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The Joy of Sins Forgiven

The song writer said, “Oh, the joy of sins forgiven.  Oh, the bliss the blood-washed know.”  There is a joy now in having your guilty soul cleansed by the blood of Jesus and to feel accepted by God. 

But there will be a far greater joy in Heaven, when you stand before God’s throne, and you are not standing there as a lost soul, stained by sin, and with a guilt-plagued heart.  Instead you will stand there as a blood-washed saint knowing all is right between you and your Lord and Savior. 

What a joy that will be!  That will be the moment that will make living for God the best choice
you ever made.

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I Will Praise Him as sung by Jean Easley

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Listen to message, "The Glory of God."

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What must I do to go to Heaven when I die?

Jesus told Nicodemus, "You must be born again" (John 3:7). You must be born of the Holy Spirit. We enter into this world through the means of natural birth; we enter into Heaven through means of a spiritual birth.

How can I experience this spiritual birth? It is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus died on Calvary's Cross to pay the ransom for our sins. We must have our sins washed away before we can be born again and before we can enter Heaven's Gate.

Romans 3:23 reads, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Revelation 1:5b says that Jesus, "loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood." When we repent of our sins, Jesus cleanses us from our sins, and we are born again by the Spirit of God. We become a new creation in Christ. We then receive the gift of eternal life, and we have the blessed assurance of making Heaven our home when we die!

If you have never repented of your sins and put your faith in Jesus, then today can be the day of salvation for you. Do not put it off to another day!

“For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2).

 

The Eternal Future

Listen to the message, "The Eternal Future." Many are talking about finding one's destiny. Our destiny is not to be found in this life. It's the after life that reveals our true destiny.

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Below are introductions to various articles from our website. Click on the introduction to read article.

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Read article entitled Expecting His Return.

The Greek word for church, "ekklesia," means "called out." By our very definition as the church, we were not meant to stay around. We have not been assigned to remain here and make this world a haven in which to live. We are pilgrims, passing through; we are called out to be caught up--destined for the rapture of the body of Christ. Destined for an eternal home...more...

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Read article entitled Long Journey Home--A Bus Trip through Mexico.

On our first trip to Guatemala in 1981, we had driven a van to the field for a missionary but found it necessary to return to the States on our own. Since there was not enough funds for plane tickets, we bought bus tickets from Guatemala City all the way home to our folks' place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our luggage consisted of nine boxes and suitcases, plus carry on things. It was early Friday morning about 6:30 a.m. and we were on our way...more...

Below is a picture of the bus we road from the Guatemalan border to Mexico City. We stopped for a rest at this restaurant.

bus in Mexico

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Jesus Was Sent to Bless Us

Acts 3:26 says that God sent His Son Jesus to bless you.  It says Jesus will bless you by turning you from your iniquities.  Your sin is a poison to your soul.  It is an entrapment to bind you to the flames of the torments of hell.  God wants to bless you by setting you free from the bondage of sin.  He didn’t say Jesus would bless you by giving you large sums of money but rather by turning you from your iniquities.  God does give financial blessings, but the Gospel story centers on the forgiveness of sins—both the bondage of sin and the washing away of sins.

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The only thing you get when you go against the Word of God is trouble.

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Ample Provision in Christ

There is ample provision in Christ.  There is ample provision for healing.  Jesus healed the multitudes.  He healed them all.  There is ample provision for our spiritual needs.  Christ died for all.  In Acts Chapter 3, the lame man wanted only a little money to buy bread.  But there was more in the storehouse for him than he was aware of.  There was ample provision not only for his healing but also for new joy in his life.  God can give us a new leap, a new walk, and a new praise in our hearts when we partake of His provisions.  When Jesus died on the Cross, He opened an entrance for us into the Holy of Holies that we might take all of our petitions to God.

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You can't have joy in the church without weeping. You can't be made whole unless you have been broken. A church that has joy, shouting, and victory, will be a church with a lot of weeping and tears and broken spirits before God.

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The true Gospel will put a shout in your heart. The true Gospel will cause you to sing praise to God. The Gospel is not dead, dry and boring. It is life and life more abundant. If you have not known that type of Gospel, then maybe you need to come back again to the altar and get a fresh touch of God.

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A form of Christianity where Christians are ashamed to be different from the world, is not Christianity. Christianity without transformation is not Christianity. Christianity that follows the fashion of this world is not Christianity. Christianity where we are transformed into the image of His dear Son is true Christianity.

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Isaiah 63:10 reads, "But they rebelled, and vexed his Holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them." When God fights against us, the only way we can win that battle is by surrender.

 

• Featured Article •

The Road to Sodom

“And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.  Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.”
(Genesis 13:10-13)

Lot did not instantly move to the city of Sodom when he departed from Abraham.  He went first to the well-watered plains of Jordan.  Lot was a man who was looking out for himself.  He knew the plains of Jordan offered far more opportunity for advancement than the part of Canaan that had become Abraham’s portion.  Then he saw Sodom.  It was a prosperous city.  Financially, the opportunities beckoned.  He began pitching his tent toward that city and started his journey on the road toward Sodom.

In Lot’s heart, he quickly began to value the things that Sodom valued.  The people of Sodom did not care about the things of God, but money and pleasure captured their hearts.  It does not appear that Lot ever fell into the sin for which Sodom is known, but for convenience sake he tolerated its ungodly ways.  It is apparent that Lot’s two daughters who escaped the judgment on Sodom, however, did bring with them a disregard for high moral values when they initiated incest with their father.

How did the city of Sodom arrive at a place of total degradation without someone along the way stepping in and changing its course?  In military operations there are strongholds that military units establish—places where opposition is totally suppressed.  Perhaps, this is what happened in Sodom.  It had become a stronghold for evil, and no one dared speak out against the lifestyle of the Sodomites.  Lot kept silent, too, so that he could enjoy the good life and the luxuries of that sinful city.

My contention is that as Sodom advanced toward the day of God’s judgment and total destruction, there had to have been some of its residents who realized they were going in the wrong direction.  For some reason, they yielded their God-given duty and God-given right to lift their voice and change the course.  As horrible as the sin of Sodom was, equally horrible was the sin of those who remained silent and refused to be a voice for righteousness.

Many of the major Christian denominations in America began in a true pursuit of God.  Salvation of the soul, separation from sin, righteousness, and faith were all on their agendas.  But today most of them have deviated from the original course, and many find themselves on the road to Sodom—seemingly with no one bearing a strong enough voice to change their direction.

When John Wesley laid the foundation for the Methodist Church, he would never have dreamed that his organization would find itself on the way to Sodom, unable to purge out the leaven.  During his life there never would have been a discussion among his fellow workers as to whether homosexuals should be ordained for ministry in the Methodist Church.  But between the 1700s, when Wesley’s movement began, and today, enough voices have been silenced to allow the ungodliness of Sodom to take a stronghold among the Methodists.

In Isaiah 1:10, God labeled His own people of Israel with the names of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Speaking to Israel, Isaiah stated, “Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.”  What a sad testimony for those who name the name of the Lord!  Isaiah prophesied of coming judgment and desolation.  The road to Sodom is always the road to judgment. 

In 1962, at the age of 19, I was saved in a small church that belonged to one of the larger Pentecostal denominations in America.  At that time most of the Pentecostal churches still preached a message of dedication to God and a denunciation of sin.  They worshipped God with fervency and whole heartedness (thankfully, some of them still do).  Many of their church periodicals printed inspiring testimonies and studies of Scripture that gave the reader spiritual help and encouragement.  Today, some of those same publications now center mostly on social and humanitarian topics with a slant toward glorifying Hollywood and other famous celebrities and stars.  They are on a path taking them from their original course.  Because of an effort to please men instead of God, they have not been able to escape the drift toward Sodom.  They, as well as the mainline denominations, are on that road to destruction.  If we are not going toward God, we are headed toward Sodom.

In our day, traffic is heavy on the road to Sodom.  It is not just among those who do not claim Christ, but it also involves those who make a profession to be a part of His church.  Jesus warned that the last days would be as the days of Lot: “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:28-30).  One cannot forsake Christ and His righteousness and end up anywhere else but Sodom. 

America has taken the road to Sodom, and we do not have strong enough voices speaking out to stem the tide.  Pastors have become fearful that they will be called “fire and brimstone” preachers if they stand up strongly against sin and immorality.  They are afraid of losing popularity and of being mocked.  So, they have backed away from denouncing sin.  We are without a voice.

We are told that we need a “broad” mind.  But the Christian is not called of God to have a “broad” mind.  We are called to have a pure mind, a holy mind, a mind whose thoughts and opinions are based on the Holy Scriptures.  And if we follow a call to holiness and purity, we will not end up on the road to Sodom.

We have witnessed pastors and church leaders begin to surrender a little in one area and then in another until the enemy has destroyed the power of godly conviction in the church.  The result is that the enemy has gained a stronghold.  All voices that oppose the new permissive lifestyles are silenced, and these compromisers and all who follow them find themselves on the road to Sodom.

What are the Methodists doing today?  What are the Episcopalians doing?  What are the Presbyterians doing?  They have found themselves at the gates of Sodom, and the sad testimony is that many of them have decided that they can’t turn back.  They will also find themselves suffering the judgment that awaits them for their actions.  The judgment of Sodom was not a one-time event.  God always judges sin.

How did Sodom find itself in the immoral and sinful situation it was in?  There simply were not enough strong or persuasive voices along the way to help change its course.  The only road away from Sodom is the road back to the Cross of Calvary.  “Repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21) is the only answer.

(taken from Breaking the Silence by Gene Easley)

 


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