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The Harvest Is Plenteous - The Labourers Few
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 08:32
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. - Matthew 9:35-38

The above is one of my favorite portions of scripture. Several lessons are contained therein, such as the condition of man, the compassion of Jesus Christ, and the seriousness of the work of the ministry. Perhaps my favorite lesson, one often overlooked, pertains to the size of God's family.

In this text, Jesus identifies His subject as His "sheep" with the statement "as sheep having no shepherd." In the Bible, the term sheep is used to describe God's elect family. Those who are not elected to salvation are refereed to as "goats." {For further reading see John 10, Matthew 25:31-46, Psalm 23, Psalm 100, Isaiah 53:6}

This is a phenomenal statement concerning the size of the elect family of God. Notice that Jesus says the harvest (the sheep - His children) is greater than the labourers could ever reach and minister unto. What a statement!

Think about it. Present during this example were 12 men, ministers (one of whom would betray Christ). Jesus looks at the 12, looks back at the multitudes, and then exclaims to the 12 that their work is so great, there is no possible way that they can ever complete it!

Predestinarians are often accused of teaching a very narrow view of salvation. Quite the contrary! Unlike many of our Christian friends who believe only the evangelized can be saved, we believe there are too many elect people for the ministry to evangelize, yet all for whom Christ died will be in Heaven! Glory to the Lamb!

Our God is truly the Lord of Hosts, the Lord of Sabaoth (armies).

 
Should A Christian Practice Yoga?
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 08:38

I want to pass along a link for your consideration. It is an article written by Albert Mohler considering whether or not a Christian should practice Yoga.

In the minds of many health conscious Christians, Yoga is just one form of exercise they add to their weekly routine for good posture and strength. Yet, most are apparently ignorant of the fact that Yoga is religious in nature. So, should a Christian practice Yoga? My answer is no.

(Be sure to leave your thoughts in the form of a comment!)

Here is a quote from the article:

When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga. The contradictions are not few, nor are they peripheral. The bare fact is that yoga is a spiritual discipline by which the adherent is trained to use the body as a vehicle for achieving consciousness of the divine. Christians are called to look to Christ for all that we need and to obey Christ through obeying his Word. We are not called to escape the consciousness of this world by achieving an elevated state of consciousness, but to follow Christ in the way of faithfulness.

You can read the rest of the article here:

http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/09/20/the-subtle-body-should-christians-practice-yoga/

 

 
Heaven Is My Home
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 07:47

Just sharing a wonderful hymn with you.This hymn and it's sentiment is very much an encouragement in times of uncertainty and turmoil. Those who walk by faith are, no doubt, Strangers and Pilgrims. This world is not our home. -BW

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. - Hebrews 11:13

Heaven Is My Home
By: T. R. Taylor
Arr. Lowell Mason

I’m but a stranger here, Heaven is my home;
Earth is a desert drear, Heaven is my home;
Danger and sorrow stand, Round me on every hand;
Heaven is my fatherland, Heaven is my home.

What though the tempest rage, Heaven is my home;
Short is my pilgrimage, Heaven is my home;
Time’s cold and wintry blast, Shall soon be over past;
I shall reach home at last, Heaven is my home.

There at my Saviour's side, Heaven is my home;
I shall be glorified! Heaven is my home;
There are the good and blest, Those I love most and best;
There, too, I soon shall rest, Heaven is my home.

Old School Hymnal, 12th Edition, hymn 389

 
Some Thoughts On Angels
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 19:28

Below is the answer to a question I received via email.

Question: What are angels and what do they do?

Answer:

Angels are ministering spirits, that is, they minister to us (I believe invisibly most of the time) in times of need (Hebrews 1:14). They are of greater power than are we (at His incarnation, Christ was made LOWER than angels, as a man - Hebrews 2:9). In fact just one angel killed 185,000 Assyrians in one night in Isaiah 37! There are many angels, arguably equally proportional to the number of God's children alive at any given time (Mth 18:10). So many, that they are considered an innumerable company (Hebrews 12:22).

Angels bring messages to God's people (Luke 1:19). They also fight God's battles militarily (Revelation 12:7, Matthew 26:53). Angels also perform certain tasks for God on earth (Jude 1:9). Luke 16:22 indicates that angels carry us to the Lord's presence when we die.

Some angels did indeed rebel against God (ie the angels that sinned) sometime after the creation (2 Peter 2:4). This was probably at the time of the fall of Adam, though we don't know for sure. Nor do we know their names. The "lake of fire" is a place reserved for the devil and his angels (Mth 25:41). It is presumed that these "devil's angels" are those who fell into sin.

According to 1 Timothy 5:21, Angels who did not sin are called "elect angels." They are upright and serve God in Holiness.

Hope these thoughts help.

 
Justification by Faith - Example 2: Abraham
Written by Josh Winslett   
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 19:16

 

Justification by Faith- Example 2: Abraham
Sermon Notes September 5, 2010
by Joshua Winslett

 

Romans 3:27-31, 4:1-8

 

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Justification by Faith - Example 1: David
Written by Josh Winslett   
Monday, 06 September 2010 19:55

 

Justification by Faith- Example 1: David 
Sermon Notes August 22, 2010
By Joshua Winslett


Romans 3:27-31, 4:1-8

 

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Questions On Galatians 3:2
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 06 September 2010 10:10

I received these questions via email...below are my answers.

I was hoping you could impart your thoughts to me on Galatians 3:2 -

1) In what sense is Paul talking about receiving the Spirit?

2) What is meant by the "hearing of faith"?

3) And does this verse at all correlate with Romans 10:17

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Prayer Request for Constacio Tejada
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 06 September 2010 07:56

This is a prayer request I received earlier today from a dear friend Elder Darrel Chambers. Please pray for the brother reported of in the below email.


Several of of you may remember Elder Constacio (Cons) Tejada - a dear Primitive Baptist elder from the Philippines. He visited with several other ministers a few years ago. Elder Tejada's father passed away while he was visiting Union Church on this previous trip. I felt so sorry for him then to see him grieve from half a world away from his family. Elder Tejada is also a brother-in-law to Elder Manolo Dalman that recently completed a trip to America to preach in several places. He accompanied us and served as our protector and safety adviser on some of our trips to dangerous parts of Mindanao - never leaving our sight except when we broke down on the mountainside and he left to get parts for the car. I love and appreciate him very much. Most of all, I love his preaching and zeal for the Lord. He is a great preacher and interpreter.

Elder Tejada suffered a stroke earlier in the week and is paralyzed on his right side. Initially he couldn't speak intelligibly, but that has greatly improved. He also could not feel his right side at first, but some feeling is now returning. We hope and pray this dear brother will continue to improve under the blessings of our Great Physician. Eld. Tejada lives in a remote part of Mindanao where there are not hospitals close by. Elder Dalman had to drive several hours to pick up Bro. Tejada to take him to Pagadian to a hospital. He was released yesterday and is returning home to recover. Please keep this dear brother in your prayers.

Blessings,

Darrel Chambers

 
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