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Serving God, A Choice

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We all have the ability to choose between serving God and serving the Devil (that is really the only choices available). The ability to choose between good and evil has always been within the grasp of each person, God built that ability into man in the beginning. Man could obey or disobey God Gen 2:16-17, "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: -- But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Man chose to disobey and suffered punishment from God .

The fact that the choice to serve God is an individual responsibility is established by a statement made by Joshua in the Old Testament. Josh 24:15, And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. The fact is that you HAVE made a choice, the question we need to ask ourselves is HAVE I MADE THE CHOICE TO SERVE GOD? (JLH)

 

Which Path are You Walking?

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"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:13-14
"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4

To enter the kingdom we must begin life anew. The life we begin at physical birth is not enough to assure us a home with God in eternity. Jesus told Nicodemus†"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3

We are born into this world pure and innocent. We continue in that condition until we reach the stage of our mental development where we know right from wrong. When we do wrong even though we know it is wrong we are mentally capable of determining right. We are developed enough to make an informed choice. At this stage of our development we decide whether to serve God or Satan.

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Repentance

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"I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." Luke 13:3

"And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead." Acts 17:30-31

Any serious student of the Bible knows that God requires repentance of man. What is repentance? Exactly what does God require when He commands men to repent? BDB/Thayer defines repent as: 1) to change one's mind; 2) to change one's mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one's past sins. This definition is similar to what we think of when we look at the word repent. If we want to know what God means by repent, though, we must go to the only source available to know God's meaning -†the Bible.

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Salvation According To Acts 16

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Acts 16:30 is useful in teaching salvation for the question is asked,†"Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" Paul and Silas begin their answer with,†"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." vs 31 The denominational world would have us believe this is the complete answer, but read the next few verses:†"And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house." Acts 16:32-34

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My Favorite Book

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On Tuesday evening of this week (Feb 16, 1999), one of our daughters informed us her teacher had sent a homework assignment home for parents. Either Mom or Dad were to write about their favorite book. Rebekah selected to give the assignment to me. I have been reading constantly since I learned†"see Spot run". I am the guy you see reading the labels on the candy beside the checkout register. I read because there are words in front of me. So, this assignment was right up my alley.

Now you may ask, why would you put a book report for a second grade class in your bulletin? Well, of all the books, papers, magazines, labels, etc I have read one stands above the rest. In all the world there is only one book that can always be turned to for help. I donít know if the public school system is ready to hear it, but this book should be required study for everyone entrusted with shaping the minds of our future leaders. Read my book report and see if maybe my favorite book is yours also.

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