Joh 3:16-21For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
(17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;
but that the world through him might be saved. (18) He that
believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned
already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of
God. (19) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the
world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
(20) For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh
to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (21) But he that
doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they
are wrought in God.
We are all perishing.
15% of all of Jesus’ teaching deals with judgment and hell.
Our condemnation is personal.
All of us stand condemned before the judgment of God.
Our condemnation is total
Joh 3:36He that believeth on the
Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see
life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without
mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire
and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the
shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into
everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire
and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night
for ever and ever.
Our condemnation is irreversible
Once we die condemned it is forever.
In Hell -
We will realize how serious our sin is.
We will realize how just
God really is.
We will realize how endless suffering really is.
The Unprecedented Rescue:
God is all pursuing
His salvation is personal
His salvation is total
far as the east is from the west, so
far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that
they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Joh 5:24Verily, verily, I say unto
you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath
everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from
death unto life.
His salvation is irreversible
In heaven -
We will realize how glorious grace really is.
We will realize how merciful
God really is.
We will realize how endless satisfaction really is.
I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth
were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from
God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a great
voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with
them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4And God shall wipe away
all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow,
nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are
Rev 21:5And he that sat upon the
throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for
these words are true and faithful.
Rev 21:6And he said unto me, It is
done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him
that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Rev 21:7He that overcometh shall
inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
We are either headed to
heaven or hell.
Both will last forever!
Joh 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The Choice -
You can either trust in your
Saviour or trust in your self.
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.
Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.
Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above.
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.
~ Frances R. Havergal ~
"Soteach us to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
O satisfy us early with thy mercy;
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Let thy work appear unto thy servants,
and thy glory unto their children.
And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
~ Psalm 90:12,14,16,17 ~
May the Lord guide us each in this coming year, draw our hearts closer to Himself, give us a deeper love for Him, cleans us and purify us, conform us to the image of Christ, grow us in our love for one another, and use us as lights of His kingdom for His glory and honor.
"The great thing that is our all in all to us is duty, and not event; for duty is ours, events are God's - our own duty, and not another's; for everyone shall bear his own burden - our present duty, and not the duty of the time to come; for sufficient to the day shall be the directions thereof: a good man's steps are ordered by the Lord, (Psalm 37:23); he is guided step by step. Now all our duty is summed up in this one of following Christ. We must attend his motions, and accommodate ourselves to them, following him to to do him honor, as the servant his master; we must walk in the way in which he walked, and aim to be where he is. And if we will closely attend to the duty of following Christ, we shall find neither heart nor time to meddle with that which does not belong to us."
Anyone that knows our family knows that we like tea, especially Brittany! So in honor of her, I thought I would post this article in hopes of encouraging others but also just to bring a smile to Brittany when she reads this. Love you Brittany and am so thankful for you! You add such a special sparkle to our family!!! ~Mom
So make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy the read. :-)
Cancer-Fighting Beverage: 10 Health Benefits of Tea
By Ty Bollinger
Are you thinking about changing up your morning coffee routine? Maybe you’d
like to add a healthier drink to your diet. Perhaps you simply love the
taste. Whatever your reasons, the many health benefits of tea are
going to change the way you feel inside and out.
The scientific focus of this historical beverage is a fairly new
undertaking. Ancient cultures, however, have known how wonderful tea is since
1,000 BC. The Chinese were the first to introduce tea to the world. For more
than a thousand years they used it almost exclusively for medicinal purposes. Traditional
Chinese medicine (TCM) often refers to tea throughout their texts for ailments
both big and small.
Many scientific studies are finally touting the health benefits of tea,
particularly the green
tea varieties. Qi Sun, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition
at the Harvard School of Public Health, has said, “Tea consumption,
especially green tea, may not be the magic bullet, but it can be incorporated
in an overall healthy diet.”
10 Ways You Receive the Health Benefits of Tea
Polyphenols Content: Polyphenols, especially catechins and
epicatechins, have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. These little
powerhouses protect your body from the bad things you consume. Over time,
they may even help reduce the risks associated with diabetes and cardiovascular
disease. If you drink too much caffeinated tea, you may get a little jittery,
but overall it suits a healthy lifestyle.
Weight Loss: Tea may be able to help you lose weight or keep that
waistline in check. In a study of tea drinkers versus non-tea drinkers,
the people consuming hot tea on a regular basis had smaller waistlines and a
lower BMI (body mass index).
Increased Muscle Endurance: If you’re looking for better exercise
endurance, green tea may help. Scientists discovered that antioxidants in green
tea extract increase your body’s ability to burn fat as fuel. This allows you
to build your stamina at the gym more quickly and reap the benefits of a
Cancer Protection: The powerful antioxidants found in tea can actually
protect your body from cancer. Current research has shown that tea
helps your body fight off certain cancers, including colon, breast,
ovarian, prostate, and many others. Tea isn’t a cure for cancer, but it is a
simple and effective superfood that can help lower your personal risk.
Fight Free Radicals: What’s a free radical? They’re the bad guys that
invade your cells and alter them for the worse. The extensive damage they cause
has been scientifically linked to heart disease, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s
disease. Despite your body’s design, it is not always able to fight off the
free radicals – especially if you have a poor diet or lifestyle habits.
Antioxidants found in tea help fight the bad guys.
Defend Bones: The compounds found in green tea improve bone strength
and density. This is great news as we age and our bones begin to weaken. Used
in conjunction with mild weight or strength training and a healthy diet, green
tea can help you fight the ravages of osteoporosis.
Regulate Blood Sugar: People with Type 2 diabetes benefit from regular
tea consumption. The compounds in green tea help the metabolic system process
sugars more efficiently. In a surprising finding, studies showed that people
who drank at least six cups of green tea per week were less likely to develop
diabetes at all.
Hydration: Your body is comprised mostly of water. You have to
have it for your body to function properly and experts estimate that 75% of
Americans are chronically dehydrated. Not everyone enjoys drinking gallons of
water every day, and coffee (despite its other benefits) has dehydrating
effects. Tea, despite the caffeine, is a hydrating beverage. Next time you’re
falling asleep at 3 pm, try iced green tea for a refreshing pick-me-up instead
Healthy Teeth and Gums: Countries known for their tea consumption
likely drink it plain or only lightly sweetened. Tea contains naturally
occurring fluoride and tannins. These help prevent plaque from forming on the
teeth. Unsweetened tea, along with a daily regimen of brushing and flossing,
helps keep those pearly whites healthy.
What Type Should You Drink to Gain the Most Health Benefits of Tea?
There are a myriad of choices of tea in your local grocery store so you’re
sure to find one that suits your taste. Before you go diving into a fancy
flavored blend, keep in mind that real tea (Camellia sinensis)
consists of four varieties: green, black, white, and oolong.
Teas referred to as “herbal” are not the same. These types of brews are not
made from tea leaves but from flowers, fruit, or roots.
Read your labels if you’re looking for health benefits and avoid pre-bottled
varieties that have had all the good stuff processed out. While tea is
healthy, sugar is NOT! Processed beverages are loaded with additives that
negate the health benefits of tea. If you can’t stand unsweetened drinks,
consider using maple sugar or raw honey instead.
Hot or iced, unsweetened or gently kissed with honey… tea is a wonderful
choice for your anti-cancer lifestyle.
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and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth..."
- Luke 21:26 -
I was so struck when I read this verse yesterday morning. It immediately took my mind to the following passage.
"But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him, they were troubled; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sin, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased."
- taken from Matthew 14:22-32 -
When we keep our eyes on the Lord we can walk with strength and confidence through places we could never walk otherwise. It is when we start looking around at the waves, at all that is happening around us, that our strength fails, we are overcome with fear and our hearts fail and we faint. It is our lack of faith that causes us to doubt. Our lack of confidence causes us to waver. Yes, sometimes the waves are big and we feel the force of the wind around us. We feel like we are walking only fictitiously on water, but in reality our feet are set solidly on the Rock of our Salvation, Jesus Christ. Let us keep our eyes steadfastly set on Him! We don't need to look around. All we need to see is Him.
"In thy light shall we see light."
- Psalm 36:9b -
"Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.
Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?"