Watch “Why Memorize Scripture Is So Important” – John Piper

I have just been reviewing some new material for our veterans ministry; This is a program especially designed to teach individuals with memory issues how to easily memorize biblical scriptures.

Below is a video by John Piper in reference to how important it is for us to know the scriptures. I personally do not agree with the Calvinist, nor their theology. But what John Piper is saying here is mainly common sense, not the Calvinist Doctrine.

Note: John Piper is only giving an endorsement, he is not affiliated with this memorization program, it was developed by the two time world champion of memorization.

Combat Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress, have serious issues with memory, Gulf War Veterans suffering from Gulf War Illness have a much higher degree of memory loss due to the many toxins which they were exposed to in 1990-91′.

Why Memorize Scripture – John Piper: http://youtu.be/lLQHP8vtWt4

On the website for the lesson(s) program, which I am greatly praying over purchasing, it is very clear that we fall into one of two categories;

1. We have our whole lives had problems memorizing anything.

2. It is scientifically, and medically proven the older we get, if we have lagged in using the part of our brains that control memorization, we will have an extremely hard time later in life training our brains to do well in this area.

“Faith comes through hearing; and hearing comes through the Word of God.”
~Romans 10:17~

In my calling from God our Father; Abba. I am above all things striving daily to be obedient unto His will, and not the will of this world. I am seeking your prayers not only first for my obedience, but secondly, that we, through Abba will be able to save lives of our nation’s heroes. who are struggling daily in their “War at Home”. I have a direct and personal connection to these men and women who wrote a blank check to this nation, up to and encluding the giving of their lives in military service.
What they did not sign up for, and so shamefully in no way deserve is their need for help, and our government turning it’s back on these volunteer warriors, ever day, all across our great nation.
Our ministry is simply introducing our troops to Jehovah-Rapha; “God whom heals”!
When I returned from Operation Desert Shield / Storm 1990-91′, I ran from my problems for five years, then I was “introduced” for a better lack of words to the VA Medical Center, over a period of years I seen many veterans die from their treatment, or lack of treatment.

Having been a Christian since 77′, I finally did what I should have done years before? I feel on my knees in reverent prayer to the Lord; Christ Jesus, my redeemer….”The Healer of Healers”, and He saved my life!

In turn, in 2010′ I surrendered unto His calling for me to enter His ministry to help, aid, and assist my Comrades in the only way to a truly better life, through Christ!

Note: I did not state in any way or form, that Christ has promised His followers that we would forever live under a dome of joy, without trials or tribulations, but quite the opposite. For once we surrendered our lives unto Christ, we have literally built a fire under Satan’s rear….and he and his league of demon’s have just declared you “enemy number one”! He and his wisdom in deception have placed a target upon you, your family, friends, and any, and every single thing in your life which has importance to you, but moreover the things which Satan feels he can break your faith with. Earthy things, as my former pastor and long time mentor referred to as “stuff”! We came into this world naked, and as Bro. Bob Pitman says, quote: “the first person we ever met, and hadn’t even been properly introduced slapped our bottom and we cried, and we are going out of this world naked, and most of us in tears.” (end quote). We own nothing, it doesn’t matter if you pick up beer cans for a living, or if your name is Warren Buffet, everything is the property of the Almighty God! The earth is his footstool!

I have been blessed by my trials and tribulations, this week in Connection Class; Dr. Mike Day said, quote: “you are coming out of a storm, in the middle of a storm, or you are headed straight into one”, end quote., and Amen Bro. Mike!

The moral of Bro. Mike’s example is, every time we come through a spiritual battle steadfast in faith in Christ Jesus we are stronger! And until the Lord calls us home, or we are living where the Rapture accrues (the second coming of Jesus), we will remain in spiritual warfare nearly daily!

So, I have made a salmon promise unto God, that I well knew, He owed me NOTHING, and I owed Him my everything. So many folks come up with this off the wall ideas or theology that God owes us our Salvation because we believe? That is the furtherist thing in this world from the truth, but it is what Satan would have you believe.

God loves every single person on the face of the earth the same, and that is called Agape LOVE, the highest form of all love. But this neither will save your soul. Salvation is… now listen closely, a “gift”, the most precious gift we could ever be offered, yes, offered. For this gift is offered unto every single soul in this reached world, and it is offered by Christ Jesus, by His most sacred blood which ran down that old rugged cross upon the hill of Calvary! But..we must afirm this “gift”, and we must do so by the repentance of our sins, crying out unto God, acknowledging that we BELEIVE with everything we are in that He sent His ONLY begotten son for God’s love of all men, brethren, listen to these verses, for this is ALL mans first step unto eternal life!

“For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that he might be just, and the just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”
~Romans 3:23-26~ KJV

Please continue to pray for the souls of our military men and women still fighting the war at home. Love on them every single chance you get, and just try to lift up their day. For I assure you brethren, there days are wreched, form dawn to dusk, and I know that all they need to understand, and be made clear. The ONE thing that will help them through this day is, to; “LEAN ON JESUS!” If you have a friend, a family member, a coworker, or just someone in your community whom you care about? Please don’t wait until the shadow of the death passes over them, please don’t. I have lost so many so many beloved brothers in arms, not on only the battlefield, but ten times as many after returning home.

It will not cost anyone a red cent to reach out to us. Here am I Lord, send me.
In Christ,

Adam “Tracy” Smith; Co-Founder
Dying To Live
Veterans Outreach Ministries
~Galatians 2:20~

smith.infosystems@gmail.com

come2jesus.wordpress.com

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My Spirit, My Responsibility – day 01

http://bible.com/r/LY.1 I just finished day 1 of the @YouVersion Plan My Spirit, My Responsibility. Check it out here:

John 10:17-18 (The Trade)

John 10:17-18 (The Trade).

Can a Christian Lose Their Salvation? By: R. C. Sproul 18 July, 2014

Can a Christian Lose Their Salvation?
FROM R.C. Sproul Jul 18, 2014 

We may live in a culture that believes everyone will be saved, that we are “justified by death” and all you need to do to go to heaven is die, but God’s Word certainly doesn’t give us the luxury of believing that. Any quick and honest reading of the New Testament shows that the Apostles were convinced that nobody can go to heaven unless they believe in Christ alone for their salvation (John 14:6; Rom. 10:9–10).

Historically, evangelical Christians have largely agreed on this point. Where they have differed has been on the matter of the security of salvation. People who would otherwise agree that only those who trust in Jesus will be saved have disagreed on whether anyone who truly believes in Christ can lose his salvation.

Theologically speaking, what we are talking about here is the concept of apostasy. This term comes from a Greek word that means “to stand away from.” When we talk about those who have become apostate or have committed apostasy, we’re talking about those who have fallen from the faith or at least from the profession of faith in Christ that they once made.

Many believers have held that yes, true Christians can lose their salvation because there are several New Testament texts that seem to indicate that this can happen. I’m thinking, for example, of Paul’s words in 1 Timothy 1:18–20:

This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
Here, in the midst of instructions and admonitions related to Timothy’s life and ministry, Paul warns Timothy to keep the faith and to keep a good conscience, and to be reminded of those who didn’t. The Apostle refers to those who made “shipwreck of their faith,” men whom he “handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.” This second point is a reference to Paul’s excommunication of these men, and the whole passage combines a sober warning with concrete examples of those who fell away grievously from their Christian profession.

There is no question that professing believers can fall and fall radically. We think of men like Peter, for example, who denied Christ. But the fact that he was restored shows that not every professing believer who falls has fallen past the point of no return. At this point, we should distinguish a serious and radical fall from a total and final fall. Reformed theologians have noted that the Bible is full of examples of true believers who fall into gross sin and even protracted periods of impenitence. So, Christians do fall and they fall radically. What could be more serious than Peter’s public denial of Jesus Christ?

But the question is, are these people who are guilty of a real fall irretrievably fallen and eternally lost, or is this fall a temporary condition that will, in the final analysis, be remedied by their restoration? In the case of a person such as Peter, we see that his fall was remedied by his repentance. However, what about those who fall away finally? Were they ever truly believers in the first place?

Our answer to this question has to be no. First John 2:19 speaks of the false teachers who went out from the church as never having truly been part of the church. John describes the apostasy of people who had made a profession of faith but who never really were converted. Moreover, we know that God glorifies all whom He justifies (Rom. 8:29–30). If a person has true saving faith and is justified, God will preserve that person.

In the meantime, however, if the person who has fallen is still alive, how do we know if he is a full apostate? One thing none of us can do is read the heart of other people. When I see a person who has made a profession of faith and later repudiates it, I don’t know whether he is a truly regenerate person who’s in the midst of a serious, radical fall but who will at some point in the future certainly be restored; or whether he is a person who was never really converted, whose profession of faith was false from the start.

This question of whether a person can lose his salvation is not an abstract question. It touches us at the very core of our Christian lives, not only with regard to our concerns for our own perseverance, but also with regard to our concern for our family and friends, particularly those who seemed, for all outward appearances, to have made a genuine profession of faith. We thought their profession was credible, we embraced them as brothers or sisters, only to find out that they repudiated that faith.

What do you do, practically, in a situation like that? First, you pray, and then, you wait. We don’t know the final outcome of the situation, and I’m sure there are going to be surprises when we get to heaven. We’re going to be surprised to see people there who we didn’t think would be, and we’re going to be surprised that we don’t see people there who we were sure would be there, because we simply don’t know the internal status of a human heart or of a human soul. Only God can see that soul, change that soul, and preserve that soul.

This post was originally published in Tabletalk magazine.

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Job is a Book About Jesus: An Interview with Christopher Ash

Job is a Book About Jesus: An Interview with Christopher Ash
Christopher Ash page at The Proclamation Trust The Old Testament book of Job can be mysterious, exhausting, and frustrating. Yet, for millennia, readers have also drawn comfort and hope from the story of Job’s extreme suffering.

Bible Gateway interviewed Rev. Christopher Ash about his book, Job: The Wisdom of the Cross (Crossway, 2014).

For those who are unfamiliar with it, briefly tell the story of Job.

Rev. Ash: The book of Job is one of the most astonishing books in the world.Buy your copy of Job: The Wisdom of the Cross in the Bible Gateway Store We don’t know when or by whom it was written. It tells a true and deep story, the story of Job, an upright and righteous man (Job 1:1,8; 2:3) who trusted God. He was a very great man (1:3). And yet quite suddenly he suffered the loss of all his wealth and possessions, all his children, and his health (1:6-2:10). After this catastrophe, Job has long debates with his three so-called “comforters” (chapters 4-26) about what is going on and why. Job then sums up his case (chapters 27-31). After that he hears two answers; the first is from a man called Elihu (chapters 32-37), the second (in two parts) from God himself (chapters 38-41). The book ends with Job’s final response to God (42:1-6), God’s verdict on the debates (42:7-9), and God’s final vindication and restoration of Job (42:10-17).

Why are you convinced that the book of Job “makes no sense apart from the cross of Christ”? And what is the “wisdom of the Cross” that your book’s subtitle speaks of?

Rev. Ash: If you believe in any kind of justice, this story would seem to contradict your beliefs. For in it a man who does not deserve to suffer finds himself suffering intensely and deeply. Read on its own it would seem to be, as someone has put it, “the record of an unanswered agony.” Job’s “comforters” can only make sense of it by supposing that Job is a secret and wicked sinner (e.g. 22:5). But we, the readers, know this is not true (1:1,8; 2:3; 42:7). In their world, good things only happen to good people and bad things only to bad people (e.g. 8:3,4). The Cross shows that at the heart of history there is undeserved suffering that makes possible undeserved blessing; that because a righteous man suffered, unrighteous people like us can experience mercy and grace. This is the wisdom of the Cross (1 Cor.1:18-2:5). Job foreshadows this great truth.

Briefly explain the three big questions you say Job raises.

Rev. Ash: A. What kind of world do we live in, and how is it governed? The most common answers are either that God runs it (full stop: what he says goes) or that it is chaotic, perhaps with a multitude of powers, gods/goddesses/spirits—call them what you will. The Bible’s answer is that God runs it entirely, but does so through the intermediate agency of a variety of supernatural powers, some of which are evil. This is a deep truth and one that Job explores, how God can govern the world making use in some strange way of evil to do it, without himself being tainted by evil.

B. What kind of Church should we want? The biggest dangers to church life worldwide are the “prosperity gospel” (if I follow Jesus, God will make me rich and healthy) and its close cousin the “therapeutic gospel” (if I follow Jesus and already have wealth and health, then Jesus will also make me feel good about myself). Job pulls the rug out from under both these distortions.

C. What kind of Savior do we need? Only the perfect obedience and suffering of Jesus Christ can bring grace to a needy world. Job opens up this truth perhaps above all.

Why is the book of Job so long? And why is most of it poetry?

Rev. Ash: Deeply to grapple with God in a messed-up world takes time. We cannot tidily sum up the message of Job on a postcard or in an SMS or Tweet. We need to let these truths soak into our souls and engage with us in our real human experience; there is no shortcut for that. Poetry touches us in our emotions, our feelings, our affections, our delights and aversions. We need to read it and hear it aloud to let God get to work on us through it. Beware the desires to summarize it, rush it, get through it quickly so we can get on to the next thing, boil it down to tidy propositions! You have not engaged with Job until, for example, you have been moved to tears by his lament in chapter 3.

What can we learn and model from Job’s perseverance?

Rev. Ash: Writing to suffering Christians, James encourages them and us to wait patiently for the return of the Lord Jesus; he says, “You have heard of the steadfastness of Job” (James 5:7,11). As we walk with Job through his trials, we watch as Jesus perseveres through his; and, by the Spirit of Jesus in our hearts, we are enabled the better to walk through our own troubles with patient faith.

Why do you say the book of Job is not fundamentally about suffering? Then what is it about? And how does it foreshadow Jesus?

Rev. Ash: Like every Bible book, Job is most deeply a book about God and specifically about Jesus Christ, the righteous man who suffers unjustly and is finally vindicated by his Father. It is a mistake to think the book speaks simply to human suffering as a universal experience; for the central character who suffers is very far from a typical or universal human being; he is conspicuously great, exceptionally upright, and definitively righteous. Job in his extremeness foreshadows Jesus in his uniqueness. It is therefore only about us if we are indwelt by the Spirit of Jesus and enter into some share of the sufferings of Christ (e.g. Col.1:24). And yet it is about us as believers in Christ; for Satan still demands to sift disciples like wheat to prove our genuineness (compare Job 1:8-11; 2:4,5 with Lk.22:31) and in the end our genuine faith will redound to the glory of God (1 Peter 1:7).

What do you recommend as a good way for people to experience Job?

Rev. Ash: I have four suggestions. First, that preachers have a go at longer sermon series on Job, perhaps 10 sermons rather than the skimpy two or three that some offer! Second, that individual Christians read Job aloud to themselves. Aloud is important, so you cannot read too fast and you cannot skim. If you find the language too inaccessible, try a vivid paraphrase like The Message. Third, you could try reading gradually through Job aloud with a small group. Fourth, you could try reading slowly through Job using my book as a friendly guide!

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Rev. Ash: It may seem strange to say that I love the book of Job, given that it is so dark and intense. And yet I do. I find that immersing myself in it helps me appreciate more deeply the love of my Savior, the misery of being a sinner in a world under God’s curse, and the wonder of the Christian hope. I hope you will find the same.

Bio: Christopher Ash works for the Proclamation Trust in London as director of the Cornhill Training Course. In addition to serving on the council of Tyndale House in Cambridge, he’s the author of several books, including Out of the Storm: Grappling with God in the Book of Job and Teaching Romans. He’s married to Carolyn; they have three sons and one daughter.

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ALL THE MEN OF THE BIBLE / Demetrius [Dēmē’trĭŭs]

ALL THE MEN OF THE BIBLE Demetrius [Dēmē’trĭŭs]—BELONGING TO DEMETER. Demeter was the goddess of agriculture and rural life. The silversmith at Ephesus who made silver models of the celebrated Temple of Diana, and who opposed Paul and incited the mob against him. Acts 19:24, 38 A believer, well-commended by the Apostle John (3 John […]