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"THE VEIL IS TORN" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-12-09
"THE VEIL IS TORN" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
Luke 23:45 "And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst."



The veil spoken of here reached from the ceiling to the floor, from wall to wall, and separated the Holy of Holies from the holy place in the temple. Solomon's temple was 30 cubits high (1 Ki. 6:2), but Herod increased the height to 40 cubits according to the writings of Josephus, a first century historian. Therefore, depending on what standard you use to convert cubits to feet (there is uncertainty as to exactly what a cubit equaled in our feet and inches), this veil was somewhere between 60 feet and 90 feet high.

It is significant that this veil was rent from top to bottom (Mt. 27:51; Mk. 15:38). No man could have torn the veil in this fashion. It was definitely God that rent the veil. The time when this veil was rent corresponds exactly with the moment Jesus died.

Hebrews 9:1-9 tells us that the veil separated the Holy of Holies, where God dwelt, from the rest of the temple, where men dwelt. This signified that man was separated from God by sin (Isa. 59:1-2). Only the high priest was permitted to pass beyond this veil, and only once each year (Ex. 30:10; Heb. 9:7). This symbolized the Christ who would enter into God's presence for us and make an atonement.

The moment that Christ died, the veil was torn in two, revealing that the sacrifice had been made and that there is no longer any separation between God and man. Jesus tore the veil, that is to say His flesh (Heb. 10:20), in two and opened up a new way unto God through Himself.

"ARE YOU SURE THERE IS NO GOD?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-12-09
"ARE YOU SURE THERE IS NO GOD?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

OVER THE YEARS I HAVE TRIED TO FIND A WAY TO CONVINCE YOU NON BELIEVERS THAT GOD IS REAL AND THE BIBLE IS HIS HOLY WORD.  AS I WAS PREPARING THIS MESSAGE THIS MORNING IT CAME TO MIND THAT EVERYONE HAS THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.  (ROMANS 1:18-19 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.)  




YOU MIGHT NOT BELIEVE GOD HAS REVEALED HIMSELF TO YOU BUT THAT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER BECAUSE HE HAS, AND, IF YOU WOULD  BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF, YOU WOULD ADMIT IT.  




YOU PROBABLY DON'T BELIEVE THE BIBLE EITHER BUT THAT ALSO DOES NOT MATTER.   THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD AND IT SAYS IN 2ND TIMOTHY 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.  WHY DO YOU THINK IT HAS BEEN THE BEST SELLER OF ALL BOOKS EVER PRINTED.  IF YOU WOULD JUST READ IT YOU WOULD SEE WHAT I MEAN.  HOW CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE PROPHET, ISAIAH, WHO LIVED SOME 600 YEARS BEFORE JESUS WAS EVEN BORN, TELLING OF HIS BIRTH, DEATH AND RESURRECTION? THERE ARE MANY OTHER PROPHESIES CONCERNING JESUS THAT HAVE ALL COME TRUE.



BEFORE I CLOSE, LET ME ASK YOU ONE QUESTION. WHAT IF I AM RIGHT AND THERE IS A GOD AND YOU ARE WRONG.  DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THAT CHANCE?  WHAT WOULD IT HURT TO JUST CONSIDER IT.  IF I AM WRONG AND YOU DIE, YOU GO INTO NOTHINGNESS, BUT IF I AM RIGHT, YOU GO TO HELL. HELL IS A REAL PLACE AND I DON'T WANT YOU TO GO THERE. IN FACT, JESUS DIED SO YOU WOULD NOT HAVE TO.  HE HAS ALREADY DIED FOR YOUR SINS SO SIN IS NOT THE PROBLEM. YOUR NOT BELIEVING AND ACCEPTING HIM AS YOUR SAVIOR IS THE PROBLEM.  SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT AND THE BEST GIFT YOU COULD EVER RECEIVE.  WON'T YOU JUST THINK ABOUT IT?  I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU.



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.


If you missed the Annual Top 25?


By James Banfield, 2018-12-08
If you missed the Annual Top 25?

It will be on again Sun at 3pp to 4:30 and then again the next Fri-Sat-Sun at 3Pm-4:30 also.. join me in the Main chat room when its playing.... James 

"OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVING JESUS" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

IF YOU HAVE NEVER READ THE STORY ABOUT PETER AND CORNELIUS, YOU SHOULD. THIS SHOWS HOW COMMITTED PETER WAS TO JESUS AND HOW JESUS USED HIM.  WE ALL NEED TO BE THIS COMMITTED.




FIRST, YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THAT PETER WAS A JEW AND DID NOT ASSOCIATE WITH ANY OTHER NATIONALITY. IN FACT, IT WAS UNLAWFUL FOR HIM TO DO SO.  SEE WHAT PETER TOLD CORNELIUS AND HIS FAMILY WHEN HE STARTED MINISTERING TO THEM.  (ACTS 10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.)  JESUS SENT PETER TO CORNELIUS' HOUSE TO MINISTER TO HIS FAMILY AND TO SHOW PETER THAT THE GENTILES WERE NOW BEING TAUGHT ABOUT JESUS.

 


IT WAS PAUL THAT WAS FIRST SENT TO THE GENTILES EVEN THOUGH AT FIRST HE PERSECUTED THE BELIEVING JEWS. HE COMPLETELY CHANGED WHEN JESUS APPEARED TO HIM ON THE DAMASCUS ROAD.  THIS NEXT VERSE WILL SHOW THE LOVE BETWEEN PAUL AND THOSE HE MINISTERED TO. THEY WERE CRYING WHEN THEY TOLD HIM NOT TO GO UP TO JERUSALEM.  PAUL LOVED THEM SO MUCH HE SAID THEIR PLEAS WERE BREAKING HIS HEART (ACTS 21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.)


WE ALL SHOULD HAVE PETER'S AND PAUL'S COMMITMENT TO SERVING JESUS, NO MATTER WHAT THE COST.  WILL YOU TRUST HIM TODAY? 


GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"ABRAHAM'S BOSOM" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-12-08
"ABRAHAM'S BOSOM" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
Luke 23:43 "And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise."



The paradise that Jesus spoke of must have been the same place that Jesus called "Abraham's bosom," when He told the story of the rich man and Lazarus. Jesus descended into the lower parts of the earth after His death, and John 20:17 shows that it was some time after His resurrection before Jesus ascended back to His Father. Therefore, this paradise was "Abraham's bosom" located in "sheol" in the lower parts of the earth.

The phrase "led captivity captive" from Ephesians 4:8, refers to Jesus liberating the Old Testament saints. When Old Testament saints died, they went to a place in the center of the earth which is called "sheol" in Hebrew. It is the Hebrew word "sheol" that is translated "hell" in Psalm 16:10, which prophesies Jesus saying, "For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption" (Acts 2:27-30).

The ungodly dead also went to "sheol" but the teaching of Jesus in Luke 16:19-31 shows that there was a great gulf fixed between the two, and those in torment (hell) envied those who were enjoying the blessings of the Lord in the part of "sheol" that was called Abraham's bosom or Paradise.

Even though these Old Testament saints were blessed, they were not able to enter into the presence of the Lord because the atonement of Christ had not been completed. So, in that sense, they were captives. When Jesus died, He descended into "sheol" and took the captives captive. He took them to heaven, into the very presence of God and vacated that part of "sheol." Now, all that's left in "sheol" is hell. In the New Testament, the Greek word that is used to refer to this area is "hades" and it is only applied to the place of torment.

"ACCEPT THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-12-07
"ACCEPT THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
Luke 23:34 "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots."



Forgiveness of sins is one of the great themes of the Bible. There is so much that scripture says about it that it would take volumes of books to adequately deal with the subject. It will suffice to say that the blood of Jesus is what provided us with forgiveness of sins. That sacrifice was so great that it outweighed all our sins. It covered all the sins of the world-past, present, and future.

Most Christians have the concept that the sins they committed before they professed faith in Christ are forgiven at salvation, but any sins that are committed after that time are not forgiven until they repent and ask for forgiveness. This is not the case.

All our sins: past, present, and future were forgiven through the one offering of Jesus. If God can't forgive future sins, then none of us can be saved because Jesus only died once, nearly 2,000 years ago, before we had committed any sins. All our sins have been forgiven.

The forgiveness of our sins is not the ultimate goal of our salvation. It is just a necessary step. The real goal of salvation is relationship with the Father and sin is a barrier to that relationship. So, it had to be dealt with, and it was, through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who stop with the forgiveness of sins and don't go on into eternal life are missing the heart of salvation. Our sins have been forgiven so that we may enter into intimacy with the Lord.

It is through the riches of God's grace that we have received forgiveness for our sins. There is nothing we can do to obtain forgiveness except humble ourselves and receive forgiveness as a gift through faith in Christ.

"JESUS IS THE ONE" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-12-07
"JESUS IS THE ONE" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

DO YOU GET DISCOURAGED ONCE IN A WHILE?  WITH THE WORLD THE WAY IT IS, I AM SURE A LOT OF US DO.  WHEN WE READ ABOUT SOMEONE IN THE BIBLE GETTING DISCOURAGED, IT LETS US KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES THAT HAS A BAD DAY ONCE IN A WHILE.  THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO STAY IN THAT STATE. GOD ALWAYS GIVES US A WAY OUT.


I DON'T BELIEVE ANY OF US HAVE GOTTEN AS DISCOURAGED AS JOHN THE BAPTIST.  LET'S LOOK AT HIM FOR A MINUTE.  HE GOT SO DISCOURAGED WHEN HE WAS IN PRISON THAT HE ACTUALLY SENT SOME OF HIS FOLLOWERS TO JESUS AND HAD THEM TO ASK JESUS IF HE REALLY WAS THE ONE OR SHOULD THEY EXPECT ANOTHER MESSIAH.  BELOW IS THE SCRIPTURE TELLING ALL ABOUT THIS.



LUKE 7:20-22 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’”  At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.  So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor."


JESUS DID NOT TELL THEM THAT HE WAS THE ONE, HE REFERRED JOHN BACK TO THE SCRIPTURE WHERE HE SAYS, IN LUKE 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted , to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised."  


 

JESUS JUST TOLD THEM TO GO BACK AND TELL JOHN WHAT THEY HAD SEEN AND HEARD BECAUSE RIGHT THEN HE WAS FULFILLING THE SCRIPTURE.  THIS WOULD SHOW JOHN THAT JESUS WAS THE ONE.  SO, WHEN YOU GET DISCOURAGED, GET INTO THE BIBLE AND ALL DISCOURAGEMENT WILL FADE AWAY.  JESUS IS THE ONE AND THE ONLY ONE.


GOD BLESS YOU ALL.


"HAVING A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

WHEN WE FIRST ACCEPTED JESUS AS OUR SAVIOR, IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO KNOW EVERYTHING THAT FOLLOWING HIM WOULD TAKE.  NO ONE, HOWEVER, SHOULD BE FEARFUL OF MAKING A TOTAL COMMITMENT BECAUSE OF SOME IMAGINED PROBLEM THAT MAY NEVER COME TO PASS.  IF YOU HAVE ACCEPTED HIM, THEN GOD, ALMIGHTY GOD OUR FATHER, HAS DRAWN YOU TO JESUS.  IT WASN'T YOUR IDEA BUT GOD'S.  THIS SHOULD MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE SHOUTING BECAUSE THIS SHOWS YOU THAT GOD LOVES YOU VERY MUCH.  LOOK WHAT JESUS SAYS IN JOHN 6:44 "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."  YOU ARE SECURE IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS AND BECAUSE OF JESUS YOU CAN NOW GO DIRECTLY TO GOD WITH YOUR PRAYERS, PRAISE AND WORSHIP. THIS IS THE FELLOWSHIP HE WANTS WITH YOU.  




WITH THE ABOVE IN MIND, THERE SHOULD BE A WILLINGNESS TO FORSAKE EVERYTHING TO FOLLOW JESUS.  ONCE WE MAKE THAT DECISION, THEN HE BEGINS TO LIVE THROUGH US AND WE FIND A STRENGTH THAT IS NOT OUR OWN, EQUAL TO WHATEVER TEST WE MAY ENCOUNTER.  I LOVE THIS VERSE IN GALATIANS AND IT IS SOMETHING TO STAND ON. GALATIANS 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 



SO ENJOY YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.  YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR.  LOOK WHAT ROMANS 8:31 SAYS "If God be for us, who can be against us?"   WHEN YOU TRULY RECEIVED JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR YOUR SPIRIT WAS SEALED.  THAT IS WHAT IT SAYS IN EPHESIANS 1:13-14 "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."  



JESUS REALLY LOVES YOU AND WANTS THE BEST FOR YOU.  GET INTO HIS WORD AND LEARN OF HIM.  LEARN OF ALL THE PROMISES.  LIVE A FULL AND RICH LIFE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE IS WITH YOU ALWAYS AND YOU CAN ASK HIM ANYTHING AND YOU CAN TRUST HIS ANSWERS.


GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"WHERE'S YOUR FOCUS" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-12-06
"WHERE'S YOUR FOCUS" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
Matthew 27:4 "Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that."



These Jews, who had courted Judas' favor to obtain his cooperation in arresting Jesus, cared nothing for Judas. They had simply used him. The devil's crowd may flatter as long as they can use you, but you can be assured that when there is no longer anything in it for them, they will forsake you just as the chief priests did Judas.

The serpent didn't come to Eve in the garden threatening to bite her if she didn't eat of the forbidden fruit. Instead, he came with deception, presenting himself as being concerned for her welfare. Satan's greatest weapon is deceit.

Just as a football player, a boxer, or military man's success depends partly on how well he knows his opponent(s), so believers must not be ignorant of Satan's devices. Jesus stripped Satan of all his authority (Mt. 28:18). The power that Satan uses against us now, is deception. Those who ascribe other powers to him have already fallen prey to one of his lies. The devil deceives us and uses our own power and authority against us. The thing that makes deception so deadly is that those who are deceived don't know it. Once they realize they are deceived, they aren't deceived any more.

The best defense against the devil is to be so God-centered that you give no place to Satan. People who are very sensitive to the devil's presence usually are so at the expense of being sensitive to the Lord's presence. David said, "If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there" (Ps. 139:8). Anytime Satan's oppression is present, God's presence is there too (Heb. 13:5). It's just a matter of where our focus is. Focusing on the devil is a trick of the devil. Choose to focus on God.

"JESUS HAS DONE IT ALL FOR US" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-12-05
"JESUS HAS DONE IT ALL FOR US" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

WE ALL KNOW HOW MUCH JESUS LOVES US BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DID FOR US, BUT HE DOES LITTLE THINGS FOR US THAT SOMETIMES WE DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT.   I WAS READING ABOUT JOHN THE BAPTIST AND WHEN HE WAS BEHEADED.  IT MUST HAVE BEEN A BAD TIME FOR HIS DISCIPLES AND THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WHEN THEY HEARD ABOUT IT, THEY CAME AND TOOK HIS CORPSE AND PUT IT IN A TOMB.  WHEN THEY HAD DONE THIS, THE BIBLE SAYS HIS APOSTLES GATHERED THEMSELVES TOGETHER UNTO JESUS AND TOLD HIM ALL THINGS.




WHEN THEY HAD COME TO JESUS, LOOK WHAT JESUS DID.  HE KNEW THEY HAD HAD A BAD TIME BURYING JOHN SO LOOK AT THE LOVE JESUS SHOWED THEM.  MARK 6:31-32 SAYS "And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately."    HE IS ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT US.




WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO LEARN FROM THIS.  WHEN THINGS GET REAL HECTIC, WE NEED TO GET AWAY AND REST FOR A WHILE.  WE CAN'T BE ON EVERY COMMITTEE AT THE CHURCH AND TRY TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING AND EXPECT TO FUNCTION AS GOD WANTS US TO FUNCTION.  WE HAVE TO HAVE TIME FOR HIM.  WE NEED TO RENEW OUR SPIRITS ONCE IN A WHILE.  ALTHOUGH THE DEVIL CAN'T KEEP US FROM GETTING ON FIRE FOR JESUS, HE WILL TRY TO STOP US BY TELLING US THAT WE HAVE TO DO ALL OF THESE THINGS SO WE WILL GET BURNED OUT.  SPEND TIME IN GOD'S WORD AND FEED YOUR SPIRITS. LOOK WHAT IT SAYS IN PSALM 45:10 "Be still, and know that I am God."  REST IN HIM AND HAVE SOME QUIET TIME WITH HIM.  HE DOES TALK TO US IF WE WILL ONLY GET INTO HIS WORD AND LISTEN. 



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



 
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