Saturday, February 06, 2016

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

IMMORALITY OF STEALING FROM THE UNBORN

The following is my thoughts on the immorality of big government spending what it does not have with the full knowledge that our children and grandchildren have to pay it back. And how they will pay it back is the way all things are paid is through labor: more labor for less return which is close to slave labor.

If children are allowed to be born in our godless world, they will be born inheriting a debt they did not ask for. The government spends money it does not have. It approves the printing of money that is loaned to banks and is supplying dollars to the markets. The New York Stock Exchange reacts negatively any given day when they hear the Feds will tighten up the lending and they Exchange reacts positively at the prospect of more cheap dollars from the Feds. The net effect is cheap money for the big Wall Street people but the effect is also devalued dollars in your pocket and massive amounts of debt.

You have heard that the United States has 20 Trillion dollars of debt. That has doubled in 10 years. Debt is owed by someone but this present generation will not pay it. The next generation will pay it by their sweat labor. This is a gross immorality when a generation demands payouts from the government when the government hasn't any money to pay out. What it has is printed dollars. This is the immorality to increase debt you don't intend to pay. All debt has to be paid by the citizens.

Some people have been fooled into directing anger at corporations who don't pay taxes. Well corporations pass through whatever costs - including taxes - to the buyer of their goods. If the government forces 10 or a 100 Billion dollars of taxes on Apple or some other corporation, the government knows with a wink that that tax goes into the corporations debt column of their ledger. And that counts as costs of production to Apple. So the government that riles you up because Apple isn't paying taxes knows full well that you YOU YOU pay the corporation's tax with increases on the retail price.

So go ahead and complain to the corporation. Feel good that government taxes them really good. Because YOU you you will pay the "tax" when you buy your iPad and Laptop. Here's the point. You, all citizens, and I pay the taxes. You and I get all of the benefits from the government. We demand more services from the government that costs money. We understand that the government is broke and Trillions in debt. And we know FULL WELL that the next generations, our children and grandchildren, will pay the bill when it comes due. And it will come due. Get ready.

I believe God Himself hates this immorality as much as any immorality in the world. Jesus says don't hinder the children from coming to Him. When they are burdened by their parents and grandparents, the children will wonder where was the Christianity that would pass on their debt to their children. There is gross immorality all around.

Live according to your means. Support yourself. Don't seek for anything from the government.

I offer this humbly. Dan M

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

TWO JUDGMENTS: TEMPORAL AND ETERNAL, Dan Mayfield

TWO JUDGMENTS, Dan Mayfield There are two judgments in the Bible. The temporal and the final eternal. With the first,...

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HARD HEART

"They made their hearts like flint so that they could not hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets; therefore great wrath came from the LORD of hosts." Zechariah 7:12

A hard heart will kill you. The life is in the blood. But the hard heart won't pump the life blood. A hard heart is a diseased heart. The heart in bible terms is the place of the sensitive soul that easily responds to the gentle leading of God. A single word pricks the heart. A knowing glance from the Lord will cut through the heaviness of the night. God is gentle with a good heart. The living Word doesn't have to hack away at a tender heart. The word which is living and active will just give a whisper touch and the good-hearted man or woman will melt and fall to the knees into the presence of Father.



Check the heart. Don't lose your sensitivity to Jesus Christ. He loves you with an everlasting love. Return the love with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. He knows if the heart has been hardened to His Word. He knows when the words of a faithful preacher are being resisted. He knows the rationalizations to believe without the zeal I once had. What happened to Israel can happen to me and you. And making our hearts like flint just happens over time so before we even know it, it's too late. So while you are hearing and still sensitive, get the heart right.

I say this with love. Dan M 

Monday, January 25, 2016

UNDERSTANDING THE BOOK OF REVELATION

Revelation and the wrath of the Lamb is shown to be poured out in the seals of chapter 6. The Christians in the first century would have heard the entire book being read in less than 1.5 hours. According to online audio versions, it's at about 19 minutes into the listening that the Christians are seeing the answer of prayers against their foes. At 35 minutes he begins to tell that this Beast is forcing all men to worship him and he is putting Christians to death. See the images below which are snapshots from Youtube sermon audio. The first century Christians would have applied the message with fantastic images to things they knew.



Now those Christians could think, A. Doesn't sound like anything that's happening now. or B. John is talking in code about the Roman emperor and God's judgment against Him.

The book of Revelation needs to be read as through the eyes of the first century Christians. John was on the island of Patmos being exiled for the testimony of Christ. And he writes real letters from Christ Jesus to seven actual churches in Asia. He gives them real critique and guidance on how to overcome and gain eternal life. Then John shows God's view of their present day circumstances and shows what He is doing in response to the evil of their day. To be rejected is the false teaching of Tim Lahaye, Jeff Jenkins, and others who teach that the churches are views of the church in 7 different ages of time, Laodicea being the present age church. No, the Revelation book is first written to the first century audience. Then, it has applications and encouragements to us in the present day. Now at the end of Revelation we see the end of time when the rule of Christ is completed (Rev 20:1ff, cf 1 Cor. 15:23-25) and the final judgment of all souls. The nations who were not written in the book of life go to eternal hell and those who believed Christ and followed Him spend eternity in paradise.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

MY PRAYER FOR MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN

Something on my heart....
Besides going to heaven there is hardly anything more important to me than seeing my children and all of my grandchildren go to heaven.

My wife and i raised our children in such a way that they knew they were to grow up and be devoted to Jesus Christ. All five of them received the same attention and we always took care to be an example of a true Christian. Today they are all strong Christians.

I want my five children and their spouses - who I love as my very own children - to start early in training their little ones in the way to go.  This is to me a constant thought and prayer.  My grandchildren must be raised up in a particular way that they become teens who are always drawing closer to being a Christian.  

If you find yourself with a rebel teen,  you will  have created this somewhere in their upbringing. That's right, don't excuse yourself from responsibility. If your teen is drinking and doing drugs,  you have not taught them to do otherwise.  If your teen is already having sex,  you have not taught them.  If your teens are closer to their peers than they are to you,  you have not taught them. The parent of a rebellious teen will find this truth hard to accept. They will say, "We did tell our children not to do drugs."  Did you? My children knew that it would be the worst day in their life they did.

You may not believe it,  but it's true.  I will speak to parents of young children. Does your young child heed or ignore your voice?  Does your young child hit you and scream at you while you allow and justify it? Will he really grow out of it? When such things are not addressed by you in such a way so as to put a halt to them,  you allow the mold to set for a rebel teen.  Most parents today are molding such children.  The truth is that worldly minded parents will raise worldly minded children.  They can do nothing better. Knowing the value of a child to God, my heart is always thinking about my grandchildren. I pray that their parents will give the same or greater attention  to training their children to go the right way.

I hope that all who would read this would not become defensive.  But the guilty don't usually change and admit their fault.  What must be heavy on your heart is that your children teach their children so that they want to be a Christian.  This must be a primary focus of life.  Please children of mine,  bring my grandchildren to the Lord.

- Dad

THE RARE DISCIPLE, Luke 6

"A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher." Lk 6:40.

It is a rare thing for a sinner to become like Jesus.

They follow Jesus and leave behind whatever hinders them. Work, family, and possessions aren't permitted to hinder the disciple from becoming like the teacher. Jesus said, "Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return." Lk 6:38. He is master of his possessions and not the other way around.

This rare disciples is an outcast to the world. If you are hated and persecuted, Jesus says the disciple is blessed, Lk 6:22.

A disciple doesn't let evil corrupt him, but in fact he continues to show love and mercy to his enemy, Lk 6:27,36.

A true disciple spends more time judging himself that he does in judging others, Lk 6:41,

As the tree is known by its fruit, so the disciple is known by the way he conducts himself, Lk 6:44. It is a rare thing to see a true disciple.

There are many who would be a disciple, but they are always hindered. Their time is still too precious to them to sacrifice more of it to Christ's work. Their money is still too precious to give to their hurt. Their worldly friends are still too precious. For these, it's obvious to God that they have their Christian life and they have their worldly life. Jesus warned that this is idolatry and displeasing to the Father, Lk 16:13.

The disciple is a student of the teachings of Jesus Christ. It follows that the disciple clings to the Word of God without adding or taking away from it. Many have claimed to be disciples, but they have caused much division by adding their lusty preferences. A disciple is happy to speak only what the Teacher has spoken.

Jesus said "It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master" Mt 10:25. This level and depth and measure of discipleship is rare to find. But it is exactly what Jesus calls for in you and in me. - Dan M

Monday, December 28, 2015

AVOIDING ALL IMAGES OF GOD

Because...
-- God is a JEALOUS God so that HE alone is to be worshiped, we must not make for ourselves images.
-- God's GLORY is not to be diminished through the making of things that represent things that are in the heavens, upon the earth, or under the earth.

The second commandment which Jehovah gave to Israel said to have no images of Him. The commandment is found in Exodus 20:4-6 and Deuteronomy 5:8-10 which says not to worship God or depict God through images.  We are not to make a sun image, or man or beast image, nor  an image of a fish or anything else under the sea.

And Jehovah makes it clearer in Deuteronomy 4:15-19 which says, "15 So watch yourselves carefully, since you did not see any form on the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire, 16 so that you do not act corruptly and make a graven image for yourselves in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17 the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky, 18 the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water below * the earth. 19 "And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven."

Therefore we see that because Israel was shown no "form" of God when His glory appeared, therefore they were prohibited from depicting Him in the form of an image.

We must note that it is the pagans who worship their idols. They are the ones who make their gods to be an animal or earth manifestation. And when they do, the remove the glory of God. They cheapen the true God.  And Christians are warned that this is a big mistake.  The New Testament reminds us that this is always a serious trespass against God that will lead to a delusion.  "22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures." Romans 1. It is a foolish thing to exchange God's glory into some form of a created thing. Jehovah is spirit. He does not change. We are to avoid all efforts to diminish His glory. Therefore the very act of making images is something that threatens the very soul.

God freed Israel of the dangers of misrepresenting His glory by prohibiting them from making graven and carved images. Jehovah is in heaven and He's surrounded by glory and majesty.  Come to that God. Don't come to a lesser God.

What about Jesus Christ? He did become a man and it's impossible to not think of Him in His the human form He took. But remember that Jesus is the Son of God. Be happy to know Him and to present Him to others just as the Scriptures depict Him. Avoid the justifications to make images of Jesus Christ. Picturing Jesus as He is presented, in all of His glory, during His earthly ministry is enough. Read the Bible and let the Holy Scriptures spark the imagination as He in His life and words showed us a perfect representation of the Father, Jn 1:14.

The Old Testament law given to God through Moses has been replaced with a better covenant established through Jesus Christ at the cross, see Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Hebrews 9:15-17.  We may wish to rationalize the prohibition against images is now replaced by a prohibition of having idols in our hearts. Well that's true that we aren't to have idols in our hearts, but it's true also that we are to not have images which men carve to depict God.  It's like the commandments that said not to murder or commit adultery.  We aren't released from the outward expression of the command if only we don't murder in our heart and commit adultery in our heart. Keeping the idol away from our heart is important. But it is also understood that one is connected to the other.  If you have an image of God which you bow to and reverence, then there will be an idol in your heart.  Don't do it. Cast all such things away.  Be content to worship God alone and to do so on His terms.

In closing, remember that God is a jealous God. Worship Him alone. And secondly, remember not to make for yourselves graven images as these will surely be a hindrance to seeing the true glory of God.  - Dan Mayfield

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

NADAB AND ABIHU: OFFERING WHAT GOD DIDN'T COMMAND

"Hey, let's see if God really cares about the fire." These are the last words of two priests who offered fire, but not the fire that God had commanded. The fire that Nadab and Abihu offered to God was "strange fire". And while all such acts are wrong in spirit, that it was strange suggest it was not the fire God had commanded.

Leviticus 16 tells us that the fire to be put on the firepans and carried in and place upon the altar of incense was to be taken from the sacrificial altar. But Nadab and Abihu offered the fire from some place else.

Ellicott says, "They filled their vessels with common fire instead of taking it from the holy fire of the altar, which was always to be used in burning incense. (See Leviticus 9:24; Leviticus 16:12.)"

Though Aaron and his sons were brand new at this ministry, consecrating the altar and tent of meeting only the day before, still the priests knew the commandment of God. And they offered strange fire.

And what did God do to show His displeasure? He sent fire down and burnt them up just as fire had come down and consumed the sacrifice on the day before.

In worship and life, are we confident that we can exceed what is written? No, do not exceed what is written, 1 Cor. 4:6. This is why we sing in the church of Christ. This is why we partake of the Lord's Supper every first day of the week. This is why we avoid catechisms and the recitation of creeds. This is why the preachers are men and not women. This is why we immerse and don't sprinkle or pour the water for baptism. God has told us what to do which excludes everything else.

God bless. - Dan Mayfield

YOU MUST BELIEVE

The miracles of the Bible are often said to be a sticking or stumbling point causing people to disbelieve the Bible. They stumble over the garden of eden and the forbidden fruit. They stumble over the six literal days of creation. They stumble over the worldwide flood and they stumble over the great fish swallowing Jonah. The skeptic will ask "do I have to believe these things to be a Christian?"

We see in the Scriptures that it matters what a man believes. Jesus said, "unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins." To be saved one must believe in the Jesus who is presented in the Bible.

The Lord Jesus said for us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. And we know that the Gospel of Jesus is the story of His life, death, burial, and resurrection from the grave. Is it necessary for a skeptic to believe that the Almighty God could and did raise the dead? Is it necessary for him to believe that there's something more than what we see?

Unless someone believes in the Son of God, risen and reigning, he cannot be saved. A person who is to be saved and have eternal life must believe in things that are not explainable by naturalistic and "scientifically provable" means. If you are able to accept the virgin birth of Christ, is it harder to believe that Jonah survived three days in the belly of a great fish? We must believe in Almighty God and in His Son, Jesus Christ. We must believe in the miraculous works of God through Jesus Christ.

Believe. - Dan Mayfield

ABEL WASN'T PLEASING BY FAITH ALONE

Though we aren't 100% certain on what made Abel's sacrifice better than Cain's, we know two important things.

1. Abel gave a better sacrifice than his brother, Cain, Heb. 11:4.
2. Abel did right and Cain did not do right, Gen 4:7.
3. Abel's deeds were right, but Cain's deeds were evil, 1 Jn 3:12.
4. Abel was called righteous, but not his brother, Heb 11:4.
5. Abel offered his sacrifice by faith and Cain's was not faith, Heb 11:4 (it's the faith chapter)

It is certain that we can say Abel was of faith and Cain's sacrifice was not of faith. But to make the case that this proves "faith only" salvation, versus works salvation, is to completely ignore that Abel's righteousness and pleasure to God was inseparable from the offering itself. If Abel offered nothing, his testimony wouldn't fit into the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11. We might not know if it was that the offering was of blood, or if the offering was the best quality of his flock, making Cain's inferior, but do not miss that Abel offered to God a sacrifice. This fact demolishes any attempt to use as an example or proof text for "faith only" salvation. Abel was not saved by faith only. He was saved by an obedient faith (compare with Romans 1:5; 16:26; 2 Thess 1:3).

Let me close with a two point recap.

1. Abel offered a sacrifice to God.
2. Able put his faith in God.

Without both of these, Abel wouldn't be the example he is and he wouldn't have been saved.

Humbly I offer this. - Dan Mayfield

Sunday, November 29, 2015

THE FIREWALL - THE WORD OF GOD

The firewall has to be the desire to be faithful to God which places a high premium on abiding by His Word. If there is the reverent attitude that we will not exceed what is written, which is rooted in our love and faith towards the Father, then the teaching of Balaam and the teaching of Jezebel (Rev. 2) will be checked. The Word of God is the firewall that protects the church against false teaching.

As the Elders at Ephesus were commended to the Word of God (Acts 20:32) to be armed against the wolves in sheep's' clothing, likewise today we need to pay closer attention to what God says about being saved, true worship, and godly living. It is the firewall.

When it comes to worship, the church is to be united in the assembly and not divided. The words "do not exceed what is written" are helpful to this end, 1 Cor. 4:6. The orderliness and edifying nature of worship as described in 1 Cor. 14 when people are singing, praying, and preaching the Word all call for us to follow the Bible and add nothing to it.

This is why we sing songs and do not add the artificial noise of musical instruments. The early church avoided their use like the plague. The early church, and all who claimed to follow Christ Jesus, only sang until the Catholics introduced them hundreds and hundreds of years later. In the church of Christ today we only sing. We don't seek to entertain weak and unspiritual men. If a person is of the mind to seek God, he or she will delight in the spiritual songs of the church.

And in the church we teach salvation by grace through faith. Grace is what God did through Jesus and it is what God does to wash a sinner's soul clean. Now though God provides the means of escape to all men, and since we know that most will not accept the invitation from God, then we know that the salvation is only given by God to those who have an active, lively, and obedient faith, Eph 2:8,9. This means that upon hearing the Gospel, the person reflects on his or her sin, repents, turns to God, acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, and then gets baptized down into the water for the sins to be washed away by His blood. This is the salvation we read about in the Word of God. If we do not exceed what is written, this is what we will do. See Acts 2:38; 22:16; Rom 6:3-5; Gal. 3:26,27; Col 2:12,13; 1 Pt 3:21.

If the church will abide in God's Word, we shall be pure and pleasing to God.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

5 STEPS OF SALVATION: COMING TO THE CROSS

The point is...

1. The greatest act of love needs to be heard. 

2. The message is the Gospel which is compelling to believe. 

3. The death of the sinless Christ makes the sinner to evaluate his life and repent. 

4. Because it is inherently good news, it is to be confessed and proclaimed to be such. 

5. The cross stands for the Gospel, 1 Cor 1:18ff, which is more fully the death, burial, and resurrection, 1 Cor 15:1-4, which must be obeyed. In baptism the sinner obeys the Gospel, the death, burial and resurrection which makes him new.  When we preach the Gospel of Jesus, people get baptized, Acts 8:12; Acts 8:36ff.


FELLOWSHIP AND ASSOCIATION

We are in the world but we are not of the world. Therefore we don't and shouldn't fellowship with it. "14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?" 2 Cor 6.


HOW TO AVOID PERSECUTION

To avoid all threats against your life is easy. Just go along and fit in. Make yourself look and sound like the world. An invisible Christian, if such exist, has no fear.

But if you are a faithful Christian, you can't. "Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." 2 Tim 3:12.

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