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Vol. 37, No. 11 TURNING THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN

Vol. 37, No. 11  November, 2013

TURNING THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN
Dr. George Mills
“And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also.” (Acts 17:6).

This is an amazing statement. It simply states that they “TURNED THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN,.” In a day and time without any means of modern transportation, or communication, or a printing press, without a microphone, radio, television, this band of believers literally shook the world for Jesus. They “TURNED THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN.” How did they do that? What was their secret? What caused the early church to conquer so much for the cause of Christ? Let’s search the Book of Acts for awhile and see just how they did it. May God speak to our hearts as we study.

THEY HAD A GREAT PROGRAM.
“But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”(Acts 1:8). They had a Great Commission and they obeyed it! The main difference between that Church and the Church of this age is, OBEDIENCE TO THE GREAT COMMISSION. The same Lord gave the same commission to the Church of all ages, that is, to take this Gospel as far as you can, while you can. Our obedience to the Great Commission will cause some to say of us that we “have turned the world upside down.” We do everything but obey the Great Commission. We need to “GET WITH THE PROGRAM.”

THEY HAD GREAT POWER.
Acts 1:8 says, “Ye shall receive POWER after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” 120 Believers tarried in the upper room at Jerusalem. At the right time, the Holy Spirit empowered that little band, and the rest is history. The devil has so much success in confusing the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, that I am afraid that we just stay away from any mention of the Holy Spirit. But their secret of success is THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. All of our effort is in vain until we labor in the Power and fullness of the Holy Spirit. Let each of us surrender to His fullness daily that He may use us as He used that small band of believers so many years ago. The same power is available for the Church today. I am not speaking about some emotional experience, I am not speaking about some “gibberish utterance” that nobody can understand. (By the way, every word spoken in the assembly was understood by everyone)(Acts 2:7-8). I am speaking about the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers who are surrendered to the the will of God. We must take God at His Word and ask Him to give us His power “If ye then being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him.” (Lk 11:13). May each of us rise early before the cares of the world begin to wear us down, and seek that fresh anointing that we may be faithful witnesses for His Glory. Our Lord Jesus gave us the great discourse on the Holy Spirit in John 14, 15,16. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer. He is our power. Let us learn to listen to His voice, His prompting, His impulses. Let us learn to witness to others as He directs.

THEY HAD GREAT PRAYER.
Time and time again this small band of believers
came together in prayer. Remember their prayer meeting in Acts, Ch. 1. Read about their great prayer meetings as they came together. “And when they had prayed the place was shaken.(Acts 4:31). The Holy Spirit guided the disciples as they prayed to God for wisdom and strength. I am afraid that our prayer services fall far short of the great prayer meetings of the early Church. “The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (Ja. 5:16). The Power of Prayer still works today! Prayer will cause us to turn our world upside down. We cannot spend our time on our knees praying while there is so much to be done, but we can pray while we do the work God has called us to do. “Pray without ceasing.” World conditions. The unsaved and their destiny, drug addictions, SIN, all should motivate our prayer life. Our prayer list should get longer each day. Do you pray regularly for your loved ones, for your neighbors, for your co-workers, for your friends, enemies. Do you pray for our government officials, for leadership in high places. Do you pray for our president, congressional leaders, the courts??God has limited Himself to the prayers of His people! “Ye have not because ye ask not.”Elijah prayed earnestly that it might not rain and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.” (Ja. 5:17-18). We serve the same God who answers the same prayer of faith today!

THEY HAD GREAT PURPOSE.
They believed that the world, apart from Christ was lost and on the road to hell. That did something in the hearts of that band of believers. In the Book of Acts, much emphasis was placed upon great numbers, or masses of people; Acts 2:41, 2:47, 4:4, 5:14, 6:7, 11:21, 11:24, 14:1. And while there is emphasis on numbers, there is also emphasis on the individual to show God’s concern for just one soul. For example much time is spent on the conversion of Paul, the Eunuch, Cornelius, the young girl and the jailer in Acts 16. We must remember that whether in a crowd or all alone, they all get saved, ONE AT A TIME. Their Great Purpose was to reach all men everywhere with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

THEY HAD GREAT PREREQUISITES.
The word “prerequisite” meaning, “All things necessary to carry out a function.”

They had UNITY. Acts 4:32 ends with the words; “But they had all things common.” A house divided against itself cannot stand. UNITY, oneness of purpose. One Gospel, one goal, to evangelize the world.

They had URGENCY. Can we not see the URGENCY in the Book of Acts as the apostles were busy from city to city, building Churches, reaching the lost with the Gospel of Christ. The Book of First Thessalonians, Ch. 1 ends with “From you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad, so that we need not to speak anything.” Romans 10:18; “Yes, verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.” Paul could say, “I am pure from the blood of all men.” (Acts 20:26). There was an URGENCY not seen since those early days. Men are still lost and the Gospel still works!

They had UNCTION. Meaning “anointing.” We have covered this in the section about the Holy Spirit. This is to remind us all once again that without His anointing, we are powerless. Time and time again the apostles were warned, arrested and tried. And time and time again they came together, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, and continued in their work of evangelizing the world with the Gospel.

THEY HAD GREAT PREACHING.
They had great Bible Preaching from the Great Received Text written by the apostles at Antioch under the Inspiration of God. This latest drift away from the Word of God did not come on the scene until many years later. There has been no real revival in the land since these new “versions” waltzed on the scene in the last half of the 20th century. Anyway, let us stay with THE BOOK. The Authorized BOOK! (KJB). Read the sermons of Paul, Peter, John, and the apostles, all directed at “Repentance toward God and Faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21) Our preaching must be Christ centered. He is the great focal point. We must never compromise with sound Biblical Doctrine, and at the same time we must preach Christ in His Beauty, Holiness, and His fiery indignation against sin, His wrath and judgment. Great preaching can reach America again!. “It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”(1Cor. 1:21) “And Paul, as his manner was , went unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them OUT OF THE SCRIPTURES, opening and alleging that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead, and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you is Christ.” (Acts 17:2-3). The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ turned the world upside down. Every lesson, every sermon, every prayer meeting, every class, every time we speak, whether to one or to a thousand, that same Gospel must be clearly presented along with an invitation to receive Christ, TODAY! Great preaching does not come from “sermon building,” it comes from Spirit led Bible study, and Fervent prayer.

THEY HAD GREAT PERSONNEL.
120 believers tarried in the upper room in obedience to Christ. There, they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and as I said, the rest is history. Few in number, but great in power. It was not quantity of believers, it was the quality of believers. There were no “super Christians” there. Everything today must be “super.” Super church, super preacher, super saints, etc. Let us remember that it does not take great numbers to do God’s work. It does not take great talent or great abilities. It takes surrendered, dedicated lives. It does not matter how small, or insignificant you may feel you are, God can use you to reach many for Christ. God uses individuals to reach the masses. He uses a handful to reach multitudes. He can use YOU and ME! He wants to use us! Today we have more means to reach people than the early church could ever imagine. Today we have radio, TV, the printed page, transportation, the internet,
Oh, there are so many ways. I pastor a small Church, a very small Church, but God has used this small band to reach many in our homeland and in many nations of the world.
Since we, today, have more than they had, can we be satisfied in doing less? Let us together, work for Christ in such a manner that one day He may say of us, “THEY TURNED THEIR WOLD UPSIDE DOWN!
Now, do you personally know Christ in forgiveness of sin? If not, why not take the Word of God for your refuge. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” (Jn 1:12). Christ is there, where you are. Just tell Him in your own words that you do receive Him. That you believe what the Bible says about Him. You can begin TODAY to live Forever!

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AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS..It is no friend to the Christian. But Christ is our unfailing Friend, our unfaltering High Priest, and unforgettable promiser of His soon return.

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AND THINK ABOUT THIS…The WORTHY ONE came to earth to save us worthless ones, that we, the worthless ones might become WORTHY ONES.

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IT ONLY TAKES A FEW
“The harvest is great, but the laborers are few.”
(LK 10:2).
By Pastor George Mills

It only took a few,
To turn the world around,
It was because the few,
Had love that did abound.
It was because in them,
A friend that Christ had found,
It only took a few,
To turn the world around.

It only takes a few,
To take the Gospel ’round,
It only takes a few,
To make the Gospel sound,
From every little corner,
And alley in our town.
It only takes a few,
To take the Gospel ’round.

It only takes a few,
If every heart is bound,
With love and single purpose,
And in every life is found,
Full devotion to our Lord,
And His Word to ever sound,
It only takes a few,
If every heart is bound.

So let us be that few,
That Jesus Christ has found,
The few that’s bound together,
To turn the world around,
The few with single purpose,
To make the Gospel sound,
To every little corner,
And alley in our town.

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AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS…It is no friend to the Christian. While we are IN the world we are not OF the world. God has called us OUT of the world to go INTO all the world,
to represent a better world.

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THE SAVIOUR’S TOUCH
Pastor George Mills
“Jesus put forth His hand and touched him, saying, I will, be thou clean.” (Mt 8:3).

We often speak of “touching Him” or “touching the hem of his garment,” and this we all want to do. It will be worth it all when at last, our faith is sight, and we can bow before Him, and literally TOUCH HIM. What a day that will be. I am grateful for the fact that He has touched me. Yes, many times, He has touched me…Just when I needed Him most. As we wander through this WILDERNESS, His touch is ever near. In Bible times, if anyone touched a leper, he himself would be defiled and would have to go through the cleaning process. Christ touched the poor leper in our text, identifying himself with the man. Upon His cross, Christ identified Himself with our sin. Our uncleanness was passed to Him, and His Righteousness was passed to all who claim Him as Saviour.

THINK ABOUT IT…Heaven touched earth one day and earth touched Heaven one day, that day, at the Cross where I met my Saviour.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT
He illuminates Christ. Like a spotlight shining on a person on center stage without calling attention to itself, so the Holy Spirit does not call attention to Himself. He shows us Jesus Christ. I am afraid that so much of the talk about the Holy Spirit today is just that…TALK! The Holy Spirit Magnifies and Glorifies Christ. There are many “spirits” in the world today. The spirit of error, the spirit of antichrist, lying spirits, spirits of devils. Spirit of bondage, spirit of fear, spirit of disobedience, seducing spirits, bewitching spirits, just to name a few. Any “spirit” that does not Magnify and Glorify the Person and Work of Jesus Christ is NOT the Holy Spirit.
He Births us into the family of God.
He Bestows to us wonderful gifts.
He Blesses us with assurance that He is with us
and will be with us until He leads us home.

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HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY,
NOVEMBER 28, 2013.

THE MAYFLOWER COMPACT.

“In the Name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord King James by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the Faith.

Having undertaken for the Glory of God AND THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH and honor of our King and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these present, solemnly, and mutually in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for a better
offering and preservation and furtherance of the ends of the aforesaid, and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet
and convenient for the general good of the colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness thereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod on the 11 of November, in the year of the reign of our sovereign Lord, King James of England, France, and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland in the fifty forth. Ano. Dom. 1620.
As you read the Mayflower Compact, I pray that it will stir your heart to stand up for America.
Thank God for such a rich heritage.
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I am proud to be an American. I am not so proud of the upsets in Washington at this time. The Senate, the House of Representatives, and the President all in battle over things that should have been settled long before now. Government closings, are just mockery. Those who have sworn to protect, and defend the Constitution are making a joke out of the Constitution. I trust that some Constitutional Lawyers will take some of these issues to court and let the courts settle issues that our elected leaders cannot settle!

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THE WORD OF GOD (KJB)
“Forever O LORD Thy Word is settled.”
Pastor Mills
THE PURITY OF THE WORD. Everything about God is Pure. In Isaiah 6, the Prophet saw Seraphim circle the throne of God crying HOLY, HOLY, HOLY. These Seraphim are angelic policemen who guard the Purity and Holiness of God. Everything about God is Pure, and His Word is Pure.

THE PRESERVATION OF THE WORD.
In Psalm 12:6-7, God promised to PRESERVE His PURE Word forever. Agnostics, doubters, deniers, by the millions have tried, in vain to find some solid accusation against the Word, but cannot. Even from within, Professors in Bible colleges try to point out errors. They tried this on me, but it did not work.

THE POWER OF THE WORD.
“All things are upheld by His Word.” (Heb 1:3).
WE ARE SAVED BY HIS WORD. “Being Born again through the incorruptible seed, the Word which liveth and abideth forever.” (1Pet. 1:23).

WE ARE SECURE BY THE WORD. How do I know that I am saved? Not by my feelings, they change too often. Not by what someone else says, they cannot know my heart. The Word of God testifies countless times that we are saved. John 1:12, John 3:16, John 3:36, John 4:14, John 6:37, John 10:25-30).

WE SHOULD EAT THE WORD. “Thy Words were found and I did eat them.” “Eat” meaning that the Word should be a part of our daily diet the same as food.

WE SHOULD MEDITATE ON THE WORD. Read about the Blessed man in Psalm 1.

WE SHOULD SHARE THE WORD.“Cast thy bread upon the Waters.” Bread”, meaning, “the Word, “water” meaning “ world population.”

WE SHOULD LOVE THE WORD. We should join in praise with the Psalmist, “Oh how I LOVE Thy Word.”

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PAUL’S LAST MESSAGE AND PRAYER TO THE EPHESIAN ELDERS. (Acts 20:17-38).
Pastor Mills
This is a tender scene as the great Apostle weeps and prays with the elders of that Church at Ephesus. Paul’s heart is touched. He loved these brethren. He is concerned for their spiritual well being He weeps, he warns, he prays. Please take a few moments and read all of this text in your Bible. He reviews the things he taught by example.

HIS PURITY OF LIFE.
Paul knew that in order to reach the people there he had to live the example life. Paul said in v33, “I have coveted no man’s silver or gold, or apparel.” Paul was not like some “preachers” of today who come to town with boxes of tapes, how-to books, investment plans, “get rich schemes” etc, and leave town with pockets full of money. I certainly do not hold to this “get rich quick” lifestyle” as taught by many today.

HIS PERSONAL WITNESSING.
The very first thing in the life of the Apostle Paul was the Great Commission. He believed that the Gospel was for all men and that any man/woman who will believe the Gospel is saved by Grace. In Romans 9:1-4, 10:1-4 Paul shares his burden that men might be saved.

(A) HE WITNESSED PUBLICLY. (v20). In public worship service he preached Christ. He publicly persuaded men to come to Christ. In like manner, in every public service we must present Christ along with an invitation for men to receive Him.

(B) HE WITNESSED FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE. If you want to note this in the margin of your Bible, in the Greek, that means “from house to house.” He believed in covering the city with the Gospel.

HIS PREPARATION FOR FALSE TEACHERS. (v28-31).
“After my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you not sparing the flock.” Paul was much concerned about the two-fold attack of Satan. From without, and from within.

FROM WITHOUT are wolves. Like wolves after helpless lambs, false teachers with their doctrines will seek to devour the sheep. The Church must be prepared for them. There are more today than ever before.

FROM WITHIN are pretenders.
Pretenders on the inside speaking perverse things and drawing away disciples. These are the days of false doctrine. The airways are filled with it. Satanic influences are behind the flood of new “translations” on the market today. God cannot be in all of that confusion over His Word.

HIS PREACHING THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD. (v27)
Some of these things are listed in this text.

THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE GOD. In Ch. 19, Paul had a great battle with the silversmiths at Ephesus. These were earning their living by making and selling idols and images of Diana, the goddess of the Ephesians. Paul declares that there is only one True God. (see also Acts 17:22-34).
SALVATION IS ONLY IN CHRIST. (v21) There are not many plans, or many ways, Christ is THE WAY to God. There is no other Saviour. He alone purchased the Church with His own blood. (v28)

THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD.(v32). Paul called it“The Word Of His Grace” which is able to build you up. There is no other book to compare with the Bible.(KJB).

THE POWER OF PRAYER. (v36) In his kneeling down and praying is another example of Paul’s belief in the Power of Prayer.

THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD. (v24)
Thank God for the Grace of God that reaches down to fallen man. Grace can reach down to the IDOLATORS at Ephesus, to the IMMORAL at Corinth, to the EDUCATED at Athens, to the RULERS at Rome. The Same Gospel for all classes. The Gospel is for YOU! There is no other! Receive Christ, TODAY!

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FROM MY HEART
By Mildred Mills

COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS

When you think it can’t get worse, cheer up, count your blessings and be thankful because things could get worse! We whine and carry on about things that are so small compared to the problems of others. If you look at your glass as “half empty” be thankful it is not completely empty and pray that God will fill it. We want the lawn to grow but then we whine because it has to be mowed so often. Stop whining and be thankful you have the health and strength to push the lawn mower. Remember, our strength comes from the Lord. If you are sick and tired of washing dirty dishes, stop for a minute and thank God for the food that made the dishes dirty in the first place. You are tired of making the beds every morning, well be thankful you have a nice, comfortable bed to sleep on, you could be on a park bench or side walk, or maybe in a filthy alley somewhere—but for the Grace of God.
Don’t be easily offended by loved ones that give you advise, be thankful you have someone that cares enough to be concerned about you. We need to be reminded of God’s goodness, of where He brought us from and where we would be today without Him. “Be thankful unto Him, and bless His Name.” So if you really believe you have been dealt a lemon in life, just throw some sugar on it and make yourself some lemonade, sit back under the shade tree, and count your blessings. Don’t worry about all those leaves that will be falling soon because it could get worse, THE TREE COULD FALL!

HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY! COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS! BE HAPPY!

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THINK ABOUT IT… The Christian life is not the best life, the Christ life is the ONLY LIFE!

AND Christ is not the BEST WAY to Heaven, He is the ONLY way to Heaven.

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TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER
By Ashley Stevens

BEING THANKFUL

Can you believe it? November is here, and it is time to come together as a family and reflect on things to be thankful for! As we get caught up in the world and all of it’s negativity, we tend to lose focus on the things we are blessed with. This week I would like to challenge everyone to try and think about things we as young Christian believers can be thankful for. I have thought about a few and I would like to share just four things that I am thankful for this Holiday Season.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY. These are the people closest to us. Friends and family are those that encourage, support, and offer guidance through our lives. God created family for a purpose. Parents are to guide us in life to help us grow in our Christian faith.

EDUCATION. I know your “I should be thankful for school?” Yes, you should! I know it’s hard sometimes to wake up every morning and just crave to learn more and sit through boring classes. But teens, we really need to be grateful for the teachers who taught us the ability to read and write. Without them it would be more difficult to learn God’s lessons and great stories that are found in the Bible.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
Some people around the world would give almost anything to have the ability to express their Christian faith. We sometimes tend to forget what an amazing right and privilege it is to have religious freedom.
FREEDOM FROM SIN.
God gave the ultimate sacrifice to free us from our sinful nature. He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross in order to take away our sins, so that one day we can live with Him in Heaven. His death is why we strive to be more like Jesus and less like the world.
P.S. Don’t forget to count your blessings!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Until next time, Ashley Stevens

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“WHAT MUST I GIVE UP IN ORDER TO BE SAVED?”

Being Saved is GETTING! Salvation is RECEIVING! I know that some have the idea that in order to be saved we must first do something and then Christ will save us.. The problem with that is, Salvation would be a part of OUR WORKS, or WHAT WE DO, and that could never be. I do not have the power within me to stop, to quit, to reform to turn around, and neither do you have that power. There are sins of COMMISSION and sins of OMMISSION. Both are sin. I have no way of knowing if I have repented enough, stopped enough, or gave up enough. Salvation is not giving up. Salvation is receiving! Receiving Eternal Life, Receiving forgiveness receiving the Holy Spirit. When Christ comes into our lives He gives us power to live the victorious Christian life.

WHAT MUST I GIVE UP TO BE SAVED? You must give up any hope or trust in any other than Christ. That includes your works, or any religion, anything other than Christ, and by faith alone receive Him as your personal Saviour. He paid the price for your sin by His death on the Cross and His resurrection from the dead. How do you receive Him? The Bible says, “ask, and ye shall receive.” He is there, where you are. Call upon Him NOW. Then you will have that inner strength. He will be in you. He will give you power day by day to live for Him in a victorious life.

MORE OF YOU JESUS, LESS OF ME -TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER

TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER
By Ashley Stevens

MORE OF YOU JESUS, LESS OF ME

It is common to get wrapped up in our busy lives. We tend to get selfish and the only person we think about is ourselves. The first step to overcoming selfishness is to admit it and to be honest with yourself about it. This can often be the hardest step of them all. It is not very easy for us to look at ourselves in the mirror and honestly recognize we are selfish. The importance of admitting we are selfish is to take all of that weight off and

Vol. 37, No. 10 THE UNPARDONABLE SIN. WHAT IS IT? WHO CAN COMMIT IT?

Vol. 37, No. 10 October, 2013

THE UNPARDONABLE SIN. WHAT IS IT?
WHO CAN COMMIT IT?
Dr. George Mills

“Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him. Neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” (Mt. 12:24-34)).

This question comes to me in many ways; “Preacher, do you think that I have committed the unpardonable sin?” This publication goes into many prisons, jails, and various institutions where men and women are housed for years and some for life. “Have I gone too far?” some want to know.”Have I reached the place where God will not hear me if I call on Him?” It is not uncommon for me to receive this kind of questioning. Let me say this, and then I will say some other things about this subject…If this is bothering you…if you are concerned about this, then, in my opinion, I do not believe that you have gone too far. If you had reached the place where God no longer speaks to your heart, then I do not believe you would have any concern about God, or yourself or eternity whatsoever. So if you are concerned about your relationship with God, my answer would be NO! You have not committed the unpardonable sin. However, I would not wait another moment. I would, “Call upon Him while He is near.” We do live in bad times. People do commit terrible things. The lives of so many are in such disarray that we wonder how this could happen to anyone, BUT IT DOES!
Let me say this; The only convicting Power that God has on earth to lead man/woman to forgiveness is the Holy Spirit., (John 16:7-15). The verses in Matthew 12 clearly teach that a man who rejects every plea of the Holy Spirit can be brought to the place in life where God will no longer deal with him. Other than the things I have just said, I am nobody’s judge. I cannot tell. I cannot read hearts and tell when someone has reached that state where he/she has “crossed the line.” I believe that this text is a clear warning about our responsibility to receive Christ, TODAY! Let me mention some of the sins that seem to be troubling to so many…

MURDER. Is murder the unpardonable sin?
This is a great growing problem in our society. It would be easy for me to choose any paper from any city and print the shootings, the stabbings, the acts of violence by man against man. One human taking the life of another human is condemned in the Law Of God. “Thou shalt not kill.” Just recently here in our city, a vehicle stopped in front of a residence, and shots rang out as the home was peppered with bullets. Two innocent teen-age girls were left dead. That same night a lady waiting at a bus stop had her purse taken away and an innocent man was shot down. A customer in the local Post office was robbed and shot. Unsafe streets, unsafe neighborhoods, crime, violence, Murder for hire. It is nothing to hear about killers who have been proven guilty of committing many murders. You read your papers, you listen to the news reports, and you know what I am speaking about. This is a day of violence. Murder is being committed by children. Drugs, video games, unsupervised young people form gangs. As the Bible says, “blood touches blood. Three teenagers in Colorado shot and killed a jogger just because they were bored. A child in a baby stroller was shot in the face while his mother was being robbed. MURDER, MURDER, MURDER. Without Christ, man is capable of anything. When a nation forsakes the foundational truths on which it was founded,well, we see the results. But I do have some good news, the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! The Gospel tells us of God’s Love. King David was “a man after God’s heart.” King David was one of the greatest men of history, but he committed some of the greatest sins against God; Adultery and Murder. He committed adultery with Bathsheba, then he had her husband Uriah killed. He suffered much for his sins. You can read about his confessions in Psalm 32, Psalm 51. He was forgiven by the Grace of God, but there was much reaping for his wrong for the rest of his life. The Apostle Paul was another of the great men of history. Paul confessed his hatred for this new movement called the “Church.” and went out to stop it. He confessed that he imprisoned and beat the ones who believed in Christ and that he consented to the death of Stephen, (Acts 22:19-20). Although they were guilty of murder, David and Paul found GRACE. I have heard and read the testimony of some who have been convicted of murder , who were on death row in prison,who heard, or read about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and found forgiveness of their great sin. I have no reason to doubt their conversion. I know that some confessions are not real, but some are! God is willing to forgive all who trust in the Finished work of Jesus Christ. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.”(Jn 1:12). The problem is the heart, not the weapon. Jesus said, “For out of the HEART proceedeth evil thoughts, MURDERS, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man.” (Mt 15:19-20). This comes from the heart, but murder is not the Unpardonable sin.

ABORTION. Is Abortion the unpardonable sin?
This too is a horrible blight on society. When I think of the millions of abortions, the “doctors” who perform such, the clinics, and not caring for the unborn, and women who say, “it’s my body, I can do what I want to do with it.” NO YOU CAN’T! There are many laws, still in the books that say NO, YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR BODY. “These six things doth the LORD hate yea, seven are an abomination unto Him. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.” (Pr. 6: 16-19). Nothing could be more innocent than a child in it’s mother’s womb! When does life begin? Life begins at conception! When the seed is planted in the womb, with that seed the genetic make-up of both parents comes alive in the womb and begins it’s journey from there to eternity. Read Psalm 139:13-19, Psalm 22:9-10, Luke 1:41-44. Life is in the womb! Many a young girl, after a lustful encounter, perhaps in the back seat of an automobile has found herself with child and sought help, and through the efforts of some abortionist, her child was killed, aborted! She knows that she has done wrong and wonders, and wonders. Questions come to her mind. Will God forgive me for that? Will I ever get over this? Is my child still alive, somewhere? YES! Sometimes these questions are so troubling that they lead to other things, things like alcohol, or drugs. Anything to soothe a troubled mind. When we do wrong and seek forgiveness from God, He is there to forgive! I am so glad of that ! “ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” When we receive Christ as our Saviour, He forgives, He forgets, and He gives peace of mind and heart. The encounter in the back seat was wrong, the abortion was wrong, but a turning to the Loving God we serve is God’s answer for our sin, no matter how bad our sin may have been. Abortion is WRONG, but abortion is NOT the unpardonable sin.

ADULTERY. Is Adultery the unpardonable sin?
This is the common thing today. It is practiced secretly, and sometimes openly. Sexual relations and affairs with someone other than the one to who you are married. This is a great heart breaker. More than just two people are involved in so many ways. God knew the endless results of such a relationship so He placed in His Law, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”(Ex. 20:14). But this goes on and on, but very few ever stop to think about the results. We could mention the unwanted children,(there is no such thing as an illegitimate child, illegitimate parents, yes, but no illegitimate child) the deadbeat dads. On and on the list goes. But there is hope for the adulterer. Read John 8:3-11. A woman caught in the act of adultery was brought to Jesus. If she was caught in the act, that means there was a man involved. (I suppose he is still running). Christ told her accusers, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” They were convicted by their own conscience and left one by one. “Where are thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said no man LORD. Jesus said, Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more.” Yes, there is always hope in Christ.

HOMOSEXUALITY. Is Homosexuality the unpardonable sin?

I do not believe that homosexuals are born homosexual. “Male and Female” created He them” God made man and God made woman. Homosexuals are made by society. We learn from our environment. A child must have a Father and a Mother in his/her life and he/she learns from the parents just what his/her position in life is. So many of the children in this society have been left with only one parent to learn from. Now, let me thank the single parents out there who have been left to raise children alone and are doing a great job. However, you are in the minority. This has been presented to this generation as an acceptable alternate lifestyle. Even the military, and all areas of government promote this as “acceptable.” It is reported that 13% of men and 5% of women are practicing homosexual. But what does God say about this?
God destroyed civilizations in the past because of this sin.(Romans 1:21-32. “God gave them up, God gave them up, God gave them over to a reprobate mind.”

God will destroy again because of this sin. “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overflow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly.” (2Peter 2:6).

This sin is condemned in the Law of God. Take a few moments and read Leviticus 20. The Law is very clear concerning sexual sins…..

Lev. 20:10.Adultery…
Lev. 20:11.Sexual relations with stepmother
Lev. 20:12 Sexual relations with daughter in law.
Lev. 20:13…..
Lev. 20:14.Sexual relations with mother-in-law.
Lev. 20:15-16. Bestiality.
Lev. 20:17..Sexual relations with sister.
Lev. 20:19. Sexual relations with Aunt.
Lev. 20:21. Sexual relations with sister-in-law.
ALL OF THESE ARE WRONG!

I believe that we can look at the above list from the Law of God and agree,. These sins are wrong! They pollute society, produce unhealthy births!

Now, take a look at the very middle of the Law of God in Leviticus 20:13,
“If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.”
The same Law that condemns the sexual acts in the above verses condemns the sin of homosexuality also. These Laws are NOT “Readers Choice!!”All are sin as clearly written in the Law of God. May I say that there is hope, in the Bible, Hope in Christ for the Homosexual. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (Homosexual) nor abusers of themselves with mankind…shall inherit the Kingdom of God. AND SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU, but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of God.” (1Cor. 6-9-11). According to these verses there is hope in Christ for everyone. Some of the Corinthian believers were saved and delivered from the homosexual lifestyle. No one has any animosity or ill-will toward anyone who has adopted this, or these lifestyles. It is the SIN, and not the sinner. We are glad to share with you the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who said, “I am come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.”

SUICIDE. Is Suicide the unpardonable sin?
Every day over 1,000 people in America commit suicide. This is the 10th most common cause of death, and the second most common cause of death among teens. Among the group that should be the happiest, some are turning to suicide. Pressures of life, jobs, family problems, finances., sickness, mental disorder, grief. Physical pain, broken heart. The list keeps on and on. Many see only one way out. But this is never the right answer.
“How about Christians. Do Christians take this way out?” I am afraid that some do. This has happened among my own kin folks. Some who knew Christ and publicly made their stand for Him, took this route. I believe they were saved, but some of the pressures of life listed were just too much. So they took their life. I believe that we will meet again on Heaven’s shore, because of their Faith in Christ. While they were here we walked together and talked about Christ, and there, we will do that again! Thank God for His GRACE! NO, I do not believe that suicide is the unpardonable sin.

WITCHCRAFT, CULTS, Is this the unpardonable sin?
I must bring this to a close because of space. I wanted to give everyone assurance that CHRIST IS ABLE! TRUST HIM ALONE!
Some have said that they have dealt with witchcraft,and made vows which were blasphemy. “Have I gone too far?” Please take a few moments and read Acts 16:16-20. A young girl at Philippi who was demon possessed and practiced forms of witchcraft was saved, and probably one of the first members of the Church there. In Acts 19, many at Ephesus who were involved in witchcraft, sorcery, magic, called upon the name of the Lord Jesus, and brought their articles, books, curious art works together to the apostles to be burned. So mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed. (Acts 19:13-20).
If these things are not, what then, is the unpardonable sin?

The unpardonable sin is a sin of the HEART!

The unpardonable sin is a willful rejection of Christ!

“Because I have called, and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand and no man regarded. But ye have set at naught all my council, and would none of my reproof. I also will laugh at your calamity, I will mock when your fear cometh. When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, BUT I WILL NOT ANSWER, they shall seek me early but they shall not find me.” (Prov. 1:24-33).
Today, if you are not saved, Christ has been there for you all of your life. He has been calling, knocking at your heart’s door. If you continue to refuse Him, Tomorrow, He may not be knocking.

An old song says…

There’s a line that is drawn by rejecting the Lord,
Where the call of His Spirit is lost,
As you hurry along,
with the pleasure mad throng,
Have you counted, have you counted the cost?

“TODAY if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.”(Heb. 3:7-15)
Everything that I have mentioned in this message, and so much more are things that God has no problem in forgiving and making life anew. The worse thing that a man or woman can do is to live here and die without Christ.
That’s the UNPARDONABLE SIN!

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THINK ABOUT IT..The last thing Christ did while He was here on earth was to save a THIEF hanging on a cross next to Him, and take him to glory.

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FROM MY HEART
By Mildred Mills

FORGETTING THE PAST

So many of us as Christians dwell on the past and are burdened down with the “only ifs” in our lives. We stay so busy thinking about the “woulda,” “shoulda,” “couldas,” and especially the “if onlys,” and all these thoughts keep us from going forward in our Christian walk. We are stuck in the past and can’t get moving to do a work for the Lord. Forget the past and go forward for the Lord! Satan uses the “if onlys” and the “woulda”, “shoulda,” “couldas” to keep us down with a sense of defeat and a “what’s the use” attitude. Our past is forgiven, the future is ours, and The Lord wants us to go forward serving Him with all our hearts, never looking back and facing the future with a smile. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” (Phil. 3:13).
If you have never trusted Jesus Christ for forgiveness, tell Him now that you believe He died on the cross so you could have forgiveness for your sin. Ask Him now to come into your heart and He will forgive not only your past sin, but your present sin and your future sin. Lord Jesus we are so thankful that “Calvary Covers It All.”

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THE BEAUTY OF JUSTIFICATION

“Be it known unto you therefore men and brethren, that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins. And by Him all that believe are justified from all things from which ye could not be justified by the Law of Moses.”

Justification is the act of God whereby He calls the sinner Just, or, Justified, or, just as though he never sinned. Through the work of Christ, God can justify the sinner, and not violate His Law. The debt of sin has been paid for at Calvary. Now, that’s Beautiful!

THE BASIS OF JUSTIFICATION…Paul stood and preached his message;

The Death of Christ. Acts 13:28-29.

The Burial of Christ. Acts 13:29.

The Resurrection of Christ. Acts 13:30-37.
There you have it, the BASIS of Justification. May I add that you cannot leave out one of these and be Justified. (1Cor. 15:1-4, Ro. 10:9-10)

THE BLESSINGS OF JUSTFICATION. (Acts 13:38). Forgiveness of sins. “In who we have Redemption through His Blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His Grace. (Eph 1:7). “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven.” (Ro. 4:7). FORGIVEN, what a beautiful word.

THE BENEFITS OF JUSTIFICATION. “Justified from ALL things.” The Law could not justify us. Paul states in Ro. 3:20, “Therefore by the deeds of the Law shall no flesh be justified in His sight, for by the Law is the knowledge of sin.” The Law could only show our condition but it could do nothing about our condition . The Law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. (Gal 3:24). The Beauty of Justification.

THE BOUNDS OF JUSTIFICATION. Acts 13:39 says, “All that believe.” There are not bounds, no limits, no barriers in Justification. We are not partly justified, but JUSTIFIED! It matters not what a life may have been. It matters not about race, or gender, age or creed. The rich man, the poor man, the beggar, the Doctor, the Judge, the moral, the immoral and all in between. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. There are no bounds or boundaries. The invitation includes you.

THE BITTERNESS OF JUDGMENT. In the midst of this great text Paul reminds the Jews of an awful history.“I work a work.” (41) refers to the Book of Habakkuk, 1:5-6). God told the prophet that He is working a work. In that, He said that the Chaldeans will come down upon Israel and utterly destroy the land. The people did not repent so God raised up that army. The land was leveled by the invading forces of Nebuchadnezzar. People are still talking about that work of God these centuries later. In our text in Acts 13, God says to the nation again, “Beware.” (v40).”Turn to God. . Believe the message about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Of course, the nation did not turn to Christ. The Roman General Titus came and leveled the city again. This is part of that “Work of God.”

THE BEAUTY OF JUSTIFICATION. Our text in Acts 13 tells of the gentiles turning to God. V47 says that “Salvation is unto the ends of the earth.” The Great Commission is to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the uttermost part of the earth. Take it to the islands of the sea. Take it to the jungles, to the cities, to the great and small. Take it to the heathen lands where people are living in ignorance and idolatry. And wherever you take this Gospel, whoever will believe the message of Jesus Christ are Justified from all things, from all sin. Oh the BEAUTY OF JUSTIFICATION!
How about you my dear friend. Have you turned to Christ in faith, believing all about His finished work on the cross for you? If this is true, I rejoice in that fact. If this is not true in your life, this could be the greatest day of your life. If you are troubled, or confused about the Gospel. Trust the Holy Spirit to end your trouble and confusion now. Open your heart to Christ. Tell Him that you receive Him, NOW! He is there, where you are. You may ask, “How do I receive Him?” The Bible says, “Ask, and ye shall receive.” Do that now, and begin TODAY to live FOREVER. That’s the BEAUTY OF JUSTIFICATION!

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You can spell Justification like this….
“JUST-IF-I’D”never sinned….Oh the beauty of it all!!

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TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER
By Ashley Stevens

MORE OF YOU JESUS, LESS OF ME

It is common to get wrapped up in our busy lives. We tend to get selfish and the only person we think about is ourselves. The first step to overcoming selfishness is to admit it and to be honest with yourself about it. This can often be the hardest step of them all. It is not very easy for us to look at ourselves in the mirror and honestly recognize we are selfish. The importance of admitting we are selfish is to take all of that weight off and throw it away. This will bring great relief.
The next step to overcoming selfishness is at the end of the day examine yourself to see if you were selfish towards the people around you. You need to take the time to examine your thoughts, words, attitude, and actions. Start by being honest with yourself and stay away from blaming others and making excuses.
Lastly, walk in love. Make First Corinthians 13:4-8 a daily reminder. Memorize it until it becomes big in your life and every time you tend to become selfish, make it the first thing that pops into your mind. Remember, love kills selfishness.
Remember the saying, “More of you Jesus, less of me.” Let the light of God shine within you, and allow God to take your hand and help you not to focus so much on yourself, but more of Him, the One who laid down His life for you.

Until next time, Ashley Stevens

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THY WORD IS SETTLED! (KJB)
As I was stopped at a traffic light I saw a small drinking cup in the intersection. Traffic would pass by in one direction and the wind from vehicles would cause the cup to spin in one direction. The light would change and the cup would spin in another direction. There it was..just spinning. I said, that is the way of so many today. Just spinning with whatever wind of doctrine that blows. “Lord, help me not to just spin with the wind but to be settled in Thy Word.”

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WHAT SALVATION IS NOT
Pastor George Mills

If you are not genuinely saved today I trust that you will take a few moments and read this message. If you are saved, perhaps you may see some things that will help you to reach someone for Christ. Recently I was listening to a radio preacher who was making light of “Just receiving Jesus.” He evidently thinks that there is more, or something else, or some work we must do.. The preacher went on to say that “Salvation is a process.” By that I suppose that he believes that there are several “steps” in receiving Salvation. The question is, did Jesus suffer all of the pain of Calvary, did He take upon Himself the sin of every man, did He suffer so, and then make salvation so complicated that you cannot understand it? NO! Let me say that Jesus Christ paid for ALL SIN in His Finished work of Redemption.. As I said, the Work is finished. All that we can do is receive it, or reject it. There is nothing we can add to that or take away from. Follow me closely as I share with you WHAT SALVATION IS NOT.

SALVATION IS NOT REMORSE. Remorse; “a deep sense of guilt.” I believe that when we receive Christ we will have that deep sense of guilt in realizing that our sin placed Him on the cross. But we are not saved by a deep sense of guilt. Some insist that we must continually be remorseful. Not so! Salvation sets us free, at liberty , free, in Christ.

SALVATION IS NOT IN REGRET. Regret; “to feel sorry about, or, to mourn.” Since the moment I received Christ I have regretted the life I lived before I was saved. I have regretted every ungodly deed and every wasted day. But I cannot spend my time there in “regretsville.” Let me move on to “forgetsville.”

SALVATION IS NOT IN REFORM. Reform; “to make better by removing faults.” Stopping things, quitting things, changing things, doing better, giving more. When we receive Christ we will stop some things, and start some things, and change some things, and rearrange some things. We will “turn over a new leaf” and quit and turn and turn and quit. These things have their place in our growth as a Christian but they do not add a single thing to Salvation.

SALVATION IS NOT IN REFRAINING. Refraining; “to keep oneself from doing.”If you vow never to do that again, if you stop, determined never to do that again. If you say that I will never, never, never do that again. If you have REMORSE, or REGRET. If you REFRAIN or if you REFORM, no matter how good your intentions may be, these will never save you. All of these things mentioned, (and so many more) are HUMAN EFFORT, and HUMAN EFFORT never saved anybody.

SALVATION IS RECEIVING CHRIST! The greatest text in the Bible is in the third chapter of John’s Gospel. Jesus said to a good, moral, religious, teacher of the Law, “Ye must be born again.” That;’s it, “BORN AGAIN!” How then are we born again? “Is it not in doing these things?”NO! Now, get this verse, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” (Jn. 1:12). “How do I receive Him?” Again, the Bible is very clear, “Ask, and ye shall receive.” Christ is wherever you are. His Holy Spirit is there, bidding entrance to your heart and life. He will never knock down the barriers in your life and come in unbidden by you. He will hear the cry of the repentant heart.
Remember, you cannot be remorseful enough, regretful enough, reformful enough, or refrainful enough. Now, That’s a little bit of what Salvation is and is not. Have you got it? Then enjoy it, share it, rejoice in it.
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“A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for one he has never seen, talks everyday to someone he cannot see, expects to go to Heaven on the virtue of someone else, empties himself in order to be full, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, he is richest when he is poorest,he dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible.” …A.W. Tozier

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BECAUSE HE LIVES
By Pastor George Mills

“.. Because I live, ye shall live also.”
(John 14:19)

On His Cross He sealed my pardon,
He died to set the sinner free,
For He purchased my Salvation,
Shed His blood for even me.

In the tomb He sweetly rested,
Satan’s host had sealed the door,
Satan’s victory was established,
Christ was dead for evermore.

On a lovely Sunday morning,
Just about the break of day,
Satan’s hopes were doomed forever,
For the stone was rolled away.

Now He lives on high in Heaven,
Now He lives within my heart,
Now He is alive forever,
For His Salvation to impart.

Precious Saviour we are longing,
For that day is sure to come,
When the Church will be completed,
And we’re safely gathered home.

Every Word will come to fulfillment,
We will see the One who forgives,
There to live with Christ forever,
All is well, BECAUSE HE LIVES!

TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER -THE PROVERBS 31 WOMAN

TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER By Ashley Stevens

THE PROVERBS 31 WOMAN

“Strength and honor are her clothing, and she shall rejoice in time to come.” “Her candle goeth not out by night.” “Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” This month’s article is centered for all the ladies out there. Recently I got involved in a young woman’s bible study. We meet once a week to discuss how to be “the virtuous woman” that is portrayed in Proverbs 31. The “Proverbs 31 Woman” shines like a bright and beautiful light in the Old Testament Book of precepts and warnings. Today we see women of all ages, following the wrong type of role models in their lives. However, we are refreshed to find and see a timeless example of virtue, responsibility and good sense. In Proverbs 31, we are painted a picture of a woman who shows the qualities which every believing woman should strive to be like in her personal life, appearance, family life, and in her daily duties. Being a Proverbs 31 woman is not about being “perfect.” It’s about living life with a purpose, diligence, forgiveness, and repentance. She is, just to name a few traits, noble, trustworthy, hard working, generous, fears the Lord, honors her husband, and speaks with wisdom. My goal for you and for all the young women out there is to strive to be a virtuous woman. Read your Bible, study and understand what God has provided for us. Strive in your life to be a Godly example of the “Proverbs 31 woman.” Until next time, Ashley Stevens. <><><><><><><><><><><><>

FROM MY HEART- HE IS NEAR!

FROM MY HEART By Mildred Mills HE IS NEAR! Jesus is always near and listening to hear the lost sinner call on Him, asking for forgiveness of sin and trusting His finished work on the Cross for Salvation. He is near and no matter where you are He will hear you when you call upon Him. Maybe you are sick and in a hospital room, maybe you are in a prison cell, or maybe you are in your home or car, it doesn’t matter, Jesus is near! If you are in a bad situation and feel like you have no one to talk to, remember, Jesus is Near! Tell Him you need a friend, and He will be that friend. Tell Him you need help and He will be your help. Jesus Christ is all you need! Jesus is near! “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of His Temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears.” (Psa. 18:6). When we accept Jesus as our Saviour, He longs to hear from us, He waits for His children to tell Him our troubles. He wants to give us the desires of our heart, so talk to Him and walk with Him. “Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.”(1Pet. 5:7). If you have a problem that seems to be hopeless to solve, just remember that all things are possible with the Lord. There is nothing too big for God and He has the answers to any problem we might have, Talk to Him, read His Word, trust Him and then watch Him work things out for your good! God is good and loves His children, just trust Him today. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” (Prov 3:5-6). Wherever you might be, shine for Jesus! Brighten the corner where you are and always remember “Jesus is near to comfort and cheer, just when we need Him most..” <><><><><><><><><><><><>