Sep 07

The Beatitudes – Part 1

Sermon on Mount - BeatitudesLast week we stressed the importance of Christians adorning the doctrine of Christ.  We said that being a Christian was more than just joining a religious organization and being included in that church’s membership roles.  Being a Christian requires we adorn (garnish our appearance) the very teachings of Jesus… that, we believe His teachings, obey them, and advocate them.  If we want to learn more of the doctrine of Jesus Christ, there is no better place to begin than by studying His “Sermon on the Mount”, and the Beatitudes contained therein.

The “Sermon on the Mount” is the longest section of our Lord’s teaching in the New Testament, and is recorded in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7.  It is the first of five of our Lord’s discourses recorded by Matthew and believed by most to have taken place very early in His ministry.  The Sermon on the Mount contains some of the most basic, central tenets of Christianity.  It is in this great sermon we find the Beatitudes, and this is where we want to focus our attention at this time.

Although the Bible doesn’t refer to this section as such, the “Beatitudes” are found at the beginning of His Sermon on the Mount in Matt 5:3-12.  The word “beatitude” is from a Latin word meaning “happy, fortunate, or blissful”.  This section is commonly known as the “beatitudes” because eight blessings are promised to all who would conduct themselves in a certain, specified fashion.

Each beatitude consists of two phrases:  The condition and the result.  Each beatitude begins with “Blessed are…”, meaning, “how supremely blessed and happy is!…” the person who meets the stated condition.  Then, the reward of that conduct is explained in more detail.

A study of the beatitudes is important because through them Jesus teaches us many of the core principles of Christianity, and the key to the true inner joy and peace that comes from following Him.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matt 5:3)

Those who recognize their own spiritual destitution and poverty will be blessed.  “Poor in spirit” is an expression which denotes humility.  It is an humble estimation of one’s self.  It is an attitude that recognizes our own sinfulness and our need for God’s grace.  We are saved by God’s grace (unmerited favor) – Eph 2:8-9, Titus 3:4-6.  We are saved because God gave His Son – Jn 3:16.  We were saved because we could not save ourselves – Rom 5:6.

A great example of one convicted of his own spiritual poverty is the tax collector of Lk 18:13.  It is he whom we should imitate.  In contrast, in the same passage, we have an example of the proud Pharisee whom we should NOT imitate (Lk 18:9-14).

Many are willing to join churches, participate, and even become leaders in those organizations.  They are even willing to be known as “Christians” in their communities… but unwilling to accept His teaching regarding their own spiritual poverty and need for a Savior.  They want to be openly rewarded for their great deeds and spiritual accomplishments.  But here is the reality:  We can’t truly be Christians without realizing we have no righteousness of our own; we can’t truly be Christians without realizing our only righteousness is that of our Savior.  God has chosen to bless the humble with His fellowship, not the proud.  Isa 57:15; Isa 66:1-2

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”  (Matt 5:4)

To mourn means to “grieve or wail”.  In order to understand what Jesus is saying, we need to connect this verse with the former verse:  Blessed are they who mourn over their spiritual poverty and sinfulness.  Unless someone is first “poor in spirit”, they can’t mourn over their spiritual destitution and recognize their desperate need for a Savior.

Acts 2 provides us with a good example of people who learned of their spiritual condition… and then “mourned” over it.  Peter had just told them how they had crucified their long awaited Messiah.  When they realized their responsibility in His death, they were “pricked in their hearts”, and this led them to ask what they could do about this (Acts 2:36-38).  Peter told them in verse 38.  We read in the following verses show how they responded in obedience.

Jesus came into the world to induce people to recognize, mourn over, and forsake their sins (Isa 61:1-3; Lk 4:18).  In Psa 51:1-12 David left us an example of one who mourned over his sin with Bathsheba.  Paul explained that godly sorrow is a good thing:  It begets repentance (2 Cor 7:10).

Jesus promised that those who mourn would be comforted.  Jesus promised “rest” to all who would come to Him.  John promised that, in the life to come, God will wipe away all tears.  Rev 21:4

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”  (Matt 5:5)

Today, our word “meek” is often confused with weakness.  However, meekness does not imply weakness.  “Meek” means to be mild or humble; to be patient in the reception of injuries.  It is an attitude that is opposite to the attitude the proud and ambitious might have as they would seek to advance in Christ’s kingdom through domination and injury to others.

The meek would prefer rather to suffer injury rather than to inflict it.  Again, it’s not because of weakness, but out of humility – realizing one’s own poverty of spirit and sinfulness.  The Christian should not be eager to accuse and punish because he realizes that he, himself, is subject to temptation and wrong.  Let us consider some biblical examples of meekness.

Moses was meek above all men upon the face of the earth (Num 12:3).  If you know your Old Testament history, you know that Moses was not weak nor timid (Ex 32:19-20; Ex 32:30-34).  It took great courage and strength to force the children of Israel to drink that powder and water mixture made from the ground up golden calf.  It took great courage and strength to face God after Israel’s sin and offer personal atonement for their sin (which, incidentally, is a story that foreshadows our Savior’s willingness to give His life for His people upon the cross).

Jesus was absolutely the best example of meekness (Matt 11:29).  He humbly submitted Himself to the injury of the cross.  He was “patient in the reception of injuries”.  He was not timid or fearful.  He showed great courage in yielding to God’s will.

Jesus promised a blessing to the meek:  they shall inherit the earth.  Ambitious warriors have sought to conquer and subdue the earth by domination throughout history.  The world believes that the key to conquering earthly real estate is to dominate and subject opponents to injury or the threat of injury.  Jesus will subdue the world through His humility, and Christians will reign with Him by the same means.  Through His meekness, He became the Conquering Victor (Philip 2:8-11).  By meekness, Christians shall be conquering victors (Rev 6:9-10; Rev 20:4; Rev 2:10).

Why bother wearing the name Christian if we do not believe, obey, or promote the teachings of Christ?  Our Lord’s teachings recorded in His Sermon on the Mount was radically different from the philosophies of man… and still is.  The world considers meekness and humility as weakness.  People would prefer being admitted into Heaven by their own greatness or good deeds – not by a Suffering Savior.

The denominational world envisions Messianic victory as being accomplished through man’s weapons of warfare – through conventional warfare and nuclear exchanges.  This false theological system is known today as Premillennialism.  The truth is, victory in Jesus is not about guns and bombs; it’s not about domination and control.  It’s about sin and atonement.

Jesus taught in these three beatitudes that…

  • We must possess an humble estimation of our spiritual condition and recognize our sinfulness, and our dependence on God for salvation.
  • We must recognize, mourn over, and forsake our sins.
  • We must seek to do God’s will regardless of the cost or personal injury to ourselves and recognize that the means by which we conquer and become victorious is meekness.

We hope you will take the opportunity to visit and worship God with us soon at the church of Christ in Chattahoochee, Florida.

Aug 31

What it Means to Be a Christian

graphic - Isaiah foretold God's people would be called by a new name - ChristiansIn Isaiah 62:2, the prophet of old foretold of a “new” name God’s people would be called and known as.  When we come to the New Testament, we find that prophecy fulfilled.  Luke tells us the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch (Acts 11:26).  The original, Greek word found in this passage for “called” is chrematizo and means “an oracle divinely uttered”.  In other words, it was no accident the first century disciples were called Christians – it was the Lord’s will.

It is sad there are so many people who profess Jesus yet prefer to be called by another name. The Christian world seems to be made up of hyphenated Christians.  It isn’t enough for them to be known simply as a Christian, but they prefer to be known by the name of the founder of their denomination, or even by a term that describes their unique belief system.  One of our basic pleas in the churches of Christ is that believers detach themselves from sectarian names and be known as Christians, and Christians only.

“Christian” is the name God selected for His people, and for good reason.  As His disciples, why wouldn’t we want to wear our Lord’s name?  Why would we want to wear the name of an imperfect, human founder?  Why would we want to be identified by some religious term which sets us apart our Lord’s doctrine, and His people?  We wear His name because we follow Him, and because we adorn His doctrine in the day to day lives we live. 

Let’s first consider some basic mechanics.  To become a Christian, one need only to look to the examples of conversion in the book of Acts.  After hearing the gospel message (Jn 6:44-45), one must believe the good news of Jesus Christ (Jn 3:16, Jn 8:24), repent of their sins (Lk 13:3), confess Jesus before others (Matt 10:32-33, Rom 10:9-10), and be baptized for the remission of his sins (Acts 2:38).  The final step of baptism places one into Christ where he becomes a child of God (Gal 3:26-27).  Upon one’s obedience to the gospel, the Lord adds you to His church (Acts 2:47, Matt 16:18).  But, being a Christian is more than just following these steps and having your name listed on some church roll.  It means being a true follower; it means to believe His teachings, obey them, and advocate them.

We can’t be Christians unless we live the way Jesus Christ has taught us to live, through His words and example.  Are we Christians if we do things that are “unchristian”?  In the coming weeks, I want to emphasize the teachings of Jesus and the conviction we ought to have to live according to these teachings.  But first, let us consider our obligation to adorn the teachings or our Lord.

Paul reminded Titus in Tit 2:10 of the Christian’s duty (actually, it is a privilege) to adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.  To “adorn” means to “put in proper order, to decorate or garnish” much the same way people often adorn themselves with nice clothing, jewelry, and accessories.  The same word is used in 1 Tim 2:9 in reference to the emphasis Christian women should place upon their appearance.  Here, Paul is teaching that women (and, certainly this principle applies to men as well) should be more concerned about their spiritual appearance over their physical appearance.  In both passages, Paul is saying we should be garnishing our appearance with the teachings of Jesus.

Peter has taught us to imitate our Heavenly Father.  In view of our Lord’s return – when He will judge us all (Matt 25:32) – he has enjoined us to be obedient children and imitate our God’s holiness (1 Pe 1:13-16).  “Be ye holy; for I am holy”.  The apostle is quoting from the Old Testament, Lev 11:44.  The principle taught here is, if we profess to be His people, then we ought to be like Him!  How can we profess to be Christians, and His children, and yet do the things he detests?

There is nothing more shameful than a child to tarnish the good name of his parents.  We have all seen it before:  morally upright and well respected parents embarrassed by the crude and lawless conduct of their children.  The wise writer of the book of Proverbs noted the grief foolish children bring to their parents (Prov 17:25).  On the other hand, “wise” children (those who are obedient and bring honor to their parents) make their fathers glad (Prov 10:1; Prov 17:6).  When we sin and refuse to follow the instruction of our Heavenly Father, we bring dishonor to Him.

How do we imitate our Heavenly Father?  God has provided an example to follow… Jesus.  Jesus said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father”.  Just before His crucifixion, Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father.  But Jesus replied, saying that this is what He had been doing all along (Jn 14:8-11).  So, what is the lesson for us?  We can learn about the nature and holiness of God by focusing on the life, teachings, and example of Jesus.

The purpose of our Lord’s ministry was to leave us an example to follow ( Pe 2:21-24).  Although the context of this passage has to do with suffering persecution patiently, and following the example of Jesus as he suffered at Calvary, His entire ministry left us an example of devotion to God and holy living.  As Christians, it is our privilege to wear his name and follow in His steps.

Is it possible to be a follower of Jesus… and not follow?  Jesus said, “Why call me Lord… and do not the things I say?” (Lk 6:46).  After all, it is the words of JESUS that give life (Jn 6:63).  After all, it is the words of Jesus that will judge us in the end (Jn 12:48).  It is GOD’S WORD – which Jesus spoke – which has the power to build us up and give us the inheritance promised to us (Acts 20:32).

We can’t honestly wear the name of Christ without following and advocating His teachings.  In the coming weeks we hope to look at the teachings of Jesus more closely and take the opportunity to examine ourselves; to ask ourselves if we are truly following Jesus; to ask ourselves if we are honoring His name in our conduct.  We hope you will continue to study with us as we endeavor to answer the question, “What it Means to Be a Christian?”.

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Aug 19

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love”

Song - Same Love - KB2Ben Haggerty, also known by his stage name of Macklemore, has teamed up with producer Ryan Lewis to create a new hit song titled “Same Love.” The official video that accompanies the song has garnered over 67 million views on YouTube, and the song is one of the most popular on the radio. The main point of the song is that homosexuality is the “same” kind of love as heterosexuality, and people need to quit being homophobes and embrace the homosexual lifestyle, because “God loves all his children” (a quote from the song).

At Apologetics Press, we rarely write about one song. Truth be told, there are thousands of songs out there extolling sinful lifestyles such as drunkenness, drug abuse, fornication, and physical abuse, to mention just a few. But this particular song provides an excellent outline of the standard arguments in favor of homosexuality. By analyzing the lyrics of this song, we can see what society is being told about homosexuality, and contrast that with the truth.

Continue Reading this Article Written by Kyle Butt

Aug 01

Higgs Boson—The “God Particle”?

Written by Jeff Miller, Ph.D.

Courtesy of Apologetics Press

Big Bang - God Particle?The Higgs Boson particle, presumptuously called the “God Particle” by some physicists, is a theoretical elementary particle that is predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics, but which has yet to be observed by physicists through experimentation. It is “thought to be the fundamental unit of matter” (“Has Quest for the Elusive…?” 2011). In theory, the particle could explain how other elementary particles have mass. But why do some call it the “God Particle”? To Big Bang-believers, the Higgs Boson is “a theoretical energy particle which many scientists believe helped give mass to the disparate matter spawned by the Big Bang” (“Scientists Close in…,” 2010). Big Bang theorists consider its existence “crucial to formingthe cosmos after the Big Bang” (“Scientists…,” emp. added). Therefore, the particle is god-like to such sadly deluded individuals.

Recently, in an article titled, “Has Quest for the Elusive ‘God Particle’ Succeeded?,” Fox News reported on a “controversial rumor…based on a leaked internal note from physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)” that began circulating in the public eye (“Has Quest…”). The rumor suggests that the LHC, a particle accelerator located in Switzerland, may have run across proof of the Higgs’ existence. The leaked note “details an unexpected ‘bump’ in emissions that may be proof of the long-sought particle” (“Has Quest…”). Wait a minute. A “bump” could be proof of the Higgs Boson? Surely such an occurrence, which could be the result of any number of possibilities, would not constitute valid proof of anything to scientists. Although many scientists these days would consider such a vague incident enough proof to satisfy their longings, James Gillies, a spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research responsible for building the LHC, admitted that “the leaked note faces several layers of scrutiny before it could be submitted for publication [in a scholarly scientific publication—JM].” He explains: “Things such as this show up quite frequently in the course of analysis…. It’s way too soon to get excited, I’m afraid. It’s not the physics find of the millennium, unfortunately” (“Has Quest…,” emp. added). So, atheistic evolution still stands as scientifically impossible.

As stated above, evolutionists consider the existence of the Higgs Boson “crucial to forming the cosmos after the Big Bang” (“Scientists…,” emp. added). Notice that without the existence of this theoretical particle, Big Bang theorists recognize that the Universe could not even form after the Big Bang theoretically occurred. Its existence would not prove that the Universe did form in the manner suggested by Big Bang Theory. Its existence would not even prove that the Universe could form after a hypothesized Big Bang occurred. Further, its existence would not prove that the Big Bang itself could occur at all. Its existence would not prove that matter could exist forever or pop into existence out of nothing, one of which must be true in order for the Big Bang to even get started. And its existence would certainly not prove that the scientific laws governing the Universe could write themselves into existence. However, without the existence of the particle, theorists know the Big Bang could not happen. Thus, discovery of its existence would not prove anything in the end, but only allow evolutionists to cross one of the many chasms that stand in the way of their theory even being considered a remote possibility. In other words, the Big Bang has not even reached square one in the realm of proof. It still lies firmly in the realm of impossibility. Bottom line: the Creation model still stands as the most logical explanation for the origin of the Universe—the model that matches the scientific evidence.

Jul 15

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Aug 14

Are You On The Right Path?

In June of 2008, the Pew Forum On Religion & Public Life released a U.S. Religious Landscape Survey based on interviews with 35,000 American adults.  One of the issues covered was this one:  Is there more than one path to salvation? I must admit that I was surprised at the findings, even given our current cultural climate of skepticism.

83% of “mainline” churches held that “many religions can lead to eternal life”.  The survey also revealed that 82% of Jews, 79% of Catholics, 57 % of Evangelical churches, 39% of Mormons, and 18% of Jehovah’s Witnesses agreed.  What do these findings reveal to us?  Perhaps one thing they tell us is that most members occupying the pews of many denominations just don’t have a lot of conviction about the beliefs of the organization they belong to.

Something else this survey reveals:  Most denominational members believe there are many paths to Heaven, and “we just need to choose the one that best suits us personally”.  But, what does the Bible say?

Jesus:  The Way

Jesus told us that the way to life was difficult and narrow, and would be found only by a few (Matt 7:13-14).  Jesus Affirmed that He is THE path to salvation in John 14:6.  There is no other.  And, unless we believe that He is the Messiah – God’s Son – Our Savior – we will die in our sins (Jn 8:24).

The Apostles also affirmed that there is salvation in no other name (Acts 4:12).  If there are many other paths to Heaven, as many claim today, then Jesus and His apostles are reduced to liars, and they all suffered – and died – needlessly.

So, how do we get on THE path to salvation? Again, let us go to the Bible for our answer.

We Must Hear the Word: The first step in coming to the Father is to hear His word, learn of Him, and be taught by Him (John 6:44-45).  This is where faith begins (Rom 10:17).  This is why Jesus has sent preachers into the world (Acts 10:42-43).

We Must Believe: To believe is to trust God at His word.  It is the kind of belief that produces obedience.  We must believe in Jesus, God’s Son, Whom He sent to save us, because of His love for us (John 3:16).  We must believe that Jesus died as an atoning sacrifice offered to God for our sins (1 John 4:9-10).  We must believe that He shed His blood that we might obtain forgiveness (Eph 1:7).

We Must Repent of our Sins: Compelled by our remorse for the sins we have committed, we must turn away from our sinful ways and determine to follow God and not ourselves, the world, or Satan.  Why?  Because God has appointed a day when we will all stand before His Son in judgment (Acts 17:30-31).  Unless we repent, we will surely perish (Luke 13:3).

We Must Publicly Confess Jesus as Our Lord: If we fail to muster the courage to make the good confession, Jesus will not confess us before His Father in Heaven (Matt 10:32-33; Rom 10:9-10).

We Must Be Baptized for the Remission of our Sins: The word “baptize”, in the original Greek, means to be immersed.  We are talking about water baptism.  Jesus commanded baptism as a requisite to salvation (Mark 16:16).  Why be baptized?

  • Baptism puts us into Christ – Gal 3:27 (where all spiritual blessings are – Eph 1:3)
  • Baptism sanctifies and cleanses the alien sinner – Eph 5:25-27
  • Baptism enables one to be born into the Kingdom – John 3:5
  • Baptism is the process through which God forgives the alien sinner – Acts 2:38
  • Through Baptism we are raised with Christ from “death” to spiritual life – Rom 6:3-7

Although baptism “saves”, it is not the water that washes away our sins, but the BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST through the answer of a good conscience.  (1 Peter 3:21). If we are going to get on the right path, we must recognize Jesus as THE Way, and place our trust in His message (John 8:30-32).

This simple plan of salvation puts us on the pathway to Heaven, but, in order to reach Heaven, we must live faithfully throughout our lives, no matter the challenges (Rev 2:10).

Jan 01

Resolutions for the New Year

With the new year upon us, many are thinking about resolutions.  People naturally equate the new year with a kind of new “beginning”.  Unfortunately, even with the good intentions of most, I have read that 92% of resolutions are abandoned.  Someone said, “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one ‘year’ and out the other”. The truth is, old habits are hard to break.

To the Christian, the new year is a reminder that life on this earth is only temporal, and quickly passing.  Each year – each day – brings us one moment closer to the return of our Lord.  And, though it has been nearly 2000 years since the promise of His return, we Christians know that what many unbelievers consider to be evidence of a false promise is really a demonstration of His love and mercy (2 Peter 3:8-12).

While most are thinking about diet, exercise and other life changes, let us focus on the kind of resolutions that will help us prepare for His return (2 Cor 5:10).  Our objective should be to stand before our Lord in peace, without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:14). And, though it is the blood of Jesus which enables us to stand pure before Him (Eph 5:25-27), we are cautioned that our personal conduct is a real factor in determining our eternal destiny (Rev 20:12).

  • Read the Bible Daily – James 1:21; 1 Peter 2:2;
  • Pray Every Day – 1 Jn 1:9; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Thess 5:17
  • Attend All the Services of the Church – Heb 10:24-25; Heb 3:12-13
  • Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Christ – 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 1:2-11;
  • Display Holy Conduct and Godliness – 2 Peter 3:10-11; 1 {Peter 2:12)

When Jesus returns, and we all stand before Him in judgment, he will say one of two things to us:

  • “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matt 25:34), Or…
  • “Depart from me ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt 25:41).

Most new year’s resolutions involve matters of good health and prosperity.  But, the basic principles in these suggested Christian resolutions lead us to good spiritual health and spiritual prosperity… and will go a long way in preparing us for His return.

Resource:  Mark A. Copeland

Dec 04

Wisdom from Above?

More and more people are gazing into the heavens for guidance in achieving peace, love, and harmony. No, they are not looking to God through His word, but… UFO’S! New age cults abound who assert that alien visitors are “channeling” warnings to earthlings saying, we must “unite into one world government and one world religion” OR ELSE... experience great havoc and destruction.

Does it all sound crazy?  Yes.  Unbelievable?  Yes.  Nevertheless, this nutty philosophy seems to be gaining a degree of credibility in the public eye.  For instance, Scientology – with its host of Hollywood followers (List of Scientologists) – has long been linked to “UFology” and yet continues to make great strides in achieving public acceptability as a mainstream religion.

It is not uncommon for these cult members (many of whom claim to have been abducted) to insist that these advanced beings (sometimes even referred to as aliens; sometimes referred to as gods) are revealing to them truth… and a better way. What truth? “Truth” that Christianity is not the ONLY way. “Truth” that Jesus is not God.  “Truth” that Jesus did not literally die in our stead to satisfy Jehovah’s Justice.  “Truth” that ALL men and women are evolving into divine beings.  “Truth” that genuine spirituality involves combining and embracing ALL world religions while denying any one is superior and… if we do not set aside our differences and unite together into one world “unified” religion and government (and join the “greater galactic federation of planets” as one cult puts it), we will surely face destruction.

Although the details vary from group to group, the basic cosmic message these UFO cultists are relaying to us seems to remain the same: abandon fundamental Christianity if you want to achieve peace, love, and harmony.  However, the Bible tells us otherwise. True peace, love, and harmony is through Jesus Christ (Eph 2:13,14), and Him only (Jn 14:6). Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6) because He gave His life that we might be reconciled to God and enjoy fellowship with His children (Rom 5:10).

New Age doctrines are really nothing “new”… just old heresies wrapped up in new packaging. The Greeks of the 1st century considered the idea of salvation through a crucified Jesus “foolishness” as well (1 Cor 1:18-23). Paul concluded these thoughts, saying,

“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”  1 Cor 1:24-25

God’s power has been revealed through His crucified Son.  His crucified Son is God’s power unto salvation (Rom 1:16).  Even God’s “foolishness” (and, we know there is nothing foolish about God) is wiser than the wisest of men!

When writing the Colossian church, Paul confronted worldly philosophers whose viewpoints were very much similar to the “new” age philosophers of today.  They, too, thought they needed something more than the Bible to achieve true peace, love, harmony, and spirituality.  But Paul said,

“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power” Col 2:9-10

In other words, Christ is all we need to be everything God wants us to be, and to enjoy every blessing God has in mind for us.  So, do we need to look for UFO’s for spiritual guidance?  Do we need to look to eastern religions or wait for “wise men” to channel wisdom to us from another dimension?  No, for God has revealed His will and wisdom to us through His word, the Holy Bible.  In that same epistle, Paul concluded:

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.   Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.   For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.  Col 3:1-4

Come join us as we seek those things which are above through God’s revealed word, look to Christ and Him crucified for our salvation, and gaze with anticipation to the heavens (not for UFO’s) for His return.

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