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3 Bad P's to Avoid

Bad People - Bad Places - Bad Practices

Christians are called to be wise people, make wise decisions, discerning right from wrong. God’s grace will teach us these spiritual things if we activate His instruction within our lives (Titus 2:11-12). Having the words of the Bible governing our minds will keep us away from people, places, and practices we should avoid (Heb. 5:14).

In Proverbs 7 we read of a young man lacking sense who strolls his way to the wrong side of town (bad place), falling prey to a worldly woman (bad people) luring him into adulteress fornication (bad practice), descending the young man to the chambers of sin and death (Heb. 13:4). And what of Adam and Eve? Bad people (snake), bad place (tree), bad practice (disobedience). Can we not learn from these accounts? I pray we do!

Peter had choice instruction to guide his brethren who were facing fiery ordeals in the 1st Century Roman Empire. They were no longer to be with lascivious people, fulfilling their fleshly lusts through the expediency of alcoholic intoxication, for the purpose of creating places designed for excess and orgies, making gods of themselves to be worshipped (cf. 1 Pt. 4:1-5). "Stupid is as stupid does?" To do what the Gentiles were doing was to become Gentile.

1 Corinthians 15:33 - “Bad company (communications) corrupts good morals.” In context, Paul was addressing his brethren regarding “some among” them who were saying “there is no resurrection of the dead.” (vs. 12). Now, where would Christians ever get the idea that there is no resurrection of the dead? That doesn’t sound like the gospel they obeyed (Gal. 3:27), that they so quickly abandoned (Gal. 1:6), does it? No. They received such corruption by the influence of the world out there and its religious persuaders, philosophers, and theologians (2 Tim. 4:3).

Pay attention to the following information very carefully. If we give fellow saints nothing but denominational books, videos, and studies? The Bible assures us that within the next generation decade we got ourselves a big problem in the church. And on the other hand, if we give Christians nothing but pagan and heathen people, places, and practices? We’ll have ourselves a Roman army.

Spiritual Israel is to remove itself from bad people in bad places doing bad things. Whether that be regarding denominational doctrines, delinquent Christians since withdrawn from, and/or Pagan worldviews.

This Holy Nation should be eager to be with good people in good places doing good things. "Because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased to sin" (1 Peter 4:1b)

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"Cleansing the Temple"

Sermon Sunday: John 2:13-25
EastCoast church of Christ
Moncton, NB, Canada.
Sunday, Sept. 18th, 2022.

"Cleansing the Temple"
"Water Baptism, Saves?"

In 1 Peter 3:21, we see the explicit inspired words of Peter the Apostle of Jesus the Christ. Was he teaching the Christians of the 1st Century that they were saved by "water?" What exactly did Peter mean within the context? This and more we explore in this exclusive LOCALS podcast session.

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"POLITICS"

Our p0latiks in a quick and simple Five Point Solution;

As Faithful Christians Governed by the Words of the Holy Spirit,

WE ARE...

1. Pro-Christ: All public sectors of service, power, influence, and leadership (i.e., Government, Corporation, Academics, Entertainment, and Media) should favour the upright moral policy found within the doctrine of Christ.

2. Pro-Life: from conception to natural death, we must protect the sovereignty of human existence from child to senior at all costs.

3. Pro-family, one M and one F, H&W, with prayerfully the blessing of children, must be protected, endorsed, encouraged, and kept secure at all costs.

4. Pro-SD: to honour the God-given liberty and freedom to secure one's life, household, and property in all decency and just conduct.

5. Pro-law: justice, order, border, and National safety to live life peacefully for the cause of Christ and the greater good of His kingdom.

We could expound much more on this 5-point formula; if you'd like to hear more, I have a link to several...

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Rescued - Transferred - Redeemed
The Kingdom of His beloved Son

You've fallen asleep comfy in your bed, and a fire started in your house. You wake to panic as you become aware of your surroundings, trapped by a wall of lavalike heat. You find yourself in danger, where smoke and flames threaten your life. Your neighbors were capable of seeing the threat and had since called for help. The firefighters arrive on the scene and immediately find you in your bedroom--time for a rescue. Are you yet seen in a location of satety? No, not yet. There still needs to be a transfer from the site of dakness, smoke, and fire to an area of light, fresh air, and safety. And so the firefighters guide you out of certain death into a secure location. You have now been saved, not without damage, trauma, and loss. But you've gained your life and get to learn fowared another day.

You've become idle in your sinful behavior and practices. You wake to panic as you become aware of your eternal punishment. A neighbor cares for you enough to share Jesus with you. Will you obey the gospel?

The reception of forgivness was the desired result of all who willfully gave their lives to Christ, submissive to His spiritual operation (Col. 2:11-12). Paul, the apostle, speaking to his brethren in Colossae, was accurate in reminding them of their reconciliation. And how the Word of God they had chosen to hear produced fruit for the Kingdom. The Kingdom was God's preplanned location where all found within would have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

A domain needs a King, Christ Jesus. A Kingdom has boundaries, borders, law and order, and justice. This Kingdom is of a peculiar kind, and we should all seek first legal citizenry (Mt. 6:33). His Kingdom is the body, the church (Col. 2:1,18,24). The body for it has organic members all united for the purposed function--the church fo its assembly, it's family. The way in? Being a repentant believer confessing Christ, immersed into water calling on His name, in order to receive the forgiveness of your sins, being added to His Kingdom, local assembly (i.e. "rescued, transferred, redeemed"). 

This good news of Jesus Christ "was proclaimed in all creation" to give humankind a way out of the flames and sinful consequences. And we are wise to hear its call.

Is your house on fire?

Ref. Colossians 2:13-24

Your servant,

SM

 

 

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