DAVID A. MCMILLEN

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I AM AN 80 YEAR OLD MALE, BORN AGAIN, CHRISTIAN WITH A LOVE FOR JESUS. I DO NOT GET OUT MUCH ANYMORE BUT FIND THAT TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT THE LOVE JESUS HAS FOR THEM IS NOT ONLY WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BUT SOMETHING THAT THE WORLD NEEDS.

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"KNOWING JESUS THROUGH HIS WORD" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-09-20

KNOWING JESUS THROUGH HIS WORD


DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE WHOLE BIBLE IS TRUE?  A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T, EVEN SOME CHRISTIANS.  I OFTEN WONDERED HOW THEY COULD PICK AND CHOOSE WHAT THEY WANT TO BELIEVE AND THINK THEY ARE SAVED.  I ONLY SAY THIS BECAUSE OF WHAT PAUL SAYS TO TIMOTHY IN 2ND TIMOTHY 3:16-17 WHERE HE SAYS "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."  THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH ME TRYING TO TEACH A MESSAGE LIKE THIS ONE IS THAT THEY CAN CHOOSE NOT TO BELIEVE THESE TWO VERSES. THERE IS NOT A LOT ANYONE CAN DO BUT TO PRAY FOR THEM.  IF ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED BY GOD HIMSELF, HOW CAN ANYONE NOT BELIEVE IN IT?




THE PROBLEM I HAVE WITH THESE PEOPLE IS THAT THEY WANT TO ARGUE ABOUT THE SCRIPTURES.  THEY HAVE LEARNED JUST ENOUGH TO MAKE PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE REALLY RELIGIOUS.  IF THEY ONLY KNEW.  IT IS GOOD TO KNOW THE SCRIPTURES AND DISCUSS THEM BUT DON'T ARGUE ABOUT THEM.  JUST AGREE TO DISAGREE AND LET THAT BE IT.  

 

IF THERE ARE NEW CHRISTIANS AROUND WHEN THIS IS GOING ON, IT ONLY CONFUSES THEM AND COULD MAKE THEM TURN AWAY FROM THE WORD.  LOOK WHAT JESUS SAYS ABOUT HIS LITTLE ONES, AND NEW CHRISTIANS ARE LITTLE ONES IN THE WORD, IN MATTHEW 18:2-6 "And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."  WOULD YOU WANT TO BE ONE OF THESE WHO OFFEND ONE OF HIS CHILDREN?  I THINK NOT!!!!!!



STUDY THE WORD AND REALLY GET TO KNOW IT SO YOU CAN MINISTER TO THOSE WHO REALLY NEED IT.  BELIEVE IN GOD'S WORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART.  ALWAYS SEEK HIM FIRST AND CONTINUALLY THANK HIM FOR ALL YOUR BLESSINGS.  ALSO THANK HIM FOR THINGS HE IS DOING THAT WE DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT.  HE LOVE US AND WANTS THE BEST FOR US AND THE SOONER WE CAN GET THIS THROUGH OUR HEADS, THE BETTER OFF WE WILL BE.  HE REALLY DOES LOVE US. 



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.




"THE TWO GREATEST COMMANDS" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-09-20


The Two Greatest Commands




Matthew 22:36 'Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.'



MATTHEW 22:34-46



Jesus revealed that all of the Old Testament laws were designed to instruct us how to love God and love others. Therefore, the two commands that dealt directly with loving God and others (Lev. 19:18 and Dt. 6:5) were the most important.

The religious leaders had become so obsessed with keeping every minor detail of the law that they had lost sight of its ultimate purpose. They neither loved God nor their fellow man, yet they thought they were keeping the law.

The same thing is happening today. Some of the cruelest acts of men towards their fellow men have been done in the name of the Lord by people who thought they were defending God's holy commandments. However, if we violate one of the two greatest commandments in an effort to enforce some other commandment, then we are misapplying God's Word just as these religious Jews did.

The Old Testament law and the New Testament concept of grace compels men to the same end, that is to love God and their fellowmen. However, the motivations to this end are different. The Old Testament law motivated men to love God and their fellowman through fear of punishment if they failed to comply. The New Testament concept of grace freely gives men a God-kind of love that is unconditional and tells them to love others as they are loved.

It is possible to display actions of holiness, but not love God. It is impossible for God's kind of love not to produce holiness. Holiness is a fruit and not a root of loving God.



"YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE STRESSED" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-09-19

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE STRESSED


HAVE YOU EVER BEEN REALLY STRESSED?  I KNOW YOU HAVE, BUT HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT HOW STRESSED JESUS' DISCIPLES MUST HAVE BEEN? THEY WATCH JESUS BEING ARRESTED, BEATEN AND CRUCIFIED.  ALL OF THEIR HOPES AND DREAMS WERE ROOTED IN HIM AND THEN HE WAS DEAD AND SEEMINGLY DEFEATED.  NOW DO YOU THINK THEY WERE STRESSED?




THE CONFUSION, HURT AND PAIN FROM THAT ALONE WAS PROBABLY UNBEARABLE BUT THEN CAME REMEMBERING ALL THAT HAD HAPPENED.  I AM SURE THEY WERE THINKING, "WE HAVE MADE SUCH SACRIFICES, LEAVING OUR FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES AND RISKING IT ALL ON THE BELIEF THAT JESUS WAS THE MESSIAH.  MIGHT IT ALL HAVE BEEN IN VAIN?" "HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE THEY COME AND GET US?"  YES, I THINK THEY WERE VERY STRESSED.  DO YOU THINK THIS COMPARES TO YOUR STRESS?  I DON'T THINK SO.




WHY ALL THE STRESS?  I THINK IT WAS BECAUSE THAT EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE WITH JESUS SOME THREE YEARS, THEY HADN'T REALLY LISTENED TO HIM.  LOOK WHAT HE TOLD THEM THE NIGHT BEFORE HIS CRUCIFIXION.  (LUKE 18:31-34 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.)  DON'T YOU THINK THAT THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN AT THE TOMB ON THAT THIRD DAY IF THEY HAD UNDERSTOOD  THIS. AFTER ALL THIS, HE ALSO TOLD THEM IN JOHN 14:1 "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."  HE KNEW WHAT THEY WOULD THINK AND HOW THEY WOULD ACT AND HE WAS TRYING TO COMFORT THEM.




WHEN CRISIS COMES, AND IT WILL, DO WHAT JESUS SAYS TO DO.  DON'T DWELL ON THE BAD BUT LOOK TOWARD JESUS.  HE IS YOUR ANSWER. HE HAS NOT BROUGHT YOU THIS FAR TO DROP YOU NOW.  HE CAN TURN ANYTHING BAD INTO SOMETHING GOOD.  IT IS BETTER IF WE TALK TO HIM FIRST ABOUT WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO AND ASK HIM WHAT HE WANTS US TO DO. HOWEVER, EVEN IF SOMETIMES WE DON'T, I AM SURE HE WILL STILL TURN THINGS AROUND FOR US IF WE JUST LET HIM AND TRUST HIM.  HE LOVES US MORE THAN WE CAN EVER IMAGINE AND HE CAN TAKE ALL OUR STRESS AWAY.  I WILL PUT THIS HERE AGAIN AND DWELL ON IT AND BELIEVE.  "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."  THAT IS ALL HE WANTS US TO DO IS TO BELIEVE IN HIM.



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.




"MARRIAGE IS FOR THIS LIFE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-09-19


Marriage Is For This Life




Luke 20:33-34 'Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife. And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:'



LUKE 20:27-40



It is very doubtful that the situation that the Sadducees were relating ever took place. It is more probable that they were stating a hypothetical case to complicate the understanding of the resurrection and thereby discredit it.

If you accept their basic supposition (marriage continues in heaven), then their reasoning was correct. It would not be possible to administer marriage in heaven with multiple mates as their story described. Their reasoning wasn't flawed, but rather the 'facts' that their reasoning was based on were not scriptural.

The scriptures speak of two becoming 'one flesh' in marriage, and angels are not flesh. Paul said, 'Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God' (1 Cor. 15:50). Therefore, marriage is an earthly institution limited to flesh and blood mortals and will not exist in heaven. Marriage, as is death, is temporary for mortals while they are on earth. This is why a person whose mate has died, is free to remarry. Marriage pertains only to this life.

That is not to say that a couple who have loved each other deeply here on earth will love each other less in heaven. God forbid. They will love each other infinitely more, but it will be God's 'agape' love (not romantic love) and it will not be limited to just one person. We can be sure that heaven will surpass any expectations that we may have so that no one will be disappointed.

Today, many people use logical reasoning to try to discredit God's Word. But Jesus said, 'They err because they do not know the scriptures.' Therefore, their arguments have no merit; only reasoning based on scripture has any merit.




WE MUST KNOW GOD'S WORD TO BE EFFECTIVE



DO YOU REMEMBER THE STORY IN LUKE 5 ABOUT JESUS TELLING PETER TO GO OUT INTO THE DEEP WATER AND DROP HIS NETS?  JESUS HAD SEEN THE TWO SHIPS STANDING BY LAKE GENNESARET AND THE FISHERMEN WERE OUT OF THE SHIPS WASHING THEIR NETS. JESUS ENTERED PETER'S SHIP AND ASK HIM TO TAKE IT OUT A LITTLE FROM THE BANK SO HE COULD TEACH THE MULTITUDE.  WHEN HE HAD FINISHED TEACHING IS WHEN HE TOLD PETER TO GO INTO THE DEEP WATER AND DROP HIS NETS.  PETER COMPLAINED THAT THEY HAD BEEN OUT ALL NIGHT AND HADN'T CAUGHT ANYTHING. HOWEVER, PETER WAS OBEDIENT AND DID WHAT JESUS SAID.  HE CAUGHT SO MANY FISH THAT THEIR NETS BROKE AND THEY HAD TO CALL THE OTHER SHIP TO COME AND HELP. THEY FILLED BOTH SHIPS SO MUCH THAT THEY STARTED TO SINK.




JESUS HAD SAID BEFORE THAT HE DIDN'T WANT PEOPLE SPREADING HIS GOSPEL JUST BECAUSE THEY SAW THE MIRACLES HE HAD PREFORMED. THIS IS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE INSTANCES BUT IT IS A LOT DIFFERENT THIS TIME. THE DISCIPLES WERE GOING TO LEARN FROM JESUS DIRECTLY.  LOOK WHAT IT SAYS IN LUKE 5:9-11 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.  AFTER SEEING THIS MIRACLE, THE DISCIPLES WERE EVIDENTLY SO IMPRESSED WITH JESUS THAT THEY JUST DROPPED EVERYTHING AND WENT WITH HIM. THEY WANTED TO LEARN MORE OF THIS MAN AND THIS IS WHAT JESUS WANTS OF US,  TO LEARN MORE OF HIM.  HE TELLS US THIS IN MATTHEW 11:29 WHEN HE SAYS "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."



WE NEED TO BE LIKE THESE DISCIPLES AND NOT LIKE THE MULTITUDE IN JERUSALEM THAT WANTED TO SPREAD THE NEWS OF JESUS JUST BECAUSE THEY SAW A MIRACLE.  WE HAVE TO GET INTO HIS WORD AND LEARN ALL WE CAN SO WE CAN KNOW WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. GOD FORBID THAT WE EVER LEAD SOMEONE ASTRAY BECAUSE WE WERE NOT PREPARED. WOULD YOU WANT THIS TO BE ON YOUR CONSCIENCE?  I AM SURE YOU WOULDN'T SO STUDY GOD'S WORD AND GET PREPARED.  FROM THE WAY THIS OLD WORLD IS GOING TODAY, WE ALL ARE GOING TO NEED IT.



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.




"HEAVEN" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-09-18


Heaven




Mark 12:25 'For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.'




The word heaven comes from the Greek word meaning 'the sky; heaven as the abode of God'; by implication, 'happiness; power; an eternity.'

Paul mentioned being caught up into 'the third heaven' in 2 Corinthians 12:2. Since 'the third heaven' exists, there must also be a first and second heaven. The first is probably the atmospheric heaven, the second, the abode of supernatural angelic beings, and the third, the place where God dwells.

God now dwells in the hearts of His people, but He also sits on His throne in heaven. The Lord's commitment to dwell in us and never leave us or forsake us, must be taken as an indication of His great love for us. Heaven has a real temple which is patterned after the Old Testament tabernacle. Saints who die go immediately into heaven and into the presence of God.

Paul had a vision of heaven that made him long to go there. Most people cling to this physical life for selfish reasons. Only when we lose our life (die to self and live for Christ and others) do we truly find out what life is all about. If we seriously thought about what the scriptures teach us about our life with Christ after this physical life, we would all think like Paul. The things prepared for us are so wonderful that we can't totally comprehend them with our finite mind. We need to value our eternal life more and our temporal life less. This would solve many problems and remove a lot of grief.





LOST REVERENCE FOR GOD AND THE BIBLE




DO YOU FEEL STRANGE BEING CALLED GOD'S CHILD?  DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE JOINT HEIRS WITH JESUS?  THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT WE ARE BOTH OF THESE.  LET'S JUST READ WHAT IT SAYS IN ROMANS 8:14-17 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."  THE WORD "ABBA" WAS A WORD USED BY THE ROMANS MEANING "FATHER" BUT WE COULD USE IT AS "DADDY".  I KNOW GOD IS MY HEAVENLY FATHER BUT I FIND IT HARD TO CALL HIM DADDY.  IT JUST SOUNDS SO ORDINARY OR COMMONPLACE FOR OUR GREAT HOLY GOD.




I BELIEVE WE HAVE LOST A LOT OF REVERENCE FOR GOD AND THE BIBLE.  WHEN THE SCRIBES WERE WRITING THE TORAH, WHICH IS THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE, ALSO CALLED THE  FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES, THERE WERE A LOT OF THINGS THEY COULD AND COULDN'T DO.  BEFORE BEGINNING A NEW SCROLL, THEY WOULD HAVE TO RECITE A FORMULA DECLARING THEIR INTENT TO WRITE THE SCROLL FOR A HOLY PURPOSE.  TO MAKE SURE THEIR TOOLS WERE FIT FOR THE TASK, THEY WOULD TEST THE QUILL AND INK BY WRITING THE WORD "AMALLEK" ON A PIECE OF PARCHMENT.  THEY WOULD THEN HAVE TO CROSS IT OUT WITH A NUMBER OF STROKES IN ORDER TO FULFILL THE COMMANDMENT OF BLOTTING OUT THE NAME OF AMALEK, A BIBLICAL ENEMY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.  THEY COULDN'T WRITE THE SCROLL FROM MEMORY EITHER BUT WOULD HAVE TO REFER TO THE TIKKUN, A CORRECTION GUIDE.  WHENEVER THEY WOULD WRITE THE NAME OF GOD, THEY WOULD FOCUS ON THE TASK BY DECLARING, OUT LOUD, THEIR INTENTIONS TO HONOR GOD BY WRITING HIS HOLY NAME.  NOW DON'T YOU THINK WE HAVE GOTTEN A LITTLE LAX?



WHAT UPSETS ME IS THE FACT THAT ALL THE WORK THAT WENT INTO GIVING US GOD'S WORD, AND ALL THE HARDSHIPS THE TRANSLATORS WENT THROUGH, A LOT OF CHRISTIANS DON'T EVEN READ IT.  WHAT IF YOU HAD TO HIDE TO READ YOUR BIBLE SO YOU WOULDN'T BE JAILED OR EVEN KILLED.  THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THIS WORLD RIGHT NOW.  CHERISH YOUR BIBLE.  IT IS THE WORD OF OUR LIVING GOD AND A GUIDE FOR OUR LIVES.  IF MOST OF THE CHRISTIANS WOULD TREAT IT LIKE THEIR CELL PHONES, I BELIEVE WE COULD TURN THIS COUNTRY AROUND IN NO TIME.  GOD IS CALLING, ARE YOU GOING TO ANSWER?


IF WE ARE TRULY GOD'S CHILDREN AND JOINT HEIRS WITH JESUS, THEN WE SHOULD START ACTING LIKE IT.  I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE PROFESSING TO BE CHRISTIANS AND IF I WAS A NON BELIEVER, I CERTAINLY WOULD NOT WANT TO HAVE WHATEVER THEY HAVE . THIS GOES BACK TO WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE OTHER DAY, 1ST THESSALONIANS 5:22 "Abstain from all appearance of evil."  YOU NEVER KNOW WHO MIGHT BE WATCHING.



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.




"THE RESURRECTION POWER" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-09-17


The Resurrection Power




Matthew 22:23 'The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,'




The Greek word used here for resurrection means 'a standing or rising up.' The resurrection is a major theme of New Testament teaching. Out of the 13 sermons in the book of Acts, 11 stress or simply mention the resurrection.

Man consists of three parts - a spirit, a soul, and a body (1 Th. 5:23). The body is mortal while the spirit and soul are immortal. At death, man's body goes through the decomposition process and returns to its original elements.

At the resurrection, man's departed soul and spirit are called forth from either heaven or hell. The material elements of the body are raised up, reassembled, and united with the spirit and soul. Thus we have the complete personality of the individual reconstituted. Everyone will be resurrected - some to life, and some to damnation.

The hope of the believer is the resurrection unto life. The natural, earthly, terrestrial, corrupt, weak, mortal, vile body is said to be raised, changed and fashioned into a spiritual, heavenly, celestial, incorrupt, glorious, powerful, and immortal body. This is the completion of everything that has been purchased for us in Christ.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:12-17 that if there is no resurrection, then our faith is vain and we are yet in our sins. It is the resurrected life of Jesus that brings spiritual life into us and the resurrection of the body that brings physical regeneration, reconstituting us into the very image of God. The transformation from this physical condition to our glorified bodies will be a huge difference, but the power of God can accomplish it easily. If the Lord can work that miracle, then surely, He can heal our bodies and free us from other bondages.



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