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Receive the Kingdom (Children of God)
I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive
the kingdom of God as a little child,
he shall not enter therein.” (Mark 10:15)
we go into the long winter months following the Festival of
Tabernacles, it is prudent that we take stock of the state of our
spiritual endurance. It is apparent that the Church is not as
prepared as it should be to meet Jesus Christ at His return. This
unsavory circumstance must be addressed by the overall Church of God,
which does not recognize its lapsed state. It is extremely dangerous
that, as a people, the Church is self-satisfied with its Laodicean
spiritual condition. We must make every effort to grow stronger in
Godly character as the end approaches.
that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Mark
need to ask ourselves what Jesus Christ meant by ‘endure’.
It speaks to our ability to undergo spiritual persecution and
hardships, while having the fortitude to persevere till Christ’s
coming. We see this reflected in Matthew 10:22:
shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to
the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 10:22)
and over, Jesus demonstrated that there is a selective qualifying
process that the brethren must meet the requirements of in order to
be in God’s Kingdom. Even the brethren in God’s Church must make
the cut between the good and the bad.
Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and
gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore,
and sat down, and gathered the good
into vessels, but cast the bad
away.” (Matthew 13:47-48)
Satan convinced way too many members that, since they are in the
Church, they have got it made? Brethren, we do not have it made -
that is not the case at all! We are being judged right now on how we
are living our Christianity (1 Peter 4:17).
we striving with all our might to attain to the Kingdom? Jesus
likened the Kingdom of heaven, to a treasure, or a pearl of great
price. He advises us to let nothing stand between us and that
Kingdom of Heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field which, when a
man hath found, he hides, and for joy thereof goes and sells all that
he has, and buys that field.” (Matthew 13:44)
Jesus gives us examples to warn us of the dire consequences that
await us if we fail to measure up to His high standards. It is not
enough to meet with friends on the Sabbath or go to the Feast of
Tabernacles every year. There is so much more to being a true
the warnings that Jesus presents to us in His renditions of the Wheat
and Tares; the Sheep and Goats; the parable of the Talents; the
Children of the Kingdom; and the Wise and Foolish Virgins.
on therefore, as the elect [chosen] of God, holy and beloved, bowels
of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a
quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And
above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of
perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which
also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”
must remain faithful until the end. It is not enough to stand in the
Truth for a while, and then let down. “Wherefore let him that
thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12)
us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after
the same example of unbelief.” (Hebrews 4:11)
how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy,
who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood
of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and
hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:29)
we do not wish to wait until the tribulation to wake up! Let us be
thankful for the tremendous and unique gift that has been set before
us. Let us remain faithful and endure until the coming of our Lord.
Appointed Times (New Horizons)
appointed times [Heb. mo’edim] are generally considered to be a
burdensome yoke placed on ancient Israel to keep them subservient to
their God. How wrong!
Take, for instance, that so ‘Jewish’
observance, the weekly seventh-day Sabbath. The origin of this
‘appointed time’ long predates the founding of the nation of Israel (of
which the Jews were but a part). It coincides with human beginnings and
was bestowed on mankind as a blessing, keeping us in mind of the one and
only God’s awesome power in the creation of the universe and thus our
dependence on Him to supply every need (Mark 2:27). Sever the
relationship with the one true God and all goes haywire!
festivals were commonplace in the ancient world, celebrating the
harvests, and as such they were tied to the observance of the stars and
planets. In describing the act of creation, ‘God said, Let there be
lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night;
and let them be for signs, and for seasons [Heb mo’ed, an appointed
time], and for days, and years’ (Genesis 1:14).
Before Moses God’s
faithful ‘walked’ with Him, willingly and freely choosing to worship Him
as He prescribed, and to follow His guidance - the ‘Law of Life’.
Joseph serves as an example, choosing under temptation not to ‘sin
against God’ (Genesis 39:1-9). When God chose to establish Israel as His
model nation (c.1500BC) these ‘Laws’ became the foundation of their
national Constitution (Exodus 20) and, as with any nation, penalties
were imposed for transgressions of the law.
Note Isaiah’s prediction
for the conditions at the end of man’s rule: ‘the earth is profaned
under those living in it, because they transgress laws and violate a
statute, and break the everlasting covenant [Genesis 9:17 - for ‘all
flesh’]. On account of this a curse has devoured the land; and they who
live in it are held guilty’ (Isaiah 24:5-6).
There is an
unrecognized but unbreakable link between recognition of the Creator
through His revealed form of weekly and annual worship - and our
personal and national stability.
Celebration (Morning Companion)
document from Lentulus, a supposed first century Roman official,
purports to describe Jesus. In part it reads, “He rebukes with majesty,
councils with mildness, His whole address whether in word or deed, being
eloquent and grave. No man has seen him laugh.” There is one small
problem with the letter: It’s a fraud. There was no Lentulus, and the
Jesus of the Bible bears no resemblance to the forlorn image that this
Take the concept of rejoicing. Jesus’s parables
depict it time and again. The woman who finds a lost coin calls a party
and celebrates. The shepherd finds a lost sheep, and he calls together
his friends and neighbors to rejoice with him. He spoke parables about
wedding feasts, and once when he attended a real, live wedding feast, he
turned water into wine so that the party would continue. These parables
and examples don’t come from the temperament of a man who walks around
in perpetual gloom.
On the heels of the parable of the lost sheep and
the lost coin, Jesus illustrates a celebration through the parable of
the Prodigal Son. After his repentance and return home, the father
declared: “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on
his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it.
Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is
alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to celebrate.
(Luke 15:22-24 NIV)
Here we see Godly ways to celebrate. First, bring
out your best clothes and adornments. Splurge for the occasion. Call
together your friends, for good things should be shared with others.
“Kill the fattened calf” and enjoy the good things in life. Verse 25
says there were music and dancing - and surely laughter. There is
nothing unbiblical with celebrating the joys of life. Ecclesiastes says
to “rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in
the days of your youth.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9)
God even gave special
days of rejoicing, where people were to celebrate in a manner similar to
that found in the parable of the Prodigal Son. Of one such time of year
we read: “Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days, after you
have gathered the produce of your threshing floor and your winepress. Be
joyful at your Feast - you, your sons and daughters, your menservants
and maidservants, and the Levites, the aliens, the fatherless and the
widows who live in your towns. For seven days celebrate the Feast to the
Lord your God at the place the Lord will choose. For the Lord your God
will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands,
and your joy will be complete.” (Deut.16:13-15 NIV)
Imagine seven days of celebration! For everybody! Our world could use a time like that.
Practicing Pure Religion (Sabbath Meditations)
to James 1:27, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father
is this: to...mumble, mumble, mumble...keep oneself unspotted from the
Striving to stay unspotted from world. Being zealous to
overcome sin. Yes, got that one down! Rejecting worldly teaching and
immorality and holding onto Truth? Check that! That’s my life! That’s
what I really care about!
What’s that? Oh, that little part I mumbled
through? Let’s see, “to visit orphans and widows in their trouble.”
Yeah, well, I suppose that's there too. But let’s get back to that Truth
thing! That’s where it’s at! That's what God really cares about!
Because it looks to me that serving those who are in need, reaching out
to visit the orphans and widows in their affliction, isn’t ranked
somewhere way down at the bottom of some spiritual to do list. It’s
right up there. It’s one of two things that God says are equally
important in identifying those whose religion is pure.
place in God’s Word where we are exhorted to love and obey His law, to
seek after truth and reject the things of this world, you can find
another where we are commanded to give selflessly in service to others.
Isaiah 1:17, one of hundreds of scriptures like it, we are commanded to
“Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the
fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”
Scriptures like this one
make it abundantly clear that becoming like our Elder Brother isn’t
measured solely by our progress in mastering a list of do’s and dont’s.
It’s about developing His heart and mind within us. It’s about caring
passionately about the things He cared about. You want to get to know
the Lord more fully? You want to be more like Him? Get passionate about
the things He was passionate about.
Passionate about Truth? Yes, of course.
But also passionate, big time, about people, especially the needy among us.
“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation.” Psalms 68:5
can’t overlook them and think you’re are becoming like Him. You can’t
go to church on the Sabbath, read your Bible, share a few platitudes
over coffee and cookies with your friends and then go home and think
you’re walking in the footsteps of your Savior, because you’re not.
the less fortunate around you, in your communities, in your church,
isn’t simply something you do once in a while at a weekend Church
activity. It’s not something you do if and when you have the time,
resources and inclination. It is not an optional part of the program. It
is the program. And whether or not we’re fully engaged in that program
has eternal implications.
“Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit
the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was
hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was
a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was
sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me ... inasmuch
as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to
Me.” Matthew 25:34-40
My prayer this Sabbath, for myself and the rest
of God’s people, is that the Lord would help us to be more like Him.
That He would put just as great a passion in our hearts for serving the
widow and fatherless as we have for holding on to His Truth. That we
would be as zealous for defending the needy as we are for defending His
Law. That each of us would give ourselves fully to practicing pure
Famine of the Word (Legacy Institute)
world is changing rapidly. We know that someday there will be a famine
of the word. Amos 8:11-12 says: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord
GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a
thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall
wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall
run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.”
is a crime in Canada to talk about what God says about homosexuality in
the Bible. How long before preachers and televangelists start being
imprisoned for so-called “hate speech”? The LGBT and atheist lobbies
are gaining in strength daily and any mention of God or Jesus as an
important part of the fabric of our Western society is targeted. God
must be removed, they say!
A recent PEW research survey shows that
an alarming number of Americans are just giving up on God. “Half of
Americans who have left their church no longer believe in God, leading a
surge of nearly one quarter of the nation who have no affiliation with
any religion, according to a new survey.”
For those who have stopped
looking for the Word of God, a famine of the Word will not affect
them—that is, until they realize they need God and start to seek out
those who are preaching and teaching His Holy Word.
Will they find
Him? Not if the media, internet and other public forums are all
controlled by those who want to erase God out or our Western
This famine will affect the whole world, not just the
U.S.A. All of us involved in preaching the Gospel to the whole world
must step up our efforts to make the Word of God available to many, many
more who thirst for the Truth.
It is getting more and more
difficult to bring young people from Burma here to Thailand to prepare
them to return home and preach the Gospel. Satan always uses governments
to squelch the true Gospel message, even if those governments do not
even know they are being used as tools of Satan. Satan is the god of
this world, never forget!
Legacy cannot and will not stop preaching
and teaching the word of God. There is much more work to be done. We may
just have to do it in a different way. One door closes and another
Life is Good (First Century Christianity)
Oftentimes we look around
and only see the strife in the world and the contention in the
assemblies that believe like us. There is one sure fire way to cheer
oneself up and have a positive attitude, and that’s to refuse to
participate in the doom and the gloom.
“Thus says YHVH of hosts, the
Elohim of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from
Jerusalem to Babylon, ‘Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens
and eat their produce. ‘Take wives and become the fathers of sons and
daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to
husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and
do not decrease. ‘Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you
into exile, and pray to YHVH on its behalf; for in its welfare you will
have welfare.’ (Jeremiah 29:4-7)
Today, as we are being
called out of Babylon, while we continue to live in Babylon, this verse
applies to us as well. The exiles were hauled off to a pagan land and
were commanded to do what? Have lives. Relax, plant some gardens, get
married, have kids. Live their lives. Why were they commanded to do
this? Because YHVH has a plan. They could relax, because the days of
their captivity were numbered before there was one of them. To show
their faith that He would deliver them back to the land, they had to
simply live their lives. We are to do this as well.
“I have given
them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of
the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them
out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of
the world, even as I am not of the world.” (John 17:14-16)
- and -
devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one
another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit,
serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted
to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing
hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the
same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate
with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back
evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”
We are to live our lives. We are to live them
within the structure of Torah as shown to us by the New Testament
writings, but we are to enjoy life. Sure, we are to repent, study,
learn, and do charitable works, but we are also to enjoy the fruits of
our labor and our spouses and our children as well.
As we prepare to
observe the fall festival of the Most High, let’s take some time to
reflect on the blessings we have been granted. Do you have an assembly
to attend, whether small or large? Then rejoice in it! Do you have a
believing spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend? Then rejoice in that blessing!
Do you have children? Are they healthy? Then rejoice! Do you have a job
that allows you to observe the Sabbath and Holy Days? Then rejoice! Do
you have a job at all that provides for your material subsistence?
Rejoice! Do you have a place to lay your head and food in the
refrigerator? Then rejoice! Do you have any friends that you can count
on? Rejoice. Do you have friends in the faith? Rejoice greatly!
time to enjoy life. Take time to thank the Creator and His Messiah for
the blessings you have. Build houses and live in them. Get married.
Start a family. And trust that, when it’s time to go wherever we’re to
go in His Name, that He’ll let us know – just like He did for the
Science Catches Up! (OzWitness)
you noticed that scientists recently have begun to discover that more
long held ‘unscientific’ beliefs which they had scoffed at, have
been discovered to be true after all? Today in one newspaper was the
news that ‘mother was right after all’. You’ll catch a
cold if you don’t put on a coat in winter! Scientists have long
claimed that coughs and colds are not caused by a drop in temperature
but more likely by warm stuffy rooms where he cold virus can spread
more easily, though now thy have recognized that our immune systems
work better when we are kept warm with coat and scarf!
‘new’ discovery mentioned in today’s news is that whole milk
may actually help to reduce blood pressure because it apparently
contains high levels of nitric oxide, which widens blood vessels, and
this improves blood flow to the heart. That information joins other
recent news that full cream milk is better for us than half cream
milk, and even that butter may be better for us than vegetable oil
I would not be surprised if that were true. Years ago I had a
recurring problem like King Henry the Eighth. Gout in my big toe!
Every year I would get an attack and have to hobble about with an
unbending toe until someone told me about cherries. OK, so it was
unscientific, but apparently several cherries each day keeps the gout
away (By the way, I don’t drink much wine or alcohol!). I
tried it, and the gout disappeared, never to return. Any cherries
will do – tinned, fresh or bottled – only a few each day and
information can point us to another source of ‘unscientific’
information that we can refer to for even more authoritative health
guidance. The Bible. The Bible is the handbook the Creator provided
with His product – us. You may not realize it but it contains
a great deal of advice on how to live long, and stay healthy.
it is simply promises – keep this commandment and you will live
long e.g. Exodus
your father and your mother, so that
you may live long
in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”
it is guidance on which foods are designed to be good for us to eat,
and which bad, and elsewhere we are advised on which behavior and
attitude will help our mental state to remain healthy and avoid
psychosomatic illness. Also, God incidentally mentions things
that His people eat, and food which some shared
with God Himself, when
He has appeared on earth. Food like fish, whole grains, meat, milk,
butter, honey, which in that way gain God’s stamp of approval.
yes, as the years go by, more and more of the Bible’s teaching is
being shown to be true after all. You can be in there in advance of
science, and enjoy the health benefits before science catches up.
Just study the Bible! Joshua
this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and
night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
you will be prosperous and successful.’