"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32 . . . . .


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Saturday, June 30, 2018


by Pastor Bob Lawrenz

A few weeks ago, we were talking about how zealous minds will zealously meet with those with whom they disagree. Such was the zeal of Saul, the young man consenting to the stoning of Stephen. Because Saul was a true believer in the Laws of Jehovah, he was tenacious in his persecution of Jesus’ Church. Religious zealotry has always been the bane of every faith system.
There are religions and whole cultures in the world that have taken up Saul’s mission to put an end to Jesus’ teachings once and for all. There are two and three difficulties with their plans, however. The first and most obvious is what Jesus said in Matthew 16: “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” [That’s the Son]

The second problem that anti-Christian doctrines have is from God Himself as He makes a promise to Abraham, a man who was following God’s directions by faith: “I will bless those that bless you, and curse those that curse you” (from Genesis 12). God was speaking to Abraham, a man of faith, and to his descendants, who would follow that faith. [That’s the Father]

And therein lies “the rub,” that the promise of the Abrahamic Covenant was not going to simply follow the biological seed of Abraham, but follow his Spiritual seed that shared his faith in God. This is further evidenced by Saul’s (Paul’s) later Epistle to the Romans (9:4-8). “Not all Israel is Israel.”

The third difficulty is of a more spiritual nature. How does one kill off an ideology? How can one limit or kill the Spirit of God? No one can kill God, for He is eternal. [That’s the Spirit]

All these serve to reinforce the issue of God’s protection over the Believer’s life, and the Believers’ mission to take the Gospel everywhere. And in today’s teaching, Saul’s zealous hatred for God’s only begotten Son is confronted directly by Jesus Himself, even as Saul continues his path of destruction. 

~~~ Remember that we are protected; God’s enemies are not. ~~~

“But they rebelled, and vexed His Holy Spirit: therefore He was
turned to be their enemy, and He fought against them,” ~ Isaiah 63:10
The warnings of Gamaliel are fulfilled. ~ Acts 5:38,39

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