Everlasting life

By Kingsley Baehr

New "Improved!" products!
 New drug therapies!
  New technologies!
   New space discoveries!
    New Age philosophies!
SUCH A SWIFT PACE WITH SPEEDY OBSOLESCENCE!
Same old humanity
 Same old philosophies
  Same old psychologies
   Same old "self-discovery"
    Same old sinfulness
SUCH A SPIRITUAL SWAMP WITH HOPELESS OPTIMISM!
 GRAND OLD STORY - of OPTIMAL LOVE!
  GRAND OLD GOSPEL - of OPTIMAL GOOD NEWS!
   GRAND OLD PLAN - of the OMNIPOTENT GOD!
    GRAND OLD SALVATION - of OPTIMAL VALUE!
     GRAND OLD REMEDY - of OPTIMAL HOPE!
SUCH A SURE FOUNDATION WITH ETERNAL OPPORTUNITY!
Enjoy an everlasting life with the Lord Jesus Christ!
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. - 1 Corinthians 3:11
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. - Acts 4:12
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13

His Be the Victor’s Name

 By Kingsley Baehr

HIS BE THE VICTOR'S NAME
"Having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." - Colossians 2:15
WHO FOUGHT THE FIGHT ALONE;
"Then all the disciples deserted Him and fled." - Matthew 26:56
"...Jesus cried out... `My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?'" - Mark 15:34
TRIUMPHANT SAINTS NO HONOR CLAIM--
"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." - 1 Corinthians 15:57
HIS CONQUEST WAS THEIR OWN.
"In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us." - Romans 8:37
THROUGH WEAKNESS AND DEFEAT HE WON A GLORIOUS CROWN;
"...Christ Jesus, Who being in very nature God... made Himself nothing... as a man... humbled Himself... even to death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place... that... every tongue [should] confess that Jesus Christ is Lord..." - Philippians 2:5-11
TROD ALL OUR FOES BENEATH HIS FEET BY BEING TRODDEN DOWN
"... when this priest [Christ] had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God." - Hebrews 10:12
"... sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet." - Hebrews 1:13
HE SATAN'S POWER LAID LOW.
"Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death-- that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death." -Hebrews 2:14,15
MADE SIN, HE SIN O'ERTHREW.
"God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God." - 2 Corinthians 5:21
BOWED TO THE GRAVE, DESTROYED IT SO,
"O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?" 1 Corinthians 15:55
AND DEATH, BY DYING, SLEW!
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" - John 11:25,26
BLESS, BLESS THE CONQUEROR SLAIN,SLAIN IN HIS VICTORY!
"Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain to receive power... and honor and glory and praise!" - Revelation 5:12
WHO LIVED, WHO DIED, WHO LIVES AGAIN
"I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One. I was dead; and, behold, I am alive forever and ever!" - Revelation 1:17,18
FOR THEE, HIS CHURCH, FOR THEE!
"Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her." - Ephesians 5:25
JESUS CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED, BURIED, AND RESURRECTED FOR US;
Crucified
to prove that we had really sinned.
Buried
to prove that He had really died.
Resurrected
to prove that he was really God.

VICTORY THROUGH PRAYER

 By Kingsley Baehr

The terrorists attacked us suddenly.
We were not ready.  
We had never had to fight before. 
We were totally confused.
Then that grand old man took charge.
“Josh,” he shouted, “organize the men!  Grab anything you can as weapons!  Go out and resist them as best you can!”
We obeyed. 
We tried hard. 
We did the best we could.  Yet it wasn’t good enough.
We were being whipped soundly.
But then—almost without our realizing it, amazingly, we slowly began to win. 
We gained confidence. 
We fought harder. 
And yet—it wasn’t easy.  The terrorists were experienced fighters.  All morning, back and forth we went; sometimes we seemed to start winning, but then they would.
As the day wore on, however, we began to gain the upper hand, and by the end of the day, we were stunned to realize that we had won and our enemies were running away—at least those who could.
We could hardly believe it.
How could it have happened?
Then as we turned back toward camp, for the first time, we saw him.  Sitting on a small hill, with Aaron and Hur on each side, was Moses, arms uplifted in prayer, supported by his aides. 
And suddenly we knew. 
We had not won because of our skills in battle, but because he had been praying to our God all day long.
And God had answered him. 
God had won the battle for us. 

We realized that the battle belongs to the Lord;  we were simply His instruments.
-  A report from Joshua Ben Nun (based on Exodus 17:8-16)

[Friends, remember—depending on God is the only way to win life’s battles.  Do you know Him?  Are you depending on Him?  Even during these days of concern and fear because of what happened in our country on September 11, 2001, if you are members of God’s family, you can trust Him for peace and guidance each day.
“But to as many as received Him [Jesus Christ], to them He gave the right to be called children of God, even to those who believe on His name.” – John 1:12]

Peanut butter!

 By Kingsley Baehr

How can I find out which brand is the best? (Price is no object.)
 Read the labels.
 Find the brand with the best claims for itself.
 Try it out.
 If it lives up to its claims, why buy anything else?

Religions!

 Possibilities upon possibilities of religions!
  All brands and kinds of religions!
   How can I find out which one is best? (There is only one with a free offer.)

    Investigate their teachings.
    Find the religion with the best claims for itself.
    Try it out.
    If it lives up to its claims, why commit to any other?

Biblical Christianity!

 The only brand that claims that its founder Jesus Christ rose bodily from the grave conquering death once and for all! – John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:21,22
 The only brand which offers free forgiveness for all of our offenses against a holy God! – 1 John 1:9; Luke 24:46
 The only brand which can give complete relief for a guilty conscience. – Hebrews 9:14
 The only brand which teaches that acceptance into heaven is based on the work of Jesus Christ alone, and not on our works! – Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:4,5
   Try it out. If it lives up to its claims, you will never want anything less.

Thank God for air conditioning!

    By Kingsley Baehr

How can I find out which brand is the best? (Price is no object.)
 Read the labels.
 Find the brand with the best claims for itself.
 Try it out.
 If it lives up to its claims, why buy anything else?

Religions!

 Possibilities upon possibilities of religions!
  All brands and kinds of religions!
   How can I find out which one is best? (There is only one with a free offer.)

    Investigate their teachings.
    Find the religion with the best claims for itself.
    Try it out.
    If it lives up to its claims, why commit to any other?

Biblical Christianity!

 The only brand that claims that its founder Jesus Christ rose bodily from the grave conquering death once and for all! – John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:21,22
 The only brand which offers free forgiveness for all of our offenses against a holy God! – 1 John 1:9; Luke 24:46
 The only brand which can give complete relief for a guilty conscience. – Hebrews 9:14
 The only brand which teaches that acceptance into heaven is based on the work of Jesus Christ alone, and not on our works! – Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:4,5
   Try it out. If it lives up to its claims, you will never want anything less.

TRUE FREEDOM

By Kingsley Baehr

Which of these freedoms would we willingly give our lives to protect?
Freedom of speech?
Freedom of the press?
Freedom to bear arms?
The rights of the unborn child?
Freedom of choice?
Freedom to pursue happiness?
Freedom of religion?
HERE ARE SOME FREEDOMS THAT JESUS CHRIST WILLINGLY GAVE HIS LIFE TO PROVIDE!
FREEDOM FROM SLAVERY TO SIN!
FREEDOM FROM A CONTINUOUS GUILTY CONSCIENCE!
FREEDOM FROM AN ETERNITY SEPARATED FROM GOD!
FREEDOM TO BECOME ALL GOD CREATED US TO BE!
FREEDOM TO LIVE A JOYFUL AND PRODUCTIVE LIFE!
FREEDOM TO GLORIFY GOD AS WE WERE DESIGNED TO DO!
Which of these freedoms will serve us best throughout eternity?
Which will be most satisfying to us in this present life?
Which will be most pleasing to our CREATOR?
THINK ABOUT IT!
First, would you not want to receive the freedoms that Jesus Christ died to give you--- the ones that begin in this life and last throughout eternity?
Then if you are ever called upon to give your life to preserve our country's freedoms, you will be able to do so, knowing that your eternal future is secure!
John 8:31,32,36 - Jesus said, "If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. So if the Son [of God] sets you free, you will be free indeed."
Galatians 5:1 - It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Romans 6:17,18 - But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin... you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
Revelation 1:5 b, 6 b - To Him [Jesus Christ] who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood... --- to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen!

JUNE! THE MONTH OF CELEBRATIONS!

By Kingsley Baehr

WEDDINGS! - When two voluntarily commit themselves to each other "until death parts us or the Lord comes again!"
Have you been "wedded" to the Lord Jesus Christ as the church's Bridegroom by committing yourself to Him forever? - Ephesians 5:25-27
GRADUATIONS! - When the past is put behind us, and future hopes are placed before us!
Can you look forward to your future with the confidence that you will be "graduated" to heaven some day? - Philippians 3:12-14
FLAG DAY! - When we celebrate the adoption of our flag as our national banner! [June 14]
Have you adopted the Lord God as your banner, your guarantee of victory as you serve in His army? - Exodus 17:15,16 (New International Version)
FATHER'S DAY! - When we honor our fathers for the love, support, and stability which they have provided to our families? [June 17]
Have you honored the Lord and Father of all people as your loving Father yet? - Ephesians 3:14-21
JUNETEENTH! - The oldest known celebration of the end of institution of slavery in America! [June 19]
Have you experienced the freedom from slavery to sin and Satan that can be yours through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? - Galatians 5:1

MAYBE FLOWERS

By Kingsley Baehr

Flowers flower.
Talents flower.
Pubescent girls flower physically.
College graduates flower mentally.
Bible students flower spiritually.
Do you flower?
Are your ”roots" reaching deep into Biblical flower beds?
Are you "stalking" the Savior, wanting to be as close as possible?
Are your "leaves" drinking in the Son's shine?
Are your "buds" bursting into flower?
Are your "fruits" ripening under the Gardener's care?
Are you a planting from which God receives honor?
or
Are you chaff which the wind tosses away?
Are you wondering about these things?

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS

By Kingsley Baehr

This old adage has more significance that just a statement about the weather.

Consider the following:

APRIL SHOWERS

MAY FLOWERS

Habakkuk 3:17 Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines... and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herds in the stalls.
Habakkuk 3:18 - Yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Psalm 126:5 Those who sow in tears.
Psalm 126:5 shall reap in joy.
Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My (Jesus') sake.
Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.
2 Corinthians 6:10 As sorrowful, as poor, as having nothing,
2 Corinthians 6:10 yet always rejoicing; yet making many rich yet possessing all things.
Psalm 30:5 Weeping may endure for a night,
Psalm 30:5 but joy comes in the morning.
John 16:33 - ... In the world you will have tribulation...
John 16:33 - These things I have spoken to you, that in Me (Jesus) you may have peace... but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1 Corinthians 15:19 - If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
1 Corinthians 15:57 - But thanks be to God Who give us the victory through our Lord

1 Corinthians 15:58 - Therefore, ... be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

No one else had ever done it!

By Kingsley Baehr

No one else had ever done it!

That's why people had such a hard time believing it. His friends... His enemies too.

Frightened, cowering in a secret meeting place, his friends sat wondering what would become of them.

Frightened, wary, all over town His enemies were taking extreme precautions to insure that He couldn't do it.

No one really believed that He could. But then came the rumors!

Some woman said she had actually seen Him alive!

Two of His friends claimed that He had talked to them on their way home.

None of His enemies ever saw Him, but the rumors kept flying around.

Even some of their own men came with a very disturbing report, that had to be squelched with bribes and threats.

Then the mass meetings started!

Before large crowds, some of His known collaborators began insisting that He had done it!

...even when they met with skepticism and bias from the local authorities that quickly turned into vicious harrassment.

All the best evidence, which could have proved beyond reasonable doubt that He had NOT done it, mysteriously disappeared!

In fact, as years went by, and books began to appear, marshalling compelling evidence that He had done it, it became more and more difficult to insist that He had not, without seeming foolish.

Many decided that He had, and accepted His authority in their lives.

The rightness of their decision has been abundantly confirmed to them, because...

JESUS TRULY DID ARISE BODILY FROM THE DEAD, AND OFFERS HIS LIFE AND POWER TO THOSE WHO WILL ACCEPT HIS AUTHORITY IN THEIR LIVES!WILL YOU?

Are you experiencing February?

By Kingsley Baehr

FEBRUARY is frigid!

Temperatures below freezing, bedraggled by sneezing and wheezing! Its predominant color is gray.

Are you experiencing February? Huddling against the coldness of loneliness? Acutely conscious of spiritual sickness in your life? Color you gray?

But its central celebration is VALENTINE'S DAY! The winsomeness of wooing! The ardor of affection! The loyalty of love!

The LORD of LOVE is wooing you! This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. - 1 John 4:9 "I have loved you, " says the Lord. - Malachi 1:2 a

The LORD of LOVE longs to bring you to Himself! The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:

"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness." - Jeremiah 31:3 "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28

Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. - John 13:1 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:38,39

If instead of continuing to live a February gray life,you would like to become a VALENTINE belonging to the LORD JESUS CHRIST, then accept His loving offer of salvation from the penalty of your sins, bathe yourself in the wonder of His gracious love,and allow Him to turn your grayness into glory!

National Blood Donor Month

By Kingsley Baehr

The American Red Cross has designatedJanuary as Blood Donor Month. If you are free of disease, you can be a blood donor for someone who needs blood for a physical ailment.

JESUSis the greatest blood donor who has ever existed!

JESUS was completely free of the disease of sin sickness(1 Peter 2:22 a, 1 John 3:5 b), so His blood is totally effective in curing that dreadful and deadly disease which has infected the whole human race(Romans 3:23 a, Romans 6:23 a), because He donated His blood, free of charge, on the cross at Calvary(Philippians 2:8). Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend.

JESUSdonated His blood for us when we were still sinners(Galatians 1:4 a).Some of us know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day.

JESUSfrom the beginning of creation, knew that we would need Him to donate His blood to cure us of our sins(Revelation 13:8).

Since JESUSis GOD,His donated blood can completely cure sin sickness by providing forgiveness to anyone and everyone who wants it(Ephesians 1:7 a). So, the question is “Do you want it? Do you want Jesus’ blood donation to be applied to your sin sickness? If you do, here is what will happen:

You will be redeemed [cured of your sin sickness] …with the precious blood of Christ…(1 Peter 1:18-19)

He will be your Physician, your Medicine, your Medicaid, your Rehabilitation Center your Spiritual Security, and your Guarantor of Eternal Life!

What will you do with Jesus? Neutral you cannot be.Someday your heart will be asking, “What will He do with me?”

[Jesus] committed no sin…
– 1 Peter 2:22 a
… in [Jesus] there is no sin.
– 1 John 3:5 b
All have sinned…
– Romans 3:23 a
The wages of sin is death…
– Romans 6:23 a
And being found in human form [Jesus] humbled Himself… to the point of death, even death on a cross.
– Philippians 2:8
[Jesus] gave Himself for our sins…
– Galatians 1:4 a
…while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
– Romans 5:8 b
… the Lamb [Jesus] slain from the foundation of the world.
– Revelation 13:8
In [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins…
–  Ephesians 1:7 a

Heavenly Destination

Heavenly Destination

By Dr. David Jeremiah

When we are united by faith with Jesus Christ, we are adopted into God’s family (Romans 8:15-17).

2 Timothy 2:1-3

2 Timothy 2:1-3

by Dr. Charles Stanley

In 1 Timothy 6:12, Paul calls on believers to “fight the good fight of faith.”