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  • "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world." Eph. 2:12.

    One of the saddest verses in the Bible is found in the book of the Revelation. It is dealing with the judgment of the unsaved dead. It reads, "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away; and there was found no place for them." Rev. 20:11

    The last phrase, "and there was found no place for them," ought to shock the saved man into great concern for the lost. This passage declares that God had made no arrangements for those who reject him in a place for them to spend eternity. Hell was made for the devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41) and heaven for the believers, so there was no place for those humankind who have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ. God had no choice but to cast them into the hell that was prepared for the devil and his angels.

    The shocking thing here is that for the most part the saved do not seem to realize and understand that this is our friends, family and loved ones. It could be our children or their children. It could be our husband or wife or our dearest friend. It will make no difference in eternity. They who reject Christ and the shed blood of the cross of Calvary will be cast into a devil's hell for all eternity. The Word of God declares that there is no hope for the lost apart from Christ Jesus. They are "afar off." They are aliens from the commonwealth. Strangers from the covenants of promise and without God in this world. These are Biblical facts and not just so called preaching to scare the lost into being saved. These Biblical facts ought to break the heart of the believer to the point of crying out unto God for the souls of men.

    Thank God we are not left helpless or hopeless. God has made provision for lost man to be saved and not have to spend eternity in the pits of hell.

    "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were afar off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." Eph. 2:13 Somebody must tell them and God has given that privilege unto the believer. There is hope. God has not abandoned His people and the blood has not lost its power.

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  • Take Up His Cross, and Follow Me

    "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." Matthew 16:24

    It seems that we have come to a place in our so called, "modern-day society," that our cross is much too heavy to carry. We are loaded down with a lot of nothing and going nowhere, but we have a heavy load.

    A young man was at the end of his rope. Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer. "Lord, I can't go on," he said. "I have too heavy of a cross to bear." The Lord replied, "My son, if you can't bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then open that other door and pick out any cross you wish." The man, filled with relief, said, "Thank you, Lord," and he did as he was told. Upon entering the other door, he saw many crosses, some so large the tops were not visible. Then he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall. "I'd like that one, Lord," he whispered. And the Lord replied, "My son, that is the cross you just brought in."

    When life's problems seem overwhelming, it helps to look around and see what other people are coping with.

    Whatever your cross, whatever your pain

    there will always be sunshine after the rain.

    Perhaps you may stumble, perhaps even fall,

    But God's always there to help you through it all.

    When we consider the cross of Christ and the price that was paid, we begin to see that this life and its pitfalls are but a light affliction.

    Bro. Bill Forde

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  • Ye are bought with a price

    "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

    I Corinthians 6:20

    We, according to the scriptures, have no right to dictate to the Lord what we will and will not do in our lives. James 4:15 says, "For we ought to say, if the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that." In our text verse we see that we do not belong to ourselves but we have been bought with the price of the Blood of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary. All of these things we learn from the Good Word of God.

    God has given us His Word for several reasons. It is amazing the number of things that are dealt with in the scriptures. I am convinced that every answer to every question that could possibly arise in the mind of man is answered in the Word of God. I do not find in the scriptures any place where God tries to defend or explain Himself. He just expects us to believe that He is and that is a fact. He is.

    There are, however, some very pointed things about the scriptures. We find in II Timothy 3:16-17 several statements about the Word of God.

    1. All scripture is given by the inspiration of God.

    2. It is profitable for - doctrine, reproof, correction.

    3. For instruction in righteousness - that the man of God may be perfect and thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

    Now we see that God has made provision through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to purchase us with His Blood and then give us His Word as to how we are to live and serve Him in our lives. He has also given us His promise in His Word that He will come and take us home to be with Him for all eternity some day.

    Now case and point. Since God has made such great promises and provision for us, why do we have so much trouble obeying Him and enjoying the blessings that he has for us? I think that if we would consider the time we spend in His Word and in His church and prayer and service, it would not be very hard to figure out. We have slowly drifted away from the place that God wants us to be and we have forgotten that we are bought with a price and we have the answers to our problems in the Word of God. It would be good for us to take the time to reflect upon the great blessings that we have in Christ Jesus and the Good Word of God, remember from whence we came and where we are, and where we could have been.

    -Bro. Bill Forde

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  • Memorial Day

    "And Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua" Joshua 24:31

    Memorial Day is officially observed the last Monday of the month. This day has been set aside to remember those who have been killed in wars of our country. I am sure all of us can remember someone who has given their life that we might live in a free country and worship in freedom and truth. It is indeed a sad situation when politicians make decisions for young men and women to go to war and then forget them when they come home and need help. Memorial means "something to preserve the memory of a person or an event." Remember those who are in the military today and those families whose loved ones have paid the ultimate price. Pray for those politicians today who understand that for this nation to be free we must have a strong military.

    Joshua was a great solider who understood that without God there would be no victory. What a great memorial for Joshua to be known as the soldier that led Israel all the days of his life, and because of his leadership, Israel's days were prolonged. The word "overlived" in verse thirty one means, "prolonged their days after."

    There is another to be remembered as well; the Lord Jesus Christ who went to the cruel cross of Calvary and paid our sin debt. I would hope that we would never forget the price that was paid for our salvation. The greatest memorial is the Cross and the Shed Blood of the Saviour that we might have eternal life.

    Remember today to thank Him for saving your soul and your loved ones.

    Bro. Bill Forde

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  • Diversions

    Matthew 6:33; Matthew 22:37

    These two verses of scripture carry with them the idea that God is to be first and foremost in our lives. this is a true statement and is one of the keys to the blessings of God in the life of the believer. However, it is sometimes difficult for us to do because we are faced continually with diversions. A diversion is something that distracts us and takes our attention away from the important things and turns it to the less important. Satan is a master at providing diversions in the life of the Christian. He takes our attention from the things of God and puts it on trivial things.

    It is easy for a Christian or a Church to get involved in some program or labor and come to realize that they have been diverted from their goal. We can never lose sight of our purpose here on earth; to put God first and foremost and bring glory to His name. We do that by witnessing and spreading the gospel.

    We are faced with extremely serious difficulties on a daily basis; the temptation to compromise our Biblical stand or to yield to the world in some area of our lives. We do live in a difficult time. Adult and child alike are faced with trials of our faith every day of our lives. Thank God he did not leave us to fend for ourselves. We can trust Him to give us the strength and boldness to put Him first and foremost.

    We need to be reminded that no matter what is happening in the world - wars, terrorist attacks, business failure, political upheaval, personal setbacks or whatever the case may be - we are to put God first. All of these things are diversions to take our attention away from our purpose in Christ Jesus.

    Do not lose sight of the fact, my Christian friends, God is still on the throne and these diversions come as no surprise to Him. The Apostle Paul reminds us: "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14

    God must have first place in our lives if we expect the blessing of God to be ours.

    -Bro. Bill Forde

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