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Today’s Bible Reading: February 7

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Leviticus 1-3

Matthew 24:23-51

God’s Word Never Ends

Heaven and Earth will pass away

Jesus said in Matthew 24:35 that one day heaven and earth will pass away – meaning this physical earth that we live on will gone. It will all come to an end and be no more. When we read the book of Revelation, and see what the end of the story looks like, we can become anxious or fearful at what awaits the earth. But for the Christian, we rest in the promises of the final outcome and are able to trust what the Bible says, because God’s Word will never change.

What does the Bible tell us about how the world will end? In the final epoch of earth’s story found in the Book of Revelation, we find out what happens to Babylon the Great, the Battle of Armageddon, and finally, the earth.

God’s Word tells about the Destruction of Babylon the Great

Some argue that Babylon the Great is simply a figure of speech regarding evil nations in general. Theologians have also concluded that Babylon the Great is just that, a revived and rebuilt Babylon. Others interpret Babylon the Great as an evil world system, based in Babylon (possibly signifying Rome) and controlled by the Antichrist, during the last days before Jesus’ return. The angel who speaks to John in Revelation 17:18, identifies Babylon the Great as “the great city that rules over the kings of the earth” 

Regardless, we find in Revelation 17:1-5 and 18:8, that God will destroy this prostitute named “Babylon the Great.” The symbol of a prostitute is fitting because these people have consorted with the rulers of the world to gain power and wealth and we find in Revelation 17:3, that it commits blasphemy and religious heresy.

Blasphemy, heresy, and false prophets

To blaspheme is to speak with contempt about God or to be defiantly irreverent. Blasphemy is verbal or written reproach of God’s name, character, work, or attributes. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, defines heresy as the “adherence to a religious opinion contrary to church dogma.” A second definition is “dissent or deviation from a dominant theory, opinion, or practice.” With regards to religion, any belief or practice that goes against the official position of the church is considered heretical.

With these definitions in mind, we turn to “false prophets.” A false prophet is a person who spreads false teachings or messages while claiming to speak the Word of God. In the Bible, false prophets also spoke on behalf of false gods. False prophets functioned in their prophetic role illegitimately or for the purpose of deception. As such, they are guilty of both blasphemy and heresy. The Bible denounces false prophets for leading people astray.

Revelation 18:9 says, “And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. They will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say, “Alas! Alas! You great city, you mighty city, Babylon! For in a single hour your judgment has come.”

Destruction of Babylon of the Old Testament

Throughout time, there have always been religious heresy through the teaching of false religions and today is no different. Many of the false religious teachings and practices of today, such as idolatry, prosperity, and occultism, were also present in ancient Babylon, a city steeped in false religion and superstition (Isaiah 47:1, 8-11). Additionally, sexual immorality and homosexuality were part of their religious practices.

As a result of their depravity and wickedness, God destroys Babylon. In Jeremiah 50:38, the prophet writes: “A drought against her waters, that they may be dried up! For it is a land of images, and they are mad over idols.” Mighty Babylon fell when its protective waters​—a moat fed by the Euphrates River—​were “dried up,” opening the way for an army of Medes and Persians to conquer the city. Additionally, we learn in Daniel 5 that Babylon’s enemies conquered them in just one night!

Destruction of Babylon the Great in the book of Revelation

Like Babylon of the Old Testament, Babylon the Great of the book of Revelation “sits on many waters.” In Revelation 17:1, one of the seven angels says to John: “Come, I will show you the judgment of the notorious prostitute who sits on many waters.” And in verse 15 the angel explains, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute was seated, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages.” These people, multitudes, and nations represent the millions who support the religious heresy and the wickedness of the “prostitute.”

Just as Babylon’s moat dried up enabling her enemies to destroy and conquer her in a single night in the Old Testament, so does the “waters” of Babylon the Great. John writes in Revelation 16:12, “The sixth poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the east.” And Revelation 18:8 tells us her destruction will be swift: “For this reason her plagues will come in one day—death and grief and famine. She will be burned up with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is mighty.”

Who will God use to be the destroyer of Babylon the Great? Revelation 17:16-17 gives the answer: The very political rulers of the world with whom she consorts. Those who once loved her will turn on her and plunder her, or devour her.​ Revelation 17:16 tells us: “[They] will hate the prostitute and will make her devastated and naked, and they will eat up her flesh [or, riches] and completely burn her with fire.”​

God’s Word warns us about the blasphemy and religious heresy of false teachers

In Matthew 7:15-18, Jesus said, “By their fruits you will recognize them. . . . Every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit.” Exchanging God’s truth for a lie — or false teaching — will always result in the production of “worthless fruit”. Therefore, anyone who preaches or teaches anything contrary to the Bible is a false teacher and guilty of blasphemy and religious heresy. They produce worthless fruit.

The blasphemy and religious heresy of idolatry

The definition of idolatry, according to Webster, is “the worship of idols or excessive devotion to, or reverence for some person or thing.” Idolatry offers a different view of God, usually because we do not like God’s rules and we want to live the way we want, so we turn to a fake god – a fake religion – that is tolerant of the way we want to live. An idol is anything that replaces the one, true God, and therefore it is spiritual adultery. Idolatry practices in the Bible also included sexual immorality, to which Babylon’s pagan gods not only tolerated, but welcomed. The problem with sexual immorality, is that it also brings baggage in the form of guilt, broken relationships, and emptiness. It destroys your self-respect.

Books have been written that totally redefine God in accordance with human desire. In one such book, entitled, Conversations with God, the author states that as he was writing a spirit came along and basically dictated to him what to write. And basically what the spirit said is, “I am whoever you want Me to be.” Such a statement goes totally against what God says about himself in the Bible. So, if a “spirit” came over the author, it was not the Holy Spirit, but a demonic one.

Do you know that it was Thomas Huxley, a supporter of Charles Darwin, who said that the reason we accepted evolution without a lot of proof is because we didn’t want a god to interfere with our sexual mores? In other words, “Get God off our back so that we can be free,” but that kind of freedom comes with a huge price of bondage.

Idolatry expects God to submit to us

Idolatry is blasphemy and religious heresy because it removes the eternal God from the picture and replaces it with a made up view of God that bends to what we want.

There is a story about a man who was driving through a farmyard and he noticed that on the barn there were a bunch of targets. And right smack in the middle of each target there was an arrow. So he stopped to commend the farmer for being such an expert marksman. The farmer said, “What you saw out there wasn’t done by me. A village boy who is somewhat mentally challenged did it. He comes out here. He shoots arrows into my barn and then he paints the targets around them.” That’s what society does. “I want to do what I want to do. I want to live the way in which I want to live and God will come along and make it all right and agree with me.”

My friend, the God of the Bible never compromises His unchanging Word. As Jesus says in Matthew 24:35, Heaven and earth may pass away, but my words will never pass away.” It is never God’s position to align His will to ours. Peter tells us that we are to “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God.” In other words, we are to submit to His will.

Idolatry in Babylon

The most prevalent form of idolatry in Bible times was the worship of images that were thought to embody the various pagan deities. And Babylon was a land in which life was overshadowed by a vast idolatry and worship of multiple pagan gods including, Marduk, Hergal, Tiamat, Shamah, and Ea.

Isaiah describes with a fine and indignant irony how in Babylon, too, the smith with the tongs, and the carpenter with his rule, would combine to make an idol according to the beauty of a man, and how worship would be paid to what was, in reality, only the stock of a tree. It was this idolatry which Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego resisted at the risk of their lives.

The blasphemy and religious heresy of homosexuality and same-sex marriage

Changing laws that make practices that offend God legal, such as homosexuality and same-sex marriages are also “worthless fruit” of blasphemy and religious heresy. Leviticus 18:22 tells us exactly how God feels about homosexuality and same-sex marriages: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” For those who want to argue that the New Testament amends the Old and Jesus overturned existing law, neglect to see what the New Testament has to say.

Paul says in Romans 1:25-27, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen. This is why God delivered them over to degrading passions. For even their females exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. The males in the same way also left natural relations with females and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Males committed shameless acts with males and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty of their error.”

And in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Paul writes, “ Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. The Bible is clear that God detests such behaviors.

The blasphemy and religious heresy of abortion

As part of Babylon’s religious practices, child sacrifices were common. Today, we may not hear much about child sacrifices, but we are just as guilty of killing innocent children – before they are even born. The Bible never specifically addresses the issue of abortion. However, there are numerous teachings in Scripture that make it abundantly clear what God’s view of abortion is.

Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knows us before He forms us in the womb. Psalm 139:13–16 speaks of God’s active role in our creation and formation in the womb. Exodus 21:22–25 prescribes the same penalty—death—for someone who causes the death of a baby in the womb as for someone who commits murder. This law and its punishment clearly indicate that God considers a baby in the womb to be just as much a human being as a full-grown adult. For the Christian, abortion is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose to have a baby. The baby is already present and living. Abortion is a matter of the life or death of a human being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26–27; 9:6).

What does the Bible say about abortion? Simply put, abortion is murder. It is the killing of a human being created in the image of God.

What about in instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother? According to GotQuestions.org, “the overwhelming majority of abortions performed today involve women who simply do not want to have the baby. Only 2 percent of abortions are for the reason of rape, incest, or the mother’s life being at risk. Even in these more difficult 2 percent of instances, abortion should never be the first option. The life of a human being in the womb is worth every effort to preserve.”

The blasphemy and religious heresy of exchanging Biblical doctrine for traditions

As a Christian, you may feel that the “worthless fruit” seen in Babylon does not apply to you. However, such fruit also includes substituting hollow rituals and empty traditions for the wholesome teachings found in the Scriptures. In speaking to the Pharisees and scribes, Jesus said in Matthew 15:3: “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? And in verse 6, He says: “for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God.” And in verses 7-9, Jesus says: “You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

Some years ago, I was at a church where people were leaving the church because the church leadership decided to remove the pulpit from the stage. They were enraged over the idea and felt that the pulpit somehow was “holy” and one could not have church if there was no pulpit. This would be an example of a tradition that is not doctrine and these people would rather leave the church for the sake of a tradition. Every church has their time0honored traditions but when we make traditions a higher priority than the Bible or replace Biblical doctrine with tradition, we can be guilty of “worthless fruit.” In John 21:17, Jesus said to the the disciples, “Feed my sheep.” Today, however, many people feel spiritually starved because false teachers do not teach the true gospel message.

God’s Word tells about the Battle of Armageddon

With Babylon the Great destroyed, God will then turn his attention to the political rulers themselves​—“the kings of the entire inhabited earth.” Along with wicked people in general, these will be destroyed in “the war of the great day of God the Almighty,” also called “Armageddon.”​—Revelation 16:14, 16.

In the Bible, Armageddon refers to a climactic future battle between God and the forces of evil, as recorded in the book of Revelation. Got questions.org reports, “the word ultimately comes from the Hebrew word Har-Magedone, which means “Mount Megiddo,” the predicted location of the battle. The exact location of Armageddon is unclear because there is no mountain called Meggido. However, since Har can also mean “hill,” the most likely location is the hill country surrounding the plain of Meggido, some sixty miles north of Jerusalem.”

The Battle of Armageddon will be a real battle in the future, near the end of the tribulation. Demonic influences will cause the kings of the earth to gather their armies for an all-out assault on Jerusalem and Revelation 16:13-15 tells us the Antichrist will be leading the charge. However, we see in Revelation 19:14 that Jesus Christ will return to earth with the armies of heaven; and Zechariah 14:4 says His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. He will defeat the forces of evil as told in Revelation 19:15-16 and verse 20 says he will cast the Antichrist and the false prophet into the lake of fire. In revelation 20:1-6, Jesus will bind Satan and set up His kingdom on earth for 1,000 years. That’s right! We know how the story ends. Jesus wins and Satan is defeated.

God’s Word tells about the end of the world

The Bible consistently warns us that this world will not last forever. “Heaven and earth will pass away,” Jesus said in Matthew 24:35. His statement was in the context of end times’ prophecies and the eternal nature of Jesus’ words: “My words will never pass away.” This means that trusting Jesus is wiser than trusting anything in this world.

2 Peter 3:11–12 tells us exactly how the Earth will cease to be: “The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire. . . . That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.”

The prophet Isaiah also foretold the passing away of heaven and earth. In Isaiah 34:4 he writes: “All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree”.

God’s Word will never end

While this world will pass away, there will never be an end to God’s Word. The promises of God’s Word are reliable, true, and trustworthy – which means our salvation is secure. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “The heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail” (Isaiah 51:6).

Many places in Scripture extol the faithfulness of God. Lamentations 3:22–23 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” So, what is faithfulness?

The Hebrew word translated “faithfulness” means “steadfastness, firmness, fidelity.” The opposite of being faithful is to be ever-changing or wishy-washy. Psalm 119:89–90 says, “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations.” Here faithfulness is equated with God’s Word. God speaks never-ending truth. If God spoke something a thousand years ago, it still stands. He is faithful to His Word, because His Word is an expression of His character. The promises He made still hold true because He does not change (Malachi 3:6) and His Word will never end. His promises are dependable.

The promises in God’s Word are dependable

God’s promises are more dependable than the ground we walk on and the air we breathe. They are more sure than even the existence of the universe. At the time Jesus said these words in Matthew 24:35, He knew that one day the disciples would put their very lives on the line for Him and He wanted them to know that they could trust that every Word was true.

Today, we still have that assurance and are able to depend on the teachings and promises found in the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. Because we know that there will come a day when Earth will be no more, it is wiser to trust in the never-ending words of Christ than to put our trust in anything earthly. Because we know how the story ends, we should be wise to the heresy and blasphemy of false teachers and steer clear of them. Why? Because while the physical earth will disappear, our souls do not – they live for eternity — either in heaven with Christ or in hell.

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God’s Word Never Ends

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Today’s Bible Reading: February 7

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Leviticus 1-3

Matthew 24:23-51

God’s Word Never Ends

Heaven and Earth will pass away

Jesus said in Matthew 24:35 that one day heaven and earth will pass away – meaning this physical earth that we live on will gone. It will all come to an end and be no more. When we read the book of Revelation, and see what the end of the story looks like, we can become anxious or fearful at what awaits the earth. But for the Christian, we rest in the promises of the final outcome and are able to trust what the Bible says, because God’s Word will never change.

What does the Bible tell us about how the world will end? In the final epoch of earth’s story found in the Book of Revelation, we find out what happens to Babylon the Great, the Battle of Armageddon, and finally, the earth.

God’s Word tells about the Destruction of Babylon the Great

Some argue that Babylon the Great is simply a figure of speech regarding evil nations in general. Theologians have also concluded that Babylon the Great is just that, a revived and rebuilt Babylon. Others interpret Babylon the Great as an evil world system, based in Babylon (possibly signifying Rome) and controlled by the Antichrist, during the last days before Jesus’ return. The angel who speaks to John in Revelation 17:18, identifies Babylon the Great as “the great city that rules over the kings of the earth” 

Regardless, we find in Revelation 17:1-5 and 18:8, that God will destroy this prostitute named “Babylon the Great.” The symbol of a prostitute is fitting because these people have consorted with the rulers of the world to gain power and wealth and we find in Revelation 17:3, that it commits blasphemy and religious heresy.

Blasphemy, heresy, and false prophets

To blaspheme is to speak with contempt about God or to be defiantly irreverent. Blasphemy is verbal or written reproach of God’s name, character, work, or attributes. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, defines heresy as the “adherence to a religious opinion contrary to church dogma.” A second definition is “dissent or deviation from a dominant theory, opinion, or practice.” With regards to religion, any belief or practice that goes against the official position of the church is considered heretical.

With these definitions in mind, we turn to “false prophets.” A false prophet is a person who spreads false teachings or messages while claiming to speak the Word of God. In the Bible, false prophets also spoke on behalf of false gods. False prophets functioned in their prophetic role illegitimately or for the purpose of deception. As such, they are guilty of both blasphemy and heresy. The Bible denounces false prophets for leading people astray.

Revelation 18:9 says, “And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. They will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say, “Alas! Alas! You great city, you mighty city, Babylon! For in a single hour your judgment has come.”

Destruction of Babylon of the Old Testament

Throughout time, there have always been religious heresy through the teaching of false religions and today is no different. Many of the false religious teachings and practices of today, such as idolatry, prosperity, and occultism, were also present in ancient Babylon, a city steeped in false religion and superstition (Isaiah 47:1, 8-11). Additionally, sexual immorality and homosexuality were part of their religious practices.

As a result of their depravity and wickedness, God destroys Babylon. In Jeremiah 50:38, the prophet writes: “A drought against her waters, that they may be dried up! For it is a land of images, and they are mad over idols.” Mighty Babylon fell when its protective waters​—a moat fed by the Euphrates River—​were “dried up,” opening the way for an army of Medes and Persians to conquer the city. Additionally, we learn in Daniel 5 that Babylon’s enemies conquered them in just one night!

Destruction of Babylon the Great in the book of Revelation

Like Babylon of the Old Testament, Babylon the Great of the book of Revelation “sits on many waters.” In Revelation 17:1, one of the seven angels says to John: “Come, I will show you the judgment of the notorious prostitute who sits on many waters.” And in verse 15 the angel explains, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute was seated, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages.” These people, multitudes, and nations represent the millions who support the religious heresy and the wickedness of the “prostitute.”

Just as Babylon’s moat dried up enabling her enemies to destroy and conquer her in a single night in the Old Testament, so does the “waters” of Babylon the Great. John writes in Revelation 16:12, “The sixth poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the east.” And Revelation 18:8 tells us her destruction will be swift: “For this reason her plagues will come in one day—death and grief and famine. She will be burned up with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is mighty.”

Who will God use to be the destroyer of Babylon the Great? Revelation 17:16-17 gives the answer: The very political rulers of the world with whom she consorts. Those who once loved her will turn on her and plunder her, or devour her.​ Revelation 17:16 tells us: “[They] will hate the prostitute and will make her devastated and naked, and they will eat up her flesh [or, riches] and completely burn her with fire.”​

God’s Word warns us about the blasphemy and religious heresy of false teachers

In Matthew 7:15-18, Jesus said, “By their fruits you will recognize them. . . . Every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit.” Exchanging God’s truth for a lie — or false teaching — will always result in the production of “worthless fruit”. Therefore, anyone who preaches or teaches anything contrary to the Bible is a false teacher and guilty of blasphemy and religious heresy. They produce worthless fruit.

The blasphemy and religious heresy of idolatry

The definition of idolatry, according to Webster, is “the worship of idols or excessive devotion to, or reverence for some person or thing.” Idolatry offers a different view of God, usually because we do not like God’s rules and we want to live the way we want, so we turn to a fake god – a fake religion – that is tolerant of the way we want to live. An idol is anything that replaces the one, true God, and therefore it is spiritual adultery. Idolatry practices in the Bible also included sexual immorality, to which Babylon’s pagan gods not only tolerated, but welcomed. The problem with sexual immorality, is that it also brings baggage in the form of guilt, broken relationships, and emptiness. It destroys your self-respect.

Books have been written that totally redefine God in accordance with human desire. In one such book, entitled, Conversations with God, the author states that as he was writing a spirit came along and basically dictated to him what to write. And basically what the spirit said is, “I am whoever you want Me to be.” Such a statement goes totally against what God says about himself in the Bible. So, if a “spirit” came over the author, it was not the Holy Spirit, but a demonic one.

Do you know that it was Thomas Huxley, a supporter of Charles Darwin, who said that the reason we accepted evolution without a lot of proof is because we didn’t want a god to interfere with our sexual mores? In other words, “Get God off our back so that we can be free,” but that kind of freedom comes with a huge price of bondage.

Idolatry expects God to submit to us

Idolatry is blasphemy and religious heresy because it removes the eternal God from the picture and replaces it with a made up view of God that bends to what we want.

There is a story about a man who was driving through a farmyard and he noticed that on the barn there were a bunch of targets. And right smack in the middle of each target there was an arrow. So he stopped to commend the farmer for being such an expert marksman. The farmer said, “What you saw out there wasn’t done by me. A village boy who is somewhat mentally challenged did it. He comes out here. He shoots arrows into my barn and then he paints the targets around them.” That’s what society does. “I want to do what I want to do. I want to live the way in which I want to live and God will come along and make it all right and agree with me.”

My friend, the God of the Bible never compromises His unchanging Word. As Jesus says in Matthew 24:35, Heaven and earth may pass away, but my words will never pass away.” It is never God’s position to align His will to ours. Peter tells us that we are to “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God.” In other words, we are to submit to His will.

Idolatry in Babylon

The most prevalent form of idolatry in Bible times was the worship of images that were thought to embody the various pagan deities. And Babylon was a land in which life was overshadowed by a vast idolatry and worship of multiple pagan gods including, Marduk, Hergal, Tiamat, Shamah, and Ea.

Isaiah describes with a fine and indignant irony how in Babylon, too, the smith with the tongs, and the carpenter with his rule, would combine to make an idol according to the beauty of a man, and how worship would be paid to what was, in reality, only the stock of a tree. It was this idolatry which Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego resisted at the risk of their lives.

The blasphemy and religious heresy of homosexuality and same-sex marriage

Changing laws that make practices that offend God legal, such as homosexuality and same-sex marriages are also “worthless fruit” of blasphemy and religious heresy. Leviticus 18:22 tells us exactly how God feels about homosexuality and same-sex marriages: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” For those who want to argue that the New Testament amends the Old and Jesus overturned existing law, neglect to see what the New Testament has to say.

Paul says in Romans 1:25-27, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen. This is why God delivered them over to degrading passions. For even their females exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. The males in the same way also left natural relations with females and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Males committed shameless acts with males and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty of their error.”

And in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Paul writes, “ Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. The Bible is clear that God detests such behaviors.

The blasphemy and religious heresy of abortion

As part of Babylon’s religious practices, child sacrifices were common. Today, we may not hear much about child sacrifices, but we are just as guilty of killing innocent children – before they are even born. The Bible never specifically addresses the issue of abortion. However, there are numerous teachings in Scripture that make it abundantly clear what God’s view of abortion is.

Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knows us before He forms us in the womb. Psalm 139:13–16 speaks of God’s active role in our creation and formation in the womb. Exodus 21:22–25 prescribes the same penalty—death—for someone who causes the death of a baby in the womb as for someone who commits murder. This law and its punishment clearly indicate that God considers a baby in the womb to be just as much a human being as a full-grown adult. For the Christian, abortion is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose to have a baby. The baby is already present and living. Abortion is a matter of the life or death of a human being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26–27; 9:6).

What does the Bible say about abortion? Simply put, abortion is murder. It is the killing of a human being created in the image of God.

What about in instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother? According to GotQuestions.org, “the overwhelming majority of abortions performed today involve women who simply do not want to have the baby. Only 2 percent of abortions are for the reason of rape, incest, or the mother’s life being at risk. Even in these more difficult 2 percent of instances, abortion should never be the first option. The life of a human being in the womb is worth every effort to preserve.”

The blasphemy and religious heresy of exchanging Biblical doctrine for traditions

As a Christian, you may feel that the “worthless fruit” seen in Babylon does not apply to you. However, such fruit also includes substituting hollow rituals and empty traditions for the wholesome teachings found in the Scriptures. In speaking to the Pharisees and scribes, Jesus said in Matthew 15:3: “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? And in verse 6, He says: “for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God.” And in verses 7-9, Jesus says: “You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

Some years ago, I was at a church where people were leaving the church because the church leadership decided to remove the pulpit from the stage. They were enraged over the idea and felt that the pulpit somehow was “holy” and one could not have church if there was no pulpit. This would be an example of a tradition that is not doctrine and these people would rather leave the church for the sake of a tradition. Every church has their time0honored traditions but when we make traditions a higher priority than the Bible or replace Biblical doctrine with tradition, we can be guilty of “worthless fruit.” In John 21:17, Jesus said to the the disciples, “Feed my sheep.” Today, however, many people feel spiritually starved because false teachers do not teach the true gospel message.

God’s Word tells about the Battle of Armageddon

With Babylon the Great destroyed, God will then turn his attention to the political rulers themselves​—“the kings of the entire inhabited earth.” Along with wicked people in general, these will be destroyed in “the war of the great day of God the Almighty,” also called “Armageddon.”​—Revelation 16:14, 16.

In the Bible, Armageddon refers to a climactic future battle between God and the forces of evil, as recorded in the book of Revelation. Got questions.org reports, “the word ultimately comes from the Hebrew word Har-Magedone, which means “Mount Megiddo,” the predicted location of the battle. The exact location of Armageddon is unclear because there is no mountain called Meggido. However, since Har can also mean “hill,” the most likely location is the hill country surrounding the plain of Meggido, some sixty miles north of Jerusalem.”

The Battle of Armageddon will be a real battle in the future, near the end of the tribulation. Demonic influences will cause the kings of the earth to gather their armies for an all-out assault on Jerusalem and Revelation 16:13-15 tells us the Antichrist will be leading the charge. However, we see in Revelation 19:14 that Jesus Christ will return to earth with the armies of heaven; and Zechariah 14:4 says His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. He will defeat the forces of evil as told in Revelation 19:15-16 and verse 20 says he will cast the Antichrist and the false prophet into the lake of fire. In revelation 20:1-6, Jesus will bind Satan and set up His kingdom on earth for 1,000 years. That’s right! We know how the story ends. Jesus wins and Satan is defeated.

God’s Word tells about the end of the world

The Bible consistently warns us that this world will not last forever. “Heaven and earth will pass away,” Jesus said in Matthew 24:35. His statement was in the context of end times’ prophecies and the eternal nature of Jesus’ words: “My words will never pass away.” This means that trusting Jesus is wiser than trusting anything in this world.

2 Peter 3:11–12 tells us exactly how the Earth will cease to be: “The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire. . . . That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.”

The prophet Isaiah also foretold the passing away of heaven and earth. In Isaiah 34:4 he writes: “All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree”.

God’s Word will never end

While this world will pass away, there will never be an end to God’s Word. The promises of God’s Word are reliable, true, and trustworthy – which means our salvation is secure. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “The heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail” (Isaiah 51:6).

Many places in Scripture extol the faithfulness of God. Lamentations 3:22–23 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” So, what is faithfulness?

The Hebrew word translated “faithfulness” means “steadfastness, firmness, fidelity.” The opposite of being faithful is to be ever-changing or wishy-washy. Psalm 119:89–90 says, “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations.” Here faithfulness is equated with God’s Word. God speaks never-ending truth. If God spoke something a thousand years ago, it still stands. He is faithful to His Word, because His Word is an expression of His character. The promises He made still hold true because He does not change (Malachi 3:6) and His Word will never end. His promises are dependable.

The promises in God’s Word are dependable

God’s promises are more dependable than the ground we walk on and the air we breathe. They are more sure than even the existence of the universe. At the time Jesus said these words in Matthew 24:35, He knew that one day the disciples would put their very lives on the line for Him and He wanted them to know that they could trust that every Word was true.

Today, we still have that assurance and are able to depend on the teachings and promises found in the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. Because we know that there will come a day when Earth will be no more, it is wiser to trust in the never-ending words of Christ than to put our trust in anything earthly. Because we know how the story ends, we should be wise to the heresy and blasphemy of false teachers and steer clear of them. Why? Because while the physical earth will disappear, our souls do not – they live for eternity — either in heaven with Christ or in hell.

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Mark 7:21-23. Sin is a heart problem

Feb 28 Mark 7 21-23

The background for these verses begin in verse 1 of Mark 7 where we find the disciples eating bread and the Pharisees notice they are eating with unwashed hands. In Jesus’ day there was an oral tradition that came out of the laws God gave the Israelites regarding clean and unclean. These traditions became the heart of rabbinic Judaism and in regards to hand washing, the Pharisees did more than just ritually wash their hands – they thoroughly purified themselves. So they asked Jesus, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”

Jesus knew that this wasn’t a question of curiosity. Nor were they solely accusing the disciples. They were in reality accusing Jesus of not following the law himself and acting as if he believes himself to be above the law. In response, Jesus quotes Isaiah 7:6-7  and straight out calls the Pharisees hypocrites right to their face. He tells them that the prophet Isaiah accurately prophesied about them when he said, “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” So how does ritual hand washing make them hypocrites? Jesus gives the answer in verse 8: “For laying aside the commandment of God you hold the traditions of men.” In other words, the Pharisees twisted the commandment in order to side-step the law. Jesus was not rejecting the law. Instead he rebuked the Pharisees for not uphold it. The real issue here is not eating with unwashed hands, ritual purity, or oral traditions and who should or should not follow them. In quoting Isaiah, Jesus lets them know the real issue is a heart issue and their hearts are far from God. They were so caught up in keeping up with the traditions and rituals that there was no room for true worship.

So to the crowd that was around Jesus wanted them to understand that it is not what you take into your body that qualifies you as unclean or impure. Instead, it’s what comes out of us that defile us. (Mark 7:15) Traditions don’t gain us entrance into heaven. Whether we sing the old hymns or contemporary music in church won’t get us into heaven. Whether there is a pulpit on the stage or not won’t get us into heaven. Whether we sing the Doxology after the offering or not won’t get us into heaven. You can memorize the books of the Bible and all the best known Bible verses – but it won’t get you into heaven. You can memorize specific prayers and repeat them non-stop till you die, but it won’t get you into heaven. You can pray to Mary, John the Baptist, St Paul, St Andrew, St. Matthew and all the other apostles – but they can’t get you into heaven either. You can live a highly moral life, but it won’t get you into heaven. You can’t buy your way in and no traditions or rituals will get you in. What gets us into heaven is a pure heart that has been forgiven through the faith we place in Christ as our Savior – nothing more – nothing less.

Then as we come to verse 17, we find that the disciples didn’t get it and asked Him to explain what he had said. Jesus tells them that it is was is produced in the heart that affects the whole person. The heart is thought of the center of human will and rationality, as well as desire. It is the place from which all our intentions are birthed. Jesus lists 13 moral problems to illustrated what He was teaching them. The first seven are all plural, indicating repeating acts. However, it only takes one sin to make us a sinner. Fornication includes all illicit sexual practices outside of marriage. Wickedness is used for anything malicious. The last six sins listed are all singular and are sinful attitudes. Lewdness refers to promiscuity. An evil eye means jealousy, envy, covetousness, and a grudging attitude. Blasphemy includes not just blasphemy against God, but slander of other people. Pride is exalting oneself above others. Foolishness is lack of moral judgment. We can find similar lists in Romans 1:29-31, Galatians 5:19-21, and 2 Timothy 3:2-5.

When the desires of our heart are self-seeking, we become insatiable in pursing the things that please our self rather than pursing the things that please God. Ephesian 5:10 tells us that we need to discern the things that please God. So what pleases God?

  • Faith (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Offering ourselves as a living sacrifice to God, which is true worship (Romans 12:1)
  • Not being conformed to this world but renew our minds and discern God’s will (Romans 12:2)
  • Good deeds and growing in the knowledge of God (Galatians 1:10)
  • speaking as God wants us to (1 Thessalonians 2:4)
  • doing the will of God (1 John 2:17)
  • loving others (1 Thessalonians 4:9)
  • Sharing with others (Hebrews 13:16)
  • humble and contrite heart (Isaiah 57:15)
  • the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in His sight (Psalm 19:14)
  • Working heartily, as for the Lord (Colossians 3:23)
  • Obeying God rather than men (Acts 5:29)
  • fearing (awe, respect of) Him and placing our hope in his steadfast love (Psalm 147:10-11)
  • Walking as children of Light (Ephesians 5:8-10)
  • doing everything to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Just as the list of 13 sins come from within, so does what pleases God. It all comes down to the condition of our heart. Do we have a heart black with sin or a heart that has been cleansed by Christ and living for Him?

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831160: The Risen Christ: LifeGuide Bible Studies, Jesus" Final  Words on Earth The Risen Christ: LifeGuide Bible Studies, Jesus’ Final Words on Earth

By Bill Weimer / IVP Connect

Jesus, while dying on the cross, uttered several statements that are often called “The Last Words of Jesus,” but his words on the cross were not the last words he uttered while on earth. After his resurrection, he spoke many words of encouragement to his disciples and followers. His conversations with these men and women truly are Jesus’ last words.

In this eight-session LifeGuide Bible study, The Risen Christ, you will meet the risen Jesus Christ and hear his words. Each of the 8 sessions focuses on a specific dialogue and passage of Scripture from the books of John and Acts. Discussion Questions follow the teaching and a “Now or Later” section helps you integrate the teachings into your personal life. Leader’s Notes included.

615240: 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed

By Scot McKnight / Paraclete Press

This bestselling 40-day devotional, based on The Jesus Creed (Jesus’ double commandment to love God and to love others), now comes with a Lenten study in the back of the book. Author Scot McKnight recites it throughout the day every day and challenges you to do the same. You may find that, if you do, you will learn to love God more creatively and passionately, and find new ways to love those around you.

710041: Hard to Dance with the Devil on Your Back: A Lenten Study for Adults Hard to Dance with the Devil on Your Back: A Lenten Study for Adults

By Ray Buckley / Abingdon Press

Known for his stories, poetry, and art, Buckley—interim director of the Center for Native American Spirituality and Christian Study—delineates the crescendo of events leading to the crucifixion so that all can learn how to cope with the stresses and strains of a crumbling world where light is dying out. 64 pages, softcover. Abingdon.

814442: Jesus the King, Study Guide Jesus the King, Study Guide

By Timothy Keller / Zondervan

This powerful 9-session study from author Tim Keller focuses on the meaning and significance of Jesus’ life, based on the gospel of Mark. Is he the promised Messiah? Keller highlights the cosmic, historical, and personal dimensions of the story, encouraging everybody to re-examine their relationship with God.

450146: Our Family Will Love    Wall Plaque Our Family Will Love Wall Plaque

By Lighthouse Christian Products

Rustic look wall plaque 16.5″ x 8.5″; distressed finish Family Scriptures. Our family will… live and accept one another, pray for one another, tell the truth to each other, be kind to one another, bring joy to each other, serve one another, be patient with each other, comfort one another, forgive one another, be generous with each other, honor each other. In a variety of artful typography styles, with Scripture references under each; mounted paper on laser cut MDF wood product. Faux distressed finish.

Cover_mGod, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage

By Julia M. Bruce / WestBow Press

 

There’s no doubt that marriage is hard work. Yet it can also be one of the most fulfilling relationships you can experience, outside of your relationship with God. However, many marriages leave God outside of the relationship. Godly marriages do not happen without cultivating it, investing in it, and putting God first in your individual lives and in your marriage.
This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:
• Scripture to memorize and meditate on
• Conversation Starters
• Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
• Romance Builders
• Relationship Builders
• Personal reflections
• Date ideas
• Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

 

 

 

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Did you remember to read your Bible today?

Bible reading challenge

February 20

Numbers 3-4

Mark 3:22-35

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Don’t forget to learn this week’s memory verse:

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Psalm 85:6-7

Will You not revive us again so that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your faithful love, Lord, and give us Your salvation.

Meditate and apply:

Will you commit to praying with us in 2020 that God will revive His people, renew our faith, and redeem our land? We feel such an urgency and desperation for revival. If God is moving your heart for revival, write your revival prayer in the comments along with your state or country. 

#revive #renew #redeem #revivalinAmerica #revivalin2020 #WCM

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This week’s featured design is taken from our memory verse – Psalm 85:6-7. 

You’ll find the design in tees for men, women, kids, mugs, bags, and other products. The design is also available in white print or black. Check them out in the Spreadshirt  shop.

Psalm 85 6 samples

All proceeds go to the advancement of Wellspring Christian Ministries.

Thank you for helping us grow!

Click here to view the Teespring store. 

Click here to view the Spreadshop Store 

#Reviveusagain #WCM #teespring #spreadshop

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Cover_mBOOKING NOW! Be a host site for the NEW God, Love & Marshmallow Wars Book Tour & Couples Conference:

This event helps couples understand why the daily activities found in the book will equip them to build a stronger marriage and the book provides them with 365 intentional activities to take what they learn at the event and apply it on a daily basis. Through the event, couples will discover the Biblical “why” behind the categories of activities found in the book and the “how” these activities are important to building a stronger marriage. Focus points of the event includes :

  • How memorizing scripture together and studying God’s Word together as they study, meditate and apply scriptures related to marriage and life issues will help them develop marriages that honor God.
  • Why utilizing fun conversation starters that spark meaningful conversations will keep interest alive as they continually learn new things about each other.
  • Why keeping romance alive is essential to intimacy and connectivity.
  • How making memories and working together builds relationship investment bonds and how these investment bonds can become the knots that keeps them together through the tough times.
  • How they can understand what they are or are not contributing to the marriage as well as how they might be contributing to problems or potential problems within the relationship through the use of targeted, intentional personal reflections
  • Why it is important that couples never stop dating and how group dates with Christian friends can be both an encouragement and accountability to their own relationship.

During the event, couples will be given an activity from each focus point to do together, making this event an interactive, fun, and engaging event with practical, hands-on learning. Unlike other couple events that are over when the event ends, couples who attend the GLMW event will be able to apply what they learn when utilizing the book on a daily basis for a year. Since the book is not dated, couples are able to reuse the activities year after year to continue being intentional in strengthening their relationship with each other and with God as they strive to live out God’s design for marriage every day.

Learn more about hosting this event at your church or conference site by clicking here.

About the book: The GLMW book contains 365 daily challenges for couples to strengthen their relationships to each other and with God. Couples will complete activities such as Scripture memory, conversation starters, relationship builders, learning about Biblical marriage, romance builders, personal reflections, and date ideas. Click here to purchase your copy. (This link will open a new widow and take you to Westbow Press’ bookstore.) It is also available at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

#GLMW #couplesevent #GLMWbook #intentionalmarriage #Godlymarriage

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Looking for a keynote speaker for your next ministry event? Julia is now booking for 2019 and 2020 Christian events for women’s and couples’ ministries for both small and large events.
Book with us now.

Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants. Today, Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities, regardless of size.

Image result for form pngTo request more information or a booking, 
fill out the online form here.

Or call us at 904.524.8073

#JuliaBruce #speaker #keynote #author

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at CBD through any of these links. Your cost to purchase any item through an affiliate link is the same as purchasing directly from CBD.

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078026: Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don"t Know What to Say Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say

By Sheila Walsh / Baker Books

We know that prayer is central to our faith, but do you sometimes find it boring? Are you easily distracted? Do you doubt God is listening? Walsh shares practical, biblically based tips to help you ignite your conversation with the Lord. Discover how to pray through your pain, when heaven seems silent, and more.

88244: Twelve Ordinary Men Twelve Ordinary Men

By John MacArthur / Thomas Nelson

In John MacArthur’s Twelve Ordinary Men, you’ll discover that contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God’s work. Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Jesus chose ordinary men – fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots – and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. Join MacArthur as he draws principles from Christ’s careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today’s modern disciple – you! Paperback.

God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage  -     By: Julia M. Bruce

God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage

By Julia M. Bruce / WestBow Press

There’s no doubt that marriage is hard work. Yet it can also be one of the most fulfilling relationships you can experience, outside of your relationship with God. However, many marriages leave God outside of the relationship. Godly marriages do not happen without cultivating it, investing in it, and putting God first in your individual lives and in your marriage.
This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:
• Scripture to memorize and meditate on
• Conversation Starters
• Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
• Romance Builders
• Relationship Builders
• Personal reflections
• Date ideas
• Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

957588: The Power of a Praying Husband The Power of a Praying Husband

By Stormie Omartian / Harvest House Publishers

In The Power of a Praying ® Husband, you’ll find the excitement and hope that come from inviting the God who hears and answers prayer into your marriage. Packed with real-life examples and refreshing honesty regarding her own marriage, Stormie encourages you to lovingly intercede for your wife.

561307: Disciplines of a Godly Man, Updated Edition with Study Guide Disciplines of a Godly Man, Updated Edition with Study Guide

By R. Kent Hughes / Crossway

Work up a “spiritual sweat” with this beloved bestseller and accept the challenges of godly living! Hughes offers biblical wisdom; memorable illustrations; and practical suggestions to help you grow in godliness through the disciplines of purity, friendship, devotion, prayer, worship, integrity, perseverance, leadership, giving, and more. Updated edition features fresh content and a study guide. 336 pages, softcover from Crossway.

555987: 31 Days of Prayer for My Wife 31 Days of Prayer for My Wife

By The Great Commandment Network / Broadstreet Publishing Group

Your wife is a gift from God! Recall an image of Jesus you’ve likely seen on His knees, praying. Imagine leaning in and hearing Him speak your wife’s name. Experience His heart for your wife as you claim Bible promises for her future, know and cherish her as God does, and release your faith for her continued spiritual growth and kingdom impact.

31 Days of Prayer for My Wife shares:

  • True stories from husbands to help you understand common challenges and opportunities for women.
  • A powerful, Scripture-based prayer strategy for both you and your wife to better love the Lord, live God’s Word, love people, and live His mission.
  • Scriptures, prayers, and promises to declare over yourself and your wife.
  • A practical resource for personal devotions, couples’ studies, small groups, and ministries.

God blessed you with your wife for a purpose. Support her through prayer and see the benefits in your own life.

414895: Lies Men Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free Lies Men Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free

By Robert Wolgemuth / Moody Publishers

Our enemy may prowl like a lion, but his weapon of choice is deception. And too often, men believe him – causing pain, destroying relationships, and missing out on the life God intends. In Lies Men Believe, Robert Wolgemuth exposes some of the most common lies and explains how they hold you back from freedom, joy, and intimacy with the Lord and others. Foreword by Patrick Morley.

418364: Lies Women Believe, Updated Lies Women Believe, Updated

By Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth / Moody Publishers

In this updated bestseller, Lies Women Believe, Nancy exposes those areas of deception most commonly believed by Christian women – lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage and family, emotions, and more. She then sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. Nancy offers the most effective weapon to counter and overcome Satan’s deceptions: God’s truth!

429642: Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts

By Jennie Allen / WaterBrook

Feeling stuck, frustrated, and defeated? Allen believes the solution is simple: how we think shapes how we live. We can learn to stop thoughts that leave us prey to toxic patterns like victimhood, anxiety, and distraction. Drawing on biblical teaching and neuroscience, she shows how to fight the enemies of the mind with the truth of God.

969871: Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You

By Cindi McMenamin / Harvest House Publishers

You know what drama is…in your circle of friends, your workplace, your extended family, and in the unexpected circumstances of life. But has it gotten to be too much? Discover a biblical script for a more peaceful life as you learn how to dial down the drama in your own life by responding appropriately to situations that would otherwise escalate and view high-maintenance individuals through the eyes of Christ.

The world may be a stage – but you can find freedom from the drama.

3225577: The Prayer Map for Women: A Creative Journal The Prayer Map for Women: A Creative Journal

By Barbour Publishing

This unique prayer journal is an engaging and creative way for you to experience the power of prayer. Every page will guide you to create your very own prayer map as you write out specific thoughts, ideas, and lists, which you can follow–from start to finish–as you talk to God. The Prayer Map for Women will not only encourage you to spend time talking with God about the things that matter most…it will also help you build a healthy spiritual habit of continual prayer for life. Paperback with a spiral wire binding.

207497: Less Fret, More Faith: An 11-Week Action Plan to Overcome Anxiety Less Fret, More Faith: An 11-Week Action Plan to Overcome Anxiety

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Feeling overwhelmed by the worries and fears of life? You’re not alone! Lucado will help you fret less and rely on your faith more with these 11 practical steps. Each weekly entry includes Scripture verses for meditation and a prayer to reframe your thoughts. Includes passages from Anxious for Nothing. 64 pages, softcover from Nelson.

170117: Monthly Bill-Paying Organizer Monthly Bill-Paying Organizer

By Product Concept Manufacturing

Comprehensize organizer helps you budget and keep track of your spending, saving, and giving – all in one handy spiral-bound binder. Features plenty of helpful tips and suggestions for saving money; space for you to note big purchases you’re saving for; space to note your sharing goals; easy charts to help you plan and stay on budget; reproducible charts for tracking month-by-month income and expense records; and pocket files for bills, receipts, bank records, and tax documents. All this is contained in 8″ x 10″ binder with inspiring Scriptures throughout to keep you focused on being a good steward of your money.

 

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One Year Bible Reading Plan: February 20

Bible reading challenge

February 20

Numbers 3-4

Mark 3:22-35

Clicking on the Scripture links above will open a new widow where you can

Read the scripture from the English Standard Version at
Biblegateway.com or choose the Bible version you prefer to read.

click to tweet daily Bible reading

Share today’s Daily Bible Reading to your social media accounts using the following hashtags: #readyourBible  #Numbers #Mark #WCM

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Don’t forget to learn this week’s memory verse:

memory verse logo

Psalm 85:6-7

Will You not revive us again so that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your faithful love, Lord, and give us Your salvation.

Meditate and apply:

Will you commit to praying with us in 2020 that God will revive His people, renew our faith, and redeem our land? We feel such an urgency and desperation for revival. If God is moving your heart for revival, write your revival prayer in the comments along with your state or country. 

#revive #renew #redeem #revivalinAmerica #revivalin2020 #WCM

Related image

teespring spreadshop logos

 

 

This week’s featured design is taken from our memory verse – Psalm 85:6-7. 

You’ll find the design in tees for men, women, kids, mugs, bags, and other products. The design is also available in white print or black. Check them out in the Spreadshirt  shop.

Psalm 85 6 samples

All proceeds go to the advancement of Wellspring Christian Ministries.

Thank you for helping us grow!

Click here to view the Teespring store. 

Click here to view the Spreadshop Store 

#Reviveusagain #WCM #teespring #spreadshop

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Cover_mBOOKING NOW! Be a host site for the NEW God, Love & Marshmallow Wars Book Tour & Couples Conference:

This event helps couples understand why the daily activities found in the book will equip them to build a stronger marriage and the book provides them with 365 intentional activities to take what they learn at the event and apply it on a daily basis. Through the event, couples will discover the Biblical “why” behind the categories of activities found in the book and the “how” these activities are important to building a stronger marriage. Focus points of the event includes :

  • How memorizing scripture together and studying God’s Word together as they study, meditate and apply scriptures related to marriage and life issues will help them develop marriages that honor God.
  • Why utilizing fun conversation starters that spark meaningful conversations will keep interest alive as they continually learn new things about each other.
  • Why keeping romance alive is essential to intimacy and connectivity.
  • How making memories and working together builds relationship investment bonds and how these investment bonds can become the knots that keeps them together through the tough times.
  • How they can understand what they are or are not contributing to the marriage as well as how they might be contributing to problems or potential problems within the relationship through the use of targeted, intentional personal reflections
  • Why it is important that couples never stop dating and how group dates with Christian friends can be both an encouragement and accountability to their own relationship.

During the event, couples will be given an activity from each focus point to do together, making this event an interactive, fun, and engaging event with practical, hands-on learning. Unlike other couple events that are over when the event ends, couples who attend the GLMW event will be able to apply what they learn when utilizing the book on a daily basis for a year. Since the book is not dated, couples are able to reuse the activities year after year to continue being intentional in strengthening their relationship with each other and with God as they strive to live out God’s design for marriage every day.

Learn more about hosting this event at your church or conference site by clicking here.

About the book: The GLMW book contains 365 daily challenges for couples to strengthen their relationships to each other and with God. Couples will complete activities such as Scripture memory, conversation starters, relationship builders, learning about Biblical marriage, romance builders, personal reflections, and date ideas. Click here to purchase your copy. (This link will open a new widow and take you to Westbow Press’ bookstore.) It is also available at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

#GLMW #couplesevent #GLMWbook #intentionalmarriage #Godlymarriage

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004

Looking for a keynote speaker for your next ministry event? Julia is now booking for 2019 and 2020 Christian events for women’s and couples’ ministries for both small and large events.
Book with us now.

Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants. Today, Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities, regardless of size.

Image result for form pngTo request more information or a booking, 
fill out the online form here.

Or call us at 904.524.8073

#JuliaBruce #speaker #keynote #author

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Wellspring receives an 8% commission for any item purchased
at CBD through any of these links. Your cost to purchase any item through an affiliate link is the same as purchasing directly from CBD.

Clicking any affiliate link will open a new browser page and take you to Christian Book Distributor’s website.

Image result for Christian book distributors logoCheck out these items from Christian Book Distributors.

Our organization receives an 8% commission on any item you purchase through these links. However, the product price is the same for you. There is no increase in your cost for us to receive the commission. All commissions receive support the work and ministry of Wellspring Christian Ministries.
078026: Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don"t Know What to Say Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say

By Sheila Walsh / Baker Books

We know that prayer is central to our faith, but do you sometimes find it boring? Are you easily distracted? Do you doubt God is listening? Walsh shares practical, biblically based tips to help you ignite your conversation with the Lord. Discover how to pray through your pain, when heaven seems silent, and more.

88244: Twelve Ordinary Men Twelve Ordinary Men

By John MacArthur / Thomas Nelson

In John MacArthur’s Twelve Ordinary Men, you’ll discover that contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God’s work. Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Jesus chose ordinary men – fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots – and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. Join MacArthur as he draws principles from Christ’s careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today’s modern disciple – you! Paperback.

God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage  -     By: Julia M. Bruce

God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage

By Julia M. Bruce / WestBow Press

There’s no doubt that marriage is hard work. Yet it can also be one of the most fulfilling relationships you can experience, outside of your relationship with God. However, many marriages leave God outside of the relationship. Godly marriages do not happen without cultivating it, investing in it, and putting God first in your individual lives and in your marriage.
This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:
• Scripture to memorize and meditate on
• Conversation Starters
• Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
• Romance Builders
• Relationship Builders
• Personal reflections
• Date ideas
• Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

957588: The Power of a Praying Husband The Power of a Praying Husband

By Stormie Omartian / Harvest House Publishers

In The Power of a Praying ® Husband, you’ll find the excitement and hope that come from inviting the God who hears and answers prayer into your marriage. Packed with real-life examples and refreshing honesty regarding her own marriage, Stormie encourages you to lovingly intercede for your wife.

561307: Disciplines of a Godly Man, Updated Edition with Study Guide Disciplines of a Godly Man, Updated Edition with Study Guide

By R. Kent Hughes / Crossway

Work up a “spiritual sweat” with this beloved bestseller and accept the challenges of godly living! Hughes offers biblical wisdom; memorable illustrations; and practical suggestions to help you grow in godliness through the disciplines of purity, friendship, devotion, prayer, worship, integrity, perseverance, leadership, giving, and more. Updated edition features fresh content and a study guide. 336 pages, softcover from Crossway.

555987: 31 Days of Prayer for My Wife 31 Days of Prayer for My Wife

By The Great Commandment Network / Broadstreet Publishing Group

Your wife is a gift from God! Recall an image of Jesus you’ve likely seen on His knees, praying. Imagine leaning in and hearing Him speak your wife’s name. Experience His heart for your wife as you claim Bible promises for her future, know and cherish her as God does, and release your faith for her continued spiritual growth and kingdom impact.

31 Days of Prayer for My Wife shares:

  • True stories from husbands to help you understand common challenges and opportunities for women.
  • A powerful, Scripture-based prayer strategy for both you and your wife to better love the Lord, live God’s Word, love people, and live His mission.
  • Scriptures, prayers, and promises to declare over yourself and your wife.
  • A practical resource for personal devotions, couples’ studies, small groups, and ministries.

God blessed you with your wife for a purpose. Support her through prayer and see the benefits in your own life.

414895: Lies Men Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free Lies Men Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free

By Robert Wolgemuth / Moody Publishers

Our enemy may prowl like a lion, but his weapon of choice is deception. And too often, men believe him – causing pain, destroying relationships, and missing out on the life God intends. In Lies Men Believe, Robert Wolgemuth exposes some of the most common lies and explains how they hold you back from freedom, joy, and intimacy with the Lord and others. Foreword by Patrick Morley.

418364: Lies Women Believe, Updated Lies Women Believe, Updated

By Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth / Moody Publishers

In this updated bestseller, Lies Women Believe, Nancy exposes those areas of deception most commonly believed by Christian women – lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage and family, emotions, and more. She then sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. Nancy offers the most effective weapon to counter and overcome Satan’s deceptions: God’s truth!

429642: Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts

By Jennie Allen / WaterBrook

Feeling stuck, frustrated, and defeated? Allen believes the solution is simple: how we think shapes how we live. We can learn to stop thoughts that leave us prey to toxic patterns like victimhood, anxiety, and distraction. Drawing on biblical teaching and neuroscience, she shows how to fight the enemies of the mind with the truth of God.

969871: Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You

By Cindi McMenamin / Harvest House Publishers

You know what drama is…in your circle of friends, your workplace, your extended family, and in the unexpected circumstances of life. But has it gotten to be too much? Discover a biblical script for a more peaceful life as you learn how to dial down the drama in your own life by responding appropriately to situations that would otherwise escalate and view high-maintenance individuals through the eyes of Christ.

The world may be a stage – but you can find freedom from the drama.

3225577: The Prayer Map for Women: A Creative Journal The Prayer Map for Women: A Creative Journal

By Barbour Publishing

This unique prayer journal is an engaging and creative way for you to experience the power of prayer. Every page will guide you to create your very own prayer map as you write out specific thoughts, ideas, and lists, which you can follow–from start to finish–as you talk to God. The Prayer Map for Women will not only encourage you to spend time talking with God about the things that matter most…it will also help you build a healthy spiritual habit of continual prayer for life. Paperback with a spiral wire binding.

207497: Less Fret, More Faith: An 11-Week Action Plan to Overcome Anxiety Less Fret, More Faith: An 11-Week Action Plan to Overcome Anxiety

By Max Lucado / Thomas Nelson

Feeling overwhelmed by the worries and fears of life? You’re not alone! Lucado will help you fret less and rely on your faith more with these 11 practical steps. Each weekly entry includes Scripture verses for meditation and a prayer to reframe your thoughts. Includes passages from Anxious for Nothing. 64 pages, softcover from Nelson.

170117: Monthly Bill-Paying Organizer Monthly Bill-Paying Organizer

By Product Concept Manufacturing

Comprehensize organizer helps you budget and keep track of your spending, saving, and giving – all in one handy spiral-bound binder. Features plenty of helpful tips and suggestions for saving money; space for you to note big purchases you’re saving for; space to note your sharing goals; easy charts to help you plan and stay on budget; reproducible charts for tracking month-by-month income and expense records; and pocket files for bills, receipts, bank records, and tax documents. All this is contained in 8″ x 10″ binder with inspiring Scriptures throughout to keep you focused on being a good steward of your money.

 

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