Sunday, November 30, 2014

Questions of Faith


Philippians 2 NKJV
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Jesus made the cross a noble way to suffer and a badge of honor or sacrifice to carry.

He "endured the cross, despising the shame," does not make the impression on our minds in regard to the nature of his sufferings, and the value of his example, which it should do.

The cross was an instrument of shame and punishment for the evils a wayward and tortured soul has committed.

Only Jesus could turn a cross into a crown.

We cannot understand the weight of a death on the cross and all it implies unless we completely divest ourselves of the images our modern day interpretation has created of everyone from the Emperor Constantine to King Richard to the Papal crown and staff which obscures its shame and reproach. Jesus despised the shame but endured the cross because of the confidence He placed in His Father.

Philippians 2 NKJV
9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

We often tout the 11th chapter of the Book of Hebrews as the “faith chapter”, and indeed that reflection has its merits. However, the real hero of faith comes after those heroes of Chapter 11 … Look with me in the next chapter:

Hebrews 12 NKJV
1 ¶ Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Note here that the word “our” is italicized. When you see a word italicized in the KJV or the NKJV, as well as some other translations, it indicates to the reader that this word was not in the original text but was added by the translators to shade the meaning in light of their personal reflections. The original better reads, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of faith …”

The concept of “author” here means originator while “finisher” denotes the one who completes and fully fulfills and therefore stands as an example in a class of their own.

Hebrews 12
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

  • Have you considered Him?
  • Him who endured such hostility … such contradiction …
  • Him who endured because He had such confidence in God …

Today I want to ask you Three Questions of Faith

  1. Have you been born again?
  2. Are you weary or discouraged?
  3. Will you place your trust in God?

Sunday Circles - The Journey

Sunday Circles
Building Your Family With Friends
Church On The Rock

Hymn: When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
Memory Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct
your paths.

Lesson: The Journey

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: Every road leads somewhere.
Scripture Reference: Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
Life is a journey.
Sometimes God sends us down a road to get to the end of the road, sometimes He sends us down a road to get to the fork in the road. We may not know which it is, until we get to the end of the road.
The Bible is our road map that tells us where each road of life will lead.
Question: How can we predict where our life is currently headed?
Follow Up Question: How can we change our destination?
Conclusion: Every road leads somewhere. We should not be surprised when we finally arrive at the place we have been headed towards. A change in destination requires a change of our current path. Repent means to turn. Where are you headed?

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: There’s a Reason Why the Windshield is Bigger than the Rearview Mirror
Scripture Reference:   Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.
God is more interested in your future than your past.
God has more faith in us than we have in Him.
While we should learn from the past, we should not allow it to limit us.
Question: How can our past try to limit our future?
Follow Up Question: What are some things we can do to refocus ourselves for our greatest future?
Conclusion: God is not stuck in our past and neither does He want us to be. While we learn from both our previous successes and our past failures, neither should limit our future. Your future is not determined by your past but rather by your God.

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: Overcorrection is a sign of insecurity or immaturity.
Scripture Reference: Matthew 2:16a When Herod saw that the wise men had tricked him, he was furious. So he gave an order to kill all the baby boys in Bethlehem …
Immaturity is not governed by an age, nor insecurity by stage of life.
Inexperience is not the only reason why people over react in pressured times.
Question: What are some other reasons people may overcorrect?
Follow Up Question: What is the best response when we are effected by someone else’s overcorrection?
Conclusion: When someone inexperienced or someone who is not paying attention is driving down a road and inadvertently runs off of the pavement, the tendency is to jerk the steering wheel in a drastic attempt to force the vehicle back up onto the road. This reaction can be difficult to resist. However, if we overcorrect, we run the risk of causing additional problems.

Pastor Ron’s closing remarks

  • Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer
  • Memory Verse
  • Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be hosted by the LeBlancs

in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


The Story:
The Pilgrims and America's First New England Thanksgiving
The Pilgrims, who celebrated their first thanksgiving in America, were fleeing religious restrictions in their native England. In 1609 a group of these Pilgrims left England for religious freedom in Holland where they lived and prospered. After a few years they realized that their children were speaking Dutch and had become attached to the Dutch way of life. This worried the Pilgrims. They considered the Dutch frivolous and their ideas a threat to their children's education and morality.
So they decided to leave Holland and travel to the New World. Their trip was financed by a group of English investors called the Merchant Adventurers. It was agreed that the Pilgrims would be given passage and supplies in exchange for their service to their backers for 7 years.
On Sept. 6, 1620 the 102 passengers, 74 males and 28 females, set sail for the New World on a ship called the Mayflower. They sailed from Plymouth, England and aboard were 44 who called themselves the "Saints", and 66 others, whom the Saints called "Strangers."
The long trip was cold and damp and it took 66 days. Since there was the danger of fire on the wooden ship, the food had to be eaten cold. Many passengers became sick and one person died by the time land was sighted on November 9th.
The long trip led to many disagreements between the "Saints" and the "Strangers". After land was sighted a meeting was held and an agreement was worked out, called the Mayflower Compact. On November 11, 1621, 41 of the 101 passengers signed the agreement which guaranteed equality and unified the two groups. They joined together and named themselves the "Pilgrims."
Although they had first sighted land off Cape Cod they did not settle until they arrived at Plymouth, which had been named by Captain John Smith in 1614. It was there that the Pilgrims decide to settle. Plymouth offered an excellent harbor. A large brook offered a resource for fish. The Pilgrims biggest concern was attack by the local Native American Indians. But the Patuxets were a peaceful group and did not prove to be a threat.
The first winter was devastating to the Pilgrims. The cold, snow and sleet was exceptionally heavy, interfering with the workers as they tried to construct their settlement. March brought warmer weather and the health of the Pilgrims improved, but many had died during the long winter. Of the more than 100 Pilgrims who left England, less that 50 survived the first winter.
On March 16, 1621, what was to become an important event took place, an Indian brave walked into the Plymouth settlement. The Pilgrims were frightened until the Indian called out "Welcome" (in English!).
His name was Samoset and he was an Abnaki Indian. He had learned English from the captains of fishing boats that had sailed off the coast. After staying the night Samoset left the next day. He soon returned with another Indian named Squanto who spoke better English than Samoset. Squanto told the Pilgrims of his voyages across the ocean and his visits to England and Spain. It was in England where he had learned English.
Squanto's importance to the Pilgrims was enormous and it can be said that they would not have survived without his help. It was Squanto who taught the Pilgrims how to tap the maple trees for sap. He taught them which plants were poisonous and which had medicinal powers. He taught them how to plant the Indian corn by heaping the earth into low mounds with several seeds and fish in each mound. The decaying fish fertilized the corn. He also taught them to plant other crops with the corn.
The harvest in October was very successful and the Pilgrims found themselves with enough food to put away for the winter. There was corn, fruits and vegetables, fish to be packed in salt, and meat to be cured over smoky fires.
The Pilgrims had much to celebrate, they had built homes in the wilderness, they had raised enough crops to keep them alive during the long coming winter, and they were at peace with their Indian neighbors. They had beaten the odds and it was time to celebrate.
The Pilgrim Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving to be shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native Americans. They invited Squanto and the other Indians to join them in their celebration. Their chief, Massasoit, and 90 braves came to the celebration which lasted for 3 days. They played games, ran races, marched and played drums. The Indians demonstrated their skills with the bow and arrow and the Pilgrims demonstrated their musket skills. Exactly when the festival took place is uncertain, but it is believed the celebration took place in mid-October.
We find a written account, penned by a participant, Edward Winslow, in a letter dated December 12, 1621. Allow me to share from that letter.
Our corn did prove well, and God be praised, we had good increase of Indian corn, and our barley indifferent good, but our peas not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sown. They came up very well, and blossomed, but the sun parched them in the blossom. Our harvest being gotten in our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty. (A letter written by Edward Winslow from Plymouth, dated December 12, 1621) Source –
The following year the Pilgrims harvest was not as bountiful, as they were still unused to growing the corn. During the year they had also shared their stored food with newcomers and the Pilgrims ran short of food.
The 3rd year brought a spring and summer that was hot and dry with the crops dying in the fields. Governor Bradford ordered a day of fasting and prayer, and it was soon thereafter that the rain came. To celebrate - November 29th of that year was proclaimed a day of thanksgiving. This date is believed to be the real true beginning of the present day Thanksgiving Day.
The custom of an annually celebrated thanksgiving, held after the harvest, continued through the years. It was in 1777, during the American Revolutionary War, that the Continental Congress issued a proclamation that all 13 of America’s colonies set aside a day of thanksgiving in celebration of their recent victory over the British at Saratoga. In 1789 George Washington declared the first national day of Thanksgiving. (Source:

In 1817 New York State had adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom. By the middle of the 19th century many other states also celebrated a Thanksgiving Day.
With the threat of civil war bearing down upon our nation’s people, a young lady named Sarah J. Hale set about on a one woman letter writing campaign, urging politicians to establish an annual national day of thanksgiving which she passionately believed would help unite our great nation.

Hale’s efforts were finally rewarded by Abraham Lincoln. In 1863 President Lincoln signed a proclamation declaring the last Thursday of November as our nation’s annual Thanksgiving Day. The rest is history … as will be the approximate 700 million pounds of turkey which will be consumed on Thanksgiving Day this year in the US, tomorrow.

Since 1863 each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, usually designating the fourth Thursday of each November as the holiday.
Well, where does God fit into all of this? To whom do we imagine those pilgrims, the 13 colonies, George Washington, Sarah Hale, President Lincoln or Americans tomorrow are giving their thanks? Of course … it is to our Heavenly Father, the One True and Living God who gives us the harvests in its season.

Thanksgiving Day, however, is not an American phenomenon, nor were our politicians the first to declare such a celebration. We read from historical accounts that people have been joining together to thank God for His blessings on their harvest for thousands of years before Mayflower ever set sail toward the Americas. Returning thanks has been both an honor and a duty ever since mankind was created and placed in the Garden of Eden by the hand of God.

The Word of God instructs us to be thankful, not only for the evident blessings we enjoy, but for everything in life. Let’s read
The Truth:
Psalms 65 NLT
1 ¶ What mighty praise, O God, belongs to you in Zion. We will fulfill our vows to you,
2 for you answer our prayers, and to you all people will come.
3 Though our hearts are filled with sins, you forgive them all.
4 What joy for those you choose to bring near, those who live in your holy courts. What joys await us inside your holy Temple.
5 You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas.
6 ¶ You formed the mountains by your power and armed yourself with mighty strength.
7 You quieted the raging oceans with their pounding waves and silenced the shouting of the nations.
8 Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.
9 You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. The rivers of God will not run dry; they provide a bountiful harvest of grain, for you have ordered it so.
10 You drench the plowed ground with rain, melting the clods and leveling the ridges. You soften the earth with showers and bless its abundant crops.
11 You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.
12 The wilderness becomes a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy.
13 The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain. They all shout and sing for joy!
The truth is, Our God deserves thanks!
It is therefore fitting that we join ourselves together with family and friends tomorrow and celebrate the goodness and blessings bestowed on us and our nation in this past year by the hand and providence of Almighty God. The bountifulness of our great nation serves to show the world that:

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. (Psalms 33:12)  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bible Thumping Demons


Luke 4
1 ¶ Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.
3 And the devil said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread."
4 But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, ’Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’"
5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.
7 "Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours."
8 And Jesus answered and said to him, "Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ’You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’"
9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here.
10 "For it is written: ’He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you,’
11 "and, ’In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’"
12 And Jesus answered and said to him, "It has been said, ’You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’"
13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.

Jesus was tempted in all points like as we yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)

1 John 2:16 says - All that is in the world, (_), is not of God but the world.
  • The lust of the flesh
  • The lust of the eyes
  • The pride of life

The passage in Luke 4 tells us that Jesus was tempted in three basic ways:

The Temptations of Christ
  1. Physical Temptation(Body)
    1. Forty days fasting and was hungry
    2. Turn stone into bread
    3. Answered His temptation with the Word of God
  2. Mental Temptation (Soul)
    1. Jesus had knowledge of His destiny
    2. You can become King of all the kingdoms now without a cross
    3. Jesus met and defeated the temptation with the Word
  3. Spiritual Temptation (Spirit)
    1. Jesus knew, respected and obeyed the Word of God
    2. The devil quoted the Word of God to his own advantage
    3. Jesus knew He could not violate the Word to prove the Word

The devil did not make a misquotation but rather a misapplication of the Holy Scriptures. To use truth to manipulate or to gain personal advantage or to prove one’s own stance, doctrine or defense as it lays outside of the one truth of the whole counsel of God or as it opposes the will of God is to stand in the error of misapplication and be termed a heretic and charlatan.

We are created like God, in His image, Spirit, Soul and Body. It is no wonder that the devil comes to tempt us physically, mentally and spiritually.

All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life are enemies of God. Temptations come to us in every one of these areas. We must meet each temptation with the Word of God.

Let’s consider why Jesus’ journey ended on the Temple Mount, at the House of God. (BTW – When in need we too should go to Church)

I believe this is the place Jesus was always headed and the devil only accompanied Jesus on His way to Church so as to tempt Him by trying to distort the Word of God. It was from the pinnacle of the temple that satan attempted his most devilish temptation. The word ‘pinnacle’ means wing and was commonly referred to as a turret like structure. Later pinnacle came to mean highest point. Some archeological discoveries have found the Southwest corner of the Temple Mount to be the place of trumpeting.

The Temple Mount was designed and built as a flat stone platform sitting on the naturally contoured top and sloping southeastern portion of Mount Moriah. Stone arches were designed and built one after the other to hold the false platform which sits partly on the naturally higher solid rock foundation of northern end of the mountain and then as the mountain slopes off to the east into the Kidron Valley and South into the Hinnom Valley, those stone arches become the raised support underneath the temple mount platform to keep the temple platform flat and level.

Because of the natural slope of Mount Moriah, one of the highest points above ground for the Temple Mount platform is easily observed to be the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount wall. This was the place of trumpeting to announce feasts and daily prayer times. Although some believe it to be the southwestern corner, either way, it was definitely along this short wall Jesus would have been standing when satan tried his last and his best attempt to deceive Jesus in that season and trick Him to sin.

Standing on the pinnacle of the temple one could turn to see a panoramic view of the old City of Jerusalem, a Garden Tomb, Golgotha, the Pools of Bethesda, Herod’s Temple, the Eastern Gate, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Kidron Valley, Mount of Olives, the City of David, David’s Palace, the Hills of Bethlehem, the Hinnom Valley, Mount Zion and the Upper Room.

The devil still sits on the pinnacle of this Temple Mount today tempting others and distorting the Word of God with the same message. This same Temple Mount, the very geographical location from which Jesus was tempted, is now considered the third holiest place in Islam. The Al’Aqsa Mosque sits on the top along the southern end of the temple mount platform and occupies and claims ownership of the pinnacle of the temple.

  • Just because someone gets the words right does not mean they have gotten The Word right.
  • Don’t be fooled by scripture quoting devils.
  • The Word of God is only the Word of God when it is the Word of God. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Father Knows Best


Have you ever wondered: “Why am I being punished for something someone else did?” I didn’t eat that apple in the Garden of Eden … why do I have to suffer? If only Adam and Eve hadn’t sinned we wouldn’t have all these do’s and don’ts to worry with … we could do whatever we wanted.

Genesis 2 NKJV
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
9 And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

We understand that God initially created everything with a quality of maturity, including Adam. (God did not birth Adam but created him; plants before seeds; birds before eggs; cows before calves; & mature adults first)

The first words the Bible records that God spoke to Adam were instructive in nature. It was prior to Eve being created. The conversation included a prohibition on eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This command understandably fell on mature ears and came to a mind capable of comprehending both the potential offense and the resulting affect.

15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it.
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
17 "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."

Even though Adam was perfect and lived in a perfect world prior to the fall, yet he was still subject the guiding authority of God and expected to obey God’s Word. Adam did not see this as an unfair arrangement or something to be struggled against. He understood and no doubt appreciated his place with God and God’s place in his life. There was an established order and clear expectations. Simply put, God expected perfect Adam to obey.

In this perfect Garden of Eden before the fall of mankind and before sin, man was not free to go about doing anything he wanted but was expected to serve the wishes and fulfill the commands of His Creator. Adam was expected to play his part in God’s unfolding Master Plan.

We also should not consider it unfair to live under the authority and governance of God’s Word. He has given us instructions for life to guide, guard and govern us towards His will and purpose. Father knows best!

It is reasonable to be told what to do and what not to do, even when we are currently doing nothing wrong. Life was filled with do’s and don’ts long before the fall of man. Even a perfect world requires obedience.

In the midst of perfection there must still be order and expectation … how much more in the midst of the imperfection we see in this world!

The first sin was not the result of moral deprivation or a torturous or murderous intent, no … rather the first, and arguably the greatest sin was a single individual’s failure to obey a simple command God had clearly given – “do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. This failure to follow simple instructions caused all of the problems we have on planet earth today. Disobeying God’s Word was then and now still is the single greatest temptation known to man. Every child of God is tempted.

There are a few common reasons why God’s children don’t obey His Word:
  • We don’t want to
  • We want to do something else
  • We don’t know it or forget about it
  • We don’t see it as that big of a deal
  • We don’t believe it is right or maybe we believe it’s not right for us
  • We don’t imagine anything is going to happen to us as a result

Even in a perfect world, the perfect life still requires we follow instructions. The greatest power and the most peace you will ever experience comes from following the clear instructions given to us by God. Conversely, the greatest troubles come to our lives when we stray from the Word of God and live outside of His will. What does God expect from His children?

  1. We are to love God more than we do ourselves.
Mark 12:30 ’And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

  1. We are to love others as much as we do ourselves.
Mark 12:31 "And the second, like it, is this: ’You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these."

In order to live a successful life, even a perfect person must follow God’s rules! And, that goes for every child of God as well. You see, Adam and Eve were really no different than you … they were given choices and they failed … However, you don’t have to follow their example … you can be successful! That’s right … God has given you the potential to correct the horrible mistake made by Adam and Eve in their perfect world. You have a God given opportunity to be successful where Adam and Eve failed.

Here are Five Steps to Success in this Imperfect World
  1. Believe that Father knows best.
  2. Refuse temptations to compromise your life by making selfish decisions.
  3. Challenge your choices and check your motives.
  4. Search the Bible for answers to the daily questions of life.
  5. Pray to God for the strength and good sense to obey His Word.

Herein is the Gospel:
  • Father God knows best
  • Jesus reveals the Father’s will
  • The Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s will

Sunday, November 9, 2014



To all the Veterans of the US Armed Forces … “Thank You!

The Gospel of John was written by the younger son of Zebedee and Salome from the town of Bethsaida in the Galilee. This fisherman turned Apostle outlived all of the other disciples and is understood to be the only disciple who died a peaceful life. It is thought that John relocated from Jerusalem to Ephesus in about the year AD 69 or 70. Many believe that the Gospel of John was not penned until near the end of his life in perhaps AD98.  We cannot know for certain the exact year but we do know the reason why John wrote. He declared:

John 20:31  but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Near the turn of the First Century AD, secular views had infiltrated the Church and were attempting to sway Christians away from the firsthand accounts of the Apostles through their written testimonies. In other words, some Church leaders simply were not teaching the Word of God but rather were watering it down to make it less offensive and more acceptable.

The Main Disputes of these False Teachers centered around some of the basic tenants of the Gospel:
·        The preexistence of Christ (For if Jesus was preexistent …)
·        The resurrection (For if Jesus was victorious over death …)
·        Salvation in Christ alone (For if Jesus was the only way …)
·        Jesus is the Son of God

The elder John wrote in strong defense of these truths and laid strong claim as to the Deity of Jesus as the only begotten Son of Almighty God and the fact that this Jesus, though crucified, dead and buried for our sins, was alive and well by the power God.

John reasserted the non-negotiable absolutes of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. This message was under attack in the First Century Church from secular humanists and is in the 21st Century under attack once more.

Let’s look at this unchanging Gospel in the book of:

John 3: 7  "Do not marvel that I said to you, ’You must be born again.’

Absolutes are difficult for many young Americans to accept. Nonetheless absolutes absolutely exist. Life is filled with immutable truths. The whole universe is governed by laws which are unchangeable and non-negotiable.

As long as you are on earth you will be subject to the laws of gravity and governed by them whether you understand gravity or not. At sea level under normal conditions with the barometer at 29.92 inches of mercury, water will freeze at 32F and it will boil at 212F like it or not.

Perhaps you have never actually boiled or frozen water before and therefore feel you cannot attest to this as a personally held fact but that does not change the truth. Simply because one person has never experienced the truth for themselves does not mean truth does not exist. And by the way, truth does not change from person to person or situation to situation nor does truth follow popular opinion or majority rule. Truth stands on its own even when we do not respect it.

The timeless truth of God’s Word has been verified by every generation. This is the reason why John records Jesus, the Son of God, saying with certainty, “you must be born again”.

Five Absolutes
·        John 3:36  "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
·        John 5:26  "For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,
·        1 John 5:11  And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
·        1 John 5:12  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

·        You must be born again.