Imagine there's a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you'd failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!
Well, everyone has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night, it writes off as lost, whatever of this you've failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There's no going back. There's no drawing against the "tomorrow". You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today.
To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who's failed a grade. To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who's given birth to a premature baby. To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper. To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask a daily wage laborer who has kids to feed. To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet. To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask the person who's missed the train. To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask the person who's avoided an accident. To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask a person who's won a silver medal in the Olympics.
During his lifetime, John Wesley, the angel to the Philadelphian Church Age, could have acquired vast wealth; but he didn't. His favorite saying on the subject of money was, "Earn as much as you can, save as much as you can, and give as much as you can." How strange it'd be for Wesley to come back and see the denominations that bear his name today. They're rich - vastly rich. But the Life and Power that lived through John Wesley is missing.
The apostle and prophet Paul, the angel to the Ephesian Church Age said, "To day if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, like the Israelites in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness, and every one of those that unbelieved God were blotted from the Book of Life and lost" (Hebrews 3:7-8; John 6:49)
"Yesterday is history; Tomorrow is a mystery; Today is a gift - that's why it's called the "present".
Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special: special enough to have your time ... and remember ... time waits for no one ... ("Viewpoint", St. Ignatius' College Newsletter).
The only opportunity we have to serve God is TODAY. And the only way we can serve God is to recognize the PRESENT Truth. We have to recognize OUR day and ITS Message, and see THAT part of God's Word living through us.
The following came by e-mail. It's an article by syndicated columnist Paul Harvey. Its called: "Who Says We Haven't a Prayer?" I thought you might like to hear it.
"Man, oh, man! They won't invite Pastor Joe to the Kansas State Legislature again! They invited Pastor Joe Wright of Wichita Central Christian Church to deliver the invocation - and he told God on them! Now God knows what they've been up to!"
No sooner had their guest chaplain concluded his prayer than three members of the State Legislature were on their feet protesting at the microphone, "He can't talk like that about us!" Representative Delbert Gross considered the invocation was gross. He called it "divisive," "sanctimonious" and "overbearing." Representative David Haley called it "blasphemous and ignorant." Representative Sabrina Standifer echoed the indignation.
What in the world did Pastor Joe say in Topeka that incited the righteous wrath of three Legislators from Hays and Kansas City? I've secured the entire text of the invocation so you can evaluate it for yourself:-
"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance."
"We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good, but that's exactly what we've done."
We've lost our spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values."
"We confess that we've ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word in the name of moral pluralism."
"We've worshiped other gods and called it multiculturalism."
"We've endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle."
"We've exploited the poor and called it a lottery."
"We've neglected the needy and called it self-preservation."
"We've rewarded laziness and called it welfare."
"In the name of choice, we've killed our unborn."
"In the name of 'right to life', we've killed abortionists."
"We've neglected to discipline our children and called it building esteem."
"We've abused power and called it political savvy."
"We've coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it taxes."
"We've polluted the air with profanity and pornography, and called it freedom of expression."
"We've ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment."
"Search us, oh God, and know our hearts today. Try us, and expose any wickedness in us. Cleanse us from every sin, and set us free."
"Guide and bless these men and women who've been sent here by the people of Kansas and who've been ordained by You to govern this great state."
"Grant them Your wisdom to rule, and may their decisions direct us to the center of Your will."
"I ask it in the Name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen."
That same invocation would be an indictment of the major political parties who offered themselves as our representatives in the Upper and Lower Houses of our Federal Parliament last week. They used every dirty and dishonest undemocratic trick in the book, even writing new deceptions, in order to deceive the electorate, and to prevent the One Nation, Australia First and independent candidates from having a snow flake's chance in hell of being elected.
More than that, Pastor Joe Wright's invocation to the Kansas State Legislature would be an indictment of the majority of the voting public who are so ignorant of what's going on behind the scenes and haven't the slightest knowledge that our once great country is ruled by Pharisees from the City of London. People who have no inheritance on this earth and who are trying to steal back Jacob's birthright. People full of hatred for Australia and Australians, the most bigoted racists in the world who've engineered the deaths of hundreds times hundreds of millions, and are killing many thousands today - not in their own name, but by third parties like Australia, NATO, the UN, Britain, France, Germany and the United States. By man-made disease such as AIDS and by policy implemented through NGO's and such private companies as the IMF.
We've all reached the age of reason whereby we're accountable to God for what we do with His Word and how we live our lives. The Bible tells us to "study to show ourselves approved of God, by rightly dividing the Word of Truth." I'm persuaded that Australians are more ignorant and less informed of the evil power that rules world politics, finances and religion today - despite our communications technology - printing, libraries, press, radio, TV, film, internet and so-on.
My responsibility to God is to find the Spiritual Food to feed His sheep. Fresh Food: the PRESENT Truth. Not some rabbit run over by Luther 500 years ago. Not some sensation the Pentecostals promote, but what Jesus is doing NOW.
Your responsibility to yourself and to God is to receive that word with all readiness of mind, then search the Scriptures, whether those things are so, or just some work-up of Brother Anthony!
This responsibility holds with all areas of life. We can't accept what the press, radio or TV news report as if it were truth. We've got to be mature. It's time we grew-up and realized the media is a tool controlled by the enemy of God, and the enemy of Adam's race.
Do you suppose history is mere happenstance? Do you imagine the world just lurches into inflation, recession or depression? Do you sincerely believe wars happen overnight as if by coincidence? Do you honestly imagine President Clinton, Congress and the Senate rule the United States? Do you believe Australia's Prime Minister and our Parliament rule Australia? That Prime Minister Tony Blair and Britain's Houses of Parliament rule once Great Britain with a free hand?
Is it possible British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli was right when he said, "Governments don't govern, but merely control the machinery of government, being themselves controlled by the hidden hand". Are you aware that the "hidden hand" once said, "Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws."
Jesus said, "You shall know the Truth. And the Truth shall set you free"! Search for that Truth, Brethren. We're living in the end-time. It won't be too long now before you won't have the privilege of hearing Truth, God's Absolute, preached over your radio, and in the few Churches in this country that are truly Christian.
The time of the end commenced in 1963 when Jesus Christ fulfilled Revelation 4, 5 and 10:1-7, tore open the Seven Seals and revealed the mystery of God through His prophet, the late William Branham. That was 35-years ago, yet despite our communications technology - printing, libraries, press, radio, TV, film, the internet, etc., you know nothing of it.
Paul said, "To day if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, like the Israelites in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness". If God blotted every one of those unbelieving Israelites from the Book of Life, after their exodus from Egyptian bondage, won't the unchanging God blot out our names who came out of bondage by Luther's Message, and heard the PRESENT Truth in THIS day, but never bothered to PROVE IT?
"Yesterday is history; Tomorrow is a mystery; Today is a gift - that's why it's called the "present".
The only opportunity we have to serve God is TODAY. And the only way we can serve God is to recognize the PRESENT Truth. We have to recognize OUR day and ITS Message, and see THAT part of God's Word living through us. He's only writing epistles of the PRESENT Truth so take what you hear back to His Word and prove It.
Very soon the Gentile dispensation will be finished. Then he who's righteous will be righteous still, and he who's filthy will be filthy still. Grace will soon be over so redeem the time.
I speak with many people whose spiritual life's in a dilemma. So many folk imagine God will receive their good works without faith. Yet the revelation or understanding's been presented to them, but they don't take the time and trouble to prove It true, or prove It false.
I wonder what they'd do if they were informed they'd been awarded a great inheritance. Would they check it out? I wonder? Or would they hope the executors would somehow come to them?
James said that "works without faith is dead" (James 2:17). If our good deeds and conduct are sufficient to receive an inheritance of eternal Life, then Jesus Christ died in vain.
We're responsible for what we've heard. Each one of us is individually responsible. We will not be blameless on that day, if we've heard the PRESENT Truth and done nothing with It.
If you've heard something on Bible Believers' radio program you're responsible to prove It by God's unchanging Word. Not prove It by your pastor, me, or your kind old priest. You have to prove it by the Bible. God's Bible is right.
The Bible's somewhat like a jig-saw puzzle. We shouldn't read the Bible like a newspaper, from cover to cover. We read it as if we were solving a jig-saw, hunting for those precious golden nuggets of information that will make the picture right, and prove Itself from Genesis to Revelation.
Take water baptism for example. To start with, baptism's immersion under the water, not sprinkling or pouring.
We read how "John was baptizing near Salim, because there was much water there" (John 3:23). And when Philip baptized the Ethiopian eunuch, "both went down into the water, and he baptized him. And they came up out of the water" (Acts 8:38-39).
If we're told to do a job for the boss, we'll do our best work. If we're to obey a command of our Lord and Master Who said "man shall live by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God", we must give Him our best. We must make sure we follow His every Word.
If that Word says we're to be immersed under the water and we've been sprinkled or poured, he won't accept that pretend baptism. It's not what He asked. We must be re-baptized correctly.
On the day of Pentecost Peter said that "everyone, whomsoever the Lord God shall ever call, must repent and be baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of past sins". So if we were baptized as a baby, it was a pretend baptism, and not what God commanded. The Bible says we're to "repent" and be baptized. Babies can't repent. So if you received a false infant baptism as I did, you're obligated to God to repent and be re-baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, like I was.
Anything less is works without faith, and dead. radio116.htm
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