to the crystal stream that had so often refreshed us--and, lo! it was dried up! 

Alas, we drained the sponge of creature good of all its sweets, and it became at last aridness itself!

"My soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation." Psalm 35:9___

2012-09-26 03:40:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Today's Grace Gem:
This perfect pattern

(Thomas Brooks, "The Privy Key of Heaven" 1665)

"He who says he abides in Him, ought himself also
 to walk even as He walked." 1 John 2:6

Oh that this blessed Scripture might always lie warm
upon our hearts. A Christian's whole life should be
nothing but a visible representation of Christ. It is not
only our liberty--but our duty and glory, to follow Christ
inviolably in all His moral virtues. Other patterns are
imperfect and defective--but Christ is a perfect pattern!
Of all His children, they are the happiest, who come
nearest to this perfect pattern."

"Leaving you an example, that you should follow
 in His steps." 1 Peter 2:21

"Today's Grace Gem:
This perfect pattern

(Thomas Brooks, "The Privy Key of Heaven" 1665)

"He who says he abides in Him, ought himself also
 to walk even as He walked." 1 John 2:6

Oh that this blessed Scripture might always lie warm
upon our hearts. A Christian's whole life should be
nothing but a visible representation of Christ. It is not
only our liberty--but our duty and glory, to follow Christ
inviolably in all His moral virtues. Other patterns are
imperfect and defective--but Christ is a perfect pattern!
Of all His children, they are the happiest, who come
nearest to this perfect pattern."

"Leaving you an example, that you should follow
 in His steps." 1 Peter 2:21___

2012-09-25 18:26:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The best way to come to Christ is to come meaning to get everything, and to obtain all the plenitude of grace, which he has laid up in store, and promised freely to give. Some poor souls who come to Jesus Christ seem as if they wanted a little relief from fear, a hope that they may just get saved, and a fair chance of going to heaven when they die. Pray do not come in that way, my dear friend. Come intending to obtain the fullness of love, the uttermost of grace. 

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "Coming - Always Coming,"

The best way to come to Christ is to come meaning to get everything, and to obtain all the plenitude of grace, which he has laid up in store, and promised freely to give. Some poor souls who come to Jesus Christ seem as if they wanted a little relief from fear, a hope that they may just get saved, and a fair chance of going to heaven when they die. Pray do not come in that way, my dear friend. Come intending to obtain the fullness of love, the uttermost of grace. 

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "Coming - Always Coming,"___

2012-09-20 23:38:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"Man’s books have usually far less in them than we expect, but the book of the Lord is full of surprises, it is a mass of light, a mountain of priceless revelations. We little know what yet lies hidden within the Scriptures. We know the form of sound words as the Lord has taught it to us, and by it we will abide, but there are inner store-houses into which we have not peered; chambers of revelation lit up with bright lamps, perhaps too bright for our eyes at this present. If Paul, when the Spirit of God rested upon him, could see so much in the songs of David, the day may come when we also shall see still more in the epistles of Paul, and wonder at ourselves that we did not understand better the things which the Holy Ghost has so freely spoken to us by the apostle. May we at this time be enabled to look deep and far, and behold the sublime glories of our risen Lord."

From a sermon byC... more »

"Man’s books have usually far less in them than we expect, but the book of the Lord is full of surprises, it is a mass of light, a mountain of priceless revelations. We little know what yet lies hidden within the Scriptures. We know the form of sound words as the Lord has taught it to us, and by it we will abide, but there are inner store-houses into which we have not peered; chambers of revelation lit up with bright lamps, perhaps too bright for our eyes at this present. If Paul, when the Spirit of God rested upon him, could see so much in the songs of David, the day may come when we also shall see still more in the epistles of Paul, and wonder at ourselves that we did not understand better the things which the Holy Ghost has so freely spoken to us by the apostle. May we at this time be enabled to look deep and far, and behold the sublime glories of our risen Lord."

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "Christ The Destroyer Of Death," delivered December 17, 1876___

2012-09-19 22:35:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Todays' Grace Gem is a real Treat:

The littles

(Charles Spurgeon, "A Safe Prospective," 1869)

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows!" Matthew 10:29-31 

I would, with special earnestness, beg you to believe that God is in little things. 

It is the little troubles of life that annoy us the most. A man can put up with the loss of a dear friend sometimes, better than he can with the burning of his fingers with a coal, or some little accident that may occur to him. The little stones in the sandal make the traveler limp; while great stones do him little hurt, for he soon leaps over them. 

Believe that God arranges the littles.Ta... more »

Todays' Grace Gem is a real Treat:

The littles

(Charles Spurgeon, "A Safe Prospective," 1869)

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows!" Matthew 10:29-31 

I would, with special earnestness, beg you to believe that God is in little things. 

It is the little troubles of life that annoy us the most. A man can put up with the loss of a dear friend sometimes, better than he can with the burning of his fingers with a coal, or some little accident that may occur to him. The little stones in the sandal make the traveler limp; while great stones do him little hurt, for he soon leaps over them. 

Believe that God arranges the littles. Take the little troubles as they come and bring them to your God, because they come from God. Believe that nothing is little to God, which concerns His people. To Him, indeed, your greatest concerns may be said to be little; and your little anxieties are not too small for His notice.

The very hairs of your head are all numbered; you may, therefore, pray to him about your smallest griefs. If not a sparrow hops upon the ground without your Father--you have reason to see that the smallest events in your career are arranged by Him, and it should be your joy to accept them as they come, and not make them causes of irritation, either to others or to yourselves. 

This is a truth on which you may rely implicitly, and exercise yourselves continually, until you . . .
  lull the sharpest pains,
  calm the most feverish excitements, and
  obtain the sweetest repose that a Christian can indulge in. 

Everything in the future is appointed by God. All is in the hand of the great King. The Lord is King; let his people rejoice!

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2012-09-19 20:19:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2012-09-19 20:03:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2012-09-16 23:00:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Here was yesterdays' Grace Gem apology for the delay one of my mice died for my computer and i had to buy a new one today

"We should sweetly acquiescence in God's will

(J.R. Miller, "Intimate Letters on Personal Problems" 1914)

"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave--and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised!" Job 1:21

We should sweetly acquiescence in God's will, in faith that whatever He permits in our life, is right and best for us.

"He is the LORD; let Him do what seems good in His eyes!" 1 Samuel 3:18"

Here was yesterdays' Grace Gem apology for the delay one of my mice died for my computer and i had to buy a new one today

"We should sweetly acquiescence in God's will

(J.R. Miller, "Intimate Letters on Personal Problems" 1914)

"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave--and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised!" Job 1:21

We should sweetly acquiescence in God's will, in faith that whatever He permits in our life, is right and best for us.

"He is the LORD; let Him do what seems good in His eyes!" 1 Samuel 3:18"___

2012-09-14 20:21:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Here is a response to todays' modern day critics or critics of the film Zietgiest:
Question: "Is Jesus a myth? Is Jesus just a copy of the pagan gods of other ancient religions?"

"Answer: There are a number of voices claiming that the accounts of Jesus as recorded in the New Testament are simply myths and were the result of the writers borrowing stories from pagan mythology, such as the stories of Osiris, Dionysus, Adonis, Attis, and Mithras. The claim is that these mythological figures are essentially the same story as what the New Testament ascribes to Jesus Christ of Nazareth. As Dan Brown claims in, The Da Vinci Code, “Nothing in Christianity is original.”

However, once the facts are examined, these claims are proven false. To discover the truth about these particular claims and others like them, it is important to: (1) unearth the history behind theirass... more »

Here is a response to todays' modern day critics or critics of the film Zietgiest:
Question: "Is Jesus a myth? Is Jesus just a copy of the pagan gods of other ancient religions?"

"Answer: There are a number of voices claiming that the accounts of Jesus as recorded in the New Testament are simply myths and were the result of the writers borrowing stories from pagan mythology, such as the stories of Osiris, Dionysus, Adonis, Attis, and Mithras. The claim is that these mythological figures are essentially the same story as what the New Testament ascribes to Jesus Christ of Nazareth. As Dan Brown claims in, The Da Vinci Code, “Nothing in Christianity is original.”

However, once the facts are examined, these claims are proven false. To discover the truth about these particular claims and others like them, it is important to: (1) unearth the history behind their assertions, (2) examine the actual historical portrayals of the false gods being compared to Christ, (3) expose the logical fallacies that the authors are making, and (4) look at why the New Testament Gospels can be trusted as accurately depicting the true and historical Jesus Christ. 

First, the claims of Jesus as a myth or an exaggeration originated in the writings of 19th century liberal German theologians. Their claim was essentially that Jesus was nothing more than a copy of the widespread worship of dying and rising fertility gods in various places—Tammuz in Mesopotamia, Adonis in Syria, Attis in Asia Minor, and Osiris in Egypt. None of these works ever advanced in the realm of academia and religious thought because their assertions were investigated by theologians and scholars and determined to be completely false and baseless. It has only been in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century that these assertions have been resurrected, primarily due to the rise of the internet and mass distribution of information that has no historical foundation or accountability.

This leads us to the next area of investigation—do the mythological gods of antiquity really mirror the person of Jesus Christ? As an example, the Zeitgeist movie makes these claims about the Egyptian god Horus:

• He was born on December 25th of a virgin - Isis Mary
• A star in the East proclaimed his arrival
• Three kings came to adore the new-born “savior”
• He became a child prodigy teacher at age 12
• At age 30 he was “baptized” and began a “ministry”
• Horus had twelve “disciples” 
• Horus was betrayed 
• He was crucified
• He was buried for three days
• He was resurrected after three days

However, when the actual writings about Horus are competently examined, this is what we find: 

• Horus was born to Isis; there is no mention in history of her being called “Mary.” Moreover, Mary is our anglicized form of her real name ‘Miryam’ or Miriam. “Mary” was not even used in the original texts of Scripture.
• Isis was not a virgin; she was the widow of Osiris and conceived Horus with Osiris.
• Horus was born during month of Khoiak (Oct/Nov), not December 25. Further, there is no mention in the Bible as to Christ’s actual birth date.
• There is no record of three kings visiting Horus at his birth. The Bible never states the actual number of magi that came to see Christ.
• Horus is not a “savior” in any shape or form; he did not die for anyone.
• There are no accounts of Horus being a teacher at the age of 12.
• Horus was not “baptized.” The only account of Horus that involves water is one story where Horus is torn to pieces, with Isis requesting the crocodile god to fish him out of the water he was placed into.
• Horus did not have a “ministry.”
• Horus did not have 12 disciples. According to the Horus accounts, Horus had four semi-gods that were followers and some indications of 16 human followers and an unknown number of blacksmiths that went into battle with him.
• There is no account of Horus being betrayed by a friend.
• Horus did not die by crucifixion. There are various accounts of Horus’ death, but none of them involve crucifixion. 
• There is no account of Horus being buried for three days.
• Horus was not resurrected. There is no account of Horus coming out of the grave with the body he went in with. Some accounts have Horus/Osiris being brought back to life by Isis and going to be the lord of the underworld.

So when compared side by side, Jesus and Horus bear little, if any, resemblance to one another. Another popular comparison done by those claiming that Jesus Christ is a myth is with Jesus and Mithras. All the above claims of Horus are applied to Mithras (e.g. born of a virgin, being crucified, rising in three days, etc.). But what does history say about Mithras?

• He was born out of a solid rock and not from any woman.
• He battled first with the sun and then a primeval bull, thought to be the first act of creation. Mithras killed the bull, which then became the ground of life for the human race.
• Mithras birth was celebrated on December 25, along with Winter solstice.
• There is no mention of him as being a great teacher.
• There is no mention of Mithras having 12 disciples. The idea that Mithras had 12 disciples may have come from a mural in which Mithras is surrounded by twelve signs of the Zodiac.
• Mithras had no bodily resurrection. The myth is told that Mithras completed his earthly mission then was taken to paradise in a chariot, alive and well. The early Christian writer Tertullian did write about Mithras believers re-enacting resurrection scenes, but he wrote about this occurring well after New Testament times, so if any copycatting was done, it was the cult of Mithras copying from Christianity.

More examples can be given of Krishna, Attis, Dionysus and other mythological gods, but the result is the same. In the end, the historical Jesus as portrayed in the Bible is thoroughly unique. The claimed similarities are greatly exaggerated. Further, while belief in Horus, Mithras, and others pre-dated Christianity, there is very little historical record of the pre-Christian beliefs of those religions. The vast majority of the earliest writings about these religions is dated to the third and fourth centuries A.D. It is illogical and unhistorical to claim the pre-Christian beliefs in these religions (of which there is no record) were identical to the post-Christian beliefs in these groups (of which there is record). It is more historically valid to attribute any similarities between these religions and Christianity to the religions copying Christian beliefs about Jesus and placing those attributes on their own gods/saviors/founders in an attempt to stop the rapid growth of Christianity.

This leads us to the next area to examine: the logical fallacies committed by those claiming that Christianity borrowed from pagan mystery religions. Two fallacies in particular are obvious— the fallacy of the false cause and the terminological fallacy. If one thing precedes another, it does not mean that the first caused the second. This is the fallacy of the false cause. Even if pre-Christian accounts of mythological gods closely resembled Christ (and they do not), it does not mean they caused the gospel writers to invent a false Jesus. Claiming such a thing would be like saying the TV series Star Trek caused the NASA Space Shuttle program. 

The terminological fallacy occurs when terms are redefined to prove a point, when in fact such terms do not mean the same thing when compared to their source. So for example, the Zeitgeist movie says that Horus “began his ministry,” but Horus had no actual ministry – nothing like that of Christ’s ministry. Those claiming Mithras and Jesus are the same talk about the “baptism” that initiated prospects into the Mithras cult, but what was it actually? The Mithras priests (using a ritual also performed by followers of Attis) would suspend a bull over a pit, place those wanting to join the cult into the pit, slit the bull’s stomach, which then covered the initiates in blood. Such a thing has no resemblance whatsoever to Christian baptism—a person going under water (symbolizing the death of Christ) and then coming back out of the water (symbolizing Christ’s resurrection). But advocates of the mythological Jesus position deceptively use the same term to describe both in hopes of linking the two together.

The last issue to examine on this subject is the truthfulness of the New Testament itself. While much has been written on this topic, no work from antiquity has more evidence with respect to historical veracity than the New Testament. The New Testament has more writers (nine), better writers, and earlier writers than any other document from that era. Further, history testifies to the fact that these writers went to their deaths for claiming that Jesus had risen from the dead. While some may die for a lie they think is true, no person dies for a lie they know to be false. Think about it—if someone was about to crucify you upside down, as happened to the Apostle Peter, and all you had to do to save your life was renounce a lie you had knowingly been living, what would you do?

In addition, history has shown that it takes at least two generations to pass before myth can enter into a historical account. Why? Because eyewitnesses can refute error put in print. Those living at the time could refute the errors of the author and expose the work as being false. All the Gospels of the New Testament were written during the lifetime of the eyewitnesses, with some of Paul’s epistles being written as early as 50 A.D. That early dating acts as a key protective mechanism against any falsehoods being accepted and circulated. 

Finally, the New Testament attests to the fact that the portrayal of Jesus was not mistaken for that of any other god. When faced with Paul’s teaching, the elite thinkers of Athens said this: “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is which you are proclaiming? For you are bringing some strange things to our ears; so we want to know what these things mean" (Acts 17:18-20). Clearly, if the accounts of Jesus were simply rehashing stories of other gods, the Athenians would not have referred to them at “new” teaching. If dying and rising gods were plentiful in the first century why, when the apostle Paul preached Jesus rising from the dead in Acts 17, did the Epicureans and Stoics not remark, “Ah, just like Horus and Mithras”?

In conclusion, the claims that Jesus is nothing more than a myth, a copy of mythological gods, originated from authors whose works have been discounted by academia, commit logical fallacies that undermine their veracity, and cannot compare to the New Testament Gospels which have withstood nearly 2,000 years of intense scrutiny. The alleged parallels disappear when they are compared with the original historical texts. Similarities between Jesus and the various mythological gods can only be argued for by employing selective and misleading descriptions.

Jesus Christ stands unique in history, with His voice rising above all false gods and continuing to ask the question that ultimately determines a person’s eternal destiny: “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15)"___

2012-09-14 01:29:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"Christ's sleepless vigilance over His people! 

(Octavius Winslow)

"Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age!" Matthew 28:20 

What an exalted and endearing truth, is Christ's sleepless vigilance over His people! Imagine yourself threading your way along a most difficult and perilous path, every step of which is attended with pain and hazard, and is taken with hesitancy and doubt. Unknown to you and unseen--there is One hovering around you each moment . . . 
  checking each false step,
  guiding each doubtful one,
  soothing each sorrow,
  and supplying each need. 
All is calm and silent. Not a sound is heard, not a movement is seen; and yet, to your amazement, just at the critical moment--the needed support comes--you know not from where, you know not from whom! This is no picture of imagination--but adivine ... more »

"Christ's sleepless vigilance over His people! 

(Octavius Winslow)

"Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age!" Matthew 28:20 

What an exalted and endearing truth, is Christ's sleepless vigilance over His people! Imagine yourself threading your way along a most difficult and perilous path, every step of which is attended with pain and hazard, and is taken with hesitancy and doubt. Unknown to you and unseen--there is One hovering around you each moment . . . 
  checking each false step,
  guiding each doubtful one,
  soothing each sorrow,
  and supplying each need. 
All is calm and silent. Not a sound is heard, not a movement is seen; and yet, to your amazement, just at the critical moment--the needed support comes--you know not from where, you know not from whom! This is no picture of imagination--but a divine reality.

Are you a child of God on your pilgrimage to paradise, by an intricate and a perilous way? Jesus is near to you at each moment, unseen and often unknown! You have at times stood speechless with awe at the strange interposition on your behalf, of providence and of grace--when no visible sign indicated the source of your help. There was no echo of footfall at your side, no flitting of shadow athwart your path. No law of nature was altered nor suspended--the sun did not stand still, nor did the heavens open. And yet deliverance--strange and effectual deliverance--came at a moment most unexpected, yet most needed.

It was Jesus--your Redeemer, your Brother, your Shepherd, and your Guide! He it was who, hovering around you, unknown and unobserved--kept you as the apple of His eye, and sheltered you in the hollow of His hand. It was He who armed you with bravery for the fight--who poured strength into your spirit--and grace into your heart, when the full weight of calamity pressed upon them. Thus has He always been, to His children. 

The eye which neither slumbers nor sleeps--was upon you! He knew in what furnace you were placed--and was there to temper the flame when it seemed the severest. He saw your frail vessel struggling through the tempest--and He came to your rescue at the height of the storm!

How has He proved this in seasons of difficulty and doubt! How often, at a crisis the most critical of your history--the Lord has appeared for you! 
Your lack has been supplied,
your doubt has been solved, and 
your perplexity has been guided. 
He has delivered . . .
  your soul from death,
  your eyes from tears, and
  your feet from falling!
You are never for an instant . . .
  out of His heart,
  out of His thoughts, 
  out of His hands, 
  or out of His eye! 

Go then, and lay your weariness on Christ!

Take your bereaved, stricken and bleeding heart to Him!

What is your sorrow? 
Has the hand of death smitten? 
Is the beloved one removed? 
Has the desire of your eyes been taken away with a stroke? 

Who has done it?

Jesus has done it! Death was only His messenger. Your Jesus has done it! The Lord has given--and the Lord has taken away. And what has He removed? 
Your wife? Ah, Jesus has all the tenderness that your wife ever had. Her love was only a drop from the ocean of love which is in His heart.

Is it your husband? Jesus is better to you than ten husbands. 

Is it your parent, your child, your friend, your all of earthly bliss? 
Is the cistern broken? 
Is the earthen vessel dashed to pieces?
Are all your streams dry? 
Jesus is still enough! He has not taken Himself from you--and never, never will.

Take your bereaved, stricken and bleeding heart to Him--and rest it upon His heart, which was once bereaved, stricken and bleeding, too! He knows how to . . .
   bind up the broken heart,
   heal the wounded spirit,
   and comfort those who mourn.

What is your sorrow? 
Has health failed you? 
Has property forsaken you? 
Have friends turned against you? 
Are you tried in your circumstances? 
Are you perplexed in your path? 
Are providences thickening and darkening around you?
Are you anticipating seasons of approaching trial? 
Are you walking in darkness, having no light?

Simply go to Jesus! He is an ever open door!
He is a tender, loving, faithful Friend, ever near. 
He is a Brother born for your adversity. 
His grace and sympathy are sufficient for you. 

Go to Him in every trial. 
Cast yourself upon Him every burden. 
Take the infirmity, the corruption, the cross as it arises.

Simply and immediately to Jesus!
 
Go to Him at all times and under all circumstances!"___

2012-09-13 02:55:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Tonight's Grace Gem
Son, you are ever with Me, and all I have is yours!

(James Smith, "The Love of Christ! The Fullness, Freeness, and Immutability of the Savior's Grace Displayed!")

"Jesus has revealed Himself as a Father to His people. Having begotten them again unto a living hope--He treats them as His children, and deals with them as a wise, kind, and tender parent. He cares for them--and bids them cast all their cares upon Himself. He has promised to provide for them--and encourages them to expect all necessary blessings from himself. They occupy His attention, and engage His mind every moment! He dwells among them and calls them His dear children. He expresses Himself most tenderly, and acts most wisely toward them. He . . .
  corrects their errors,
  instructs their minds,
  feeds their souls, 
  and guides their feet; but... more »

Tonight's Grace Gem
Son, you are ever with Me, and all I have is yours!

(James Smith, "The Love of Christ! The Fullness, Freeness, and Immutability of the Savior's Grace Displayed!")

"Jesus has revealed Himself as a Father to His people. Having begotten them again unto a living hope--He treats them as His children, and deals with them as a wise, kind, and tender parent. He cares for them--and bids them cast all their cares upon Himself. He has promised to provide for them--and encourages them to expect all necessary blessings from himself. They occupy His attention, and engage His mind every moment! He dwells among them and calls them His dear children. He expresses Himself most tenderly, and acts most wisely toward them. He . . .
  corrects their errors,
  instructs their minds,
  feeds their souls, 
  and guides their feet; 
but all in His own way. 

No earthly father can take the interest of his children, which Jesus takes in His people; or make such provision for them, as He has made. All things pertaining to the present life are secured to them--along with a boundless inheritance beyond the grave! He bids them to enjoy what He has given to them, and offers them Himself as a constant feast. He invites them to . . .
  tell Him all their troubles--and promises deliverance;
  make known their grievances--that He may remedy them;
  make known their needs--that He may supply them. 
He never allows them to be out of His sight--nor out of his mind. The language of the prodigal's father to his elder son may be applied to them, "Son, you are ever with Me, and all I have is yours!" 

O believer, what a privilege is yours! Jesus is not only your Friend--but your Father! He loves you, cares for you, and provides for you as such! 
Trust in Him at all times; 
depend on His care when everything around distresses you; 
and look to His loving heart when creatures are cruel and unkind. 

He says, "I will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters! I will not leave you orphans--I will come unto you! I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on Me! Fear not little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom!""___

2012-09-12 15:56:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Grace Gem for today:
The stage

(Thomas Boston, "Human Nature in its Fourfold State")

"For I know that you will bring me to death, and 
 to the house appointed for all living." Job 30:23

Death is the great leveler!

Though their lifestyles along the way may be very 
different--the king and the beggar must dwell in one 
house, when they come to their journey's end.

"The small and the great are there." Job 3:19

We are all in this world as on a stage; it is no great 
matter, whether a man acts the part of a prince or 
a peasant; for when they have acted their parts, they 
must both get behind the curtain, and appear no more.

"For I know that you will bring me to death, and 
 to the house appointed for all living." Job 30:23

   ~  ~ ~  ~  ~... more »

Grace Gem for today:
The stage

(Thomas Boston, "Human Nature in its Fourfold State")

"For I know that you will bring me to death, and 
 to the house appointed for all living." Job 30:23

Death is the great leveler!

Though their lifestyles along the way may be very 
different--the king and the beggar must dwell in one 
house, when they come to their journey's end.

"The small and the great are there." Job 3:19

We are all in this world as on a stage; it is no great 
matter, whether a man acts the part of a prince or 
a peasant; for when they have acted their parts, they 
must both get behind the curtain, and appear no more.

"For I know that you will bring me to death, and 
 to the house appointed for all living." Job 30:23

   ~  ~  ~  ~  ~

We have published another insightful two page article 
by James Smith, "The Secret!"___

2012-09-11 22:22:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

There are certain persons who deny the godhead of our Lord and yet think well of Jesus as a man; indeed, they have uttered many highly complimentary things with regard to his character: but I wonder it should not strike them that there is a great deal of assumption, presumption, pride, egotism, and all that style of folly in this man if he be nothing more than a man. For what good man whom you would wish to imitate would say to others “Be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.” This is altogether too much for a mere man to say. 

The Lord Jesus Christ frequently spoke about himself and about what he has done, and commended himself to his disciples as one who was only a man and of a lowly mind could never have done. The Lord was certainly meek and lowly in heart, but no man of that character would have told others so. There is an inconsistency here which none can account for but those whobeli... more »

There are certain persons who deny the godhead of our Lord and yet think well of Jesus as a man; indeed, they have uttered many highly complimentary things with regard to his character: but I wonder it should not strike them that there is a great deal of assumption, presumption, pride, egotism, and all that style of folly in this man if he be nothing more than a man. For what good man whom you would wish to imitate would say to others “Be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.” This is altogether too much for a mere man to say. 

The Lord Jesus Christ frequently spoke about himself and about what he has done, and commended himself to his disciples as one who was only a man and of a lowly mind could never have done. The Lord was certainly meek and lowly in heart, but no man of that character would have told others so. There is an inconsistency here which none can account for but those who believe him to be the Son of God. Understand him to be divine, put him in his true position as speaking down out of the excellency of his deity to his disciples, and then you can comprehend his so speaking, Yea, it becomes infinitely seemly and beautiful. Deny his Godhead, and I for one am quite unable to understand how the words before us, and others like them, could ever have fallen from his lips, for none will dare to say that he was boastful. Blessed be thou, O, Son of man, thou art also Son of God, and therefore thou dost not only speak to us with the sympathizing tenderness of a brother man, but with the majestic authority of the Only Begotten of the Father. Divinely condescending are thy words, “I have overcome the world.” 

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "Christ, The Overcomer Of The World," delivered December 3, 1876___

2012-09-09 19:44:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Daily Spurgeon For Today a Real Blessing! 

"Though Satan is not dead, my brethren, I was about to say, would God he were, and though he is not converted, and never will be, nor will the malice of his heart ever be driven from him, yet Christ has so far broken his head that he has missed his mark altogether. He intended to make the human race the captives of his power, but they are redeemed from his iron yoke. God has delivered many of them, and the day shall come when he will cleanse the whole earth from the serpent’s slimy trail, so that the entire world shall be full of the praises of God. He thought that this world would be the arena of his victory over God and good, instead of which it is already the grandest theater of divine wisdom, love, grace, and power. Even heaven itself is not so resplendent with mercy as the earth is, for here it is the Savior poured out his blood, whichca... more »

Daily Spurgeon For Today a Real Blessing! 

"Though Satan is not dead, my brethren, I was about to say, would God he were, and though he is not converted, and never will be, nor will the malice of his heart ever be driven from him, yet Christ has so far broken his head that he has missed his mark altogether. He intended to make the human race the captives of his power, but they are redeemed from his iron yoke. God has delivered many of them, and the day shall come when he will cleanse the whole earth from the serpent’s slimy trail, so that the entire world shall be full of the praises of God. He thought that this world would be the arena of his victory over God and good, instead of which it is already the grandest theater of divine wisdom, love, grace, and power. Even heaven itself is not so resplendent with mercy as the earth is, for here it is the Savior poured out his blood, which cannot be said even of the courts of paradise above.

Moreover he thought, no doubt, that when he had led our race astray and brought death upon them, he had effectually marred the Lord’s work. He rejoiced that they would all pass under the cold seal of death, and that their bodies would rot in the sepulcher. Had he not spoiled the handiwork of his great Lord? God may make man as a curious creature with intertwisted veins and blood nerves, and sinews and muscles, and he may put into his nostrils the breath of life; but, “Ah,” saith Satan, “I have infused a poison into him which will make him return to the dust from which he was taken.” But now, behold, our Champion whose heel was bruised has risen from the dead, and given us a pledge that all his followers shall rise from the dead also. Thus is Satan foiled, for death shall not retain a bone, nor a piece of a bone, of one of those who belonged to the woman’s seed. At the trump of the archangel from the earth and from the sea they shall arise, and this shall be their shout, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” Satan, knowing this, feels already that by the resurrection his head is broken. Glory be to the Christ of God for this! "

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "Christ The Conqueror Of Satan," delivered November 26, 1876.___

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