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Thank You, Lord


Sometimes we just need to step back and think about where we’ve been and where we’re going. Goals can be made and not happen. Our plans and God’s plans are not always the same. Other times we find out what those plans are and prepare to do just exactly that, only to find out that there is a few too many devil advocates. So we do what we can when we can and let God deal with them. To that I say thank you, Lord.

Jesus Paid It All ALL TO CHRIST
Short Meter Double with Refrain (6,6,7,7)

Author Elvina M. Hall, 1820-1889
Musician John T. Grape, 1835-1915
Bible Text Isaiah 1:18

1) I hear the Saviour say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in in Me thine all in all.”

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

2) Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow’r, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots,
And melt the heart of stone.

3) For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

4) And when, before the throne,
I stand in Him complete,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
My lips shall still repeat.

Where are Standing?


Where do you stand with Jesus Christ? Are you on the sidelines waiting for the kick off? Or are you on the field up front and center looking into face of your of your opponent.

You can’t fall from something inside of you. So if you have been saved by grace, it didn’t come from you or your family or other people, it is a gift from God Himself and nothing you do can have it taken away. It’s the gift that just keeps giving.

Several weeks ago a warning was issued about a major earthquake pending. One hit this building at 1:44 am Thursday morning.. Be very careful who you threaten to kill. Christians are protected by God. As well as innocent people.

Don’t be on the receiving end of God’s wrath. Pretending to be a Christian won’t cut it either, so when the subject came up about falling from grace or being backslidden I couldn’t help but grin. I knew where that subject was going.

Bible > Galatians > Chapter 5 > Verse 4

◄ Galatians 5:4 ►
Parallel Verses
New International Version
You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.

New Living Translation
For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.

English Standard Version
You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.

Berean Study Bible
You who are trying to be justified by the Law have been severed from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.

Berean Literal Bible
Whoever are being justified in the Law, you are severed from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.

New American Standard Bible
You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

King James Bible
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace.

International Standard Version
Those of you who are trying to be justified by the Law have been cut off from the Messiah. You have fallen away from grace.

NET Bible
You who are trying to be declared righteous by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You have been destroyed from The Messiah, those of you who are justified by that in The Written Law, and you have fallen from grace.

GOD’S WORD® Translation
Those of you who try to earn God’s approval by obeying his laws have been cut off from Christ. You have fallen out of God’s favor.

New American Standard 1977
You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye are empty of the Christ, whosoever of you that justify yourselves by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

King James 2000 Bible
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; you are fallen from grace.

American King James Version
Christ is become of no effect to you, whoever of you are justified by the law; you are fallen from grace.

American Standard Version
Ye are severed from Christ, ye who would be justified by the law; ye are fallen away from grace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You are made void of Christ, you who are justified in the law: you are fallen from grace.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye are deprived of all profit from the Christ as separated [from him], as many as are justified by law; ye have fallen from grace.

English Revised Version
Ye are severed from Christ, ye who would be justified by the law; ye are fallen away from grace.

Webster’s Bible Translation
Christ is become of no effect to you, whoever of you are justified by the law; ye have fallen from grace.

Weymouth New Testament
Christ has become nothing to any of you who are seeking acceptance with God through the Law: you have fallen away from grace.

World English Bible
You are alienated from Christ, you who desire to be justified by the law. You have fallen away from grace.

Young’s Literal Translation
ye were freed from the Christ, ye who in law are declared righteous; from the grace ye fell away;

Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

5:1-6 Christ will not be the Saviour of any who will not own and rely upon him as their only Saviour. Let us take heed to the warnings and persuasions of the apostle to stedfastness in the doctrine and liberty of the gospel. All true Christians, being taught by the Holy Spirit, wait for eternal life, the reward of righteousness, and the object of their hope, as the gift of God by faith in Christ; and not for the sake of their own works. The Jewish convert might observe the ceremonies or assert his liberty, the Gentile might disregard them or might attend to them, provided he did not depend upon them. No outward privileges or profession will avail to acceptance with God, without sincere faith in our Lord Jesus. True faith is a working grace; it works by love to God, and to our brethren. May we be of the number of those who, through the Spirit, wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. The danger of old was not in things of no consequence in themselves, as many forms and observances now are. But without faith working by love, all else is worthless, and compared with it other things are of small value.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. – Christ is become of no effect unto you (κατηργήθητε ἀπὸ τοῦ Ξριστοῦ); or, ye have disconnected yourselves from Christ. The verb καταργεῖν is a favourite word with St. Paul, occurring twenty-seven times in his Epistles, including twice in the Hebrews, whilst in the rest of the New Testament it occurs only once, and that in the Pauline St. Luke (Luke 13:7). Its proper meaning is “to make inoperative,” “make of no effect,” as above (Galatians 3:17). The phrase, καταργεῖσθαι ἀπό, etc., occurs Romans 7:2, “If the husband die (κατήργηται ἀπό), she is discharged from the law of the husband;” it ceases to have any effect upon her; so ibid., ver. 6, “Now we have been discharged from the Law (κατηργήθημεν ἀπὸ τοῦ νόμον);” it has ceased to have any operation towards us. The phrase combines the two ideas – separation suggested by the ἀπό (comp. Romans 9:3), and the cessation of a work (ἔργον) or an effect till then wrought by one upon the other of the two parties: the two parties have nothing more to do with each other. The sense given in the Authorized Version is perfectly justifiable; only, perhaps, here the passive takes, as it sometimes does, the reflective sense of the middle verb; but it may be that the apostle means simply to express the result which has accrued. The aorist tense of κατηργήθητε, as well as of the ἐξεπέσατε, expresses the certainty and promptness with which the result followed upon the (supposed) act. Whosoever of you are justified by the Law (oi%tine e)n no/mw”” δικαιοῦσθε); such of you as go about to be justified by the Law. “By the Law;” literally, in the Law; seek to find in the Law the means of justification (cf. Galatians 3:11, and note). The present tense is the present of design or endeavour; the result in this case being, in fact, unattainable (Galatians 3:10, 21). Ye are fallen from grace (τῆς χάριτος ἐξεπέσατε); ye have fallen from the state of grace. “Grace” denotes the condition of acceptance with God into which faith in Christ brings us. Cf. Romans 5:2: “Through whom we have had our access by faith into this grace wherein we stand.” The verb ἐκπίπτω is used as in 2 Peter 3:17, “Lest – ye fall from (ἐκτέσητε) your own steadfastness.” So πίπτω, Revelation 2:5, “Remember whence thou hast fallen [πέπτωκας: Receptus, ἐκπέπτωκας].” In classical Greek the verb was frequently used as a set term to describe those who, in the alternating success of adverse factions in the several independent cities of Greece, were compelled by a more powerful adverse party to submit to exile; its correlative verb being ἐκβάλλω. This fact leads Bishop Lightfoot, having an eye to the ἔκβαλε of Galatians 4:30, to render ἐξεπέσατε here, “are driven forth and banished with Hagar your mother.” But this very idiomatic colour of meaning it seems very precarious to give to the word in the Greek of St. Paul. The more general signification of the term is amply sustained by its use in Plutarch as cited by Wetstein.

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

Christ is become of no effect unto you,…. Or “ye are abolished from Christ”; or as others by an “hypallage” read the words, “Christ is abolished unto you”; for by their seeking for justification by their own works, it was all one to them as if there was no Christ, and no righteousness in him, and no salvation by him; they had nothing to do with him, nor he with them:

whosoever of you are justified by the law; that is, who sought to be justified by their obedience to the law, or who thought they were, and trusted in themselves that they were righteous; for otherwise, by the deeds of the law, no flesh living can be justified:

ye are fallen from grace; that is, either from that grace which they professed to have; for there might be some in these churches, as in others, who were only nominal Christians, and formal professors; who had declared they saw themselves lost and undone sinners, destitute of a righteousness, and professed to believe in Christ alone for righteousness and strength, but now trusted in themselves, and in the works of the law: or from the scheme of grace in the whole of man’s salvation, which will admit of no mixture of works; either it is one or the other, it cannot be both; wherefore by their taking on the side of works, they showed that they had entirely dropped the scheme of grace: or else from the Gospel of the grace of God, from whence they were removed, through the influence of false teachers; particularly the doctrine of free justification by the grace of God, through the righteousness of Christ; which was entirely set aside by their seeking to be instilled by the works of the law; and from this they might be said to be fallen, who were on such a bottom.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. Literally, “Ye have become void from Christ,” that is, your connection with Christ has become void (Ga 5:2). Ro 7:2, “Loosed from the law,” where the same Greek occurs as here.

whosoever of you are justified—”are being justified,” that is, are endeavoring to be justified.

by the law—Greek, “IN the law,” as the element in which justification is to take place.

fallen from grace—Ye no longer “stand” in grace (Ro 5:2). Grace and legal righteousness cannot co-exist (Ro 4:4, 5; 11:6). Christ, by circumcision (Lu 2:21), undertook to obey all the law, and fulfil all righteousness for us: any, therefore, that now seeks to fulfil the law for himself in any degree for justifying righteousness, severs himself from the grace which flows from Christ’s fulfilment of it, and becomes “a debtor to do the whole law” (Ga 5:3). The decree of the Jerusalem council had said nothing so strong as this; it had merely decided that Gentile Christians were not bound to legal observances. But the Galatians, while not pretending to be so bound, imagined there was an efficacy in them to merit a higher degree of perfection (Ga 3:3). This accounts for Paul not referring to the decree at all. He took much higher ground. See Paley’s Horæ Paulinæ. The natural mind loves outward fetters, and is apt to forge them for itself, to stand in lieu of holiness of heart.

When the Bible Blows Your Mind John Piper

Even when you have read the entire Bible, read it again there is something you missed, and you need to find it. Like the widows mite!

When the Bible Blows Your Mind John Piper | Desiring God

When the Bible Blows Your Mind Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Bible teaches us to expect mental jolts when we think about God. It teaches us that our familiar ways of seeing things may be replaced. For example, it says, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33). Or again, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

One of the reasons (not the only one) that some people reject the biblical teaching of unconditional election is that it seems and feels to them out of sync with other teachings in the Bible – like the compassion of God for people or the moral accountability of people before God. It seems to many that God can’t choose unconditionally to save some and not others and then also feel compassion for those he does not choose and hold them accountable for their sin.

The problem here is that our instinct or intuition for what is right or possible for God does not fit Scripture. And the danger is that we shape Scripture to fit our feelings.

The Scriptures teach that God chooses who will be saved before we are born or have done anything good or evil (Romans 9:10-12). “It depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy” (Romans 9:16). The Scriptures also teach that we are responsible for the obedience of faith and will be judged if we are disobedient. “But for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury” (Romans 2:8). We are chosen (or not chosen) unconditionally for salvation. And we are accountable for our faith (or unbelief).

As I said in my sermon on 12-8-02, I do not fully understand how God renders certain the belief of the elect and the unbelief of the non-elect. If you want to go deeper into this, I recommend Jonathan Edwards’ book The Freedom of the Will. It is slow reading, but you will grow more from the effort than you can imagine.

To help you accustom yourself to living with such felt tensions (unconditional election and human accountability) consider two similar ones from the example of Christ.

First, we see Jesus weeping over Jerusalem because the things of the kingdom were “hidden from [their] eyes.” But on the other hand we also hear Jesus say that God has “hidden these things.”

Luke 19:41-42. And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.”

Luke 10:21. In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.”

Second, we see Jesus feeling compassion for those who were sick -irrespective, it seems of their faith. On the other hand, we know from illustrations and teachings elsewhere in the Bible that God is finally and decisively in control of sickness. So we have Jesus feeling sorry for people who have sicknesses that God’s wisdom has ordained (at least for a time).

Matthew 14:14. When [Jesus] went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Exodus 4:11. Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?”

1 Samuel 2:6. The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.

Implications: 1) Don’t cancel one truth in the Bible because it feels out of sync with another. 2) Don’t draw emotional or behavioral implications from God’s sovereignty that contradict faith, compassion, accountability, prayer, evangelism, or hard work. On the contrary, consider Colossians 3:12 and let your unspeakably happy condition as “chosen, holy and loved” produce “compassion, kindness, humility and meekness.”

Used by permission By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website:

Heads Up

Your enemy is a man of lawlessness By Pastor Mark Jeske

When you need emergency medical attention, you don’t have to worry about the competence of the doctors who attend you. In order to practice medicine in your state, doctors need to pass and maintain rigorous state board standards. You have no such government guarantees for church leaders though. And herein lies one last sobering heads-up about your enemies—they have infiltrated congregations and church organizations too. Our enemies are not only on the outside, but Satan’s sinister agents are sabotaging the church’s work from the inside as well.

St. Paul described this “insider corruption” as a “man of lawlessness.” “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing” (2 Thessalonians 2:9,10).

Don’t be surprised by acts of immorality among church leaders. Expect that some theological professors will abandon the truth and teach lies from hell. Anticipate that some ecclesiastical authorities will abuse people with their leadership and power. Hold fast to your Bible, trust God’s words completely, and hang on tightly to the Savior whom you find there. And then you will be safe.

If I have learned anything lately, it’s that not all people who attend a church are Christians. Some are felons hiding inside waiting to set up someone to die. I have witnessed the coming of preachers who don’t believe baptism is required to be “born again” as the church puts it. It’s not a physical rebirth, it’s a spiritual birth. Yes, that is referred to as “church words” that some of us have to explain to those who do not understand, and there are a lot who don’t. Attending church, reading a Bible, and fancy prayers doesn’t make you a Christian. A profession of faith in Jesus Christ does. He was baptized in the river Jordan. I was baptized in a church. He was baptized by John the Baptist, I was baptized by a Baptist preacher who belong to Jesus Christ himself.

There are wolves in sheep’s clothing, they talk the talk, but they don’t walk the walk. Actions will always speak louder than words. Perfect I am not, just forgiven.


I wasn’t born when all this happened, I never knew Margaret Sanger, Hitler, been to China, Russia, or Vietnam. I am for righting the wrong done to innocent people, from 0-100+ years of age. The color of a person skin has no points to ponder or worry about it. Read the following story and make your own choice.
Planned Parenthood and Baby Parts: How Did We Get Here?


There is an old business maxim that says, “Every organization embodies the characteristics of its leader.” This is true for any organized group, whether it’s a family, church, nonprofit, business, or nation. To some degree, we who follow cannot help but take on some of the characteristics of those who lead us.

Thus, we can learn a lot about an organization by studying its founders and history. Take Margaret Sanger, for example, the founder of Planned Parenthood. Sanger was a racist, sexually liberal, rabid eugenicist. Yet she is frequently lauded, defended, and praised.

I believe that sometimes the people who run to her defense are also running from the facts.

I recently read this NPR article about Margaret Sanger, which vainly attempts to sanitize her history and comments . The author, Amita Kelly, leaves out some crucial details that actually shed some light on Planned Parenthood’s sale of body parts today.

Let’s talk about those Planned Parenthood videos for a minute. No doubt you’ve heard about and perhaps even watched some of the recent undercover videos that exposed Planned Parenthood for harvesting and selling fetal body parts for profit. I’ve dedicated my last four blog posts to discussing this horrific demonstration of fetal trafficking, and I’ve received many thoughtful comments from OFL supporters like you, which I deeply appreciate.

One particular question that has been repeatedly asked in our comments section is “How did we get here?” In other words, how did America—a nation committed to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” a nation that for all intents and purposes was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, a nation that prides itself on being a beacon of freedom and virtue to the rest of the world—get to the place where we talk flippantly about “not crushing” the bodies of preborn humans so we can extract more from these specimens?

And how did we get to the place where—even after seeing with our own eyes and hearing with our own ears the callous laughter and indifferent chitchat of procurement technicians as they pick over an aborted baby’s body parts—54 percent of Americans still support Planned Parenthood?

First of all, evil of this magnitude doesn’t happen overnight. It never has. When slavery was brought to the United States in 1619, it wasn’t delivered to colonists on a 200-foot slave ship outfitted with chains, crowded bunks, and whips to keep its “cargo” in line. No, slavery first came to our country in the form of indentured servitude, with a promise to work for seven years in exchange for a trip to and establishment in the New World. Within a century, that system evolved into the horrific practice of slavery that has left an immutable stain on our society.

Similarly, Germany’s Third Reich didn’t come to power one day and then Hitler began slaughtering Jews the next. No, it happened slowly over time. First, through economic persecution, then through Kristallnacht. Next, the Jews were segregated into ghettos, and slowly, town by town, they were deported on trains that took them to concentration camps… and almost certain death.

The same can be said about legalized abortion in America. Since the early 1900s, there has been a slow uptick in the acceptance of abortion in our culture. It began when radical eugenicists hijacked the women’s rights movement, followed by the strategic establishment of abortion clinics within predominantly African-American communities. And finally, gentle euphemisms were introduced into our society that delineate preborn babies as “tissue” and abortion as “choice.”

Let’s put things in perspective as to where the United States now stands when compared to the rest of the world in terms of the number of babies aborted each year. According to a 1999 report by the Guttmacher Institute, China, with its one-child policy, aborts 7.9 million babies a year. Coming in second at 2.2 million babies a year is Russia, a country where years of Communism eroded the moral fabric of society. Vietnam aborts 1.5 million babies a year, followed closely by the United States aborting an estimated 1.2 million preborn babies every year. You read that right, when it comes to abortion, the United States is in the same category as Communist China, Boris Yeltsin’s Russia, and Vietnam, a country where a two-child policy was only recently lifted.

Due to the recent undercover Planned Parenthood videos, the conversation surrounding abortion is no longer consigned to “the right to life.” We have entered an entirely new domain of discussing the very practice of aborting preborn children, harvesting their body parts, and bargaining over them like cattle at an auction. In the 42 years since the legalization of abortion, preborn children have gone from being considered a mere inconvenience to a commodity that allows Planned Parenthood to rake in $90 million in profit a year. By the way, this same “nonprofit” abortion provider receives over $500 million of our tax dollars each year.

Obviously, abortion is not a political issue but a sin issue that tears at the moral fabric of our country. Most pro-life individuals understand that concept on some level. But like all societal sins, abortion must first be helped along by human hands to reach its apex of evil. Slavery had greedy politicians, the Jewish Holocaust had the Third Reich, and abortion has Planned Parenthood.

That brings me back to Margaret Sanger, a failed nurse who evolved into an ultra-liberal, sexually deviant racist. A woman who spent the majority of her adult life working toward cleansing the world of “inferior” races and ridding families of their “moronic children.”

Sanger has made headlines lately in the wake of the Planned Parenthood sting videos. In fact, on August 27, 2015, a group of prominent black pastors protested in front of the National Portrait Gallery and demanded that the bust of Margaret Sanger be removed from the gallery where both Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. are honored.

Why does this 19th century woman evoke such contention? Stay tuned for next week’s installment on the racist roots of Margaret Sanger to learn more about this genocidal figure and how her eugenic philosophy continues to fuel Planned Parenthood today

Start digging

How well God must like you— you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Instead you thrill to God ’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom. You’re not at all like the wicked, who are mere wind blown dust— Without defense in court, unfit company for innocent people. God charts the road you take. The road they take is Skid Row.

Better to obey God than suffer on His Skid Row. He charts the road, a path to a blessed life full hedges, pot holes, and thorny bushes on occasion and while there we find God’s will that toughened us up to take the next assignment given us. If you survive the small holes and have the means to dig out, it’s the pit that Corrie Ten Boom’s sister told her about. Not to deep to crawl out of one she found herself in during the Holocaust. Yes, it happened.

America has a pit to crawl out of,  we need to get our heads out of the sand and step up to the plate. Take a leap of faith, and take back what’s been taken away from us. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the freedom to choose which church, which newspapers, which groups, and along comes a person with a bent to take out his bigotry on people who have not ever misspoke about him or the color of his skin. By the way, no I did not vote for him or his VP who is also Caucasian. Just because some self appointed preacher said white Christians should die for something none of us did to him or them.

America needs to stand up to all this hypocrisy and satanic nonsense. Therein lies the key to a lot of problems. How did I figure this out? I read my Bible and various other versions. Just because something is posted on a internet website does not automatically make it factual, it means check out other sources then decide.

B. Rodgers

Words for the wise

On a good day, enjoy yourself;
On a bad day, examine your conscience.
God arranges for both kinds of days
So that we won’t take anything for granted.
Ecclesiastes 7:14 MSG

Who would have thought? We all know what to do on a good day, yet dumb founded on the bad ones. We have celebrations of every kind and every reason, but when we do too much of it we get the proverbial hangover. One of those effects of too much is a rise in your blood pressure. If you didn’t know that, your not alone because neither did I until recently. Sure had a whopping headache, partly because I ignored it when it was not so bad, then boom! I have a bp cuff and checked mine for no other reason but suspicions, and I was right.

I may not have medical proof, but I sure know about those headaches. That is part of the reasons I finally decided it had to be dealt with. If your going through several bottles of pain killers (Aleve, Excedrine, Advil…) a month, see your doctor, it could save your life and help the cash flow too. Giving you more reasons to celebrate. 

To your health!


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