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 game, and sports and worldly pursuits distraction being encouraged, that the more useful learning and being taught how to learn is being neglected on a wide scale.
Because man is made in God's image with a soul that will live forever, and which has an affinity to the spiritual/invisible, and children must be taught about God and Jesus. If we teach our children how they should go, they won't depart from it. The problem? Most people are allowing the world to do more of the teaching so that they barely know how to change a light buld, let alone how to find the light of Christ.
Another sign of the times? Of those young people between the ages of 18-34, more are still living at home than are living with a spouse. The so-called "failure to launch" is the failure of parenting to launch their children, but no one is willing to take the blame for this.

1. https://www.studyfinds.org/change-lightbulb-household-chores-study/

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 people so that the biblically defined marriage for life is an oddity.
- Confusion, fear, and despair leading to stress that incapacitates. Technology isn't making life more satisfying as 1 in 3 18 to 24 year olds say they are lonely most or all of the time.2
- Societal breakdown, lawlessness, and anarchy leading to lack of trust and love.
Sin in society will manifest itself in many ways that lead to breakdown that destroys stability.
Thankfully, God forgives those who ask Him. "And now why do you delay? Arise and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on His name." Acts 22:16. Even though we might suffer short or long term maladies and griefs due to sin, we can be forgiven and have eternal life. Praise the Lord.
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1. https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/health/treatment_and_diseases/health-officials-encourage-testing-as-std-cases-in-maryland-rise/article_8f38eabd-22ba-573b-b605-60f0c20d3e3d.html

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 or a cat, or feeling you are 10 when the calendar says you are 50. Feelings don't make anything so. Feel what you want, but our young people need to understand the argument isn't scientific and it's not biblical.
Third, this debate is not harmless esoteric quibbling. Basing your foundational life principles on feelings is akin to building your life on sand. One error of thought begets another and another. Following the feelings of modern secularism is a direct threat to the Truth of God for they cannot co-exist.
Since children come into the world as male or female, it is incumbent upon parents to tell their children that on this matter they don't get a choice. Johnny is told he is a boy. Susie is to be told she is a girl. Both are to act accordingly. The future happiness and salvation of these children depends on parents being UNCONFUSED about this.
The world must see Christians upholding the Truth. And the world needs to see from Christians the same kind of love and patience that Christ would show to them. Not acceptance of their sin, but kindness and patience. Teach them do a 180 from their vain thinking. Teach them to believe in God and obey His commandments. Teach them God's law on sexuality and marriage and family. If the church and the Christian families fail here, we will all be partially responsible for the demise of many souls.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT IF YOU BELIEVE IN DARWIN'S THEORY OF EVOLUTION, YOU ARE A FOOL. Dan Mayfield

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Gen. 1:1
Friend, you didn't make yourself. God made you. Mindless, unthinking, unguided nature, didn't make you. Non-living matter didn't have the creative power to create anything, let alone to become living and evolve from the simple to complex life. All of the genius of man is more capable than mindless matter, yet man can't make the simplest single-celled organism. So why should anyone believe the nonsense of evolution?
There is a God. Accept it. He is perfect in power, presence and knowledge. He is powerful enough to make everything. He is wise enough to make it all function together. And he must be good enough to

IT'S INTERESTING TO SEE HOW BIBLE BELIEVERS ONLY A FEW HUNDRED YEARS AGO SHOWED MUCH MORE RESPECT FOR THE TRUTHFULNESS OF THE BIBLE.

In the letters of John Quincy Adams to his college bound son, note the date he gives for Moses receiving the Law.
"But to judge of its excellence as a system of laws, it must be compared with human codes which existed or were promulgated at nearly the same age of the world in other nations. Remember, that the law was given 1,490 years before Christ was born, at the time the Assyrian and Egyptian monarchies existed: but of their government and laws we know scarcely anything save what is collected AND ITS TEACHINGS." - Letters of John Quincy Adams, to His Son, on the Bible and Its Teachings, Letter V
It is a mark of the conservative and reverential approach to Scriptures to use this date of 1,490 b.c. The liberal approach, that doubts inspiration, dates the time of Moses in the 13th century b.c., instead of the 15th b.c. A person who believes God gave the Bible to man is going to accurately place Moses in the date that Adams did.
DO YOU KNOW WHY THE LIBERAL 13TH CENTURY B.C. DATE DOESN'T WORK?

DESIRE IS THE DRIVING FORCE FOR THE WILL: IT'S NOT 'WILL POWER' WE NEED, IT'S DESIRE, Dan Mayfield

What you want or desire is what will guide you today. When you lament that you lack will power, consider that it is the desire that you lack.
"I want to read the Bible daily, but lack the will power." "I want to be stronger, but I lack the will power to go to the gym." "I want to diet, but I lack the will power." "I want to come to church every Sunday, but I lack the will power." "I want to do better on my grades, but I lack the will power to put down the remote

Friday, April 21, 2017

IT'S CALLED BEING A DAD: RAISING BOYS, Dan Mayfield

When a little son says, "le't play dolls and I want to be the mommy", a wise dad says, "No, you are a boy and someday you are going to be a dad. You can be the dad."
When a little boy says to his dad, "I want to be a princess", a wise dad says, "Son, you are not a princess and you can never be a princess. You are the Prince and here's your sword."
When a little boys says, "I want to feel pretty". The wise dad says, "You're handsome. There's no time in your life that you should feel 'pretty'. You are going to be a man and men don't make pretty. Girls are pretty. That's how God made them. God did not make you to be a girl. He made you to be a boy and that's what you are going to be."
When your boy wants panties. You say no. Then you find out what person is putting this into his head.

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

GOD MADE THINGS PLEASURABLE: THE NEED FOR SELF-CONTROL, Dan Mayfield

AT the lecture last Saturday, I was talking about Romans 14 and the issue of meat which in part related to
Jewish Christians still feeling uneasy about eating some meats they felt unclean; even though Jesus showed all foods to be clean, Mk 7:19.
I asked the audience for a show of hands of those who did not like bacon. Out of the 140 or so adults present, only 1 raised her hand. That is a remarkable number. How many other foods would enjoy such favorability?! Not liking bacon is like not liking sunshine or pretty flowers. Bacon, and steaks and chicken are definitely from God.
2“The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the

PARENTS KNOW THEY AREN'T DEALING WITH THEIR "BRATTY" CHILDREN, Dan Mayfield

If you are ignoring and not correcting that your child is mean, nasty, disrespectful, etc, then you should expect that your lack of attention and correction is going to be directly responsible for them having the same behavior at 14 years old. And when they leave for college or marriage and do not have a Christian spirit, know that your lack of attention when they were young is directly responsbible for their lack of faith. You didn't want to hear this. But when you are older and your child is not following God, you will not be

ROMANS 14 - Class Study and Discussion, Dan Mayfield

1. Who is the "weak" person and how is the strong strong Christian to treat him? vv1-2. Verse 2 shows who the "weak" brother is. It is not the one who eats any meat. But it is the one who won't eat the meat thinking doing so would be tantamount to idolatry (1 Cor. 8) or to one opposed to eating meats thinking they are unclean though Jesus declared all food to be clean (Mk 7:19).
2. What does God view the weak or the strong Christian? v3
3. Meat and vegetables. Who won't eat meat? Gal. 2:11-13; 1 Cor. 8:4-7

Thursday, April 06, 2017

THE ELDERLY MAN BEING CONSIDERED FOR APPOINTMENT AS AN ELDER: the spiritual condition of his children, by Dan Mayfield

"the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion." Titus 1:6.

In Paul's list of requirements for a man to be an Elder, Paul says that he is presently (must be, present infinitive) the husband of one wife. Paul also says that the man presently has, not had, but has in the present, children who believe. Why this requirement? Because his performance as a father is part of the consideration for deciding if he can manage God's household.

"but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?" 1 Tim. 3:5.

Here is what Paul is saying. The elderly married man had children and he raised them to believe in Jesus so that even now, as you examine and consider him now for this office, he presently has

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

WHERE MOST CRAZY COMES FROM, Dan Mayfield

I think craziness or insanity can to a large degreee be laid at the feet of the deceptions we accept. The deceived person is a divided person because in the same body two belief systems dwell. Having diametrically opposing ideas in the same brain and heart and soul constitutes an internal war. There's a war in the mind of every person who believes the lie that there's no God. There's a war in the mind of someone who claims to believe in God and is at the same time accusing God of evil. These contradictions are a constant flash point of conflict. The person will suffer mightily. Both inside in the core of his or her being, but then also with, or should I say against, true believers in Christ. These

MORAL CONVICTION AGAINST SIN, Dan Mayfield

If your theology has a lot of grays, you are almost certainly in conflict with God. If God says something is evil, but you say, 'well....", you have a problem.

Things are morally right or wrong. Everything we do in the sight of God has a plus or minus attached to it. Things are right or they are wrong. Romans 2:5-11 (look it up) says that God is going to judge every soul based on what they do, whether good or evil. And good and evil is clearly spelled out in the Bible.

When God is solidly stating that something is morally wrong, a Christian must be just as solid on the matter. Paul said in 1 Corinthians that homosexuals who haven't repented of it, adulterers who

FELLOWSHIP LESSON, Dan Mayfield

Last week we looked at fellowship from 1 John 1 and saw that it is conditional on the basis of believing in the Christ who was heard, seen, and touched.

Today's text: "14Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 17“Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. 18“And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” " 2 Cor. 6:14-18

Says the Lord Almighty. Bound together - literally 'unequally yoked'
"You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together." Deuteronomy 22:10
Not with unbelievers - they will corrupt your good morals.
Not with the unrighteous - close ties with the unrighteous
Not with darkness - Christians are to come out of the darkness and be of the day.

TYPES OF SIN. DIFFERENCE IN SINS, for 4/10/17

In general, how is sin defined? 1 John 3:4.

Remain dead still, don't move, don't think, don't flinch, and you have just sinned?
There is the sin of omission which is NOT doing what God commanded to be fine. It's the sin of doing nothing when God said to do something. James says the one who knows the right thing to do, but does not do it, it's sin, James 4:17. Jesus points to people who won't be saved because they did stuff, but they did not do the will of the Father, My. 7:21ff.

There is also the sin of commission which is done by doing what God said not to do, Col. 3:25. The is the flip side of opposite of the sin of omission. Only those who do God's will will be saved.
Romans 1; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Cor. 6:9-11

The natural and good becomes something not so good? Have you ever heard of the good becoming

WHY SHOULD YOU EVER TRUST SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT FEAR GOD? Dan Mayfield

A godless man has only to please man's eyes. He does not believe God is watching. The Bible says the Lord sees the evil and the good, Pro. 15:3. A godless man doesn't care what God sees. He cares about making a profit. Perhaps he will try to appear more honest than the business competition, but it's appearances. What you don't see you don't know.

I bought a 2004 Buick last year, supposedly low mileage, that according to the vehicle report had no accidents. Funny thing is that I began looking under my car and noticed that it had an aftermarket front bumper being held in place by a gerry rigged hanger made from a Minnesota license plate! Car

40,000 POUNDS OF BACON DESTROYED or A LEGION OF EVIL SPIRITS CAST OUT, Dan Mayfield

In Mark 5 we are told that Jesus went and visited the land of the Gadarenes and there He found a man who was overtaken with a legion of evil spirits. He was doing great harm to himself. Chains could not contain him. But Jesus cast out the legion into a herd of 2,000 pigs which all at once ran to the cliff and jumped into the sea to their death. There were 2,000 pigs in the herd. If there is 20 pounds of bacon per pig, that makes 40,000 pounds of bacon, not to mention all of the pork loins, roasts, and more. The people of the city were afraid and told Jesus to leave. They were more upset about losing the pigs than to be happy for the man who was sitting, clothed, and in his right mind. It's a real dilemma. Do we love the bacon more than I hate someone suffering? Do we love money more than our souls? Do we love the friends of the world more than the church? Do we love the Bible more than we love the doctrines of men? When we are confronted with the truth from Jesus, then is found out what we love most.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A LAND OF AN ENDLESS DAY, Dan Mayfield

"There will be no more night in the city, and they will have no need for the light of a lamp or of the sun. For the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever." Rev. 22:5

In heaven there will be no night, no sun, for God will be the light there. What if when we follow our long ago departed loved ones into heaven, that to them there was no time at all between their entrance and our being united with them in that glorious day? To the living, it is years, decades, centuries, and even millenia in time difference, but in the land of an endless day, it is all in the same day. The passage of time dims the memories and warmth of important relationships. But in the land that has no

WHEN I THINK ACCORDING TO HUMAN REASONING, IT'S JUST TOO HARD TO IMAGINE.... Dan Mayfield

According to my human thinking, it's hard to imagine that people are lost because they didn't get immersed. But God's thoughts are higher than my thoughts. When I think according to my flesh, it's too hard to imagine that gossip could send someone to hell. But I am not God. When I reason according to human relations, I can't imagine that it matters two hoots if religious people worship with musical instruments. But men like things God doesn't like. When I think according to my emotions, I can't imagine that divorce is serious enough that most remarried people are in ongoing sin. God looks on sin different than man does. When I think according to the world, I can't accept that most people are going to hell for eternity. Men don't like the idea of being judged. When I think according to what the human side likes and wants and feels, I can't imagine that out of all of the religions, that Jesus is the only right way. God says He alone is to be worshiped. When I think

MEN CAN'T BE PREGNANT AND MEN CAN'T MENSTRUATE. Dan Mayfield

This is the insanity of the world today that the transgender issue has introduced to our world. The military and the business community is being forced to give maternity leave to men and businesses are being pressured to give days off for the period of the month they have cramps! Know why? Because these men are really women and they are doing what women do. They are sleeping with a man and their body is going through the monthly cycle. It's entirely normal for a woman to go through this, but when the woman says she has become a man, that she feels like a man, then society should NOT be forced to enter into the delusion by extending benefits that are only afforded to a woman. ************************* Dr. Susan Berry reports that, “The author of a children’s coloring book has invented a character named “Toni the Tampon” to instruct children that men can menstruate. “Cass Clemmer, the author of The Adventures of Toni the Tampon, has been using her coloring book character to ‘destigmatize’ menstruation. Now, however, she also wants to ‘de-gender’ the female biological process and to persuade children that men get periods too.” http://www.christianpost.com/news/god-is-transgender-pastor-texas-bathroom-bill-177159/

WHICH COMES FIRST, THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG. WHICH COMES FIRST, REJECTION OF GOD OR CRAZY? Dan Mayfield

"At his sentencing he was found to have schizophrenia and psychosis, which clouded his social judgement. He was sentenced to serve five-and-a-half years in Melbourne's psychiatric prison hospital." Here's what I believe. When you are not given boundaries, your life has no direction. When you have no morals, everything is acceptable, even things that are diametrically opposite and things that are harmful to others. When you have no God, you don't love men and you end up alienating yourself from many of your peers in society. When you dont' have God, you reject from your sphere of thinking a major part of truth. And when you don't have truth, you believe many lies. And when you believe many lies, you find yourself continually at odds with the world. This will make you crazy. Turn to God and find sanity. http://www.christianpost.com/news/where-is-jesus-now-murderer-sean-price-asked-victim-he-raped-christian-book-shop-178830/

THE GOD OF THE BIBLE

"I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD" Ex. 20:2 If you don't believe, He's your God. If you are walking through this life oblivious to your soul, still He is your God. Yahweh is your God. It's not Allah or Buddha or any other god. The LORD is your God. Only the LORD made it all. Only the LORD made you in His image. Only the LORD will judge you and only the LORD can save you. So turn away from the worldly pursuits. Turn away from idolatry. Turn away from human philosophies because God says, "I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD."

Saturday, March 25, 2017

HOW BAD MUST THE ETERNAL JUDGMENT BE IF BEING DROWN IN THE SEA WOULD BE BETTER! - Dan Mayfield

"5And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; 6but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea." Matthew 18:5-6.

What is worse that dying a horrible death being drug to the bottom of the sea by a heavy stone is the eternal punishment in hell away from God. 

WHAT YOU HAVE THE LIBERTY TO DO PRIVATELY, LIKE EATING MEAT FROM THE MARKET, STILL MUST BE EXERCISED WITH REGARD TO THE OTHER CHRISTIAN'S CONSCIENCE. - Dan Mayfield

"1Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. 2One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. 3The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. 4Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand." Romans 14:1-4

Now these liberties being described in Romans 14 are allowing for the individual to privately practiced them. Later in the same chapter, Paul says, "one person esteems one day above another", v5. God says that privately a man may have a special day that he observes for God. Another person

THOSE WHO SAY MAN IS BORN SINFUL, WITH A SINFUL NATURE, BORN WITH A CORRUPTION INHERITED FROM ADAM, MUST DISTORT EZEKIEL 18, Dan Mayfield


"19Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity?’ When the son has practiced justice and righteousness and has observed all My statutes and done them, he shall surely live. 20“The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself." Ezekiel 18:19f

If someone answers by saying, "Right, a man isn't born with and punished for another man's sin. But...man IS born with a corrupted nature that can do nothing but sin." This is Calvinistic, Augustinian error and it is a distinction without a difference. Man is not born with a propensity or disposition to sin. Each man is accountable to God and based on his individual choice to sin God will judge each one.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

WHAT I HONESTLY AND RESPECTFULLY THINK ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE FORGIVING THE UNREPENTANT, Dan Mayfield

“If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.” John 20:23

I think some people are door mats. They don't hold their ground They are weak and quick to cave to pressure. They feel guilty as if they are the one in the wrong. They try to win by giving favors. They aren't good at standing firm. They confuse symbolism with substance. Winning souls can't be done with symbolism. Watch these misguided souls in parenting, if they are parents. They keep gifting to their undeserving child. They aren't good at bringing their child to sorrow. Giving candy and favors

ONLY GOD CAN FORGIVE SINS AS JESUS DID, Dan Mayfield

"5And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7“Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?” Mk. 2:5-7.

From Jesus' healing of the paralytic, we learn that Jesus is deity. He did what only God could do. Jesus said to the man, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." Mk 2:5.

Now to the question asked by the scribes, "Who can forgive sins but God alone?", the Bible says men forgive the sins of others. Men can forgive sins? Yes, and so we pray like this, "Forgive us as we forgive others". So what is going on here and why would this be blasphemy to those hearing?

The answer is clear that there is forgiving on the human level and their is forgiving on the God level. Jesus was doing the latter. If the man had personally harmed Jesus, then there would be nothing

Thursday, March 09, 2017

MARRIAGE IS FOR LIFE

If a person divorces a spouse, unless the spouse was maritally unfaithful, the person may not remarry. To this point, Paul said to the Corinthians, he or she "must remain unmarried or be reconciled." 1 Cor 7:10-11. To disobey this is to remove oneself from God's grace.

This is one area that the Catholic Church is more Biblically accurate than most denominations. Here is an excerpt from an are at www.firstpeterfive.com...

"“We receive it from a source who is part of the group in which Father Luis Carlos spoke after the meeting with the bishop of Pereira. Although there is still no document on the orthodox position of the bishop, Father Luis Carlos informed these people in private that the prelate recognized his mistake, accepted the arguments of the priest whom he reinstitutes into his priestly magisterium and

1 JOHN 1:3 THE FELLOWSHIP THAT'S SCRIPTURAL..

By the title of the lesson, you rightly conclude there is an unscriptural fellowship? What does that mean?

Do you like people? Could it be a problem that some Christians like people of the world more than other Christians?

Fellowship is between or with whom? Text: "what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 1:3
Until one is saved, he is not in fellowship with God, Eph. 2:12

What is fellowship? KOINONIA is defined as "Short Definition: participation, communion,

THE DEGREE OF JESUS' TEMPTATION: EVERYTHING WAS ON THE LINE, Dan Mayfield

"7In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. 8Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. 9And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation," Hebrews 5"

Satan tempted Jesus as he tempted Adam and all of Adam's children. If Jesus could not sin, all of the wilderness time of fasting and temptation was mere theater. If Jesus did not sin because He could not sin, then what He went through was NOT what men go through. God enjoins man to resist the devil

Monday, February 27, 2017

IT'S AN ATTACK ON THE FEMALE AND NOTHING LESS, Dan Mayfield

THE GOD ORDAINED, BIOLOGICALLY CORRECT ROLE AS MOTHER AND WIFE IS DISRESPECTED. THE WOMB IS A BURDEN AND UNBORN CHILDREN ARE DESTROYED. 98% OF FEMALES IN THE WNBA ARE LESBIAN. GIRLS ARE TAKING MALE HORMONES. THE WORLD HAS GONE MAD.

"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. 22Professing to be wise, they became fools," Romans 1:21-22.

And now we see in Texas a high school girl is taking male hormones to "become" a male while still

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