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You Cannot Work Your Way to Heaven

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It seems natural to many people, that if they do good works and deeds, God will be
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
pleased and let them into Heaven.  Although there are many scriptures encouraging people to be less selfish and concentrate on meeting the needs of others, nowhere is it mentioned that those good deeds will get anyone to Heaven. The Bible declares that there is nothing we can do but trust Christ as Saviour to have a heavenly home.

God’s way for us to see Heaven is that innocent blood had be shed to have our sins forgiven.  The only payment God will accept for all of a sinner’s iniquities is the sacrificial death of God’s only son, Jesus.   No one can achieve Heaven for what they have done, but for what Christ had done for them.  Jesus is the only way to Heaven.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, bu…

Daily Devotion in II Corinthians 7

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Daily Nugget:
Paul had corrected the carnal Corinthian church in his writings to them. He got no joy out
of rebuking them for their sin and weaknesses (vs. 8); however, he rejoiced over the results of his correcting them. They weighed his remarks about their sin, found the accusations were correct, saw that it was wrong in God’s eyes, were sorrowful over their iniquities, and corrected their behavior (vs. 8-9). Paul’s verbal stand against their wrong-doing helped them repent of what they were doing wrong.

That is usually the intent of every preacher that preaches behind the pulpit. They labor over the portion of the Scriptures God has laid on their heart to preach and deliver that message. Many times the preacher would rather not say what he has to say. He knows very well how some will react. The preacher has a duty, however (vs. 12). That duty is to deliver the truth; no matter how hard it may be taken by some. As did Paul, the preacher is to put the spotlight on spiritual problems in…

Should A Christian Drink Alcohol?

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Today, possibly because the Word of God is not obeyed and is considered not relevant, many Christians have no conviction about what the Bible says about many things, including the drinking of alcohol. Much is said in the Bible about the dangers and effects that alcohol will have on one and his Christian testimony. Indulgence in alcohol is never recommended in God’s Word. Its use is usually negatively spoken about. Here are some reasons why a Christian should avoid alcoholic beverages: Alcohol is dangerous. Even wine is likened to a poison that will ruin one’s life!
“Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright 
[fermenting]. 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.” Pro. 23:31-32Alcohol should not be drunk by a wise person. 
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Prov. 20:1 
Wine’s influence will make one mock, or deride, others. Strong drink wi…

Daily Devotional in II Corinthians 6

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Daily Nugget:
One of the principles that will distinguish a strong Christian from a weak one, when
practiced, is taught here. Not adhering to God’s teaching on this doctrine has ruined many Christian lives and testimonies. It is the number one robber of joy for a child of God. The doctrine Paul teaches here is the separation of a Christian from those who are not saved (vs. 14-17).
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
II Corinthian 6:14
The double-negatived “not unequally yoked” can be somewhat confusing to our modern vernacular, but it simply means “do not be yoked together with unbelievers”. The yoke spoken of here is referring to the wooden implement that binds two farm animals together. It was common that two oxen or mules would be joined together with this device so they could plow a field together. We are not to be going in the same direction as the world is g…
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Hear a message from Pastor Rickey Lance of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L_l74PTMZU&index=20&list=PL9AnO3QVYiX8eGjfiBv5U8yZhUuzSGd3f&t=17s

Daily Devotional in II Corinthians 5

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Daily Nugget:
Absolutely no one will escape the one part of life that is scary to many: death (unless the rapture takes them home first!). Because of the uncertainty everyone, at one time or the other, wonders what happens when their body dies?

For the born-again child of God, there is hope for life after death (vs. 2). The Bible does not mention, as some cults teach, that when one dies they are like a dog, and when they breathe their last breath that is it. Physical death will not be the end of us, because everyone has a soul that will live forever. It will live forever in either heaven or hell.

Because of God’s promise about heaven many “groan earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:” (vs. 2). Paul was busy for the Lord while he was here on this earth, but he was expectantly awaiting his eternity in Glory. So many Christians, while battling infirmities, hardships, and heartaches on this earth, look forward to heaven — a place of eternal joy and no s…

Daily Devotion in II Corinthians 4

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Daily Nugget:
So many take the responsibilities of a Christian lightly. Hoardingly, they keep their salvation to themselves. Many of their closest family members and friends may not even know of their salvation. Sharing the Good News that saved them rarely happens. Paul, however, took his salvation and responsibilities seriously. This chapter lets us see how earnest he was in giving out what God had given him to share with the world. He was not going to let hardships get him off course from his burden to share the Gospel (vs. 1). His persecutions, imprisonments, cruel treatments, and rejections did not deter him from his task (vss. 8-10). Paul did his best to give the whole counsel of God, as honestly as he could (vs. 2) to all he could. His testimony proved that in his uncompromising and courageous stand for the Truth. If the Gospel was hid from anyone, at least on his watch, it was not his doing (vs. 3); it was from the efforts of the enemy of God, Satan (vs. 4). Paul preached Jesus,…

Daily Devotional in II Corinthians 3

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Daily Nugget: 
Many doubted Paul’s apostleship. He inquired if they needed further epistles (letters) from the other apostles to verify his credibility (vs. 1), as was apparently done before. The preacher went on to say that there was better proof than any letter right in the Corinthian church (vs. 2) that he was being used of God. The proof was the church itself. Their salvations and fruit could only have come from God.

Man can build a big ministry, with the fanciest of buildings, but the spiritual increase can only come from God’s hand:
“So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase” I Corinthians 3:7.

Many are fooled by large crowds in a ministry. They relate large numbers, size, and finances to spiritual success. That is not always the proper conclusion. With only a basic understanding of biblical principles, one can see success is not necessary to have large audiences, and money flowing.

Some of the fastest growing cults …