Orange You Glad!

searchFrom “Turning Point” with David Jeremiah

the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world,
and is bringing forth fruit.
Colossians 1:5-6

As a young man, Anthony Rossi emigrated from Italy. He sailed into New York harbor, but his plans were to move to the South and become a farmer. One day he visited the library at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue and found a book on agriculture. He sat down to read it at one of the long tables. Another book was sitting there, entitled The Life of Christ. Rossi, who knew little about Christ, began reading it and was transfixed. The next day he purchased a Bible and became engrossed in its message.

Rossi became both a Christian and a farmer. He’s remembered today as the citrus king of Florida and the founder of Tropicana orange juice. He became a leading Christian businessman in the twentieth century, a man whose legacy far exceeds the “100% pure squeezed sunshine” that made him famous.

There are lots of books in the library, but only the life of Christ can truly change us. Only the Bible can produce lasting fruit in our lives. God’s message can transform you into someone you could never become on your own. He brings true sunshine to your soul.

“Be honest. Don’t look back. Keep looking ahead.… And, above all, listen to God. Have faith in God. Let Him guide you.”—Anthony Rossi

Friday Funnies

No Sweet Potatoes:

A stockboy is stacking fruit on a display, when a lady asks “Do you have any sweet potatoes? ” The stockboy replies “Sorry ma’am, we are out of sweet potatoes, but we will be getting a shipment tomorrow morning” The lady looks around some more. A few mins later she runs back to him asking where the sweet potatoes are. The stockboy confused about her mental state simply tells her “Sorry ma’am, we are out of sweet potatoes, but we will be getting a shipment tomorrow morning” The lady looks around some more then goes back to the same stockboy and asks “Where the hell do you keep the sweet potatoes, I need some sweet potatoes right now!”

The stockboy, getting frustated with his inability to explain the situation, tells the lady “Answers a couple of questions and I will get you your sweet potatoes from the back.” The lady agrees and the man starts the questions. “Spell cat for me, as in catastrophe ” she says Ok, “C A T”. “Very good!”

The stockboy says, “now spell dog, as in dogmatic. ” The lady getting frustrated spells it correct.

Now the employee finally asks “now spell, bean, as in sweet potatoes. ” She replies “There is no bean in sweet potatoes?”

To which the stockboy replies “THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN TRYING TO TELL YOU THE WHOLE TIME!” 

Looking for brother:

Mr. and Mrs. Brown had two sons. One was named Mind Your Own Business & the other was named Trouble. One day the two boys decided to play hide and seek. Trouble hid while Mind Your Own Business counted to one hundred. Mind Your Own Business began looking for his brother behind garbage cans and bushes. Then he started looking in and under cars until a police man approached him and asked, “What are you doing?” “Playing a game,” the boy replied. “What is your name?” the officer questioned. “Mind Your Own Business.” Furious the policeman inquired, “Are you looking for trouble?!” The boy replied, “Yes! did you find him?”

Georgia Tech

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of GeorgiaTech, “And what starting salary are you looking for?” The engineer replies, “In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.” The interviewer inquires, “Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?” The engineer sits up straight and says, “Wow! Are you kidding?” The interviewer replies, “Yeah, but you started it.”

Bible Study

THE BLOOD OF CHRIST    Hebrews 9:11-14

A.  A Better Covenant; A Better Tabernacle; A Better High Priest; and a Better Blood!  This is what chapter 9 is all about!  For thousands of years, an earthly high priest slew an earthly animal, took earthly blood and offered it upon the Mercy Seat for an atonement for sin.

B.  I just want you to know that the BLOOD IS STILL THERE!  The Blood of Jesus Christ; the Blood of God!  Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world!  This is what Hebrews, chapter 9 is all about!

C.  It is the Blood of Christ that redeems us; it is the Blood of Christ that justifies us; it is the Blood of Christ that sanctifies us; it is the Blood of Christ that cleanses our heart, soul, and conscience; it is the Blood of Christ gives us peace; it is the Blood of Christ that allows us to have fellowship with our heavenly Father! 

D.  Hebrews 9:11-26.  Concerning the shedding of blood for both atonement and salvation, God established two covenants. 

Hebrews 12:24  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.  (This verse contrasts the “new covenant of propitiation” with “that of Abel” or the “old covenant of atonement.” The blood of the first testament was of animal sacrifices which brought atonement or a covering of sin until the blood of the new covenant, which was the blood of Christ, brought about the remission of sin!)

E.  I want to quote J. P. Morgan, a noted financier and multi-millionaire of an earlier American generation.  Before his death, he composed a will consisting of 37 articles and 10,000 words.  While Mr. Morgan had been involved in transactions involving millions of dollars during his illustrious business career, he left no doubt as to what was the greatest transaction he had ever made. In his will he wrote: 

 “I commit my soul in the hands of my Savior, full of confidence that having redeemed me and washed me with His most precious blood, He will present me faultless before the throne of my Heavenly Father. I entreat my children to maintain and defend at all hazards and at any cost of personal sacrifice, the blessed doctrine of complete atonement through the blood of Christ with regard to the believer’s salvation.”

J. P. Morgan recognized the priceless value of the atoning sacrifice of Christ’s blood that was shed in His death on the cross.

The Blood of Christ

1.  It is Personal Blood.  It is the blood of God, though we do not fully understand this, which was different from our blood.  I can no more explain this statement than I can the conception and birth of Christ.  I just believe what the Bible says! 

Matthew 26:28  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 

Acts 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God,which he hath purchased with his own blood.  (Jesus Christ’s conception, birth, body, life, death, resurrection, and blood were different from ours.) 

2.  It is Pure Blood.  The blood of Christ was not subject to Adamic sin!   The Bible declares that Christ’s blood was not corruptible!  Blood corrupts with it dies.  The blood of Christ was incorruptible and could not die.  The blood of Christ is as much alive today as it was the day on which it was shed.

1 Peter 1:18-19  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  (19)  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  (Two things in these verses stick out to me: a)  It is not corruptible in nature, it is incorruptible   b)  It is precious  in the sight of God.)

1 John 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  (According to the Bible, that same blood that Christ shed is still alive and available for the cleansing of the sinful.  That means it remains, not perished.)

3.  It is Precious Blood.  I hear a lot of so-called men of God say that this blood was not all gathered and applied to the Mercy Seat in Heaven. 

1 Peter 2:6-7  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious (precious to God): and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  (7)  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious (precious to the child of God): but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  (To deny the precious blood of Christ tells us something about the spiritual nature of the one who denies it!)

4.  It is Presented Blood.  The blood of Christ did not run into the ground and perish but was purposefully placed on the mercy seat in heaven but our High Priest.  I believe that the Bible teaches two ascensions.

John 20:14-17  And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.  (15)  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.  (16)  Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.  (17) Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.  (Mary was not allowed to touch Him because the resurrected Lord was now our purified High Priest.)

Matthew 28:6-9  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  (7)  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.  (8)  And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.  (9)  And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail.And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.  (Now they could touch the Lord.  Something had changed from the account given in John.)

Luke 24:39  Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.  (Again, in Luke, the Lord gave permission for the disciples to “handle” Him.)

Hebrews 9:11-12  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;  (12)  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  (As the blood of bulls and goats were applied to the mercy seat under the old covenant, the blood of Christ was applied to the mercy seat in heaven under the new covenant.)

5.  It is Powerful Blood.  The blood of Christ can make the vilest sinner clean!  His blood can purge every sin ever committed and save every sinner who will accept it.

Romans 5:9  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

6.  It is Permanent Eternal Blood.  Animal blood had to be applied often but the blood of Christ only once forever.  If it is incorruptible and precious (and it is), then it must be therefore eternal (which it is). 

Hebrews 9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

7.  It is Propitiatory Saving Blood.  Our salvation is not through the death of Christ but through the blood of Christ! 

Ephesians 1:7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;  (It is of no wonder that the blood of Christ is under the same attack as the Word of God.  Salvation comes through faith hearing the Word of God and personal application of the blood of God.  There can be salvation without either!)

8.  It is Penalizing Blood!  To reject the propitiation of Christ is to damn oneself and possibly your children. 

Matthew 27:24-25  When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but thatrather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. (25)  Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.  (Pilate washed his hands of Christ and placed the decision to crucify our Lord into the hands of the people He came to save.  From the hands of one to the heads of others.  That precious blood has been on the heads of their children for 2,000 years.)  

Victory Baptist Church 28 July 2021 victorypalmetto.com

Wade’s Wednesday

Fearlessly Facing Eternity

by Max Lucado

Joe Allbright is a fair and fearless West Texas rancher, a square-jawed, rawboned man with a neck by Rawlings. In Andrews County, where I was raised, everyone knew him.

One of Joe’s sons, James, and I were best friends in high school. We played football together. (More honest, he played while I guarded the team bench.) One Friday night after an out-of-town game, James invited me to stay at his house. By the time we reached his property, the hour was way past midnight, and he hadn’t told his father he was bringing anyone home.

Mr. Allbright didn’t know me or my vehicle, so when I stepped out of the car in front of his house, he popped on a floodlight and aimed it right at my face. Through the glare I saw this block of a man (I think he was in his underwear), and I heard his deep voice. “Who are you?”

I gulped. My mind moved at the speed of cold honey. I started to say my name but didn’t. Mr. Allbright doesn’t know me. My only hope was that James would speak up. A glacier could have melted before he did so. Finally he interceded. “It’s okay, Dad. That’s my friend Max. He’s with me.” The light went off, and Mr. Allbright threw open the door. “Come on in, boys. Food is in the kitchen.”

What changed? What made Mr. Allbright flip off the light? One fact. I had aligned myself with his son. My sudden safety had nothing to do with my accomplishments or offerings. I knew his son. Period.

For the same reason, you need never fear God’s judgment. Not today. Not on Judgment Day. Jesus, in the light of God’s glory, is speaking on your behalf. “That’s my friend,” he says. And when he does, the door of heaven opens.

Trust God’s love. His perfect love. Don’t fear he will discover your past. He already has. Don’t fear disappointing him in the future. He can show you the chapter in which you will. With perfect knowledge of the past and perfect vision of the future, he loves you perfectly in spite of both.

Perfect love can handle your fear of judgment.

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour

We Learn In The Valley

We learn in the valley, to let Him guide us along,

To let His grace & mercy make our spirit strong;

Even when we might become weary & weak,

He hears in our prayers, every word we speak.

We learn in the valley, to keep our eyes upon Him,

He becomes to us then, our sweet & Faithful Friend;

He walks right beside us in every step we take,

And He promises to never leave us or walk away.

We learn in the valley, fellowship with Him will grow,

The Lily of the Valley is precious just to know;

His fragrance is beautiful to even get near,

He knows how to touch our hurtful, falling tears.

We learn in the valley, to let Him have full command,

So we may be led by His pure & righteous hand;

There’s a reason in our life in everything He does,

We just need to give Him our faith & total trust.

 

Prayers

“Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God.”   1 Sam. 7:8

SAMUEL was famous for his prayers. They are repeatedly referred to in the brief record of his life. In the Psalms he is spoken of as the one “who called upon God’s name.” Indeed, he fought and won Israel’s battles by his strong intercessions. Mary of Scots said that she dreaded the prayers of John Knox more than the battalions of the King of France. So his people were accustomed to think that if the prophet’s hands were held out in importunate prayer, their foes must be restrained.

In the Life of Mr. Reginald Radcliffe, one who contributes a reminiscence interjects a remark which deserves to be carefully pondered: “The great secret of the blessing which came from God to the awakening of whole districts, the quickening of Christians, and the salvation of multitudes, was prayer, continued, fervent, believing, expectant. There was never anything striking in the addresses; but through communion with the living Christ, the word came forth with living and life-giving power. Often would the forenoon be spent in continuous prayer.” This may well convict some of us of the cause of our failure. We have expected the Lord to thunder and discomfort our Philistines, and with a great deliverance ; but we have ceased to cry unto the Lord.

Ye that are the Lord’s remembrancers, cease not to cry unto Him. If the judge avenged the unfortunate widow, shall not God avenge his own elect, who cry day and night? It is recorded of our Lord that He prayed early and late, and all night. He prayed when He was about to be transfigured; for his disciples; in the Garden of Gethsemane; and for his murderers. How much more do we need to “pray without ceasing”!

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Forgive and Let Go

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Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was said to never hold grudges. One day someone reminded her of an offense that another person had committed against her. “Don’t you remember?” the friend pressed. “No,” Barton replied. “I distinctly remember forgetting that.”

Forgiving and forgetting are not precisely the same. While God declares that he’ll “remember [our] sin no more” (Jeremiah 31:34), it’s tough for humans to completely forget harm done to us, even when we want to forgive.

On the other hand, like Barton, we can consciously choose not to ruminate on an offense, as a cow does its cud. We can opt not to bring up past hurts during present disagreements, and we can intentionally not recount someone’s sin to a third party, hoping they’ll take our side. In the process of “choosing to forget” the wrong done to us, surely we’ll also find it easier to forgive.

Friday Funnies

MOMMY’S PRIDE

Two men sank into adjacent train seats after a long day in the city. One asked the other, “Your son go back to college yet?””Two days ago.”

“Hmm. Mine’s a senior this year, so it’s almost over. In May, he’ll be an engineer. What’s your boy going to be when he gets out of college?”

“At the rate he’s going, I’d say he’ll be about thirty.”   “No, I mean what’s he taking in college?”

“He’s taking every penny I make.”  “Doesn’t he burn the midnight oil enough?”

“He doesn’t get in early enough to burn the midnight oil.”  “Well, has sending him to college done anything at all?”

“Sure has! It’s totally cured his mother of bragging about him!”

~ ~ ~

QUICK THINKING

The phone rang. It was a salesman from a mortgage refinance company calling.

“Do you have a second mortgage on your home?,”  the caller asked.

“No,” the lady replied.

“Would you like to consolidate all your debts?”

“I really don’t have any debts,” she said.

“How about freeing up cash for home improvements?” he tried.

“I don’t need any. I just recently had some done and paid cash,” she replied.

There was a brief silence, and then he asked, “Are you looking for a husband?”

Bible Humor

We take Scripture seriously, of course, but God also gave us the ability to laugh — and it’s healthy to do so! Enjoy these Bible-based riddles:

Q: Who was the fastest runner in the Bible?
A: Adam. He was first in the human race.

Q: Where is baseball played in the Bible?
A: Genesis 1:1 reads “In the big inning.”
Then Eve stole first, and Adam stole second. Cain struck out Abel, and soon everything was rained out.

Q: Who was the best financier in the Bible?
A: Pharaoh’s daughter. She went to the Nile bank and pulled out a little prophet.

Q: What was Boaz like before he got married?
A: Ruthless.

Bible Study

The Dispensation of the Grace of God Ephesians 3:1-6

A. As we begin this lesson, it is of the utmost importance that we understand the term “dispensation of the grace of God.”

  1. Miriam-Webster defines a dispensation as: a general state or ordering of things, specifically: a system of revealed commands and promises regulating human affairs; a provision especially of providence or nature; a formal authorization; the act of dispensing something; distributed.
  2. In theology, dispensationalism is defined as: a Protestant evangelical tradition and theology based on a biblical hermeneutic that sees a series of chronologically successive “dispensations” or periods in history in which God relates to human beings in different ways under different Biblical covenants.

B. One of the books most noted for the teachings of dispensations in the Bible is “Dispensational Truth” by Clarence Larkin (copyrighted in 1918). Clarence Larkin broke down the 7,000 literal years of time into 7 different dispensations or periods of time where God dealt with man in different manners. 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

  1. The Dispensation of Innocence – from the Beginning to the Fall
  2. The Dispensation of Conscience – from the Fall to the Flood
  3. The Dispensation of Human Government – Post Flood
  4. The Dispensation of Promise – from the Call of Abraham to the Giving of the Law
  5. The Dispensation of Law – from Mt. Sinai to Mt. Calvary
  6. The Dispensation of Grace – from Resurrection to the Second Coming
  7. The Dispensation of the Kingdom – Second Coming to the New Heaven and New Earth

C. After the fall in Genesis 3, Innocence was gone but Conscience—Human Government—Promise—Law—and Grace were all together. Let me explain:

  1. Adam and Eve had Conscience but so do we today.
  2. Adam and Eve had Human Government and so do we today.
  3. Adam and Eve had Promise and so do we today.
  4. Adam and Eve had Law (though the written Law in its entirety came through Moses) and we still have Law today. The Bible; the Jewish Torah—“teaching,” “instruction,” or “law. The first 5 books of the Bible—Pentateuch.
  5. Adam and Eve certainly had Grace (Noah had Grace in Genesis 6:8) and we have Grace today. Salvation is all of grace both now and in Adam’s day. Some teach salvation as works plus faith before the cross—grace from the cross to the Rapture—and then works plus faith again in both the Tribulation Period and the Kingdom Age. This is false theology! No man has or ever will be able to merit his salvation before a thrice holy God! In another of Clarence Larkin’s charts, he correctly called the “Dispensation of Grace” the “Ecclesiastical Dispensation,” which runs from Christ to Antichrist. I could agree to a greater degree with this title as we live in the “church age.”

D. I said all of that to say this: the dispensation of the grace of God is the dispensing of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. It has and always will be grace. Eternity will be the “exceeding riches of his grace” in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ephesians 2:7 “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

E. Now let us look at these verses. The lesson is simple.

  1. The Messenger of Grace – vs. 1 Paul, the prisoner of the Lord and the Apostle of the grace of God. Paul was a Pharisee, who rejected the Gentiles before his conversion, whom God because of the Jews rejection of him. Paul knew what grace was all about.

1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (God saved the chief of sinners because He loved him. Paul also made a great trophy in God’s Trophy Case. God uses people who know what it is to be helplessly and hopelessly lost. What a work of Grace! God still uses “saved by grace sinners” who know and understand the grace of God to reach others. We have the responsibility of sharing the gospel to others.)

  1. The Message of Grace – vs. 2 Salvation is all about grace! Paul, a Jew, was saved by grace and that same grace that he received was extended to the Ephesians, who were Gentiles.

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (The message of grace is the message of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is both universal and inclusive. All are saved the same way and all are included. The Gospel of Grace is Grace, not Race. It is all inclusive, not exclusive!)

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Nothing else works. All of our methods and programs fail. They may add “church members” but not true conversions. God’s way still works in spite of us.)

  1. The Mystery of Grace – vs. 3-6 Jews and Gentiles in one body. Again, this is certainly not a reference to the local church because the Ephesians were Gentiles, not Jews. The Holy Ghost referred to all of them being members of the same body.

Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. (“Of his flesh and his bones” refers to the body of Christ. Each time Paul wrote to a local church, he—though not a member—always included himself when speaking of the body of Christ. Ephesians 1:1-6. When the Lord comes for His Church, He will come for every born again believer—Jew or Gentile! He told the Jews in John 10 that)

John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

     
Victory Baptist Church 21 July 2021 victorypalmetto.com

Wade’s Wednesday

Eternal Life

By Charles Stanley

Each of us has a sin debt that we owe to God, but we’ve got no way to pay for it. None of our solutions—living a moral life, being religious, or doing more good deeds—can take care of our problem.

God Himself has provided the solution—one that both satisfies His justice and grants us mercy. He sent His Son to pay the penalty we owed, and Jesus was qualified because He never sinned (2 Corinthians 5:21). He willingly took our place on the cross and experienced the full measure of the Lord’s wrath against our sinfulness. In dying for us, Christ secured our salvation.

Unfortunately, however, some people have heard this news and rejected it. They’re like the rich young ruler who placed his trust in material possessions and turned his back on the truth. Others refuse to even listen, and some think they’re heaven-bound on the basis of their good deeds. But only those who have entered into a relationship with Jesus will be welcomed into heaven.

If you’re wondering— How can I have eternal life? there is only one answer: through faith in Jesus Christ (John 14:6). When we trust in Jesus and surrender our life to Him, He becomes our personal Savior and Lord.