Sunday, February 05, 2017

IF YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS, THERE IS PROOF OF REPENTANCE, CONFESSION AND OBEDIENCE TO THE GOSPEL, Dan Mayfield

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, here is the proof. Believers love and move and act upon the words of Jesus Christ. An idle and static believer has a belief that's still wrestling with pleasing the world. There's simply no reason for a saving belief to do anything but speak and act on what or who you believe.  When the believer

Saturday, February 04, 2017

THE BOOK OF REVELATION IN PERIOD OF DOMITIAN. Dan Mayfield

The following is from Foxe's book of Martyrs. It shows what was the opinion of ancient Christians that the persecution of Revelation was in the 90s. The Nero date is relatively new.
"THE SECOND PERSECUTION UNDER DOMITIAN
The first Roman persecution beginning under Nero, as is aforesaid, ceased under Vespasianus, who gave some rest to the poor Christians. After whose reign was moved, not long after, the second persecution by the emperor Domitian, brother of Titus. Of whom Eusebius and Orosius so write, that he first beginning mildly, afterward did so far outrage in pride intolerable, that he commanded himself to be worshipped as God, and that images of gold and silver in his honour

WHAT ARE WE TRAINING, REALLY TRAINING OUR CHILDREN TO BE? WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO READ PROVERBS 22 THE SAME WAY, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OUR CHILDREN ARE OLD AND NOT CHRISTIAN OR IF OUR CHILDREN ARE YOUNG AND WE HOPE TO BECOME CHRISTIAN. Dan Mayfield

Proverbs 22:6 reads, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

What I'm about to say here is serious and hard to hear. But I say it in love and without pride. When it comes to parenting, please do your best. And if your children are raised, trust God and praise God, because none of us could do it without Him.


Some say it's a rock hard promise. Others say it's a general principle. What's the answer?

I want you to remember first that all parents influence their children for good or for bad. We can't take credit for our children becoming upstanding citizens and dismiss responsibility if they becoming failures.

Parents who are quiet don't push their children to be bold. Parents who are weak in the faith don't

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

TRUTH DOES NOT CHANGE - MAL. 3:6

Thankfully, truly important things in life remain constant. Unless Jesus returns, the sun will rise and set tomorrow and the elements will maintain the physical properties given them long ago. But most importantly, God doesn't change. Consider the following verses:

"For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed." Mal 3:6
"But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end." Psalm 102:27
"Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from

Monday, January 30, 2017

THE TEMPLE OF GOD IS A PLACE OF PRAYER, Dan Mayfield

"12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13 And He said to them, "It is written, 'MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER '; but you are making it a ROBBERS' DEN." Mt 21:12-13.


The Herodian temple was physically destroyed by the Romans in 70ad. But the Jewish leaders had destroyed it's usefulness long before by departingfrom true worship and

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ABORTION SHOULD NOT BE A RIGHT IN THIS COUNTRY, Dan Mayfield

It's a heinous, callous, brutal act of torture on a living being. If you don't believe me, just go get a sonogram first and watch the little guy or girl swimming and sucking on its thumb.

A woman has to turn
off the feeling, compassion part of her soul to sit idly by while a person carefully dismembers her baby.

THE TEEN YEARS ARE A CRUCIBLE PROVING GROUND OF FAITH, Dan Mayfield

As Jesus was tried by the devil, so children will try the faith of parents. Either fathers shape their
children to be godly people or the children shape the fathers to accept the world and compromise their faith. I've seen it more times than I care to count.

Experience has shown me that families go through a crucible, a great trial

WHEN THE HAND OF THE LORD IS UPON YOU; IT'S FOR A REASON, Dan Mayfield

Don't resist God when His hand of discipline is upon you. Repent and He will heal you.

PSALM 32:4
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.

PSALM 38:2
For Your arrows have sunk deep into me,

CONTROLLING THE TONGUE, Monday night study, 1/23/2017 Dan Mayfield

The right of free speech is often carried to a point of sin. One ancient author said, "men use the spur when they ought to use the bridle."1Q: Does a Christian stand out because of his or her speech?

"Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person." Col 4:6.

James says, "1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

SO MANY PEOPLE ARE UNFEELING, SELF-CENTERED, AND MANIPULATIVE, Dan Mayfield

Paul talked about such people.

"2For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good, 4traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God," 2 Tim. 3:2-4.

How did they get this way? It starts early in life. In verse 3 Paul says they are "unloving" and the

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WHY ARE PEOPLE LOST? Dan Mayfield

Is it God's fault? Is it Adam's fault? Is it mother or father's fault? Or is it each man's fault? Are God's requirements too hard? Are men lost because God made it too hard? Is man born only to go to hell? Why are people going to hell? Why are so few going to heaven?
1. God is righteous and desires for all men to be saved, 1 Tim. 2:4f; Tit. 2:11; 1 Jn. 2:2; Jn. 3:16. The blame cannot be laid at the feet of the righteous God.
2. Adam sinned and led the way for his children, but they sinned all on their own - just as Adam did. Paul says spiritual "death spread to all men,

WOULD YOU LIKE HEAVEN? DM

The glorious Gospel with the promise of eternal bliss is hard to surpass in its appeal. Who doesn't want to finish up this life with a grand entrance into joyful rest forever? But who may enter that rest? Only those who have repented of sins and have followed Jesus Christ life of holiness. The Psamlist said,
"3Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?

PHILIPPIANS 1:3-14 CLASS OUTLINE

God knows your predicament and does not leave you alone, Philippians 1:3-14
Philippians chapter 1 verse 3 through 14 comma the messages that we do not do this alone. As the gospel spreads throughout the world, Paul isn't doing the work alone. The Philippians are working with him. God is working with him. And other Christians throughout the world are emboldened to tell the truth.
Prayer, Philippians chapter 1 verse 4 & 9.
For the Apostle Paul, there is Providential Power in prayer so that Paul is filled with trust and great joy. He knows he will get out of prison, vs12. Paul's prayers are all about other people even though he is in prison. The Greek word for prayer is supplication and it means a heartfelt intreating. For us, our

COMMANDS, ADMONITIONS, AND WARNINGS: CALVIN'S FACADERY, Dan Mayfield

What purpose is an admonition or command if God's sovereignty has ordained everything? Why warn against sinning if being holy or unholy is pre-ordained?
What Calvinists say. Calvinists preachers establish that God's sovereignty is absolute because man has zero choice. Not since the first sin of Adam does man have the ability to do anything but that which God has decreed for him to do. That's what they say.
But when you listen to Calvinist's preaching by MacArthur or Piper and others, there are many

Thursday, January 05, 2017

PARENTAL INFLUENCE: YOUR SONS WILL BE LIKE YOU, Dan Mayfield

When going to Egypt, Abraham asked Sarah to pretend she was his sister. It was a lie, though she was his half-sister, she was also his wife. Abraham feared being killed if he was known to be her husband, but not if he was thought to be only her brother.

"10Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11It came about when he came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his

Thursday, December 29, 2016

LIVE THIS DAY FOR GOD LIKE IT'S YOUR LAST: START WITH PRAYER, DM

"It's appointed for man to die, and then comes the judgement." Heb. 9:27.

It's easy to be distracted from really important things. We are rarely distracted from responding to the dinner bell but the dinner bell is there to get out attention. We have alarms to wake us because we have been distracted by sleep. We now have in cars vibrators and bells that ring to get the attention of a distracted driving who is crossing the center median. We get distracted by the world so that minutes, hours, and days go by without

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

IMAGINATION

Before God made light, He imagined it. Before Christ came, before the foundation of the world God imagined it. If you want to do something, imagine it. We are made like God. We think, we love, and we create because we are like God. So use your imagination and create. Use your imagination to solve. If your imagination is guided by God's word, your creation will be pleasing to God. Praise God. 

THE NATURE OF THE FATHER, SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT: GOD'S PLAN FOR US TO BE LIKE HIM, Dan Mayfield

Wisdom - "His understanding is infinite" Isaiah 40:28
Will - "Good, acceptable, and perfect" Romans 12:2
Love - "God is love" 1 John 4:8
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the three persons in the Godhead possess these in their nature. When God said, "Let us make man in our image", God embued man with a like nature - as much as the created can be like the Creator. Man possesses the greatest likeness to God than all other things in the creation. And this includes the wisdom of knowing, the power of self-governance, and the heart to be selfless and charitable.
Isaiah 48:16-17 speaks of the three persons in distinction of the other: "16 Come near to Me, listen to

THE HANDICAP OF BEING SMART, Dan Mayfield

It’s hard for a smart man to enter the kingdom of heaven. That’s not directly stated in the Scriptures, but it’s true nevertheless.

We remember that Jesus said, “It’s harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.” I have thought that “smarts” or intellectualism is equally as much of a hindrance as riches are to going to heaven.

The Gospel does not lend itself to pleasing the materialistic proclivities of man. Not to influence, not

NATIONALISM IS ABOUT SELF-RULE, Dan Mayfield

Do you know what Nationalism is? It is another example of man's desire for autonomy and self rule. When men are seeking to dissolve all borders in favor of "one world", nationalism is favorable to free people.

WHAT IF THERE WAS A COUNCIL OF D.C.?

The council of Nicea in about A.D. 325 was convened by Constantine I, the Roman Emperor, bringing together experts in the Bible to come to unity on important Christian doctrine. The Nicene Creed, still repeated in some churches today, was established by this council which specifies what the Bible says on the Godhead, with special attention on the nature of Jesus Christ in relation to the Father.

7TH MONTH FEAST - TABERNACLES - JESUS BIRTH, Dan Mayfield

This year in 2016 the feast of booths was on October 16-23. This feast was the third of the 3 major feast for the Jews. The Jewish people traveled to Jerusalem 3 times a year to commemorate God's work in their lives and this feast was a reminder of God's salvation during 40 years of living in tents in the wilderness. It was in the 7th month of the Jewish year when the last of the harvest of grapes and olives were harvested. So there were many offerings of thanks. The people went and

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 the is no

DECEMBER 25: WHAT TIME OF YEAR WAS JESUS BORN? Dan Mayfield

To understand when Jesus was born, we have to go back ABOUT 18 months to the beginning of a Jewish New Year. Add up the weeks 2(for the passover and pentecost weeks)+8(Zachariah served the 8th division of Abijah)+1(Lk 1:23 Elizabeth conceived immediately?)+40(gestation of John)+27(6 final months of Jesus

THE NEED FOR FREEDOM, Dan Mayfield


In L.A. Lambert's examination of a so-called Christmas sermon by the the famous agnostic Robert Ingersoll, Lambert said about creative genius, "genius depends for its development on favorable environments". The evidence proves Lambert to be correct.
When God made man in His image, "In the image of God He made them male and female", God

BAPTISM AND CIRCUMCISION, Dan Mayfield

Baptism and circumcision are clearly different, being part of two different covenants, but I can't agree with the following pedobaptist statement: "The New Testament nowhere describes baptism as the New Covenant replacement for Old Covenant circumcision."1

THE FOUR STATES OF THE SOUL, INCLUDING THE LIVING DEAD, Dan Mayfield

"But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives." 1

Timothy 5:6. There are stages of death and this is the first one when the body is still functioning, but the soul is dead in sin. The good news is that there's hope for this person to come to repentance and spiritual life through obedience to the Gospel.

PSYCHIATRY OR THE SOLID GROUND OF FAITH? Dan Mayfield

"A portion of scizophrenics, after a long period of time, often do seem to get better. And how that occurs remains a mystery." - A Brilliant Madness: A Genius Descends into Madness, Time Mark: 48:40
So we learn from the story of John 'the beautiful mind' Nash who got better after 30 years of psychosis, that he made the choice to quit his meds, he got better, and psychiatry cannot explain how.
After years of reluctance by the Nobel Prize committee to award him for his great work on Game

DO INTENTIONS MATTER? Dan Mayfield

I was asked, "Good morning. I saw a post with a question, if a person got baptized without good intentions. Should that person be rebaptized? Your thoughts."
God cares for intentions as much as He cares for anything. The intention goes to the thinking or imagination of the heart.
In Genesis before the flood it says, " Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the

CABBAGE DECLARES THE GLORY OF GOD

You know that if you make something, it tells a lot about you. Whatever God made also has within it His genius, perfection, and goodness infused into it. When you look at the stars, or a little infant, a beautiful mountain range, or even a head of cabbage, you must see the handiwork of God. I love how God has made Himself to be clearly seen through what is made so that men are without excuse.
"For 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.", Romans 1:20.
"The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good." Psalm 14:1

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM. WHAT PUT YOUR CITY ON THE MAP? - Dan Mayfield

When Hazel and I married, we lived in a small town in east Texas. Mt. Vernon was known as the home town of "Dandy" Don Merideth, the great athlete and quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. What makes famous is at times remarkable and sometimes not. A town in Minnesota is famous for having the largest ball of twine. Some would drive an hour out of their way to see it.

CHRISTMAS: I'VE NEVER, EVER HEARD A CHILD RESPOND, "SO IS GOD ALSO MAKE BELIEVE?"

As a child I remember being terribly let down when my mom told me Santa wasn't real. But you know what? I kept getting up on Sunday morning, me and my sister, to ride the J.O.Y. bus to church. Children know there's nothing make believe about Jesus Christ. So if you do make believe, don't worry that your children will suddenly look down on you as a liar and blame you for being an unbeliever. It's OK to have fantasy for a child. Use that time to teach giving, family, love.

ON TRAINING A CHILD TO BE HONEST, Dan Mayfield

Let me offer a story I read in Biblical Illustrator which speaks of loving patience: "It avoids giving occasion for sin. It has been said that if you have a favourite horse, which always takes fright and shies at a certain point in the road, you are careful to come along another road, if possible, or to coax him, by speaking to him kindly, to go by without fear. So if you are aware that a certain subject will always

DO WE WELCOME THE GODLY, BLESSED SUFFERING FOR CHRIST? Dan Mayfield

"for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,..." 1 Pet. 4:1
Why does Peter connect suffering and a sanctified life? How are suffering and ceasing from sin related? The answer is found in Jesus Christ, our perfect example.
Suffering describes the life of Christ. He did not suffer for personal sins; Jesus was without sin, Heb. 4:15; cf 1 Peter 1:19. And Jesus did not suffer the general afflications men do as a consequence of their bad habits and self-inflicted wounds of wrong modes of living. Jesus would be a perfect example

GLORY IN YOUR SUFFERING AND WEAKNESS, Dan Mayfield

When suffering, do we glory in it and glorify God? Sing His praises? Draw nearer to Him in prayer? Are we undefeated and undeterred? We can learn from the Apostle Paul who said,
"Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake, for when I am weak, then am I strong." 2 Cor 12.

WOOED BY JESUS, SUFFERING MAKES MORE SENSE, Dan Mayfield

The following is written by Harriet Beecher Stowe's son, Charles Edward Stowe, in his Recollections on his mother's life and the words are from Katherine, Harriet's sister, on the governance of her school.
"Plans for governing my school and in devising means to make my pupils to become obedient, amiable and pious.
"By degrees I finally arrived at the following principles in the government of my school.
First it is indispensable that my Scholars should feel that I am sincerely and deeply interested in their

FAITH ONLY, OBEDIENCE OF FAITH, OR WORKS OF THE LAW? Dan Mayfield

The denominational and religious world likes to set up the argument that the option is either faith only or law keeping only. But the Scriptures show the truth is neither of these. Don't let religious people set up a false dilemma that you either believe in "faith only" doctrine or else you believe in saving yourself apart from God. The "faith only" doctrine was rejected by Paul and James in the Bible. The truth is "obedience of faith" or "faith working through love" or "the works of faith".


The devil is at work in the deception. Don't be fooled. If you believe in Jesus and want His salvation, you must repent, turn from sin, and obey Jesus Christ. Acts 22:16; Colossians 2:11-13. Praise God.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

THE IMPORTANCE OF A BIRTHDAY, Dan Mayfield

Why would anyone, especially Christians, pause to remember the birthday of Jesus Christ! Is it inconceivable to believe that Mary and Jesus' siblings would remember that birth marked with a star and shepherd boys, and later by a special delegation of kings bringing gold and other valuables? Inconceivable? What an amazing announcement by an angelic host on that day a child was born in Bethlehem! Because it was known when he was 12, is it inconceivable to believe that the year and date of His birth would be remembered? And because Matthew and Luke paid special attention to the genealogy of Christ that establishes His connection to David and Abraham, would anyone be wrong

Saturday, December 10, 2016

I FAIL SOMETIMES, Dan Mayfield

"make a defense to everyone who ask you to give an account for the hope that is in you, YET WITH GENTLENESS AND REVERENCE" 1 Pt 3:15
That gentleness and respect I sometimes forget. I defend, but I sometimes do it with a snarl and a bite. I apologize to God for forgetting to defend with the right spirit.
"And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." James 3:18. I sometimes sow but not in peace. And for this I apologize to God.

Friday, December 02, 2016

THE IMPORTANCE OF A BIRTHDAY (the birth of Christ)

Why would anyone, especially Christians, pause to remember the birthday of Jesus Christ! Is it inconceivable to believe that Mary and Jesus' siblings would remember that birth marked with a star and a special delegation of kings bringing gold and other valuables? Inconceivable? Just because it was known when he was 12 is it inconceivable to believe that the year and date of His birth would be

Sunday, November 13, 2016

LIVING ABOVE THE LAW, by Dan Mayfield

"realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers", 1 Timothy 1:9
I have been reading the Epistle to Diognetus which gives a picture of Christian life and belief in the first century. Written by a person who claims to have been taught by the Apostles, he speaks with

PARTICIPATION IS A PRIVILEGE: VOTING

When we look across human history, we see Kings and Dictators ruling over nations. Passed on from father to son, the people had no say.

In 1 Samuel 8, the people said, "Give us a king to judge us." v5.

The people in so doing rejected the rule of God over their lives, v7.
...
This is the history of man to reject the rule of God to instead be ruled over by men.

AN ELDER’S WIFE

There is one person in the church
Who knows the elder’s life
She’s wept and smiled and prayed for him
And that the elder’s wife.
She knows your servant’s weakest point
And knows his greatest power
She has heard him speak in simple tones
In his greatest triumph hour.
She has heard him groaning in his soul
When bitten raged the strife,

Living Above the Law, by Dan Mayfield

I have been reading the Epistle to Diognetus which gives a picture of Christian life and belief in the first century. Written by a person who claims to have been taught by the Apostles, he speaks with simplicity and shows the simplicity of Christian living as marked by its goodness and separation from the world. 
I wrote recently about the Christian living according to a higher law of Christ which is superior to any law of man. Laws of man are for disobedient law breakers. But Christians don't need the laws of men to keep them in line because they live according to the higher law of Christ.

Monday, November 07, 2016

THE HISTORIC CHRISTIAN POSITION IS AGAINST ABORTION, by Dan Mayfield

One of the earliest Christian writings called The Epistle to Diognetus [first century writing] speaks of the typical Christian life. In 5:6, it says, "They marry like all other men and they beget children; but they do not cast away [destroy] their offspring." The "casting away" indicates the care they have for children whereas many of the heathen would toss unwanted infants into the elements to die of exposure or to be eaten by wild animals. Christians have a respect for life.

There are many Christians today who do not have the compassion for the millions of infants who are destroyed from the womb with their parts sold to laboratories for research and for the making of

EXPEDIENT, COMMAND, OR ADDITION? by Dan Mayfield


This simple but clear graphic shows there are expedients needed to fulfill God's command to sing. The church has discretion to choose the spiritual words and the tune and even whether to compile the songs to be sung. The expedient is necessary to expedite God's word to sing. But remember that you

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

"DID YOU RECEIVE THE SPIRIT WHEN YOU BELIEVED?" Acts 19:1ff

This is the question Paul asked the disciples he came across in Ephesus. "Did you receive the Spirit when you believed?" They said they didn't know there was a spirit. This led Paul to ask about their baptism. They said they got John's baptism. So add Priscilla and Aquila taught Apollos the way out God more accurately, Paul taught them and immersed them this time to receive the Spirit.
What was Paul suggesting about the Spirit? Paul didn't ask if they received "the gift of" the Holy Spirit when they believed. So how was the Holy Spirit received when you believe?
Indwelling Holy Spirit?
Outpouring of H.S. as with Cornelius?
Apostolic laying on of hands to impart gifts?

WHY I REJECT CALVINISM: BECOMING A CHRISTIAN IS ENTERING A CONDITIONAL, BILATERAL COVENANT WITH GOD, Dan Mayfield

When it comes to covenants there are unilateral and bilateral Covenants. The unilateral Covenant in the Bible is a promise from God without any conditions. The rainbow Covenant and the Davidic Covenant that his descendants would always be upon his throne are examples of unilateral Covenants. The bilateral covenants of the Bible are promises from God based upon conditions which must be met by men.
To hear the gospel and become a Christian is not an example of entering a unilateral covenant. If Calvinism were true, becoming a Christian would be an example of being in a unilateral Covenant because all of the conditions are established and kept by God without conditions on man. This isn't Christianity and Calvinism isn't Christianity.
In Christianity, God establishes the conditions for giving the promise of eternal life. And to receive this gift from God, which God without partiality offers to all the children of Adam, each sinner must believe and obey the Gospel, Romans 10:16; 2 Thess 1:8; 1 Pet 4:17. To obey the Gospel requires turning from sin, confessing Jesus is Lord, and then being baptized by adult immersion, Acts 8:12; 22:16.
I say this in love. Get a hold of me if this is something you need to do.

THE DELUDED MIND IN THREE TEXT OF SCRIPTURE, Dan Mayfield

There are three actors who play a part in the delusion that can come over any of us.
FIRST, the man himself who knows the truth, but denies it and instead worships the creation.
"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, 23and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men abandoned the

GOD'S ELECTION TO SAVE MEN IS A BILATERAL COVENANT, Dan Mayfield

After some thought, I have come to the conclusion that there are two kinds of election. To understand the two, think about two kinds of covenants.
The first kind of covenant is a unilateral covenant. God has made these kind of covenants for example with the rainbow promise, with the Abrahamic covenant for nations to be blessed through Him, and another was the covenant God made with David that one of his decendents would always be on his throne. Someone put it best by pointing out this uniteral covenant is a promise. God makes the covenant with men without any requirements being placed upon man. God's keeping of His promise doesn't

IS GOD WORKING? IS JESUS WORKING? IS THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKING? by Dan Mayfield

What is God doing? Can you explain it? What is Jesus doing? Can you explain it? What about the Holy Spirit? Is the Holy Spirit doing anything? What are angels doing? Can you explain it?
When I read the Bible, I read of people who have a strong sense of the spiritual realm interracting with their lives. They are fighting a spiritual war against the devil, Eph 6:10ff; 1 Pet. 5:8,9. They are given the prospect of entertaining angels as others did. They are strengthened and comforted by the God of Comfort. They are listened to when praying and the answers come from the providence of God to give deliverance and healing, Philippians 1:19. Prayer itself is a direct interface between this world and God. And in prayer we know that Christ is still our High Priest, "always making intercession for them", Heb. 7:25; 4:15. Before the throne of grace, we "obtain mercy and find grace to HELP in time of need." The mercy and grace that helps in time of need is something from the throne of God. It is God's help that is

THE WORKING OF GOD....beyond a mechanistic 'you reap and sow'. by Dan Mayfield

We understand that the laws of nature, Rom. 2:14-15, which aren't to do with gravity or laws of thermodynamics, etc, but are the moral laws which press upon all men to keep them doing what they ought to do, we know that these have built in consequences so that we understand the words "you reap what you sow." Gal. 6:7. Though it's spiritual, being God's ordained plan, still it's natural in the sense of being put in place and working as a mechanism that works without direct involvement from the hand of God.
When I say that God is working, I mean that the Scriptures show the regular involvement of God in the affairs of men. It's always in accordance with the Holy Bible. It's real but behind what is seen. It's often an answer to prayer. It's necessary for the working out of His eternal will.

THE REVELATION OF JESUS (NOT THE 70 AD DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM) - BENSON

Peter wrote, "who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Peter 1:5.
To answer when is the last time and Jesus' revelation with His angels coming on the clouds so that every eye shall see,, the following is copied from Benson's Commentary which I believe he wrote in the 1700s. He did not subscribe to the idea that Jesus has already returned the second time as the 70ad folks teach who also wrongly teach that He has returned and that the judgment and new and and earth are what we now enjoy in the church. If ever there was a false teaching, this would be one. Read why Benson disagrees with these man-made and naturalistic interpretations of the second coming of Jesus.
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"Ready — ετοιμην, prepared, to be revealed — In all its glory; in the last time — The time of Christ’s second coming; the grand period, in which all the mysteries of divine providence shall beautifully and

SALVATION BY FAITH IS POSSIBLE.

Salvation by merit or perfection is impossible. The great people in the Bible who are our examples of winning the race (see Hebrews 11-12:1) are people who were imperfect yet they won the prize by faith in Christ. God rewards faith. God is very pleased when a man puts his faith in Christ. When we put faith in God, then salvation becomes quite doable, not hard or impossible; salvation is very attainable, because the merit secured by the perfect Christ Jesus.
There are a number of people who wrongly conclude that salvation simply cannot be lost once you are a Christian. This isn't the case. When faith is dead or disobedient, it is not a pleasing kind of faith to God. Devil's believe and tremble. Many people have turned away from the Lord and have fallen from saving grace, Gal. 5:4; Heb 6:6; 2 Pet 2:20-22.

HEAVEN AWAITS THE FAITHFUL, Dan Mayfield

1 Peter is a reminder to stay faithful through adversity because there is a great salvation, reserved in heaven, to be revealed in the last day. 1 Peter 1:4.
Though your Faith will be tested as by fire, at the revelation of Jesus Christ, it will result in praise, honor, and glory. 1 Peter 1:7.
Therefore, Peter says, "gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ' Be holy, for I am holy.'" 1 Peter 1:13-16.
Heaven waits for those who stand firm.

THERE ARE NO WASTED WORDS IN THE BIBLE, Dan Mayfield

Commenting on 1 Peter 1:7 which speaks of our tested faith resulting in "praise, honor, and glory" when Jesus returns, Ellicott says, "St. Peter is fond of heaping up words of like signification. (See 1 Peter 1:4, and 1 Peter 5:10.)". What do I think about this analysis that Peter "heaps up words" of like meaning?
Signification means "the representation or conveying of meaning.
an exact meaning or sense." I'm not sure Ellicott meant to say this, but I'm certain Peter did not mean to heap up words with like meaning.

PEOPLE WHO LOVE THE LORD JESUS ARE BEAUTIFUL, Dan Mayfield

We have a young man coming to worship. He is fresh out of prison and on parole. He's still wearing the ankle bracelet which if he's good will come off in December. He did a bad thing when he was eighteen but he's an example of why men don't need to rot away in prison. He's polite, can quote more scripture than you, and he's not making excuses. I've known a lot of people get out of jail or prison and their attitudes are still rebel against the law and establishment. This young man speaks like someone who is beyond keeping law because God's word is guiding him. It reminds me of what Paul said "realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane," 1 Tim 1:9. A man who is living by the law of the Spirit only wants to do the things there is no law against, Gal 5:22f. When you are a Believer, you are living by a higher law. Pray that in the next week he will be baptized. I have known this young man for several years so that when he got out, he immediately called. I can say that I love him.

ATHANASIUS ANSWERS THE EPICUREAN VIEW OF THE CREATION

"For if, as they say, everything has had its beginning of itself, and independently of purpose, it would follow that everything had come into mere being, so as to be alike and not distinct. For it would follow in virtue of the unity of body that everything must be sun or moon, and in the case of men it would follow that the whole must be hand, or eye, or foot. But as it is this is not so. On the contrary, we see a distinction of sun, moon, and earth; and again, in the case of human bodies, of foot, hand, and head. Now, such separate arrangement as this tells us not of their having come into being of themselves, but shows that a cause preceded them; from which cause it is possible to apprehend God also as the Maker and Orderer of all."
The complexity and diversity and interdependence of things in the creation argues for the Creator being their source.
The Epicureans wanted there to be nothing but matter and for nothing to matter but their pleasure. They sound like the godless heathens in 21st century America. Despite the evidence, they cling to the lie and they force it upon the next generation of children too young to answer their lie.

'OUR PEOPLE ARE OUR GREATEST ASSET', by Dan Mayfield

How many companies tout this? The Secret Service says it. The trucking company and the grocery store chain says it. It's not the buildings, the guns, the trucks, the technology; but people are the greatest asset. I believe it's true, but why?
It was on day six that God created man. "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Gen 1:27. Man and woman are the crowning touch on God's creation. Not a mere animal, but having a spirit like God's, man is the best. So it's not surprising to hear even the godless powers of the world to say that their citizens are the most important thing.
But what is valued? Paul said, "Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even

THE SHINING FIRMAMENT, Dan Mayfield

Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden described the stars when he passed around the dark side of the moon saying the following: "The sky is just awash with stars when you’re on the far side of the Moon, and you don’t have any sunlight to cut down on the lower intensity, dimmer stars. You see them all, and it’s all just a sheet of white."1
It makes me think of what Daniel 12 says, "2“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. 3“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever."
How bright is the "brightness of the expanse"? It's brighter than we imagined. And it hints therefore at how God will praise, honor, and glorify the person who brings the lost to the place of salvation in Christ.

Link: https://medium.com/learning-for-life/to-see-earth-and-moon-in-a-single-glance-89d094f6d40f#.7b1cp1iun

THE WORSHIP OF JESUS? by Dan Mayfield

C.S. Lewis wrote, "Among the Jews there suddenly turns up a man who goes about talking as if He were God. He claims to forgive sins. He says He has always existed. He says He is coming to judge the world at the end of time. Now let us get this clear. Among pantheists, like the Hindus of India, anyone might say that he is part of god or one with god. There would be nothing very odd about that. But this man, since He was a Jew, could not mean that kind of God. God in their language meant the Being outside of the world who had made it and was infinitely different than anything else. And when you have grasped that concept you will see that what this man said was quite simply, the most shocking thing that has ever been uttered

THE FATHER, SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

I don't want to show any disrespect to the Godhead that's composed of the three persons of the Godhead. We are Baptized into the name of the three, Mt 28:18-20. I love the Father, the Son, and I love the Holy Spirit. These are the source of our blessings.

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all." 2 Cor. 13:14; see also 1 Peter 1:2;

I commented in the past and believe it still that I couldn't imagine going through this life without ever acknowledging the three persons of the Godhead. We pray to the Father and daily we talk to Him. And though we joyfully acknowledge that Jesus is seated at the right hand, helping us by mediating

GLORY TO THE GODHEAD, Dan Mayfield

I was reading through old post and saw from December 2015 that our deceased Bro. Keith Sisman was working on four books at the time. We are almost done with the last touches on his book Devil's Door which is the influence of paganism through history back to Noah and up to now.
I also note that Bro. Sisman was working on a book about 1400 years of Jihad and another book on the Godhead in Judaism. This last book about the Godhead of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the Old Testament reminded me of this passage:
"16“Come near to Me, listen to this:
From the first I have not spoken in secret,
From the time it took place, I was there.
And now the Lord GOD has sent Me, and His Spirit.”
17Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,

ABORTION AND FORGIVENESS

I know my hard and passionate opposition to abortion must be hard on a woman or man who participated in the abortion of a child. What I can say is that God forgives those who repent. You don't need to confess it here. But you have to talk to God about it.
If you are not yet a Christian, repent and be baptized and you will be born again. I say this with a lot of love for those who feel this terrible, secret burden. May God bless you. Dan

THE NEED FOR FAITHFUL PREACHERS: PREACHING IS MORE THAN READING THE BIBLE, by Dan Mayfield

If preaching is saying more than reading the Bible, why isn't it adding to the Bible? Because to correctly explain the Bible is not adding to God's Word.
"and they read in the book, in the law of God, explaining -- so as to give the meaning, and they give understanding to the convocation." Neh. 8:8
As Philip explained the Scriptures to the Ethiopian Eunuch without adding to God's Word, so Ezra and the faithful leaders faithfully explained the Word of God.
Paul says to Timothy, "Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching." 1 Tim. 4:13. Notice that exhortation and teaching are in addition to the reading of the Scriptures.
Faithful preachers and teachers of the Bible are always aware that this work comes with a stricter judgment. If all preaching and teaching was only the reading of Scripture, without expounding, illustrating, applying, then there would be no danger. But the teacher of God's Word must be careful that the illustrations, applications, exogeting is accurate to what the Bible says.
When a preacher is saying something that doesn't sound like Scripture, question him. He may have simply mispoke and it can be easily corrected. May God bless the faithful preachers and teachers.

THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND AND DARWIN

"AboutDarwin.com - Darwin's Burial. Charles Robert Darwin died on April 19, 1882 at around 4:00 in the afternoon at his home in Kent. His funeral was held on April 26 on a Wednesday at Westminster Abbey. It was attended by scientists, philosophers, naturalists, admirals, and dignitaries of all sorts."
"Darwin, truly a humble agnostic, was very much admired, and his theory accepted by many in the church including, Harvey Goodwin, the bishop of Carlisle, who on the Sunday following Darwin’s funeral in a sermon preached in the abbey, said: 'It would have been unfortunate if anything had occurred to give weight and currency to the foolish notion which some have diligently propagated, but for which Mr Darwin was not responsible, that there is a necessary conflict between a knowledge of Nature and a belief in God….'"1
The agnostic Darwin did all he could to convince the world that the life came by chance, physical, chemical processes -- without God. And the Anglicans lift the man up with honor. It tells more than some want to admit about the Church of England.

WHEN YOU LIE AND DECEIVE, by Dan Mayfield

Unless you live in a vacuum, with no follow questions from others, telling a lie will require another lie. And when you tell the next lie, you better keep the story exactly the same. But it won't be the same. Because the questioner will for more details. Time? Place? How long? Why? What was said? How many times? How did you feel? And when the questions come, don't get upset or you will give up the lie. Remember, liar, you have to pretend it's all facts. You are just telling fact, as they relate to reality, relate to what happened in real space and time. So don't get upset with the questions. But you know the questions are coming from people who smell something funny and they only want to get the full picture and see it make sense. So just stay calm, liar, and calmly make up more lies. But remember, and maybe you want to record yourself, you have to keep track of all of these "facts" you are making up on the fly.
The Bible says to lay aside all deceit. It says do not lie, 1 Pt 2:1; Col 3:9.
The problem with a lie is that it's just a thought inside your own head. You made up something that isn't real. There are no pictures. No witnesses. No video. There's no real life events influenced by it. It's just a made up story in your own head. And you have to keep that story straight.
Let me tell you liars a little secret. You think you have most people fooled. But you don't. Most people have practically no respect for anything you say. They wouldn't put any weight on what you say. They talk about you. It gets really hard. If you are a liar, it gets very hard to keep these stories straight and the logical minds around you see you are a deceiver. If they aren't angry with you, they feel incredible pitty for the pathetic way you are living your life.
So here's what you do. Repent of this lying. Do not open your mouth unless you are going to give the straight story. Start building your life on Truth. Read the Bible and God will give you some help.
Remember, the little lie you tell this morning is eventually going to be found out. And when you are marked as a liar in by another person, you will never be taken seriously. And here's something else. If you are ever falsely accused of doing something, and you very righteously deny any responsibility, there won't be a person who believes your innocence. Pretty scary to think about, isn't it?
So repent of your deceitful life. Be honest. Follow Jesus. Tell the truth in love. Said in love.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

SPIRITUAL CONDITION OF INFANTS AND CHILDREN WITH A QUOTE FROM SISMAN'S DEVIL'S DOOR, buy Dan Mayfield

‘Yet the Roman Catholic Bishop Hay, in defiance of every principle of God's Word, does not hesitate to pen the following: ‘Question: What becomes of young children who die without baptism? Answer: If a young child were put to death for the sake of Christ, this would be to it the baptism of blood, and carry it to heaven; but except in this case, as such infants are incapable of having the desire of baptism, with the other necessary dispositions, if they are not actually baptised with water, they cannot go to Heaven.’36" - Devil's Door (not yet printed)

It is the doctrine of original sin, which in error many churches teach, that leads them to conclude infants die and go to hell. It is a gross error that is taught and deserves to be refuted.

Only if the church can correct the misconception that children are born with sin, are sinful, and that they selfishly commit sin, only then can the truth be advanced that it is men and women, like Adam and Eve who were full grown and in control of their faculties, it is such as these who commit sin and are lost due to their own sins.

A baby is at a serious disadvantage in every way that it cannot be just to judge them as sinners. Knowing truth and choosing by free will is not in their tool box. It is inconceivable that any just judge would pronounce upon such a weak and frail creature any guilt with the sentence of death. We must conclude that God does not view the the thoughts or the actions of a little child as anything like sin. It is not merely that they are in a state of grace, but they are pure as the first man prior to his disobedience.

Jesus taught that children are innocent and that that innocence is the model for adults who wish to be saved.  "Unless you are converted and become as children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." Mt 18:3.

So let us forget about pinning on anyone the sentence of original sin. Instead, it is the sins which men commit, being full grown like Adam, that is to be repented of for salvation.

Remember how the spiritual death Adam received spread to all men was by all men sinning, Rom. 5:12.

Sisman was right. Babies do not go to hell.  Their innocence demands that they don't need salvation as they are already saved. Only when children reach the age where free will and knowledge conflicts with God's will does this child need baptism for the sin to be forgiven.

Please pray about this.

Friday, September 30, 2016

ATHENAGORAS: DIVORCE, ABORTION, FREE-WILL

This early Christian wrote his "The Apology" in 176 a.d.
On second marriage, "calls it a 'respectable form of adultery,' or a "decent adultery,"
On abortion, "He says, 'We call it murder and say it will be accountable to God if women use instruments to procure abortion.'"
On free will, "Freedom faces us with responsibility so we are judged for every action. If man falls into evil, he is judged, and thrown into the fire of eternity as his spirit does not vanish, and if he follows God, he lives in the heavenly eternity."

THE DEITY OF CHRIST AND THE SUBORDINATE ROLE HE PLAYS TO THE FATHER, Dan Mayfield

Hebrews 1:6 says, “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” God is speaking of the Son, Jesus Christ. He said He has all authority in heaven and earth, Mt 28:18. Jesus said he that has seen Me, has seen the Father.
"8 Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us." 9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long * with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father '? Jn 14.
The Father and Son are two persons of the Godhead, distinct and separate, but Jesus has all the attributes of God so that even the angels worship Him. He is the one through whom all things were made, Colossians 1:16. John says "apart from Him [Jesus], nothing came into being that has come into being." The Scriptures are clear that Jesus is deity and co-equal to the Father.
The rule of Jesus above all rulers...
"17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all." Eph 1:17ff
"20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming, 24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all." 1 Cor. 15:20-28
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the three persons of the Godhead each have a distinct role they fill in the Godhead. It's not questionable that the Son and Holy Spirit were there in the Creation, Genesis 1. It's also true that the Son subordinated Himself to the Father in the scheme of redemption, making Himself obedient to the Father as an example to us. And it also appears that this subordinate role will continue into eternity based on 1 Cor. 15.
The makeup of the Godhead, 3 person in 1 God, is complex and more mysterious than we can fathom in this fintie world we are trapped in. Still it is clear that God the Father calls Jesus God. Hebrews 1:8 says, "But of the Son He says, "YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM."
So I recognize the deity of Christ and the Holy Spirit, who is also called God in Acts 5:3-4, while also recognizing the distinct roles they in their wisdom decided long ago to fill for our benefit.
If anyone comes with a different doctrine about Jesus, one that suggest anything but that God became flesh, making Him less than God, he is condemned.
"If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting;" 2 John 1:10

IS IT A CONCERN IF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ARE ADDED TO WORSHIP? Dan Mayfield

Someone asked me if people will go to the lake of fire for worshipping with musical instruments.
God says we must not worship in vain, Mt 15:7-9. God says must worship in truth, Jn 4:23,24. God says not to add to His word, Rev 22:18ff. God killed a couple of men for offering strange fire, Lev 10:1ff. God said not to exceed what is written so that one isn't puffed up against another, 1 Cor 4:6. God said not to cause division, 1 Cor 1:10ff. Knowing God did not authorize the use of instruments and the Catholics, history is unanimous on this, were the first to introduce them, what do you think God will do?
What does God is the spiritual music for the church? Colossians 3:16; Eph 5:19; 1 Cor 14:15.

WHEN DO WE COME TO KNOW THE LORD? by Dan Mayfield

What does it mean Samuel did not yet know the Lord? 1 Samuel 3:7.
Most commentators say it didn't mean he wasn't a believer, but only that he had not yet known the Lord through divine messages.
"So they were saying to Him, "Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father; if you knew Me, you would know My Father also." Jn 8:19
On the topic of Samuel not yet knowing the Lord, one such commentator said, "Samuel had no thought of anything extraordinary, and the explanation of his slowness of apprehension is given in the statement that he “did not yet know the Lord,” which can only mean that he had not received any Divine communications; for absolute ignorance cannot be supposed in one who had ministered to the Lord all his life. Youth should be slow to believe that its impressions are divine messages."
To the suggestion that Samuel was either in a state of "absolute ignorance" or that the saying meant he didn't yet know God through revelation is a false dilemma since there is a third option for the meaning.
The third option. We know that the sons of Eli "did not know the Lord" but they were not in a state of absolute ignorance. So "not knowing the Lord" doesn't imply "absolute ignorance". Samuel it says three times in the lead up to this verse that he was ministering to the Lord. A particular weakness of the Old Covenant, according to Jeremiah, is that many did not know the LORD but that with the New Covenant everyone would. Under the Old Covenant into which one was born, coming "to know the Lord" takes a time for maturing into it.
To know the Lord comes not with learning the rudiments of the Faith as a young child might do. But knowing the Lord refers to a third option which is the coming to the commonly experienced place of personal Faith. Yada, to know, is the word for intimate relationship between a husband and wife, and metaphorically for the people of God to know Him. Even a young child who is raised in the church will come to his or her own moment of faith and conviction to choose to believe in the Lord. Until that time, because he does not yet have saving faith, he does not know the Lord.
In other words, I believe, "he knew not the Lord" indicates Samuel had not yet come to the place of personal Faith. This comes at an age of personal accountability which takes time for Samuel to come to.
For Jews the coming of age was at 12 years old. It was at this age that Jesus comes to the temple and impresses the people with his knowledge and wisdom. When his parents find him at the temple, Jesus said, "did you not know that I must be about my Father's house?" This is recorded in Luke 2. This was the age of coming to maturity, manhood, where personal faith begins to rise up in the young person. Later in Luke 2 it describes Jesus, saying, "And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." That's Jesus at twelve years of age when the boy is considered to be becoming a man with his own faith.
Here's an interesting thing about Samuel the boy. He's very much like Jesus. Jesus was to be a prophet, priest and king. Samuel would be a prophet, priest, and judge. And it says of Samuel the boy who is ministering in the tabernacle, "Now the boy Samuel was growing in stature and in favor both with the LORD and with men." The comparison between Christ and Samuel is unmistakable. And how old was Jesus? He was twelve which is the age of manhood and faith. For this reason I think it's very likely that when it says Samuel did not yet know the Lord, I think it meant he was only now ready to cross that threshold of faith.
Many Jews would never cross that threshold moment. The sons of Eli wouldn't ever come to know the Lord, 1 Sam. 2:12. Jeremiah laments that it is a problem that would be fixed with the New Covenant, Jer. 31:31-34. But Samuel if at the age of 12 or thereabout hasn't yet come to know the Lord, it's expected as a natural part of the maturing process.
Our young people who grow up in the church may very well pray, give, sing and talk about the Lord. But we know, and we pray for the moment in their growing up for the time that they confess their own faith, are baptized, and continue to follow Jesus. Only then will they really "know the Lord" in the full sense of that word.
P.S.
If it appears I have erred by suggesting that Samuel wasn't yet in the saved condition that occurs at different times in different people, then let me know. Most commentators believe Samuel most definitely was already having a saving faith and that this statement "did not yet know the Lord" means something narrow that He didn't know God through revelation.
I was talking to a man who believes children are born with sin and that at an early age of four he came to believe and was baptized. So he took issue with my suggestion that this salvation isn't necessary for a small child who is innocent and that only a young man who reaches a certain age of spiritual, emotional, and intellectual maturity can be needful of and ready for being saved by God. This young man took issue with my point here because it dismissed his own need to identify with a very small child being saved.
So comment and correct me if I need it. Thank you.

TO BE FREE FROM PRIDE, by Dan Mayfield

David said he was free from pride. "1 O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me. 2 Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me. 3 O Israel, hope in the LORD From this time forth and forever." Psalm 131:1-3.
This is the only way to salvation for if there is pride in us, we will fight God and we will fight any man who tells us our faults. David by being humble was ready for Nathan the Prophet to tell him of his sin. When the King was confronted, David responded, "I have sinned against the LORD." 2 Sam. 12:13. Forgiveness and salvation is only possible if we are humble before the LORD.
And what about the sins that are hidden even to us? For none of us are perfect. A humble man will seek for God to make these things known. David said, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Ps. 139:23,24.
It's easy to be insulted if we are prideful. It's easy to justify ourselves if we have pride. It's easy to miss the logs in our eyes if we have pride. It's easy to feel superior and better than others if we have pride. It's no wonder that the Scriptures speak so strongly against pride.
"There are six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look,..." Pro. 6:16-17.
The proud look tells so much. And God is absolutely opposed to it. Let us pray that we get to the place of spiritual maturity that we can say with David, "O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty."

HISTORY OF MAN IS RECORDED IN THE RELIABLE BIBLE: MIZRAIM, by Dan Mayfield

MIZRAIM - Son of Ham and grandson of Noah. The Jews up to the 6th century B.C. and the Babylonians referred to Egypt as MIZRAIM. The grandson of Noah would be the father of the Egyptians.
From Wikipedia, "Mizraim (Hebrew: מִצְרַיִם / מִצְרָיִם, Modern Mitzráyim Tiberian Miṣrāyim / Miṣráyim ; cf. Arabic مصر, Miṣr) is the Israeli Hebrew and Aramaic name for the land of Egypt, with the dual suffix -āyim, perhaps referring to the "two Egypts": Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt. Neo-Babylonian texts use the term Mizraim for Egypt.[1] The name was for instance inscribed in the famous Ishtar gate of Babylon." - Mizraim, Wikipedia
Another grandson of Noah through Ham was Cush whose own son, Nimrod, would be the father of the Babylonains. "And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.", Gen 10:10. And Nimrod also built Nineveh, Gen 10:11. Another son of Ham was Canaan through whom came the Canaanites whose land encompassed the cities of Sidon, Gaza, Sodom, Gomorrah and other famous cities.
The historicity of the Bible is remarkable. For no good reason does the world reject the Bible as a reliable historical document. These places of Babylon, Nineveh, Egypt, and the land of the Canaanites are important in the history of Israel. The time after the flood is about 5,000 years ago and we still can find the ruins and read their own histories.
The great flood of Noah is remembered by people in all continents and peoples around the world. Why shouldn't such a thing be told from one generation and passed to the next. When they were dispersed at Babel and with the "dividing" of the earth (Gen 10:25), the story of Noah and his sons would be legendary so over time would have the sense of myth because of the greatness and fantastic nature of the events.
After the tower of Babel when God confused the languages and caused the people to disperse over the face of the earth, we understand how Noah's descendents would be found all over the earth. God forced the dispersion and population of the earth to spread out. The tongues of people led to the population of the earth to become divided.
It's interesting that the great builder Nimrod and his people tried building a massive tower to heaven. And then in the area of Egypt his Uncle Mizraim and his people build massive "mountains" called pyramids. Then across the great ocean, what is called the Atlantic, people are building giant mountain pyramids that suggest a connection between them and the Egyptians and people at Babel.
And the grandson of Shem, and great grandson of Noah, was Eber through whom the Hebrew people came (Eber=Hebrew), Gen 10:24-25. And born to Eber was Peleg who in his day the earth was divided.
So the original builder of Egypt is easily traced back to a son of Noah. When Joseph goes to Egypt and becomes second only to the Pharaoh, he was with kinfolk, separated by a millenium or so. And when Abraham leaves Ur of the Chaldees (Chaldeans), he was from a place just south of Babylon.
I KNOW YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO KEITH SISMAN'S DEVIL'S DOOR BOOK BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO SEE HOW THE WORLD AND IT'S RELIGIONS (EVEN THINGS IN DENOMINATIONALISM AND CATHOLICISM) ARE TRACED BACK TO THE NOAH AND BEFORE.

IT'S LOVE: WITH ALL YOUR BEING, by Dan Mayfield

Paul said for the Romans to present themselves as living sacrifices to God, 12:1f. Imagine if we only presented ourselves in part to God. Imagine if all we presented to God was our intellect and not our heart. Each of us are mind, body, soul, and heart. We are physical and spiritual. We are intellect and emotion. When we pray and sing and offer worship to God without all of our being, it is impossible that it's pleasing to God. He wants and deserves our full attention. If I allow myself to be divided during my time of worship and prayer, then I might as well divide myself between two gods.
"LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND" - Lk 10:27
Coming to Christ for salvation is like this too. The message of the Gospel affects the entire being. It challenges the thinking. It stirs the heart. It moves the body. And it cleanses the soul that's seeking the spiritual. With all of your being you must come to God for salvation or else it is useless.
For this reason a person must be at a certain level of maturity to need or receive salvation. A child cannot know the Lord. A child is innocent and saved, this can't be denied. But when the child is old enough to be accountable to sin, the same must be able to martial his or her entire being to the obedience of the Gospel of Christ.
If you plan to worship God tomorrow, don't come with 3/4 or 1/2 of you. Come and worship God in spirit and truth with all of your being. This is love for God.

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