What Happens To Our Spirit When We Die?

What Happens To Our Spirit When We Die?

October 9, 2016
What Happens To Your Spirit When You Die?
The Bible’s answer eliminates a lot of pagan ideas.

Ghosts, soul sleep, annihilation
[Heb 9:27-28 ESV] 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.  
Abraham’s bosom
[Luk 16:22-26 ESV] 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.' 25 But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.'

[Mat 17:1-3 ESV] 1 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.

Moses did die.  
[Deu 34:5 ESV] 5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD,

God of the Living:
[Mar 12:26-27 ESV] 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong."

Evidence of human activity in Heaven
Rev: Reveals activity in Heaven with slain human souls
[Rev 6:9-11 ESV] 9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

Jesus talking to the thief on the Cross.
[Luk 23:42-43 ESV] 42 And he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." 43 And he said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

What about all the Bible verses where it talks about people “Falling Asleep”?
What does Fallen Asleep Mean?
[1Th 4:13-16 ESV] 13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Fall Asleep:
[1Co 15:20-23 ESV] 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
Asleep or alive: 
[1Th 5:9-11 ESV] 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Why would God take Enoch and Elijah To Heaven, just to put them to sleep?
God took Enoch:
[Gen 5:23-24 ESV] 23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
Elijah was taken up to Heaven.
[2Ki 2:10-12 ESV] 10 And he said, "You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so." 11 And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it and he cried, "My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" And he saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

God of the Living: all Live To Him
[Luk 20:37-38 ESV] 37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38 Now He is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to Him."

The Canon Is Complete

The Canon Is Complete

October 1, 2016

There is a reason the Bible is complete. 

There are No More Apostles. 

The Bible is the final source of which we get our direction and make our choices. 

The Complete Bible

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Eternal Security & Sanctification

Eternal Security & Sanctification

September 17, 2016
Eternal Security & Sanctification

The title of this message was suppose to be Eternal Security and Baptism. 
However, my digital recorder ran out of room. 
So please enjoy a 30 minutes message concerning Eternal Security & Sanctification. 

Salvation and Baptism

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Apologetics and Polemics

Apologetics and Polemics

September 10, 2016
Apologetics and Polemics

The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia,
The accused would attempt to “speak away” (apo—away, logia—speech) the accusation

1.“Apologetics is the branch of Christian theology which attempts to give a rational defense of the Christian faith.”

 [1Pe 3:14 ESV] But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,
[1Pe 3:15 ESV] but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

make a defense
g627   ἀπολογία apologia

[Luk 12:11 ESV] And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say,
[Phl 1:7 ESV] It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.

What is Polemics?
the art or practice of disputation or controversy:
the branch of theology dealing with the history or conduct of ecclesiastical disputation and controversy.

[Act 17:10 ESV] The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue.
[Act 17:11 ESV] Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
[Act 17:12 ESV] Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.

My Story:  I want The Truth.  I want The Answers 
I had to know the answers for myself.  
1. Was the Bible trustworthy? Why?  
2. Is Jesus really God?  why?  
3. Which religion (Christian Church) is the right one and why are the others wrong? 
4. What is sin? 

Example of Apologetics:  The earth is less than 7,000 years old.  
“Living Fossils”  an illogical statement if evolution were true.  No problem with a young earth. 
Example of Polemics

Why learn this?  
[Jas 1:2 ESV] Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
[Jas 1:3 ESV] for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
[Jas 1:4 ESV] And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

[Eph 4:12 ESV] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
[Eph 4:13 ESV] until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
[Eph 4:14 ESV] so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

To build yourself up, to become strong, to have a logical and rational reason to offer. It’s for you. 
** Lost people don’t and can’t use logic.  
The best way to defend the faith is simply quote Bible verses. Impale them the Sword of The Lord. 
Why, it’s a heart/sin issue.  Lost people can’t think straight until their heart has been renewed. 

Great resources. 
Don't Check Your Brains at the Door
by Josh McDowell, Bob Hostetler  Matt Slick  Sye Ten Bruggencate

Polemics  J.D. Hall

You can view the slides here. 

Apologetics and Polemics

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Guest Speaker!  Pastor Bob Commerford of Augusta Baptist Church, PA

Guest Speaker! Pastor Bob Commerford of Augusta Baptist Church, PA

August 20, 2016

Churches in Missions partnering with Augusta Baptist Church in PA. 

A missions team was sent to join us for a week of church building repair, a VBS for our local children and a large clothing drive. 
Pastor Bob Commerford was our guest preacher for church on Sunday. 
He exhorted all of us to consider the Greatness of God. 

Please visit Churches in Missions website and follow them on Facebook

Guest Speaker!  Dr. Charles Colton. Topic: Humilty

Guest Speaker! Dr. Charles Colton. Topic: Humilty

August 13, 2016

It was our pleasure to have Pastor Alumni; Dr. Charles Colton visit us and have the pulpit once again. 

Dr. Colton preaches from James 3. 
Topic: Humility. 

You can learn more about Dr. Colton and Davis College here.



July 30, 2016

A review of just the intros of James, Jude, 1 Peter and Romans. 

There is a lot of Truth in these introductions. 


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A True Hallmark Moment

A True Hallmark Moment

July 23, 2016
Hallmark Moment

[Hab 3:19 ESV] GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.
This is a worship Verse! 

Do you rememeber 911? What were you doing?

The Prophet Habakkuk:
630 BC.
Israel divided Nation. 
Fall of Jerusalem 1st 597 and final 586.  BC.   

Chapter 1:  How long will, God? will you allow Israel to be so evil? 

[Hab 1:2 ESV] O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?
[Hab 1:3 ESV] Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.
[Hab 1:4 ESV] So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.

God answers:  I will send the Chaldeans to invade Israel. 
[Hab 1:6 ESV] For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize dwellings not their own.

Chapter 2: God says He will punish the Chaldeans for being evil. 

God does as He wills. 
[Hab 2:13 ESV] Behold, is it not from the LORD of hosts that peoples labor merely for fire, and nations weary themselves for nothing?

Chapter 3.  Habakkuk prays and worships. 
He was just told that evil nation He is living in will be destroyed in his lifetime. The nation that destroys his nation will be destroyed. 
(Where did God say He would prosper Habakkuk with a new chariot, lots of money and a happy family. So go buy yourself something nice.)

In the prayer, Habakkuk talks about How God will judge all the nations of the earth with no mercy, to save His anointed people. 
[Hab 3:13 ESV] You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah

Circumstantially Habakkuk has been told he is going to witness a whole lot of bad things in his lifetime 
[Hab 3:16 ESV] I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.

Now look as he yields and puts his trust in God. 
[Hab 3:17 ESV] Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,
[Hab 3:18 ESV] yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

Then he ends with. 
[Hab 3:19 ESV] GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.

Just this week:   A Politician will be charged, deadly force by law enforcement and a deadly attack on law enforcement in Texas.  What about your struggles? Sick loved ones, struggling to pay bills, broken homes.  What sins still have you trapped?  

The peace of God is not about your circumstances. 
It’s about your relationship to the one who made you. 

Are you God’s enemy?
[Rom 8:6 ESV] For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
[Rom 8:7 ESV] For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.
[Rom 8:8 ESV] Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

[Jas 4:4 ESV] You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

How can we become friends with God and not His enemy?
[2Co 5:17 ESV] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
[2Co 5:18 ESV] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
[2Co 5:19 ESV] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Through Christ
The gospel is historical event where Jesus died for sinners on the cross, was buried, and rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-4).  
His death was a sacrifice that turns away the wrath of God (1 John 2:2).  
This is the only way to be saved from God's righteous judgment upon those who have sinned by breaking his Law.
Jesus is the one who died for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2).  
He is the only way to God the Father (John 14:6).  
He alone reveals God (Matt. 11:27).  
He has all authority in heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18).  
It is only through Him that you can be saved from God's wrath (Eph. 2:3).  
He can forgive you of your sin (Luke 5:20; Matt. 9:1-8).  
He can remove the guilt that is upon your soul.  
Jesus can set you free from the bondage of sin that blinds your eyes, weakens your soul, and brings you to despair.  
He can do this because He bore sin in His body on the cross (1 Peter. 2:24) so that those who trust in Him would be saved.

Rejoice:  to be glad; take delight also means: revel, exult, glory.
[Phl 4:4 ESV] Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
[Phl 4:5 ESV] Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
[Phl 4:6 ESV] do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

[Phl 4:7 ESV] And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

[Psa 119:165 ESV] Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.
[Psa 119:166 ESV] I hope for your salvation, O LORD, and I do your commandments.

Are you in the Bible daily?  Do you care? What are you doing to make it a discipline to Get In the Bible daily? 

Hallmark Moment

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4th of July;  Individual Responsibility Equals Freedom

4th of July; Individual Responsibility Equals Freedom

July 9, 2016
4th of July, 2016

Live as a Christian Where You Are. 
If you have more Freedom in America as a Christian then more is required of you.

Individual responsibility = Freedom. 
The moment you hand your individual responsibility to a government you lose that freedom and become a slave to that government. 

Moral Laws are all you can enforce as a government.  
Lying, con-artist 
Stealing:  embezzling 

Governments carry the sword for a reason. 

When a government creates laws to prevent a sin before it happens, that is when you lose your freedom and no government can manage what they create. 

Thought Laws:  “hate crimes”  “hate speech”  

God’s Plan for the Local Church
[Eph 4:11 ESV] And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,
[Eph 4:12 ESV] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

To What End?  To Grow Up. 
[Eph 4:13 ESV] until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
[Eph 4:14 ESV] so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

[Eph 4:15 ESV] Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
[Eph 4:16 ESV] from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Don’t do what the world is doing. 
[Eph 4:17 ESV] Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
[Eph 4:18 ESV] They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
[Eph 4:19 ESV] They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.

Heads Up Christian!
[Eph 4:20 ESV] But that is not the way you learned Christ!--
[Eph 4:21 ESV] assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,
[Eph 4:22 ESV] to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,
[Eph 4:23 ESV] and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
[Eph 4:24 ESV] and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Your New Action Plan
[Eph 4:25 ESV] Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Anger is not Sin. 
[Eph 4:26 ESV] Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
[Eph 4:27 ESV] and give no opportunity to the devil.

Individual Responsibility . . . there it is. 
[Eph 4:28 ESV] Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Watch your mouth.
[Eph 4:29 ESV] Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
rotten, putrefied 

For the Christian, the Holy Spirit is IN YOU. 
[Eph 4:30 ESV] And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Don’t carry dung in your heart and mind. The opposite of forgiving. 
[Eph 4:31 ESV] Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

[Eph 4:32 ESV] Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Your Christian work this week.  Read Ephesians 5 once a day, every day. 

Freedom's Cost

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Learn To Discern; How Should Christians Respond To The Orlando Event?

Learn To Discern; How Should Christians Respond To The Orlando Event?

July 5, 2016
Learn to Discern
Enemy Has One Play Book and one goal:  to be God.
[2Th 2:3 ESV] Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
[2Th 2:4 ESV] who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.

God is restraining him.
[2Th 2:6 ESV] And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.
[2Th 2:7 ESV] For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only He who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.
[2Th 2:8 ESV] And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.

Counterfeit Everything
[2Th 2:9 ESV] The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,
[2Th 2:10 ESV] and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

God gives over people
[2Th 2:11 ESV] Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,
[2Th 2:12 ESV] in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

How is a Christian to React and Respond to the Orlando Event?

Do Not Be Deceived. 
[1Co 6:9 NASB] Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 
[1Co 6:10 ESV] nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

That is a list of what Unrepented people do. 
Sin is the great equalizer. [Rom 3:23 ESV] for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

[1Co 6:11 ESV] And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

How should a Christians respond to the Orlando Event?
1. Unpack it correctly. Let the Bible inform you.
A member of Islam murdered sodomites. 
Darkness attacked darkness.
A unrepented lost person of a godless religion attacked unrepeneted lost people indulging in fornication, idolatry, adultery, effeminate, homosexuality, drunkenness.

That event was a demonic nightmare from beginning to end. 
[1Jo 3:4 ESV] Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.

The devil’s goal was to create counterfeit martyrs out of sodomites. So people will support LGBT. . . . . 
It worked!   

Reminder, God gives over people to their evil. 
[2Th 2:11 ESV] Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,
[2Th 2:12 ESV] in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
I saw so-called Christian ministers “standing in unity” with LGBT. .. 
Never affirm evil for any reason. 

Your sadness should be that unrepented people perished horrifically in their sin. 

2. Respond Correctly
How did Jesus respond to a massacre at a synagogue in His Day?  He told them to repent. 
[Luk 13:1 ESV] There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
[Luk 13:2 ESV] And he answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way?
[Luk 13:3 ESV] No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
[Luk 13:4 ESV] Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?
[Luk 13:5 ESV] No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."

Never Affirm sin. For any reason.   Sodomites, fornicators, adulterers and drunkards LGBT. . . 
[Jde 1:22 ESV] And have mercy on those who doubt;
[Jde 1:23 ESV] save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

How do we save others and show mercy? 

Learn how to Share the Gospel. 
Jesus Commands IT!
The Righteousness of God
[Rom 1:16 ESV] For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
[Rom 1:17 ESV] For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, "The righteous shall live by faith."

Speak It & Cut and Paste.
[2Ti 3:16 ESV] All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
[2Ti 3:17 ESV] that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

God has you, now move forward and share the Gospel. 
[Jde 1:24 ESV] Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,
[Jde 1:25 ESV] to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

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