Bulletin Message

By the power of His outstretched arm, the LORD delivered Israel out of cruel bondage in Egypt. When Moses led Israel to Mount Sinai, his father-in-law Jethro came to visit (Ex 18:1-7). Moses shared with Jethro the testimony of the LORD's glorious deliverance (Ex 18:8). Jethro rejoiced, believed the testimony, confessed that the LORD is greater than all gods, and offered a burnt offering and sacrifices unto God (Ex 18:9-12). Jethro learned what seems to be mankind's most difficult lesson – to believe the testimony of God and to know that He is the LORD.

God so loved the world that He sent His only Begotten Son that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish (eternal death) but have everlasting life. In the history of the world, no gift has ever cost so much and no greater love has ever been given.

Yet the world hates God's Son. Thus, the world and God are crosswise. The Cross of Jesus Christ declares God's love for the world, but the world is offended by and hostile to the Cross.

God's love for us is described as unconditional. Passages like 1 John 4:7-8, Romans 5:1-11, and Romans 8:31-39 bless us with great comfort. Yet we must consider the evidence of God's love for us – Jesus Christ crucified (1 John 4:9-10, John 3:16, Eph 2:13, Is 53:3-11).

Man strives to make his mark on the world. Yet all that should matter to Man is for the Creator God to make His mark on him (Ezekiel 9, Ephesians 1:13-14).

Note: In Ezekiel 9:4, "mark" is the English translation of a single Hebrew character – tav – that looks like our "t" (a Cross)

Regenerate Man (Titus 3:5) is marked by God. O unregenerate Man, beware of the counterfeit mark (Rev 13:11-18, Rev 14:9-11, Rev 16:1-2)!

We followers of Jesus Christ are promised trials and tribulations (John 16:33, 1 Peter 1:6-7). Currently, I have Trials 1 and 2 and 3, Circumstances 1 and 2, and Situations 1 and 2 and 3 that weigh very heavy on me. Each of you have your own list. (Note: 1 Cor 10:13)

The God of all the earth offers a choice to both Jews (Deut 11:26) and Gentiles (Jer 12:16-17): Blessing or curse?

On the surface it seems like an obvious choice. Yet, as we think deeply about it in our own daily lives, why is that choice so difficult to make? Why is curse the choice so often? It is a mystery revealed in the Word of God and it boils down to Joshua 24:14-15 and Matt 16:24. Every person serves either the Living God (blessing) or a god (curse).

The choice is always before us. The wise man considers the end of the matter.

Fraud is a deceitful act perpetrated for profit/gain or unfair/dishonest advantage. A fraud is a person who commits fraud; such a person is a con-artist, a pretender, a counterfeit.

A gift is something offered voluntarily and received voluntarily, with no expectation for any compensation in return by either party.

A gift is NOT something given to pressure or force someone to respond in a certain way; that is a bribe. A gift is NOT something restored to an original owner or earned; that is a debt. A gift is NOT something given with strings attached; that is an obligation. A gift is NOT part of a "give and take"; that is a compromise.

There is a fable about 6 blind travelers in India that come upon an elephant in their travels. One, touching its side, says the elephant is like a wall. Another, holding the tusk, says it is like a spear. A third, holding the trunk, says it is like a snake. A fourth, touching its leg, says the elephant is like a tree. A fifth, touching the ear, says it is like a fan. And the sixth, holding the tail, says it is like a rope. Each man has a limited perspective that seems contradictory to all other perspectives.

The witnesses of God to man:

  1. Creation (for about 6000 years now)
  2. The Law
  3. The Prophets
  4. The Prophet King
  5. The Prophet King's Bride (from Acts 2 to Rev 4:1)
  6. The Prophet King's People (during Day of the Lord)
  7. The King (for 1000 years)

God never leaves Himself without a witness (Acts 14:17a). Yet throughout time and even unto the very end (Rev 20), man rejects and rebels against the witnesses of God.

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