Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Costly Price of Sin | Philadelphia Church of God

https://www.pcog.org/articles/202/the-costly-price-of-sin

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The last 24 hours of Jesus Christ’s life were filled with unimaginable horrors. He was betrayed by Judas, abandoned by all the disciples, beaten with stripes until He was unrecognizable, and then mercilessly crucified.

He did all this to reconcile us to the Father and that we might be partakers of eternal life.

He did all this at the request of the Father (John 8:29).

The Passover teaches that unless we mourn the death of Christ, we will not go on to build a relationship with God (Zechariah 12:10-12).

The more we intensely focus on esteeming the crucified Christ and mourn for what our sins have done to Him, and to God the Father, the more we will focus on God. The more we will focus on becoming like God.

In the last moments of His physical life, as God turned His back on Christ, the most important moments in the history of the universe took place. Jesus Christ became sin—for us. We should thank God deeply for that!

To take the Passover in a worthy manner is to highly esteem what God and Christ did for us, and to make sure we are at one with them, our sins are forgiven, and our faith is unshakable in what the symbols represent.

Be sure to prepare to take the Passover in a worthy manner. Consider the costly price of sin, and draw close to God.

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The Most Important Question | Philadelphia Church of God

https://www.pcog.org/articles/1393/the-most-important-question

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“That is a mystery not understood by any religion, not explained by science, untaught by higher education,” Mr. Armstrong wrote. “The intellectually vain originators of the evolutionary theory found the existence of God, as presented by religion, a mystery they could neither understand nor accept. But the religionists whom they rejected did not themselves understand the mystery of God. Yet God does reveal Himself through His Word the Holy Bible, if these religionists would only believe God’s own revelation.”

God does make Himself known. Yet Mr. Armstrong explained that the scholars have rejected this truth—including the theologians who have studied the Word of God, in some cases, their entire lives! They too have been in ignorance of the plain truth that God reveals about His awesome purpose for man.

“The billions now living on Earth not only are ignorant of the most important knowledge—who and what God is—they seem not to want to know! They are willingly in ignorance of this most important knowledge and relationship possible in human life!

“Astonishing—but true!

“And why have humans been willingly ignorant of man’s most important relationship? One explanation, only, is possible! All nations have been deceived (Revelation 12:9). And the fact of this universal deception makes certain the fact of a super deceiver!” (ibid).

Satan has blinded this world to the truth about the gospel that Jesus brought 2,000 years ago to this Earth—the truth of the soon-coming Kingdom of God, God’s Family administering His government all over the Earth. This world has been in general blinded to that marvelous truth, and yet God reveals it plainly in Scripture.

Why the Bible Is ‘So Misunderstood’ – theTrumpet.com

https://www.thetrumpet.com/article/12468.18.173.0/religion/bible/why-the-bible-is-so-misunderstood

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“Today we have hundreds of interpretations of the Bible. But you never hear of hundreds of interpretations of a biology textbook. Why? Because biology textbooks do not rebuke and correct men,” stated Mr. Armstrong with incredible insight. Every man, woman and child should see the Bible as the most important textbook in human history and then study it—not question it.

There is an important spiritual dimension of this issue that we must remember. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “The natural man [speaking of the natural-born, unconverted mind] receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” God’s truth is revealed by God’s Spirit. It requires the Holy Spirit to open up a human mind to understanding God’s revelation (John 16:13).

“When we receive the Holy Spirit—when the mind becomes Spirit-led—then through this supernatural process of God, spiritual knowledge is revealed and the spiritual mind can begin to understand,” Mr. Armstrong explained. “And the conditions in the Bible for receiving God’s Holy Spirit are two: Repent and believe. But repent means more than being sorry. It means a complete yielding to the will of God expressed in his Word. It is a complete willingness to accept and to do what it teaches, no matter what the cost, the persecution, the sacrifice or the effort.”

Are you confused about the Bible, what it means and how it applies to your life? You can clear up the confusion. “First surrender to God and the authority of His Word. Forsake your ways, your thoughts and those of the society in this world. Then do as God says and begin to study the Bible,” Mr. Armstrong explained. You can understand the Bible if you procure one, crack it open and honestly and sincerely begin reading to be corrected, reproved and instructed.

Self-Examination Checklist | Philadelphia Church of God

https://www.pcog.org/articles/221/self-examination-checklist

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How can you be sure you’ll be ready for Passover?

This sacred ceremony is the most solemn event of the year for the converted Christian. If we fail to take the symbols of the bread and wine in the right attitude, 1 Corinthians 11:27-28 say we are “guilty of the body and blood of the Lord”—a serious penalty! You could actually leave the Passover service that night with the death penalty still hanging over your head!

So how can we make sure we’re in the right attitude? This is a life-and-death question.

The Apostle Paul gives us the answer in that well-known passage in 1 Corinthians. He tells us that before we eat the bread and drink the wine in that ceremony, we must examine ourselves.

Self-examination is hard work. No one likes to confront his own sins. Naturally we fight this process. But this is God’s holy Passover—in the last hour! Whether you’ve observed three Passovers or 33, this one is more important than any you have ever experienced. The level you were on at last year’s Passover is not good enough this year (2 Peter 3:18). We are right on the threshold of the return of Jesus Christ! Our Passover attitude has everything to do with developing the character to be able to meet Him at His return. God wants us to use this Passover season as a tool for preparation—preparation for joining His Family and ruling with Him.

Euro Crisis Ripping Europe Apart – theTrumpet.com

https://www.thetrumpet.com/article/12503.2.0.0/economy/euro/euro-crisis-ripping-europe-apart

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“Watch closely. Germany will use this crisis to FORCE Europe to unite more tightly,” wrote Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in 2011. “In the process, some eurozone countries will be forced out of the union. When that happens, the pundits will say European unification is dead, that the European Union has failed. DON’T LISTEN TO THEM!”

The euro crisis was designed to force a group of EU nations to come together as a superstate, sharing the government necessary to make the common currency work. The growing anger in Europe merely increases the pressure on the eurozone to make that happen. That pressure may break some nations out of the eurozone, but it is confronting Europe’s leaders with a stark choice: Either make the changes that will make the euro work or see their beloved project disintegrate.

Esther—Used to Continue God’s Plan

Esther’s history is the history of the Jewish people — facing annihilation.

As Nuclear Talks Drag On, Iran Tightens Grip on Middle East – The Trumpet Daily

The prophesied “king of the south” now has a stranglehold on the Middle East.