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Anathema

Using the word anathema or accursed is very harsh indeed!  The apostle Paul said in his letter to the Galatians;
"But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!  As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!" (Gal 1:8-9). Do you understand what he was saying?  He was saying that if anyone teaches a gospel contrary to what he (Paul) preached consider that man to be accursed.  I say teaching, because that is exactly what preaching is.  Preaching is teaching with authority.

The Roman Catholic church declared during the council of Trent, convened December 13, 1545 to December 14, 1563 many Anathemas  (www.thecounciloftrent.com).  I see this same judgmental attitude in much of the church today.  We are all in our flesh sinners.  Christianity is a revealed religion.  We have the Holy text, the Scriptures…

The Indicative and the Imperative

This is one of my favorite videos on YouTube.  It is a video of SalvationbyGrace.org by Pastor Jim McClarty.  Understanding the indicative and the imperative truly opens up scripture.  If you get this concept then you will understand; "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." (Jn 14:15NASB).


I am Convinced

Many years before Jesus was born; Moses asked the Lord to show him His glory (Ex 33:18).  And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” (Ex 33:19-20). 
Then later, on top of Mount Sinai; "The Lord descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the Lord. Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” Moses made haste to bow low toward the e…

Encouraged by Students

Last month I wrote you all about my plans to go to the Tyler Junior College every Wednesday morning from 9:30-12:00 preaching the glorious Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, passing out Gospel's of John, and talking with students.  After a time of evangelism we enjoy a meal at the Whataburger at Beckham and 5th Stfrom 12:15 - 1:00PM.  Today was the fourth week in a row that we have spent Wednesday morning on campus.  Jason McMurray from First Baptist Lindale has been on campus alongside me each week.  We have been very encouraged this semester.

   At 10 minutes to the hour when students are changing classes I preach a short message about Jesus called Prophet, Priest, & King.  The message takes about 8 minutes to preach.  I then tell the students that I have several copies of the Gospel According to John with me and begin passing them out and talking with students.  We have passed out some 200 Gospel's of John thus far; I usually bring 50 with me and it doesn't …

Angela Braxton - September 11, 2001

The above picture is from that horrific day on September 11, 2001 when the twin towers of the world trade center were struck and subsequently destroyed.  Many people lost their lives that day, but one women, Angela Braxton,  dead in her trespasses and sins was subsequently given new life in Christ Jesus.  She is in the front of this pick easily found on the internet if you search (women covered in ash September 11th).  She was in one of those towers when it was struck.  She called out to the Lord that she did not know or love to save her, and He did.  I first met Angela in 2013 in New Orleans at the Super Bowl Outreach with Sports Fans Outreach International.  She was there with 100 other saints whom the Lord saved, proclaiming that there is salvation in no other name, but Jesus Christ alone.  To the glory of God I have been able to see Angela at every Super Bowl Outreach since.
"Today is a day of remembering for me. Fourteen years ago as I went about my daily business, I never…

Prophet, Priest, & King

Are You a Good Person?

What do I believe?

I believe that the Lord our God is one Lord; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mk 12:29, Mt 28:18-20).

I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (Mt 16:16, Jn 20:30-31).

I believe that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).

I believe that the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 6:23).

I believe that Jesus never sinned, but He died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures (2 Cor 5:21, 1 Cor 15:3,4).
I believe that all must repent and believe in the gospel (Mk 1:15, Acts 2:38).
I believe that there will be a resurrection of the dead and all will come before the judgment seat of Christ.  He who received Jesus has eternal life, but he who rejected Jesus will go away into eternal punishment (Mt 25:31-46, Jn 1:10-13).




True Evangelism

This past Wednesday, August 26, 2015 myself and two other brothers in Christ (Mike Anderson & Jason McMurray) went to Tyler Junior College to talk with the students about Jesus.  We enjoyed a great time of fellowship and outreach.  I preached about Jesus twice and Mike Anderson did as well.  We passed out a great quantity of Gospels of John and tracts.  After spending about 2 hours on campus we had lunch together and fellowship at Whataburger.

The Lord has caused me to focus a great deal on the Gospel of John in evangelism. 
Jesus said, "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,  and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning." (John 15:26-27 [NASB]) I have learned about Jesus by reading the Gospel of John and I became convinced that these things are true by the Spirit of truth.  I cannot convince anyone of anything, it is the Holy Spiri…