Monday, February 12, 2018

70 million human beings murdered before they
were able to see the light of day. We are shocked to the core that the Nazis could murder 6 million Jews. And the 10's of millions killed by Communists and Socialists regimes in the 20th century is shocking. But the United States isn't clean by a long shot. 70 million children killed in the womb. Remember, "right to choose" is just a nice euphemism for the right to kill an innocent child.  Why do you think the abortionists work so hard to keep the public from seeing the gruesome act they do every day? They know. But they do not care.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

PREACH AGAINST ALL EVIL, Dan Mayfield

What an evil thing Herod Did to kill John the Baptist. What a gutless thing pilot did to wash his hands of the evil of crucifying Jesus. What an arrogant thing Herod did to take glory to himself that only belongs to God almighty. What an evil thing Nero did to burn down Rome and put the blame on Christians. How evil could Domentian be to exalt himself to the place of God and force good people to bow to his image. I can guarantee you that Christians were not silent about this evil in the high places of power.
Was listening to something David Kupelian said about the "separation of church and state." It goes to something I have believed that this doctrine has been bought into to the point that preachers feel they have nothing to say to, and no biblical right to, speak to immorality in the public or government sector. No! Speak to evil everywhere.
If you think Paul and Peter didn't tell Christians that the government was doing evil as it persecuted good people, you don't know human nature and interaction.

UNCONTROLLED ANGER WILL LITERALLY MAKE YOU INSANE, Dan Mayfield

David Kupelian, writer of the book The Snapping of the American Mind, explains how anger removes a person from the control of God and leads a person to do the unimaginable. James Gardner, a Christian and speaker at the Freed-Hardeman University lectureship in 2018, said that when he looks back at the times he got angry, it never did any good and it always was regrettable. How true since the Bible says, "for the anger of man does not accomplish the righteousness of God", Jas 1:20. And so James says to be slow to anger, v19. It's not that all anger is wrong. Jesus got angry when Pharisees refused to tell the truth. He was angry when the House of God was turned into a place of merchandise. The wrath of God is

Sunday, January 28, 2018

THE QUESTION OF UNCONDITIONAL FORGIVENESS: MUST THERE FIRST BE REPENTANCE?

The prodigal son said "I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight.", Lk. 15. Do you forgive them who have sinned against heaven if they have not repented to God? How can we forgive those God has not forgiven? 

People will talk about the need to forgive regardless of whether the person is repentant, as if not doing so is equal to being vengeful or that the failure to do so will is a burden to great to carry. Not forgiving is not equal to "holding a grudge". It is not equal to taking vengeance. Forgiving is a transaction that is to bring reconciliation and healing between the wrongdoer and the wronged. Forgiveness that doesn't mend is not forgiveness that I know of from Scriptures. 

People will say that Jesus said you must forgive people's trespasses before you offer your sacrifice to God. That's

HE RODE INTO TOWN ON A DONKEY

​"5Some of the bystanders were saying to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6They spoke to them just as Jesus had told them, and they gave them permission. 7They brought the colt to Jesus and put their coats on it; and He sat on it. 8And many spread their coats in the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields." Mk. 11:5-8
He did not ride in on a white stallion. Not a golden chariot. Nope. He came into Jerusalem in a humble, non-threatening, gentle way. He rode in on a donkey. And the spiritual people were drawn to Him like a magnet. I love Jesus.

BEING ANXIOUS IS A CHOICE

"25For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28“And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32“For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:25-33

 A lot of people are anxious. Now I cannot explain all of it, but from Jesus' words we can gather that a lot of it is self-induced because we lack the faith to put our needs into God's hands so that we can

Saturday, January 27, 2018

TRUST GOD AND JUST STOP THE FRETTING

​"4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4 When anxious, get up and find the quiet place of prayer. Turn the mind from the cares of the world and focus your attention addressing God. Talk to Him about everything. Mention your blessings and ask for His help to be with others. Lay everything before Him. Stay there a while. You may even fall asleep in the quietness once you have told Him everything. He will not mind. He will be waiting when you wake. You might say, "I fell asleep, I'm sorry." Finish up, tell Him you are leaving it all in His hands. No hormone imbalance can keep you from giving the burdens over to Him. And once by faith you have put them in His hands, you will rise up and will be in peace. That's the truth. God bless.

REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS

Is Repenting necessary for being saved? Does God save the Unrepentant? Why did Jesus say there's more joy in heaven over one sinner that Repents? Does requiring Repentance negate the gift of grace? Are Repentance and Grace mutually exclusive? Is Faith Alone doctrine a damnable doctrine of the devil? "In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Lk 15:10

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

HEALTHY BODY THROUGH THE STRESS OF A FAST, Dan Mayfield

How many days could I go without food?
Well let's say I'm somewhere around 20 BMI. That means 1/5 of my weight is fat! That's 40 lbs of fat. How long can I live on that? The body by God's design does not eat up vital organs, but mostly targets the fat for getting energy when fasting. So that is why a person can literally fast for weeks and not die. I'm not a doctor and do not prescribe this. But you can see the testimonials of many people with just a little bit of research to see that 30 or 40 days is doable by the average person. 40 lbs of fat is maybe 80 days of calories for someone who burns 2,000 calories a day. This sounds theoretical and it is to a certain extent as each person is different. But there is a certain amount of energy locked up in fat cells. So if you go 7
THE NEED FOR SUN"He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." MT 5:45

Because the body naturally produces Vitamin D through the skin's direct exposure to the sun, the sun is not bad for you. I have done a little reading on this matter and you actually need a half hour of direct sun, if you are light skinned, in order for the body to produce the Vitamin D it needs. If you can't get the sun, you need to get your Vitamin D through diet.
I heard about a mother being ridiculed because her daughters had a tan. Comments were heaped against her like, "don't you know what 'suncream' is?" I wouldn't be surprised if the mother was reported to child services! Just imagine how we all survived before the all knowing "health" care experts made their products. Living in Texas in my early youth I can tell you I was dark as a Mexican. We did not need sunscreen or protection from the sun. We did not shrink in fear over being in the sun. Remember, it's from God. Like we need the good rain, we need the good sun and the sunscreen police can go bark on someone else's street.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO HAVE MANY CHILDREN, Dan Mayfield

After Noah left the ark, God instructed Noah and his family "to be fruitful and multiply." But not only that, God also said to, "fill the earth", Gen. 9:7.
Is our view on the right number of children to have being informed from the Bible or from the world?
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"...it's actually a conversation we need to have in order to challenge our uncritical acceptance of the life-fulfillment-through-procreation story..." [Chip and Joana Gaines having another child are are criticized! https://tinyurl.com/y8qj6k5j]
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That is the world talking there. That is the world that values children less telling us we are having too

Saturday, January 06, 2018

HOW CHRISTIANS VERSUS OTHERS GET WHAT THEY WANT

This message is not to suggest that the ungodly only do things in unprincipled or immoral ways. The point being made is that a moral person, guided by God's standards of right and wrong, have limitations and standards they will not go against. But a person who does not believe in God, who believes life is an accident, cannot believe that there is a set standard of conduct. Therefore whatever means necessary is utilized to achieve their goals. A godless man has no standard except an arbitrary standard, as he must see it, that is established by dominant society. 

Friday, January 05, 2018

A PRIVATELY HELD CONVICTION: JESUS WAS BORN ROUGHLY 18 MONTHS AFTER THE BEGINNING OF THE SAME YEAR THAT JOHN THE BAPTIST'S FATHER SERVED IN THE TEMPLE. - Dan Mayfield

Because certain events are fixed, Jesus' birth would not have been on December 25, but would have been during the harvest and late fall of the year. This certainly would make the traveling for a census with a pregnant woman more doable.

Since the Jewish year begins with the sliver of the new moon, in the season that seeds can be put in the ground, their year began in March or April. The month can vary since Jews had an occasional leap year that was a month leap 

HAPPY NEW YEAR: THE TIME TO REPENT IS NOW

When I say that fasting is a neglected topic, I also say that a neglected topic is the sin of eating and gorging myself to the point of gluttony. We don't like to say it because so many are guilty of it. 

Fast and pray and then eat something you need. Remember that man should not live on bread alone. Man shall live on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Even Jesus when he was legitimately hungry resisted the temptation to turn a stone into

THERE IS NO DEMON POSSESSION, Dan Mayfield

I believe in God. I believe in heaven and angels. I believe there are demons and that the devil is lurking to devour. I believe there is a heaven and an eternal hellfire. But I do not believe the miracles are occuring.

Miracles occured in the Bible periodically. 1 Corinthians 13:8 says the miraculous would cease with "tongues" and "prophecies" being representative of all of the gifts outlined in the previous chapter. There are no prophets now. Scripture is completed. So knowing that we do not seeing the raising of the dead and the miraculous, immediate kind of healing we see in the Bible, what about the devil?
_________FEATURED COMMENT_________

Randall Watson:  I believe you have set forth the Bible truth on the matter. Thank you for doing

FASTING A NEGLECTED TOPIC, Dan Mayfield

The New Testament church does Bible things in Bible ways. We speak where the Bible speaks and are silent where it is silent.  Where Jesus says there is a reward, that is not something to be silent about. 

I believe a discussion on fasting is a neglected topic in the New Testament church.  Why is this the case?

16“Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their

THE CAUSE OF AN UNSTABLE MIND, Dan Mayfield

 When two opposing views are held with deep conviction inside the same mind, the internal turmoil this creates will cause an unstable mind.

God created the world miraculously and it evolved too = unstable mind rises.

God created beautiful marriage for family and two men or two women can make a marriage = unstable mind ensues.

Jesus commanded baptism and that makes it

Thursday, January 04, 2018

COME TO THE LIGHT OF JESUS CHRIST, Dan Mayfield

​"5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no DARKNESS at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin." 1 John 1:5-7
There is a darkness so dark that it is not even imaginable. The ninth plague in Exodus 10 may have been such a darkness. "They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days...." God's judgment and darkness go together. Peter writes that angels who sinned are in "pits of darkness

SO YOUR PRAYERS ARE NOT HINDERED

"7You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered." 1 Peter 3:7​
Respect the woman. Love her. Be kind to her. Give her honor as a fellow heir. Men, do you want to get God mad? Mistreat her and you will. She is the daughter of Eve and you had better treat her good. Thank God for women.
Be encouraged!
Dan Mayfield

JESUS IS BORN: GOD WILL FIX THE MESS, Dan Mayfield

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." Gen. 3:15.
Got a question for you. Is Eve's "seed" in Genesis 3:15 in the singular or plural? Note that God speaks to the devil, who Jesus came to destroy the works of, 1 In 3:8, and God refers to the woman's seed as "it" and "his".
I've read that it's talking about Christ and that it's talking about the church, I.e., Christ and the church will crush the devil's head and his works. It's true. But it's also true that you have no seeds without the first seed, who is Christ. The seed of the woman must, first and foremost, refer to Jesus Christ for there is no crushing of the head of the serpent without Him.
When God said to Abraham, "through your seed all nations will be blessed.", Paul in Galatians makes the point that God meant Christ, one seed, not many seeds, through whom all nations would be blessed. So when God says it to the serpent,

A PRIVATELY HELD CONVICTION: JESUS WAS BORN ROUGHLY 18 MONTHS AFTER THE BEGINNING OF THE SAME YEAR THAT JOHN THE BAPTIST'S FATHER SERVED IN THE TEMPLE. - Dan Mayfield

Because certain events are fixed, Jesus' birth would not have been on December 25, but would have been during the harvest and late fall of the year. This certainly would make the traveling for a census with a pregnant woman more doable.
Since the Jewish year begins with the sliver of the new moon, in the season that seeds can be put in the ground, their year began in March or April. The month can vary since Jews had an occasional leap year that was a month leap where ours is only an added day since our calendar compensates by having 30 and 31 day months. If the spring new moon came up and the priests decided it was still too cold for planting, they would wait to start the year with the next new moon in 29 days.
So what does this mean? Not much. It does make more sense to learn that Jesus was born not in the

OVERWHELMED BY YOUR FAMILY?

When your family overwhelms you, the reason might be selfishness that says, "what about me?" Are you overwhelmed when the children need dinner, baths, Bible time, prayer and to be tucked in? Are you overwhelmed because your son is asking you multiple questions in the middle of your favorite show or game? If so, it is time to look at your priorities. Do whatever it takes to do a good job in raising your children.

WHY JESUS IS NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER

THE DARKNESS IS RISING. EVIL IS GROWING. SATANISM IS BECOMING IN VOGUE. AND THE EVIL OF SATAN IS PRACTICED OPENLY. NOW THE BEAUTY OF JESUS IS EVEN MORE NEEDED. LOVE FAITH HOPE.

THERE IS NO DEMON POSSESSION, Dan Mayfield

I believe in God. I believe in heaven and angels. I believe there are demons and that the devil is lurking to devour. I believe there is a heaven and an eternal hellfire. But I do not believe the miracles are occuring.
Miracles occured in the Bible periodically. 1 Corinthians 13:8 says the miraculous would cease with "tongues" and "prophecies" being representative of all of the gifts outlined in the previous chapter. There are no prophets now. Scripture is completed. So knowing that we do not seeing the raising of the dead and the miraculous, immediate kind of healing we see in the Bible, what about the devil?
_________FEATURED COMMENT_________
Randall Watson: I believe you have set forth the Bible truth on the matter. Thank you for doing that. In

THE CAUSE OF AN UNSTABLE MIND, Dan Mayfield

When two opposing views are held with deep conviction inside the same mind, the internal turmoil this creates will cause an unstable mind.
God created the world miraculously and it evolved too = unstable mind rises.
God created beautiful marriage for family and two men or two women can make a marriage = unstable

Thursday, December 14, 2017

HUSBANDS AND FAMILY

"7You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered." 1 Peter 3:7​

"In the same way". Instructions already given to the wives, 1 Pt 3:1ff. This is equal opportunity instruction, and not one sided (see vss 1-6).

"Live with them". "Dwell", live together, reside together, and refers to "life together at home". There really is no relationship in the world like the one God made to be enjoyed between a husband and wife. "22The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and

Monday, December 04, 2017

HOMILETICS AND SERMON LENGTH, Dan Mayfield

HOMILETICS? I think Jesus and Paul would balk at the rules placed on young preachers in a typical homiletics class. For example, who decided the proper number of minutes a sermon should be? I heard of an old time preacher who often said, "If you can't preach a great sermon in 25-30 minutes you didn't prepare hard enough." Along the same line, someone said, "if a preacher hasn't struck oil in 20 minutes, stop boring." Boring? Who decided great sermons start with a time length?  How did the clock become such a constraint? I do not doubt that a great sermon CAN be done in 25 minutes, but there are many great sermons that are done in 50 minutes. Local congregations, Leaders, and

Sunday, November 26, 2017

GOD WILL NOT LET YOU GO THROUGH LIFE WITHOUT A PRICK, Dan Mayfield

"18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened." Romans 1

The natural power of God's Word is to prick. The natural influence of God's handiwork in all of the world is to bring a moment of spiritual clarity to the soul. When you experience it, do not resist. Resisting God will create a calloused heart that eventually will feel nothing. When you feel the prick of spiritual truth, do not kick against it. What you do when pricked will determine if you spend eternity in heaven or eternity in hell. Said in love. Dan Mayfield

JUST PASSING THROUGH...

"All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth." Hebrews 11:13.
Such a great testimony of so many who saw their heavenly reward from afar and so they walked by faith during their stay upon this earth. They went through many trials and suffered hostility from the devil's children. Maybe one of the saddest passages in the scriptures describes what some of them went through:
"32And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, 33who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the

Monday, November 06, 2017

DENY GOD AND YOU WILL ACT LIKE AN ANIMAL

"12 But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in [a]the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, 13 suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their [b]deceptions, as they carouse with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed

IN CHRISTIANITY, WOMEN ARE NOT THE PREACHERS

"34The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. 35If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church." 1 Cor. 14:34-35; cf 1 Tim. 2:12.
Christianity is the faith, the religion, and the lifestyle that revolves around Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior. Christianity is rooted and grounded in the Bible that does not change. One of the unique and

Friday, October 13, 2017

WHAT'S WRONG WITH BEING HUNGRY? Dan Mayfield

We live in a time when men feel they should have every desire satisfied immediately. If you want something, you just go get it. No waiting. And when the appetite is calling, when the eyes are wanting, don't wait, just get it. But is this the way to be?

Some things are worth waiting for.
Things have priorities and some things take time to grow, to cure, to mature, and to ferment in order to realize their worth. But in our "I want it now and cannot wait" society, we have removed the ingredient of time.

We need balance. For every feast, we need a fast from eating. For every buffet' we belly up to, we need a time to buffet the body to make it our
slave, 1 Cor. 9:27.

When it comes to diet and health, the numbers do not lie that we are damaging our bodies by feeding with the attitude of instant gratification. We never get to the balance that being hungry and waiting

EVERYTHING IS AN EXPEDIENT FOR SOMETHING, Dan Mayfield

An "expedient" is a means to accomplish an end. When the intended goal is to do the Word of God, then an expedient is the vehicle, if you will, that is necessary for accomplishing the end of obedience to the Word. But if your goal is to get lots of people in the building, then raffles and loud music are expedients to accomplish it.

Now there might be several ways to accomplish the goal of obedience. And as long as any one of them does

Thursday, October 05, 2017

DEALING WITH SIN IN THE CHURCH, Dan Mayfield - PLEASE SHARE

Some mistakenly suggest that we should be less divisive with our brethren who disagree with us on Doctrine. When it comes to matters of Salvation and true and Spirit Worship (John 4:22-24), it cannot and must not be ignored.
Sometimes these people mistakenly use the parable of the wheat and tares to promote the idea of Tolerance in the church. That parable by Jesus says to leave the tares, fake Christians, alone or else you will harm the wheat. But tares hanging out in the church must be dealt with and removed. To say we

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

I BELIEVE IN THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT

Someone wrote me and showed he believed Christ is now the Holy Spirit. I wonder why such people reject the Godhead, as it is clearly seen at the baptism of Jesus? The three persons of the Godhead were there in the beginning and said, "let us make man in our image". So when you say that Jesus in his glorified state "now is the spirit", you are misled and are perverting the doctrine of God. We still pray to the Father through Jesus Christ. And the Holy Spirit is still active today, not merely through the Bible, as if He departed on a long vacation and left only His word to work. I do believe He does not work separate or contrary to His Word, but still He works.

MAINTAINING THE HOME, BIBLE LESSON

God blesses the Home - Pro. 3:33; 12:7
Spiritual leadership needed in the home - Eph 5:23; 1 Cor. 11:3.
- A strong Christian woman is usually behind a strong Christian man. Or said another way, behind a strong Christian man is usually a strong Christian woman. This unity is essential to a happy home.
The blessed children - Matthew 18; Psalm 127:
"2It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. 3Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.

DO YOU HAVE CLEAN TEETH?

There's a passage in Amos that says, "I gave you cleanness of teeth." What does that mean? Amos 4 says,
" 6“But I gave you also cleanness of teeth in all your cities
And lack of bread in all your places,
Yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the LORD.
7“Furthermore, I withheld the rain from you

Monday, September 18, 2017

SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP

In general, God wants the man in the home to lead. The wife and the children will follow if they see a spiritual and disciplined life in the man of the house. Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit make the whole man. Set the example that people will follow.

ARE THE DEAD IN PARADISE OR HEAVEN? Dan Mayfield

Jesus said to the thief "today you will be with me in Paradise". That's one side of the Hadean world. Peter speaks of the other side when he says those disobedient spirits are now in prison, pits of darkness, reserved for judgment, see 1 Peter 3:19; 2 Pt.2:4. So I believe the scriptures reveal that the dead are either in Paradise or in Pits of Darkness waiting for the coming Judgment. Of course, being in Paradise implies a judgment has occurred. But so does becoming a Christian, being washed and forgiven, having the seal of salvation imply it as Jesus said to the disciples that they had passed out of death into life, 1 Jn 3:4; Jn. 5:24. So the judgment day will be a time to stand before the great judge and hear Him say, "innocent". Then you enter heaven.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

FLOODS, JUDGMENTS, AND REPENTANCE, Dan Mayfield

When trying to understand and explain a catastrophe, please remember this from Luke 13 that Jesus said "unless you repent you will all likewise perish" (Lk 13:3,5).
In Luke Chapter 13 some people came and reported it to Jesus that Pilate had slaughtered some Galileans and mingled their blood in with the sacrifices being made to him. This is thought to relate historically with what Josephus said about the Galileans that they were a wicked people.
Jesus answered the people by asking if they supposed these Galileans to be greater sinners than all the rest? To me, this question from Jesus was confronting the idea that the Galileans sinned and brought this upon themselves. To ask them, "do you suppose", is a challenge to what they are thinking. Jesus answers and says that, no the Galileans are not greater Sinners than all of the rest. Therefore in that

PARENTING: WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS FOR MAKING A CHILD INTO A CHRISTIAN ADULT? Dan Mayfield

--Lots of love. But remember that love without rules is just indulgence and will spoil and ruin.
--Lots of training and discipline. But remember that discipline without loving care will breed a cold resentment. Fathers, you must take the lead on this. You may not sit back on the couch with controller in hand and let the wife do the training. It's your job, so do it.
"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4).
This means you will teach by word and deed. You will be watching the manners and the habits of your children always being ready for every opportunity to teach.
"9Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to

WE CAN'T BE SAVED IF WE ARE FOCUSING ON HOW BAD EVERYONE ELSE IS: WE MUST REPENT TO BE SAVED, Dan Mayfield

When it came to assigning blame, there were times that Jesus chose instead to force people to look at their own faults.
When it comes to the tragedies of hurricanes or the destruction of skyscrapers, the focus should first be to our own sins. I don't mean that justice shouldn't be executed against evil, but the victims should not be judged as if we know they received what they deserved. We should be looking to ourselves and repenting.
- The one without sin should cast the first stone.
- Take the log from your own eye then you can help others.
- Unless you repent, you will perish like the Galileans and the victims of the fall of the tower of Siloam.
When you want to talk about what others are doing, Jesus wants to talk about what you are doing. We might want to assign blame for the man being born blind. But Jesus dismisses these kinds of judgments that men are prone to latch onto.
Jesus said in Luke 13 that you are all just as sinful as any others and unless you repent, you are going to perish (Luke 13:3,5).
When people say there's salvation without repentance, it's "faith alone" they say, know they are false teachers. The Bible shows that salvation comes only when the sinner repents and turns away from sin. Yes, you have to "do something". It's called "obedience of faith" and it's backed up in Scripture (Acts 3:19; 1 Thess 1:3).
So if you want to be saved, look at Acts 2:38-41. God bless you.

PURPOSE OF BAPTISM MATTERS


GOD'S INVITATION TO SALVATION IS REAL, BUT MANY MAKE EXCUSES AND REJECT HIM, Dan Mayfield

"‘For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.’” Luke 14:24.

When denominations teach that "once you are saved, you are always saved" and cannot lose your salvation, they must explain how the covenant people Israel could be lost. They rejected God's plan when they ought to be the first to get on board with the Messianic plan to save. With these you have the perfect example that a person in covenant with God can turn away and be eternally lost. Think about how it has now been almost 20 centuries since Jesus inaugurated His new covenant and the vast majority of God's covenant people Israel have not believed in Jesus and they have been eternally lost as a result. So we must reject the false doctrine called "perseverance of the saints" which says "once saved, always saved." God invited all to come to the wedding feast. But the majority will make excuses and will resist Him.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

IF CHILDREN ARE LEAVING THE CHURCH BECAUSE IT'S NOT RELEVANT, IT'S NOT THE CHURCH. Dan Mayfield

The "relevance" of the church and Christianity to youths is established at home. The preacher could be a real loser and still good parents would overcome their influence. The Elders could be out of touch and still good parents would influence their children to be faithful to God. Even if the preaching could be weak and the classes shallow, still the home will set the tone for a lifetime of walking with God. I'm not excusing should there be negatives encountered in the church, still a God-centered home with parents living their faith will overcome all of these things and more. So stop the excuses. 

Parents, you show your children why and how Christianity is relevant.  If parents say their children fell away because their children didn't see the relevance of the church, you have to look in the mirror. 

THERE'S NO SALVATION WITHOUT REPENTANCE AND OBEDIENCE, Dan Mayfield

"10For, THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS, MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT. 11“HE MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD; HE MUST SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT." 1 Peter 3:10
MUST MUST MUST. When people claim to represent the Bible and Jesus Christ tell you that salvation isn't contingent on obedience to Christ, know they are misled and they mislead. The blessing of God is for those who believe and obey the Gospel, 2 Thess. 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17.

CHRISTIANS FAST AND PRAY, Dan Mayfield


Fast and Pray. Fasting alone isn't sin, but eating isn't sin either. Instead of jumping onto the fasting fad that even the world is beginning to embrace, be sure that God is the central focus so that your look in the mirror isn't the central focus. Remember that the devil will take a good thing and make it a detriment. This he cannot do if we buffet our bodies with humilty before the throne of grace. There is no sin in fasting for your health. There is no sin in going to the gym for your health either. But these can become gods if we leave God out. Jesus is our example who was consumed with zeal for God. When we seek God, there are times we need to "weep in our soul with fasting". So fast and pray. Psalm 69:10.

BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF SIN, Dan Mayfield

"And He was giving orders to them, saying, 'Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.'” (Mk 8:15)
Beware the influence of false teachers and the influence of those who abuse their power. Their influence will corrupt you.
This is a good reminder for us all to be discriminating on our associations. Bad company corrupts good morals, says Paul, and this is exactly how the devil brings many to ruin.
Beware the influence of the sinful world. Beware of the enticements of power and influence because there is always an undesirable hidden costs. Had you known in the beginning, you would have never gone that way.
I was thinking about the lackadaisical parenting today that ignores the importance of helping the children

AVOIDTHE A.D. 70 DOCTRINE OF STEVE BAISDEN AND OTHERS WHO SAY JESUS HAS ALREADY RETURNED. THE FALSE DOCTRINE IS CALLED 'REALIZED ESCHATOLOGY', 'R.E.' FOR SHORT, AND IT SAYS THAT EVERYTHING IN THE BIBLE (INCLUDING THE 2ND COMING, Rev. 21-22) IS REALIZED, FULFILLED IN 70A.D. AT THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM.

They are teaching a lot of error that is rooted in their belief that everything in the Bible is already passed.

Revelation 20:7ff is still in the future, at the end of Jesus' reign over the kingdom which He established when He sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Revelation 20ff shows the events that occur when that reign is completed. He returns to rescue the church and to judge all of the world. Here's the text: 
"7When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, 8and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. 9And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire

PARENTING CHILDREN WHO HAVE FREE WILL, Dan Mayfield

When a child is growing, the child has no wisdom to be guided by their own will. They have a will and are ready to exercise it. But they need guidance for many years so they stay out of trouble and so they learn to walk with in the Truth. This is God's design that parents impress their will upon the children. At what point does a parent lose control of the will of a child? At 3? At 13? At 18? It is usually at the point that the parent is not willing to press his will upon the child.
Start early. A 1-year-old is guided by the will of the parents. At 3, the child will fall into mischief and needs the will of parents to train him to keep going the right way. When the child begins school, there is much to learn and parents need to be deeply involved to make sure the child is not led astray in attitudes or

Friday, August 04, 2017

What 5 Things to do to Raise Children to go to Heaven, Dan Mayfield [SHARE]

[1] Exemplify the kind of Christian who leaves no doubt with your children that you LOVE God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Never underestimate the power of an example. Talk is cheap, but an example is hard to dismiss. 

[2] Talk, talk, talk about the wonder, the beauty, the kindness of God that you see in the creation and in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is important to set the example, but parents also must put into words the truth they believe so that children have no misconceptions. 

[3] Train your children in all their ways. Habits. Words. Attitudes. All areas of the child's life falls within the responsibility of parents to develop. If you are failing here and feel out of your depth, seek guidance and help from older

Sunday, July 16, 2017

GOD SAID TO SING: NOISE DARKENS WHILE WORDS ENLIGHTEN, Dan Mayfield

"What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also." 1 Cor 14:15.

If clapping the hands, clicking the tongue, snapping the fingers, popping the lips, slapping the knees, and humming the vocal cords is able to communicate intelligible words that speak to the spirit AND to the mind's understanding, then do them. Otherwise, silence them.

"speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;" Eph. 5:19.

FASTING BENEFITS

DUKE UNIVERSITY, IN ABOUT 2010, WAS EXPERIMENTING ON MICE AND FOUND THAT BY MAKING THEM FAST, CANCER WAS DISAPPEARING AND THE MICE WERE LIVING ABOUT 30% LONGER THAN THEIR FELLOW MICE. Because they couldn't force humans to fast as they did the mice, the doctors came up with "intermittent fasting" which means restricting eating to a period of time each day. This leaves the rest of the day for the body to burn glycogen stores and then move to burning fat. It takes about 8 hours for the body to burn up the quick burning, easy access glycogen. So the fasting window each day has to be longer than 8 hours. So against the modern theory that you must eat breakfast, skip it, and wait to eat until after noon. Your eating

PARENTING REMINDER: MONITOR AND TAKE CONTROL OF WHO IS INFLUENCING YOUR CHILDREN, Dan Mayfield

"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4.

Magazines are a way to bypass the parental controls and indoctrinate children into godless attitudes. TEEN VOGUE apparently has an issue that teaches young girls about ........ Well, I can't say it. But it's dangerous sexual practices. If your daughters and sons are allowed by you to read the modern filth, the corruption of their souls is on you. Parents, take charge. And remember, get control of your children by the age of 3 or you likely won't have the at 16. Said with love.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

THE LORD'S SUPPER AND THE SUNDAY ASSEMBLY, Dan Mayfield

When the Church assembled for worship determined the frequency of partaking of it. Acts 20:6,7 shows that the Christians assembled for the purpose of remembering the Lord's Death by partaking of the Lord's Supper. 1 Cor 11 shows that the "as often as you partake" was when the Christiansassembled together. The text in 1 Cor 11 does not suggest it was done with a common meal. The common meal was done at home. The Lord's Supper was done when they came together and that text says it 4 times (yellow). As in on the first day of the week. And the prevalence of unleavened bread hasn't got a thing to do with proving how often they partook. The argument is not that it can't be done every day because there's no unleavened bread. There just is nothing to suggest it (green) was done apart from the congregational assembly. The Acts 2:46 was a common meal and not the Lord's Supper. This was the first day of the Week. The Lord's Death was remembered on the Lord's Day by partaking of the Lord's Supper.

JESUS SAID YOU ARE TO GET IN THE WATER, Dan Mayfield

Folks, Jesus said "be baptized". It's a word for immersion, as in going down to the Jordan River, or some other body of water, and God washes away your sins. For some reason God chose that adult immersion would be the point of salvation. Look up these verses. Acts 2:38; Acts 8:12; Acts 22:16; Romans 6;3-5; Galatians 3:26-27; Colossians 2:12-13; 1 Peter 3:21. If you want to be washed by the blood of Christ, turn from sins and be baptized today. 
I had someone tell me the baptism of Mark 16:16 is holy Spirit baptism. I said really? I showed the person that the parallel verse is in Matthew 28:19. I said, "do you stay consistent and say holy Spirit baptism is "in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit"? He couldn't answer. I think he went home and called his pastor. Do not listen to a so-called Christian who says you do not need to be baptized to be saved.  If you respect the Scriptures, then get out your Bible and look up what it says about being baptized.

SUPPORT THE PREACHER, Dan Mayfield

Ministers/Preachers Are to Be Supported by the Church - 3 Jn 1:7-8; 1 Cor. 9:11-12; Gal 6:6ff
-- "7For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth." 3 John 1:7-8
-- "11If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much for us to reap a material harvest from you? 12If others partake of this right to your support, shouldn’t we have it all the more?...." 1 Cor. 9:11-12.
-- "6The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him. 7Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life." Gal. 6:6-8
The Minister of the Gospel is a laborer in the church, and Jesus and Paul say, "the laborer is worthy of his wages".

WORSHIP: ACCEPTABLE TO GOD, Dan Mayfield

"1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable (Gr. well-pleasing) to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable (well-pleasing) and perfect." - Romans 12

Worship that is conformed to this world, cannot be "well-pleasing" to God. Our minds need to be transformed to prove what is good, well-pleasing, and perfect to God.
What is worship and why is the Sunday assembly worship? 

I won't debate if everything we do is worship (it's not) but the most natural thing for Christians to do in the commanded assembly (Heb 10:25) is to pour out devotion to God who is worthy. We do so in prayer. We do so in song. We do so in the time we devote to hearing from God thru His word. We do so in the sober reflection of the cross in the meal. We do so in the sacrifice of money. These we do. To go beyond is to add and risk death.

IMPROPER WORSHIP - Not Acceptable Worship
" 8‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.

THERE'S NO NEUTRAL GROUND

He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters." Luke 11:23
The Swiss are famously known as a neutral country. In World War II they claimed to be neutral but not cowardly. The problem is their continued banking with the Germans and their immigration policy that turned away Jews who were fleeing from Germany. That's not neutral.
When it comes to Jesus Christ, there's no room for anything less than complete allegiance to Him. If a person is not for Jesus and a defender of everything Jesus stands for, he is against Jesus. That's it.

DRESSING UP FOR GOD (CHALLENGING CONVENTION), Dan Mayfield

[Disclaimer: I'm not promoting wearing clothing that's immodest or has immoral messages]
Are you "dressed up" for God? I mean do you wear your "Sunday best" when you worship God? And not just on Sunday, but every day of the week. Are you always "dressed in readiness", prepared for the eventuality of His return (Lk 12:35)? Are you dressed in His righteousness having clothed yourself with Christ at Baptism (Galatians 3:26,27)?
Sin is a terrible garment to wear. Without out God's forgiveness, we are like Joshua who was "clothed in filthy garments" (Zechariah 3:3). When God forgave Joshua, it says, " “See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes" (Zechariah 3:4). Likewise, because of our obedient

Saturday, June 24, 2017

SALVATION IS A GIFT: RESPONDING IN FAITH DOESN'T "EARN" ETERNAL LIFE, ~ Dan Mayfield

"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God" Eph 2:8 I completely agree with the Apostle Paul - and with the denominations - that salvation is entirely a gift and that there aren't enough works in all the world that a man could do to earn or merit it. Salvation is God's gift. Period. And even if God commanded for people to confess Christ, and to repent, and be baptized to gain that salvation, still it wouldn't earn or merit the salvation. "Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?" Acts 8:36. Responding to Jesus doesn't earn eternal life. Philip "preached Jesus" to the Eunuch and that's when the Eunuch asked to be baptized. The Eunuch didn't ask to "earn" eternal life. The Eunuch didn't protest and say, "that would nullify the grace of God!" The Eunuch didn't say, "Philip, you are mistaken. I'm waiting for the baptism of the Holy Spirit." Nope, the preacher preached Jesus and baptism in water for remission of sins. There is a sense of urgency to be baptized because it's the place where God's saving grace is first received, Acts 22:16. By responding in faith, the Eunuch was saved by grace.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

THE BASIS FOR MORALITY AND SALVATION, Dan Mayfield

Romans 2:16 says "God will judge the secrets of men through Jesus Christ." Romans 2:16. The soul has a day of reckoning to answer to God for it lived in the flesh.
Paul said earlier, "5But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS:" Romans 2:5-6
In these warnings we see the important points of doctrine that man will meet God and be judged
John Quincy Adams said, "There are three points of doctrine, the belief of which, forms the foundation of all morality. The first is, the existence of a God ; the second is the immortality of the human soul; and the third is, a future state of rewards and punishments."
Adams was right, I believe that these are the basis for morality. But is it enough?

TRUE RELIGION FROM JESUS CHRIST, Dan Mayfield - STUDY ON MONDAY NIGHT, 5/15/17

Religion comes from the Latin religio, meaning "to bind fast". The Greek word in James 1 is Threiskos, which is a word meaning fearing or worshiping God, devout, observance of the Bible. Consider that there are at least four kinds of religion. Here they are.

[1] Outdated religion from God. Paul referred to the whole system of Jewish life under the Law of Moses as religion. He said in Acts 26:5 "they knew me from the first, if they were willing to testify, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee."
--> Paul who lived under that religion with a good conscience (Acts 23:1), as it was handed down all the way back with Moses, was no longer observing it. It was at one time "holy, righteous and good" (Romans 7:12), but it became obsolete (Heb 8:6-13). We should not observe even a legitimate,

NONE OF US ARE SINLESS: OUR SIN HAS LASTING CONSEQUENCES THAT CAN'T BE UNDONE, Dan Mayfield

Paul made it clear to all that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, Romans 3:9-10,23. Most believers admit this is true, but what most Christians won't admit is that this sin has consequences which cannot be undone.

When Adam and Eve sinned, they could be forgiven, but the lasting consequence was being pushed out of the garden, away from the tree of life. The harm couldn't be undone.

"7Our fathers sinned, and are no more; It is we who have borne their iniquities." Lamentations 5

Parents often harm their children. They may feed them well, lavish them with all of the toys of life,

JESUS DID NOT TEACH "FAITH ONLY" DOCTRINE - Dan Mayfield

"I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance." Lk 15:7

He said unless you and I Repent, we will perish, Lk 13:3.

Faith only doctrine says a person is required to do nothing to be saved since Jesus died on the cross and paid the debt. Well it's true that none of us can't pay the debt, but we must believe, and Repent, and be baptized in faith to be saved by His blood.

God and His angels rejoice when sinners repent.

About the 99 who did not need to repent, just compare these with the brother of the prodigal son who was always in the father's house. The rejoicing that day was for the son who did need to repent.

THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, Dan Mayfield

All 3 Persons of the Godhead existed from the days of eternity; all 3 were active in Genesis 1 and the creation; all 3 were pictured in the Old Testament, see Isaiah 48:16; all 3 were present at the baptism of Jesus; all 3 are depicted in Acts 2; all 3 are important in the Great Commission baptism; and the 3 are represented in the inspired New Testament Letters such as by Paul:

"May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you." 2 Cor. 13:14; cf Philippans 2:1.

If you deny the Holy Spirit, you deny God. If you deny and ignore Jesus Christ, you deny God. All 3 continue working and must not be denied.

12 or 120+12: WHO RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM IN ACTS 2? Dan Mayfield

Does Acts 1 and 2 suggests that it was the 120, along with the Apostles, who were filled with the Spirit? According to the text, the "they were all together in one place" refers back to the antecedent, the apostles mentioned in Acts 1:26. And the proceeding text in chapter 2 bears this out in the use of the pronouns "they" and "them" carried through until v14 when it says "Peter, standing up with the eleven." Then later, when it says the audience was pricked, it says, "they were cut to the quick, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Men and brethren, what shall we do?" v37. There is nothing in chapter 2 to suggest that the 120 of the previous chapter, nor the others mentioned in Luke 24:32,33, are the ones who received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Later in chapter 2, it again supports the contention that only the Apostles received this outpouring, saying, "Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done THROUGH THE APOSTLES." v43. There's not a shred of evidence to support the position that the 120 disciples also received the outpouring of Acts 2.

THE RELIGION OF THE FLESH, Dan Mayfield

"These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence." Colossians 2:23

What do you want? You want to satisfy the flesh? If so, there are many voices in the world who have something to sell you. They will teach you to deprive the flesh here by indulging the flesh there. And if you want, they will even call it spiritual. And so you follow them with their promises of toned bodies through delicious protein shakes. But what appears to be nirvana, is really just fleshly. Sure, you are wearing two sizes smaller clothing and you have a new sports car, but the divorce papers and estrangement from the kids are keeping you up at night. As you lighten yourself of some things, for some reason the burdens on your mind are increasing. The put together bodies of Hollywood with their slick fitness programs have not set you free. You are still a slave to the flesh and unsatisfied. The world can offer you a 3 night and four day ticket to paradise,

THE COMING JUDGMENT: ALL WILL STAND TRIAL, Monday night class, 5/22/17

2 Cor 5:10-11, "10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences."

Q: Why do people say God would not send people to hell fire? Jesus said things like, “If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell, 48 where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A NEW TERM: GEOLOGIAN, Dan Mayfield

I heard the term "Geologian" for the first time today. A geologian is one who believes that man arrived on this planet by evolutionary processes. Such he is a studier of "Geo" earth instead of "Theo" God. In other words, a geologian is just another term for atheist. He believes that man is not the product of the Theos God, but is the product of the Earth. Earth therefore, according to a Geologian, is the one to be revered. I wonder how many in our world today have blindly rejected God only to bow at the altar of this earth god?

Though the earth is a marvelous thing, it is an inferior god. Too bad that Geo-logy has become a religion to many people. I will never be a geologian.

Again, Paul addressed this foolishness, when he said, "18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in

THE BASIS FOR MORALITY AND SALVATION, Dan Mayfield

Romans 2:16 says "God will judge the secrets of men through Jesus Christ." Romans 2:16. 
The soul has a day of reckoning to answer to God for it lived in the flesh.

Paul said earlier, "5But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS:" Romans 2:5-6
In these warnings we see the important points of doctrine that man will meet God and be judged
John Quincy Adams said, "There are three points of doctrine, the belief of which, forms the foundation of all morality. The first is, the existence of a God ; the second is the immortality of the human soul; and the third is, a future state of rewards and punishments."
Adams was right, I believe that these are the basis for morality. But is it enough?
Let us explore and come to some conclusions. 

[2] First, Is Believing in God the Basis for MoralityI want to say that acknowledging the point of doctrine that God exist is most certainly the foundation of all morality.
Paul says in Romans 1 that when man rejects God, society devolves and becomes depraved.

TRUE RELIGION FROM JESUS CHRIST, Dan Mayfield - STUDY ON MONDAY NIGHT, 5/15/17

Religion comes from the Latin religio, meaning "to bind fast". The Greek word in James 1 is Threiskos, which is a word meaning fearing or worshiping God, devout, observance of the Bible. Consider that there are at least four kinds of religion. Here they are.

[1] Outdated religion from God. Paul referred to the whole system of Jewish life under the Law of Moses as religion. He said in Acts 26:5 "they knew me from the first, if they were willing to testify, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee."
-->Paul who lived under that religion with a good conscience (Acts 23:1), as it was handed down all the way back with Moses, was no longer observing it. It was at one time "holy, righteous and good" (Romans 7:12), but it became obsolete (Heb 8:6-13). We should not observe even a legitimate, God ordained, religion if God has made it obsolete.

[2] Human formed religion. For sure, there is false religion. Paul in Colossians 2 says, "These things

NONE OF US ARE SINLESS: OUR SIN HAS LASTING CONSEQUENCES THAT CAN'T BE UNDONE, Dan Mayfield

Paul made it clear to all that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, Romans 3:9-10,23. Most believers admit this is true, but what most Christians won't admit is that this sin has consequences which cannot be undone.

When Adam and Eve sinned, they could be forgiven, but the lasting consequence was being pushed out of the garden, away from the tree of life. The harm couldn't be undone.

You can be forgiven, but your children may never trust you as they would have. You can be forgiven, but your wife may never trust you as she did. Maybe you were a doctor and lost our license to practice. You should have no expectations. Maybe you were influential before going to prison. You have no expectation of being restored to your former state. And to the

Thursday, May 04, 2017

FOOL THE ENEMY: THE WISDOM OF CHRIST, Dan Mayfield

Sun Stzu said, "Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack. O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible; and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands."1 (Book 6:8,9)
Jesus came to save the world from a powerful enemy. Jesus did not win by conventional means. He fooled the blinded and carnal-minded, and won by not fighting their fight, but instead by appearing weak and not up to the task of defeating satan. He was "meek and lowly", Mt 11:29. His followers were blue collar workers, the despised, and rabble-rousers. Still, the spiritual mind was attracted to Him; the unspiritual was repelled. Jesus did not fight evil the way evil fights a war. He did not garner favor with the rich and powerful in order to expand his power base. He did not assemble a mighty arsenal. He did not amass great wealth. But He engaged the enemy with unbeatable truth and with His own flesh on the front line of battle, He died. And through death to life, He shook the enemy to the core as no conventional,

INCREASING IGNORANCE: A SIGN OF THE TIMES, Dan Mayfield

Excerpt: "In addition to just one in five not being able to change a lightbulb or boil an egg, the survey found that nearly a third of the participants couldn’t cook any meal on the fly. And if someone were to spill a portion of their meal on their clothes or on the floor, only 59 percent would know how to get rid of the resulting stain."1
We seem to be inching closer to the comical condition depicted in the 2006 satire movie, Idiocracy, where a regular six-pack Joe is the smartest person in the world and literally everyone else thinks everything he does is Einstein smart.
Children come into the world to learn and fill up their brains. But there's so much television and video

THE TERRIBLE COST OF IMMORALITY, Dan Mayfield

Paul said the wages of sin is death, Rom. 6:23. Going to hell is the worst price, but you know there are many more costs for sin.
The law of sowing and reaping, Gal. 6:7, reminds us of what Adam himself learned that there are negative, immediate, earthborn consequences felt for sin.
- Children without fathers who are scarred through the abandonment.
- Living children in the womb are destroyed before they take their first breath leading to decreased respect for life in general.
- Rampant spread of sexually transmitted diseases leading to failing health and shortened lives. "A nearly 40 percent increase in gonorrhea has Maryland health officials scrambling"1
- Redefining of the basic family, which has biologic and biblical support, to be any perverse union of two or more

GENDER CONFUSION

Children are only confused as the parents who raise them. A parent who has the common sense attitude that a boy is going to be a man will know how to handle all circumstances that arise. If the child asks any question of doubt, a father simply has to say is "you are a boy and you will be a man; that's how God made you." And with that, the boy will move quite naturally in that direction. End of confusion. End of controversy. Boys need a dad, just as God designed them to have.

NOTICE HOW THEY TOOK OUT THE COMMANDMENT AGAINST GRAVEN IMAGES BUT STILL GOT 10 COMMANDMENTS BY SPLITTING THE TENTH INTO TWO?

The use of images was forbidden in the Law of Moses. But it is a law that transcends time that no image  10 has been removed, popularly so, in order shield criticism for having gold, silver, wood images?
or any substitute should be set up to be revered. "29 Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man." Acts 17:29. Do you notice which of the
An example of transcendent laws is the first great commandment. The Jews would recite daily what was called the Shema from Deuteronomy 6:4-5 which Jesus repeats, saying, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, teh LORD is one, And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all

THINK ABOUT THE WAY YOU ARE TRAINING YOUR CHILD TO GO, Dan Mayfield

Some say Pro. 22:6 only indicates a principle. I don't know what that would mean. Some, are more confident, and say it is a general promise. I go a step further and say Pro. 22:6 is a fact.
What do I mean? Well, children are being taught many things. Children go the way they are trained to go. It's true in many ways. However, only a few, even only a few Christians, actually teach their children to go the way of God. Many will defend parents of children who have gone astray and say they seemed to have tried. But what I notice is that parents often allow too much of the world into their child's life. The music is carnal and there's little to no control or input from the parents. Video games and television are more of an influence than is the church. It's a huge mistake. The peers are pulling their children away and yet the parents feel it isn't their place to decide who their children make friends with.
Instead of dismissing the reality of what is said in Proverbs 22:6, we should first examine how many parents actually "train up their children in the way to go".

DID WE HAVE REBELLIOUS CHILDREN: MY CHILDREN WERE NOT AS REBELLIOUS AS I WAS STRONG, Dan Mayfield

"Indeed, no one can enter a strong man’s house to steal his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house." Mark 3:27
We have five children who are all married and with children. By June we will have fifteen grandchildren. When my children were young, I was the strong man and as long as they were in my home, no one could have them.
Did we have rebellious children? That's a tough question. All children grow up and become adults and they become sinners against God. So that's rebellion. If they sinned against God, you can be certain they disobeyed their parents more than once. But how bad was it?
Good parents don't think their children never make mistakes or disobey. Instead, good parents look forward to using those instances for teaching and learning. And the earlier they get caught and learn the lessons, the better! We prayed to see the mistakes our children made so that we could correct them and keep the mistakes from becoming bigger ones. We had daily prayers. There was daily talking about God. One of my daughters said that as a teen she decided to count the number of times I mentioned God in a [LONG READ]

GOD OWNS THE WORLD AND CALLS ON THE ENTIRE WORLD TO ACCEPT HIS SON

"1And He began to speak to them in parables: “A man PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT, AND DUG A VAT UNDER THE WINE PRESS AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. 2“At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers. 3“They took him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4“Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully. 5“And he sent another, and that one they killed; and so with many others, beating some and killing others. 6“He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7“But those vine-growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’ 8“They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. 9“What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others." Mark 12.
The religious leaders in Jerusalem were pictured in the parable as those who rejected every kindness of God. In every way they resisted His will. And Jesus indicates that they will commit worst sin by killing the Son.
Looking more broadly, God is always in charge of the world and has interest that men further His divine work. Each man in this world is either advancing or impeding the righteous work of God. Men either honor the Son or else they reject Him. On judgment day, every man will be call to account for what he did in God's vinyard, the world, and how he responded to Jesus Christ, the Son.

FALSE TEACHING THROUGH FALSE READING, Dan Mayfield

When you read the Bible, how do you read it? What emotion do you read into it? What attitude do you project as you read it aloud?
Consider this text from Mark 10:
"23And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!” 24The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?” Mk 10:23-26.
Look at that last question by the disciples: "then who can be saved?" Do you read it without emotion and allow the reader to decide? Or do you read it with emotion? Do you read the question as coming from humble disciples? Do you read the question with scorn? Are the disciples forlorn or are they angry?

HAVE YOU BEEN BAPTIZED LIKE JESUS? Dan Mayfield

When John was baptizing in the river Jordan and Aenon near Salim, the truly repentant were immersed to wash their sins away. Everyone was coming to receive this blessing. Jesus also obeyed the command "to fulfill all righteousness" even though He had no sin. If a man who had no sin needed to be baptized, how much more a sinner!
When God has commanded for adult sinners to be baptized, but they don't because they were sprinkled as an infant, they have not yet obeyed Jesus Christ.
"29When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they acknowledged God’s justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for

RESPECT

Evolutionary scientist, Evolutionary psychologist, Crop Circleologists, Sasquatchologists, UFOlogists, Palm Readers, and Astrologers all have my equal respect. - Dan Mayfield

BECAUSE THEY FEEL SOMETHING DOESN'T MAKE IT SO: WE CAN LOVE THEM, BE KIND TO THEM, AND WE CAN STILL BE FAITHFUL TO THE TRUTH, Dan Mayfield

The young people today are being bombarded with daily public message that you must accept the normalcy of homosexuality and transgenderism. And the young people get little to no support or guidance on what to think or say about it.
"He created them male and female" Gen. 5:2
First, the male and female sexes are fixed both biologically and Scripturally. There is nothing in Scripture and there is nothing in science to establish more than these two genders.
Second, the confusion needs to be cleared up that the cultural argument isn't a scientific argument - even though that's the claim. The argument is an emotional one based upon what people feel. What people feel and what they like or want is multi-varied and diverse. That's true. When the "spectrum" of genders is being discussed [see my 'graphic'], what is being presented as scientific is really just subjective feelings. Feeling like you are something other than male or female has no more basis than feeling you are a dog

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