Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again

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Overhydration

About eight years ago, we heard on the radio of a competition sponsored by a different radio station (I do not recall the state) in which contestants were challenged to a water-drinking competition. That contest was being reported on our radio state because a female contestant in that contest actually died because she drank too much water, too fast.

Most of us probably do not drink nearly enough water. But, apparently, you can also get too much water. The British Journal of Medicine ran an article recently on the toxic effects of too much H2O. Within the last couple of years, two football players as well as other athletes have died from drinking too much water or other sports drinks.

Too much water in your system can cause the sodium level in your blood to drop. It can cause cells to absorb too much water. One’s brain can swell. You can get muscle cramps, experience nausea or vomiting. Seizures and unconsciousness can also result.

So, while most of us should be drinking more water, athletes (especially) are encouraged to only drink water when they are thirsty. Too much of a good thing can be deadly.

Jesus sat at Jacob’s well, weary from His journey. Depending on whether John was using Roman time or Jewish time, it was either 6 P. M. or 12 noon (John 4:6). Either way, it was a hot part of the day. A woman, a Samaritan, approached the well and Jesus asked her for a drink. She marveled – not that a man was speaking to a woman but – that a Jew was speaking to a Samaritan. The apostles would later marvel that He was speaking to a woman (verse 27).

In response to her marvel, Jesus told her that if she had known who it was asking her for water, she would be asking Him for “living water.” Confused, the woman observed He had nothing with which to draw water from the well.

Jesus’ immortal words were: “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (4:13-14). The woman proceeded to request over hydration! “Give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw!” What a wonderful attitude to have toward Jesus Christ. “Give me all you can give!”

That is precisely what Jesus can and desires to do. The spiritual blessings that He gives surpasses our imagination. The wonders He can perform in our lives humbles us into greater service for Him. What blessings does He give? Can you tell me from Romans 6 the blessings He gives? How about 2 Corinthians 10? Maybe Ephesians 3? 1 Thessalonians 4?

If we want to drink from the well of everlasting water provided by the Lord Jesus Christ, we need to study all we can about Him and from Him. And keep studying and keep obeying. We might forget, as we study Romans, what He promises in 2 Thessalonians. That’s why we need to keep studying, keep reading, and keep obeying.

Because with Jesus Christ, you cannot get too much water!

–Paul Holland

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The U. S. in 2014 and the nation of Rome in the year 54 A. D.

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So, You Want to Move to Canada?

Many, many Christians are growing increasingly frustrated with the moral and financial direction of this country. There have been recent attacks against Christians for not actively supporting the homosexual agenda, “ministers” who will not perform wedding ceremonies for such couples, and preachers who preach against homosexuality. The fact is, when Americans in the 1920s, 30s, and 60s gave the federal government the right and power to dip into our finances, we also gave them the right to “control” other aspects of our lives.

If the “limited” government concept in the U. S. Constitution does not apply practically, then nothing else in the Constitution applies, not even the First Amendment. So, we are scared and frustrated. Shall we move to Canada?

In a recent issue of The Economist (Sept. 13th; pg. 42), the journalist compares the moral views of Canada, the U. S., and Great Britain. The statistics come from 2013. How many believe “sexual relations between unmarried people” is morally acceptable? 83% in Canada, 59% in the U. S., 82% in Britain. Divorce? The statistics are: 80% (Canada), 65% (U. S.), and 79% (Britain).

Out-of-wedlock childbirths? 78%, 53%, and 74% respectively. Stem-cell research? 65%, 52%, and 56%. Physician-assisted suicide? 65%, 35%, and 61%. How about homosexual relations? 64%, 40%, and 58%. Finally, abortion… 60%, 36%, and 54%. Was it Winston Churchill who said, “Democracy may be the worst government, except for all the rest?” It appears that we also have the worst morality except for all the rest.

We get frustrated because we compare the United States of 2014 with the United States of 1954. That, indeed, is depressing – morally speaking. But, how about if we compare the U. S. in 2014 to the nation of Rome in the year 54 A. D.?

The Romans in the first century were also openly practicing no-fault divorce, homosexuality, abortion, prostitution, etc. There are many more Christians in the U. S. with far greater resources in 2014 than there were in Rome in A. D. 54. Yet, within three centuries, Christianity had topped the paganism of the Roman Empire and led to an about-face in moral matters.

While individuals are not reincarnated, history does run in cycles. We see that in the history of Israel, especially during the times of the judges. Yes, the U. S. is morally corrupt. Yes, it will likely get worse before it gets better. Yes, we will all be dead and gone within three centuries. But, yes, if the Lord delays His coming until then, the U. S. (should it still exist then) will see a spiritual turn-around. When man sees that selfishness is paganism and paganism does not answer the deepest questions of life, he’ll turn back to God.

That’s when the Christian needs to be available, with his own faith in God intact, and the Word of Christ in his hands.

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20).

–Paul Holland

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Our Gospel Meeting: A Success or A Failure?

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A message received from a friend told of a gospel meeting at their local congregation. He said that two different men prayed during the Sunday morning assembly that God would bless them and help the church to have a good gospel meeting. But, alas, neither of those two men returned for the Sunday evening service!

While this scenario is not uncommon, it is still discouraging. And, we wonder if those two brothers realized the negative impact of their example on others in the church.

Do YOU think about how your decisions affect others? Have you considered how even the simple choice to attend or not attend an assembly will speak to others about your commitment to Lord? Do you really want them to have the impression that you are not terribly serious about your service to the Lord? Are you willing for your Christian and non-Christian friends to assume that other things are actually more important to you than His kingdom? Like it or not, others are drawing such conclusions about you.

Some are saying that gospel meetings have lost their effectiveness. They think that we are wasting time and money by continuing to conduct these special evangelistic sessions. We believe they are right – that is, they are right if brethren are not going to take such efforts seriously, and if they are unwilling to support these meetings with zeal and enthusiasm.

A gospel meeting provides an excellent opportunity for us to spread the message of salvation right here in our own community. But, the outcome of the meeting largely depends upon YOU. Will you help make it a success, or will you be contributing to a failure? Think!
– by Greg Gwin

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What is a living sacrifice?

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Last week, we looked at the very emotional scene of Jesus being nailed to the cross. We all understand the reason for that event – it was to pay the penalty for our sins. But, that sacrifice also requires something from us. It requires us to be living as a sacrifice to God (2 Corinthians 5:15).

But, so many people do not want to “stop living for themselves.” So many people have deceived themselves into believing that what pleases them is what pleases God. They want, in effect, a religion without self-sacrifice, a religion with no tears.

The idea of “attending the church of your choice” is not new. It is very old selfishness, very old paganism, very old idolatry. About 3,000 years ago, a man in the Old Testament tried to do that very thing – to establish a religion based on what man liked, what man wanted. I want us to look at that event and see what he did and how God responded.

Under King Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, Jeroboam returned from Egypt and became the chief spokesman for the “cut taxes” party of the nation of Israel. It was in that position that he was elected their king. Now, read what Jeroboam did as king of these twelve tribes in the confederacy of Israel (12:25-33).

Observe the changes that Jeroboam made…
1. He changed the object of worship from God to golden calves – vs 28. I want you to observe his words: “Israel, these are the gods that brought you out of Egypt.” Make this note – Jeroboam was not intending to establish a “new religion.” He was simply trying to aid his followers in worshiping the God of heaven in a way that affected their senses, their emotions. He wanted them to stay home so he was trying to provide an addition to worship that would accomplish that end.
2. He changed the place of worship from Jerusalem to Bethel and Dan – vs 29.
3. He changed the priesthood from Levi to all the people – vs 31.
4. He changed the time of worship from the seventh to the eighth month – vs 33. This was the feast of tabernacles which was to be celebrated in the seventh month (Lev. 23:34ff).

Why did Jeroboam violate the law of God and create a religion after his own likeness? Well, observe the text in verse 26-27. Jeroboam was afraid of losing popularity. Everybody likes to be liked; we like to be comfortable. Few people like being told that the path they are going to take is going to require pain, sacrifice, and self-denial. Many more people would love to be doctors and lawyers for the salary and perks that come with it but they back out when they realize how demanding the training is.

Religion is fundamental to man. The people who actually practice no religion are considerably in the minority, worldwide, compared to the people who practice some religion. You have to deny a fundamental urge within the human heart to worship in order to be a non-practicioner of a religion. So, Jeroboam believed it would be better for his people to at least worship somewhere as to worship nowhere.

Now, it is clear that God does not accept this “religion with no tears / religion with no sacrifice” mentality. Look at 12:30: “What a terrible sin this was.” Religion is not about what pleases me; it’s about pleasing God. God let Jeroboam know, both through miraculous signs, and through the word of the very same prophet, Ahijah, that God does not like this go-along-to-get-along religion. Read 13:1-5; 14:6-14.

It was a sin because the source of authority for Jeroboam’s actions are found in verses 26 and 33 – “in his own heart.” There was no “thus says the Lord” behind his actions. He could not point to a book, chapter, and verse for his actions. He was denying the holiness of God by ignoring the authority of God. You have to change God’s plan if you want to have your way. The phrase “word of God” is found only once in chapter 12 (vs 22) but in chapter 13, where God punishes disobedience, the expression is found ten times!

Religion without tears is a religion without sacrifice and that religion will never save anyone.

–Paul Holland

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HONOR ELDERS – 1 Timothy 5:17-25

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Elders are the leaders of the local congregation of Christians under the oversight of Jesus Christ. Elders make or break a congregation. They make a congregation when they lead with vision, in love, with patience. They break a congregation when they harbor pride in their heart. In 1 Timothy 5, Paul encourages Timothy to honor good elders and rebuke bad elders.

Consider Paul’s words…

Verse 17 – Paul returns to elders in this verse and tells Timothy that those elders who “rule” well should be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who preach and teach. The verb “rule” is also used in 1 Thess. 5:12 and Rom. 12:8. There really is no distinction between preaching and teaching except perhaps the size of the audience.

Verse 18 – To prove Paul’s point, he quotes “Scripture” and, fascinatingly, the “Scripture” is not only the Old Testament (Deut. 25:4; which Paul also quotes for the same purpose in 1 Corinthians 9:9-10) but also the Gospel of Luke (10:7). This illustrates that Paul had the Gospel of Luke in front of him (so also in 1 Cor. 11:24-25) and he sets it on the same level as the Old Testament writings.

Verse 19 – Leaders often receive just and unjust criticism. Here, Paul warns Timothy not to receive accusations of sin against an elder unless it was witnessed by two or three witnesses.
The idea of having two or three witnesses is quite biblical: Deut. 17:6; 19:15; 2 Cor. 13:1; Matt. 18:16.

Verse 20 – If an elder is guilty of sin (present tense) and refuses to repent, he, too, will have to be disciplined and that is to be done “in the presence of all” so that the “rest” will be fearful. “When faced with sinning elders a spineless attitude is deplorable” (Guthrie, 121). Remember that Paul had warned the elders in Acts 20 that some false teachers would arise among them.

Verse 21 – Paul charges Timothy in the presence of All who are holy to engage in this behavior without bias (prejudging) or partiality (inclination to side with one). The fact that angels are observing us is taught both here and, at least, in 1 Corinthians 6:3; 11:10.

Verse 22 – Thus, he ought to “lay hands” on no one too hastily in appointing them as elders because we might share in their sins. So, Paul tells Timothy, “keep yourself free from sin.”

Verse 23 – Timothy was drinking only water and had developed a stomach ailment so Paul encourages him to drink a little wine for medicinal purposes.

Verse 24 – Some men, it is evident, do not need to be appointed elders for their behavior is “quite evident.” Some, however, might not be so visible in their sins until after they are appointed as elders. Their “sins follow after.”

Verse 25 – On the other side of the coin, men whose “deeds are good,” can be evident before hand. Men engaging in “bad deeds” cannot conceal their works.

Christians should be careful and follow the biblical commands closely in appointing men who will shepherd the congregation. They will either lead them to green pastures or into the waiting jaws of the wolf.

–Paul Holland

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How to scatter ashes

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“Scatter My Ashes …”

The popularity of cremation as a means of disposing of the bodies of the deceased is rising. “The Huffington Post” reported in August of this year that more than 40% of Americans now choose to be cremated, rather than buried. A generation ago the option was rarely discussed. How times have changed!

But once cremation is accomplished, what does one do with the ashes? The stock answer has been, “Put them in an urn.” But folks are becoming creative.

A story on Yahoo News today reports how one man’s ashes will be launched into the sky this weekend via fireworks. The man’s son, a funeral director in Missouri, says his father always loved fireworks, and that this seems a fitting way to scatter his ashes.

Just the day before, a similar story appeared. The ashes of John and Lois Lafferty will soon be sent into the sky by means of a weather balloon. Lois’ daughter (John and Lois were married later in life) spoke of how they always loved to travel. Now they will take their final journey together. When the balloon reaches 72,000 feet, their ashes will be released, and will settle on mountaintops, valleys and oceans. A romantic idea!

Did these, whose ashes will be scattered, want this? The articles don’t mention this. Personally, I have no instructions for my loved ones when my use of this physical body has ended. But there is another “scattering” I’m definitely interested in.

This interest is based on Peter’s summation of Jesus’ life in Acts 10:38: “… how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good …” Peter also noted the miracles of Jesus, but I’ve not been empowered to do those kinds of things. But doing good works wherever I go? I absolutely can do that.

In fact, Jesus commanded me to do such things: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Doing good works is not about building my legacy, or drawing attention to myself. It’s about showing what a wonderful God I serve, and hoping others will catch the idea.

There’s another scattering I need to be interested in: the scattering of God’s word. Jesus told a parable in Luke 8 about a farmer who sowed seed in various kinds of soil. His point was not about agriculture, but evangelism, i.e. telling others the good news of salvation. As Jesus explained in Luke 8:11, “The seed is the word of God.” When my life is over, will others have benefited because I have scattered that seed?

What happens to my ashes is of little concern to me. But what I do with my life now …

Come to the light God offers! Study His word, the Bible. Worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss these ideas further.

Timothy D. Hall.

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How to Handle Relationships with non-Christians

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In Acts 17:6-7, Paul and Silas are in Thessalonica and have stirred up opposition. The Jews have dragged some Christians before the secular authorities, complaining that “These men who have upset the world have come here also; and Jason has welcomed them, and they all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.”

The context of Matthew 10 follows on the heels of Matthew 9:36-38. Not only did Jesus pray to send out workers into the harvest but He also fulfilled that need – Matthew 10 is Jesus sending out His apostles on what we call the “limited commission.”

How do we handle our relationships with non-Christians…?

DO GOOD (10:1-4):
To these twelve, Jesus gave power to perform miracles, establishing the veracity of their message (Mark 16:17-20). Today, we, too, help our cause by doing good (Gal. 6:10). These apostles were – from the occupations we recognize – middle-income Palestinians. They were not part of the religious elite. It is noteworthy one worked for the government (Matthew) and one worked against the government (Simon the Zealot, Canaanite).

TEACH JESUS’ MESSAGE (10:5-15):
The “sent out” in verse 5 carries the idea of delegated authority. The authority was not in themselves. It was in Jesus; in their message. It is with us today as we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:18-20). The authority is in the message (Titus 2:15).

The message (for them – vs 7) was that the kingdom was near at hand. Our message is that Jesus is coming again to separate the sheep from the goats (Matt. 25:31-46), to put an end to sin and to death (Rev. 20:12-15).

YET, SOME WILL (VIOLENTLY) REJECT THE MESSAGE (10:16-23):
We are to be wise in our presentation of the Gospel (10:16). Compare Colossians 4:5. We do not have to unnecessarily provoke non-Christians! See 2 Timothy 2:24-26 and how we should teach non-Christians. “Innocent” means “unmixed” with the world’s values (cf. 2 Cor. 6:14-18).

But, the message they should preach would come from God (10:18-20). To us, the Holy Spirit has revealed His message, through those same messengers (Eph. 3:3-5).

Jesus does not call us to pointless martyrdom (10:23).

JESUS ENCOURAGES THE PERSECUTED (10:24-33):
Just because we are living as “good” Christians, we should not expect people to love us all the time (10:24-25). It may be because we are “good” Christians that people hate us!

Yet, we are still to preach boldly (10:26-27). The early Christians did not pray that God would take away the persecution; they prayed for courage (Acts 4:23-30). So should we (Eph. 6:18-20).

IN THE MIDDLE OF PERSECUTION – JESUS MATTERS THE MOST (10:34-39):
It may be our own family who persecutes us (10:34-37). The peace Jesus came to bring (cf. Isa. 9:6-7; Luke 2:14) is fundamentally peace between God and man. Jesus separates us from the values / worldview of society.

BLESSINGS AWAIT THOSE WHO RECEIVE CHRIST’S MESSENGERS (10:40-42):
“Little children” does not refer to physical children. It refers to Christ’s disciples metaphorically, picturing them as dependent and helpless.

In living upright in an upside down world, we must choose Christ first, even in the face of persecution from our family and friends. “I am resolved to enter the kingdom, leaving the paths of sin. Friends may oppose me, foes may beset me. Still will I enter in.”

–Paul Holland

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Israel sat on the banks of the Euphrates and wept

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How Can We Sing the Lord’s Song?

That is the question God’s people asked as they sat on the banks of the Euphrates River, having been carried into captivity by the Babylonian people. It was their sins that took them there. God had tried over and over again to get His people to repent. He sent them prophet after prophet. He withdrew His blessings and sent curses. Yet the hard-headed and hard-hearted Israelites persisted in their sin.

Some, we do not know how many, tried to be faithful in a perverted land. But a minority holds little power. The remnant were carried into captivity as well. Just like Moses and Joshua and Caleb who believed Israel could and should conquer Canaan (Numbers 13-14), yet they were punished with forty years of wandering in the wilderness along with the unfaithful and disobedient. Sometimes the faithful suffer for the sins of the unfaithful.

So Israel was uprooted from her land, her homes, her vineyards, her gardens, her flocks; most worrisome for them was that they were separated from their temple. The dwelling place of God. The location of meeting between the God of heaven and His people.

So Israel sat on the banks of the Euphrates and wept. They hung their harps on the branches of the willows – for why should they sing? The Babylonians mocked the Israelites because the captivity proved that Ashur of Babylon was stronger than Jehovah of Israel. They taunted the Jews: “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” (Psalm 137:3).

And the author laments, “How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” (vs 4).

Do you ever feel like these Jews? Has life ever dumped so much emotional cargo on your heart that you lament if you will ever sing again? Divorce. Persistent unemployment. Death of a spouse or a child. Chronic pain for which there is no ease. “How can I sing the Lord’s song on this forsaken earth?”

How can you sing the Lord’s song in that environment? First, don’t forget Who God is. In the exiles’ mind, they were to remember Jerusalem (vs 6). It was the city of the King. Remember Who God is. Second, remember that God is a God of justice (vs 7). He will always do what is right. As a matter of God’s justice, He is also one of vengeance (vss 8-9).

We should be careful how we think and feel about those who have wronged us. The wiseman said, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles” (Prov. 24:17).

Yet, it is also true that God will punish those who break up marriages (Rom. 1:31). He will punish employers who fail to respect their employees (Eph. 6:9). God will also punish Satan, the agent of all evil, and death, the ultimate tool of the Deceiver (Rev. 20:10, 14). Even that chronic pain will eventually be destroyed (Phil. 3:21).

How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? David gives an answer to that question in Psalm 138:8: “The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of your hands.”

Paul Holland

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I’ll look after you

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“Whatever Happens”

During his courtship with a young woman named Julia Dent, Ulysses S. Grant once took her out for a buggy ride. Coming to a flooded creek spanned by a flimsy bridge, Grant assured Julia that it was safe to cross. “Don’t be frightened,” he said. “I’ll look after you.”

“Well,” replied Julia, “I shall cling to you whatever happens.” True to her word, she clung tightly to Grant’s arm as they drove safely across.

Grant drove on in thoughtful silence for a few minutes, then cleared his throat and said, “Julia, you said back there that you would cling to me whatever happened. Would you like to cling to me for the rest of our lives?” She would, and they were married in August 1848. *

Wikipedia provides the following summary of the marriage Ulysses and Julia Grant: “The Grants’ marriage was often tried by adversity and it met every test, as the couple gave each other lifelong loyalty.”

In Genesis 2:24, we find God’s design for marriage: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united [“cling”] to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

It is the “clinging together” in loving commitment that will enable a married couple to endure the challenges that life brings and enjoy life together.

And it is “clinging to Christ” that will enable a person to navigate through this life and have the hope of eternal life.

Life has its challenges but sin is our greatest enemy, for it separates us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2) and condemns us (Romans 6:23).

But God loves us so much that He gave His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins so that we might be forgiven of our sins and receive the gift of eternal life (John 3:16; Romans 6:23).

God will save those who “cling” to Jesus by placing their faith and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turning from sin in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confessing Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and being baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). Jesus will continue to wash away the sins of those who continue to “cling” to Him faithfully (1 John 1:7).

“I shall cling to you whatever happens.” That mindset is crucial for a great marriage. It also describes how we should respond to the Savior.

Whatever happens, won’t YOU cling to Jesus in trusting obedience?

David A. Sargent

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Why I am not a Catholic

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C.A.T.H.O.L.I.C

1) The first letter in our acrostic is “C” and this letter will stand for the word “church.”
2) This church has an earthly head, and it is very powerful group.
i) The wealth of the Catholic Church goes beyond gold and cash; it also has priceless land and art.
ii) The Vatican has its own bank and Vatican City is its own country.
3) This group has enough clout to speak and people from around the world will listen.

ALTERATIONS AND TEACHINGS (LETTERS “A” AND “T” IN OUR ACROSTIC).

1) In the Catholic faith we find infant baptism, original sin, “penance” (punishment to make up for our sins).
2) We find prayers being directed to Mary and appeals to “dead saints,” etc.
i) The word “head” occurs more than 50 times in the New Testament.
ii) Jesus spoke about “anointing” the head in Mt. 6:17.
iii) He also said the hairs on our “head” are numbered (Mt. 10:30).
3) The word “head” (“H” in our acrostic) is also used in more specialized sense.”
4) Hear what Jesus said in Mt. 21:42– READ Lk. 20:17 same sentiment.
5) This statement is no limited to Mt. 21. We also find it Lk. 20:17.
6) Acts 4:11 – READ
7) 1 Cor. 11:3 – the “head of every man is Christ.”
8) Eph. 1:22– READ
9) Eph. 4:15 – READ
10) Eph. 5:23 – READ
11) Col. 1:18; 2:10, 19; 1 Pet. 2:7.

12) The way of Christ is the way of freedom and liberty; other ways are oppressive (the “O” in our acrostic).
a) “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
b) Oppression is also seen with things like purgatory which is a troubling and oppressive belief.

CATHOLICISM IS A “LARGE” GROUP.

1) We need to remember large is not always the best or even the right way to go.
i) The Bible says “many” Sadducees and Pharisees” came to see John the Baptist (Mt. 3:7).
ii) John greeted this large group of religious people as a “brood of vipers.”
iii) The Lord said “many” will enter into eternal destruction (Mt. 7:13, 22).
iv) “Many” are called but “few are chosen” (Mt. 22:14).
v) Not “many” of the influential people in society are inclined to obey the gospel (1 Cor. 1:26).

“ICONS” AND “IMAGES” (THE “I” IN CATHOLIC).

i) In constructing today’s material I wondered if it would be possible to learn the cost of the Pope’s clothing.
ii) http://huff.to/ZwyDRv

2) Imagine wearing clothing, for your “religious work” that costs upwards of $__________ in US currency.
3) Just the cross that hangs around the Pope’s next was estimated to cost $891.00.
4) Lk. 20:46 and compare Mt. 23:5.

5) We must make a CHOICE; what will our choice be?

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