By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-12-03
DO YOU FEAR DEATH? IF YOU ARE BORN AGAIN YOU SHOULDN'T. DEATH IS HOW GOD GETS YOU DRESSED FOR HEAVEN. WE CAN'T GO IN THESE CORRUPTED BODIES SO GOD GIVES US NEW ONES.
WHEN WE CLOSE OUR EYES FOR THE LAST TIME HERE ON EARTH, WE WILL OPEN OUR NEW ONES IN HEAVEN. ARE YOU PACKED AND READY TO GO. THE BIBLE SAYS IN:
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-12-03
One In Spirit
Matthew 27:18 'For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.'
Many problems arise from envy. James said, 'For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work' (Jas. 3:16). Envy and strife go hand in hand and open the door to the devil to do anything he desires, in our life. Some people would never give place to the devil through confessing the wrong things, yet through envy, they give the enemy freedom to do his worst. God's kind of love is not envious or jealous because it doesn't seek it's own, but seeks the welfare of others. Envy is an indication of self-centeredness.
The Apostle Paul had some opponents who were just like many people who sow strife today. They are against everything and critical of the way those in authority handle things. They make big statements about what they would do if they were in authority, but it's all talk. They haven't proven themselves successful in managing even the smallest things, yet they want to be put in charge of big things, just based on their talk. This is not the system of advancement that Jesus advocates (Mt. 25:21; Lk. 16:11-12; 19:17).
The Lord has united every born-again Christian by baptizing us all into the body of Christ. This is already a reality. Like it or not, want it or not, every Christian is completely one in spirit with every other Christian.
Failure to function as one, in our relationships with other believers means someone is not flowing in the Spirit. Our flesh is the part of us that gets in strife with other believers. As we operate in the Spirit more and more, we will come more and more into unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-12-02
Religious Pride Brings Dissension
Mark 15:10 'For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.'
The Jews were God's chosen people and therefore, God's representatives on earth. Yet, they lied and condemned an innocent man to death. Pilate could see that their real motivation for wanting Jesus dead was envy. They were doing all their religious works to be seen of men, and were upset that Jesus was getting more recognition than they were. If these Jews would have thought about what type of witness they were giving, even they would have known that their actions were not inspired by God.
We should remember that we are God's witnesses on earth, or as Paul said, 'We are epistles... known and read of all men' (2 Cor. 3:2). Judging our actions in the light of, 'What kind of witness will this give to others?' will help us discern whether or not we are being led of God.
The chief priests had deceived themselves and other religious people into believing that they were condemning Jesus for godly reasons, but even an ungodly ruler like Pilate could see through their lies. Religious bondage blinds people to the truth even more than sin does.
These rulers wanted to retain their power and authority, so they fought against the power and authority of Jesus. This is still the same today. Men use doctrinal issues to disguise the real issue. The truth is that, 'Only by pride cometh contention' (Prov. 13:10). People who love to have the preeminence (3 Jn. 9) are usually the instigators of persecution.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-12-02
I WROTE ABOUT THIS SOME TIME BACK BUT SOME PEOPLE DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT I WAS SAYING BECAUSE EVIDENTLY THE BIBLE THEY WERE USING DIDN'T PUT WORDS IN ITALICS OR USE PARENTHESES . I PRIMARILY USE THE KING JAMES VERSION THAT DOES THIS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD TRY TO EXPLAIN IT BETTER. I HOPE THIS HELPS BECAUSE, I BELIEVE, IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED WORDS THAT ARE IN ITALICS OR PARENTHESES IN YOUR BIBLE? THESE WORDS ARE NOT IN THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS BUT ARE PUT IN BY THE TRANSLATORS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE SENTENCE SOUND RIGHT AND HELP US TO UNDERSTAND IT BETTER..
THIS IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW FOR TWO REASONS. SOMETIMES IT CHANGES THE MEANING OF THE VERSE COMPLETELY. FOR INSTANCE, IN JOHN 12:32, JESUS SAYS "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all (men) unto me." THE WORD "MEN" IS IN PARENTHESES MEANING IT WAS NOT IN THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS. I BELIEVE, AND THIS IS JUST WHAT I THINK, THAT WHAT JESUS WAS DRAWING UNTO HIMSELF WAS ALL "SIN", WHICH HE DID BY TAKING ALL THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD ON HIMSELF. (1ST PETER 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.) IF YOU LOOK IN THE VERSE BEFORE, JOHN 12:31, IT SAYS "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out." JESUS IS TALKING ABOUT THE JUDGEMENT AND SIN IS WHAT WAS BEING JUDGED. ALL MEN ARE NOT DRAWN UNTO HIM AND I WISH THEY WERE AS IT WOULD MAKE GETTING EVERYONE BORN AGAIN SO MUCH EASIER. AGAIN, THIS IS JUST WHAT I BELIEVE.
SO, WHEN YOU SEE A WORD OR PHRASE IN ITALICS OR PARENTHESES IN THE BIBLE, READ IT WITHOUT THE WORD OR PHRASE AND SEE IF THAT IS REALLY WHAT IT MEANS. I JUST THOUGHT THIS WAS INTERESTING AND THOUGHT YOU ALL MIGHT ALSO. DON'T JUST READ THE BIBLE, STUDY IT. IT HAS SO MUCH TO TELL US.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-12-01
WHO IS SAVED? BEING AS GOOD AS YOU CAN BE AND GOING TO CHURCH EVERY TIME THE DOORS ARE OPEN WILL NOT DO IT. JUST BECAUSE YOUR PARENTS WERE CHRISTIANS AND EVEN MADE YOU GO TO SUNDAY SCHOOL EVERY SUNDAY WILL NOT DO IT. YOU CAN ONLY BE SAVED IF YOU ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-12-01
Pilate Violates The Truth
Matthew 27:17 'Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, 'Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ''?
Although Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent, he looked for some diplomatic way to release Jesus that would not cause him to lose popularity with the Jewish leaders. This is why he sent Jesus to Herod. He hoped that Herod would pass judgment on Jesus and save him the trouble.
When that scheme failed, Pilate drew on an old custom of releasing a prisoner to the people at the feast. He gave them a choice between Jesus, who he knew was innocent, and Barabbas, who was a murderer. Pilate thought that the crowd would certainly choose Jesus. However, through the insistence of the chief priests and scribes, the people chose Barabbas to be released.
Pilate was now out of ideas as to how to let Jesus go, and still save face with the Jews, so he condemned Jesus to death. Pilate violated what he knew to be true in his heart because of a fear of men (Prov. 29:25) and what he thought they might do to him. Without the chief priests' cooperation, he ran the risk of unrest among the Jews, and possible punishment by Caesar for failing to govern well.
As it turned out, Pilate was deposed anyway, just a few years later by Tiberius Caesar, and died in exile in Gaul in A.D. 41. At the most, Pilate gained a five-year extension of his troubled rule, and damned his soul in the process. What a person compromises to keep, he'll lose. Sin is never worth the price.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-11-30
Base Your Relationships On God
Matthew 24:12 'And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.'
The only reason that an abundance of iniquity would make anyone's love for the Lord wax cold, is if he were not separated from that iniquity. As with Lot, a righteous man can vex his soul from day to day by hearing and seeing the unlawful deeds of the ungodly (2 Pet. 2:8).
We have to deal with the world's system and those in it, but we need to be careful and maintain proper balance. We should shun relationships with those who influence us negatively more than we influence them positively.
Marriage is one area where this principle is especially true. There is no closer union in life than the marriage relationship. A believer who marries an unbeliever is directly violating this scripture and is toying with disaster. The Lord should be the most important person in our life. How could we possibly become 'one' with a person who doesn't love our Lord?
It is folly to think that after marriage an unbelieving spouse will accept the Lord. Although that does happen, it cannot be guaranteed. In fact, statistics are overwhelmingly against this happening. Regardless of that possibility, a believer who marries an unbeliever is directly violating God's instructions here. It is not a good start to any marriage to spurn God's Word.
Being unequally yoked with unbelievers just doesn't work. Believers and unbelievers are as different as righteousness and unrighteousness, light and dark, Christ and the devil. One has faith and the other has none. One is the temple of God and the other an idol. Any Christian who doesn't see this conflict is deceived.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-11-30
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT BELIEVE THAT SINCE THE WORD "TRINITY" IS NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE, THAT THEY DON'T BELIEVE IN A TRIUNE GOD. I SINCERELY BELIEVE THAT THESE PEOPLE DON'T CARE THE FIRST THING ABOUT GOD BUT JUST LOVE TO ARGUE WITH ANYONE ABOUT THE BIBLE. THEY HAVE READ IT AND EVEN STUDIED IT, NOT TO LEARN OF GOD, BUT TO BE ABLE TO ARGUE WELL. WE JUST HAVE TO PRAY FOR THESE PEOPLE BECAUSE SATAN HAS DECEIVED THEM AND IS USING THEM.
By Patricia Skinner, 2019-11-29
Hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving-. It is supposed to be a time of love and gratitude-hospitality-a time of sharing with family and friends. Unfortunately it isn't always a time of celebration. For some it comes at time of loneliness - people who no longer have loved ones close for any number of reasons. Or when the family is dysfunctional such in the case of divorce - addictions - misunderstandings. Steve and I experienced this first hand this year - seeing some of our family members torn apart and rifts within the family. We chose to spend it alone without all the drama. But thanks to our Pastor our thanksgiving day was redeemed when he asked us to take a meal to an elderly person living alone. It made our day to visit with this person-stepping outside of our comfort zone and giving of ourselves to someone else. We were THANK(S)ful that we could do our part by GIVING to someone else. It isn't about us and what we get or don't get. It is about what we can give to others in the way of LOVE.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-11-29
I KNOW THERE ARE THINGS WE HAVE TO DO, AND NOT DO, TO HAVE OUR PRAYERS ANSWERED. WE CAN'T ASK ANYTHING THAT IS AGAINST GOD'S WILL, WE HAVE TO ASK IN THE NAME OF JESUS, WE HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT WHEN WE PRAY, WE HAVE RECEIVED IT AND WE MUST HAVE FORGIVENESS IN OUR HEARTS. I SAY ALL THIS BECAUSE OF THESE VERSES.
JOHN 14:13-14 If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
JOHN 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
JOHN 16:23-24 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
JOHN 16:26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you
MARK 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
MARK 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
WE HAVE TO REMEMBER ALL THESE THINGS WHEN WE PRAY. JESUS ALSO WANTS US TO LEARN ABOUT HIM. I FEEL THAT IF WE LEARN ABOUT HIM, THEN WE WILL HAVE FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT ALL HE SAYS, HE WILL DO. HE SAYS IN MATTHEW 11:29 "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
NOW THAT WE KNOW WHAT WE MUST DO WHEN WE PRAY, LET'S LOOK AT WHAT JESUS ALSO SAYS ABOUT ASKING. IT IS FOUND IN MATTHEW 7:7 WHERE JESUS SAYS, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." HE DOESN'T SAY ASK AND IT MIGHT BE GIVEN YOU OR SEEK AND YOU MIGHT FIND OR KNOCK AND IT MIGHT BE OPENED. HE IS SAYING HE ANSWERS ALL PRAYERS. GOD IS A SPIRIT AND HE ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS IN THE SPIRIT AND WE HAVE TO USE OUR FAITH TO BRING OUR ANSWERS INTO MANIFESTATION IN OUR NATURAL LIVES. IS YOUR FAITH STRONG ENOUGH TO DO THAT? IF NOT, DON'T WORRY, THAT CAN BE FIXED. THE BIBLE SAYS IN ROMANS 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
GET INTO GOD'S WORD TODAY AND START STUDYING AND BUILD YOUR FAITH. GOD HAS GIVEN US ALL "THE" MEASURE OF FAITH AND IT IS UP TO US TO STAY IN HIS WORD AND KEEP IT STRONG. JUST REMEMBER THAT IF WE HAVE STRONG FAITH AND BELIEVE IN GOD'S WORD, THERE IS NOTHING WE CANNOT DO. WE CAN HEAL THE SICK, INCLUDING OURSELVES, AND EVEN RAISE THE DEAD. WE REALLY ARE POWERFUL IN JESUS. I LOVE WHAT HE SAID IN JOHN 14:12 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." DO YOU REALIZE WHAT HE IS SAYING? CAN YOU HEAL THE SICK AND RAISE THE DEAD? THE ANSWER IS YES AND YOU CAN DO EVEN GREATER THAN THESE MIRACLES. THE REAL QUESTION IS, DO YOU BELIEVE JESUS? HE SAYS YOU CAN.