Absent From the Body – Present with the Lord

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.       I Corinthians 15:55-57

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.  For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  II Corinthians 5:1-8

The second best thing that can happen to the believer in Christ is physical death.  The best thing is that can happen to the believer is The Rapture.  This is when Christ returns to remove all believers from this world.  I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Creation Science

Creation science is an oxymoron.  Not because Bible-believing Christians are anti-science, but because the scientific method requires observation.  And as the Lord once asked His servant Job, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” (Job 38:4 )  God is the only One who was there.  Not only was He creation’s only witness, He was its Creator.  Ultimately, His divine revelation is our only trustworthy means for understanding the origin—and the purpose–of the universe.*

*Straight Answers About Creation – Copyright 2020 by John MacArthur

…let the word of Christ dwell (take up it’s life) in you richly…

Consider These Things

Things – a word, an account, business matters, matters in general, a work, sayings. [1]

Things – An object or fact, inanimate object, an act, a deed, a work, a thought, notion, utterance, a piece of information, a means, device, recourse. A matter to be dealt with, a characteristic, events, circumstances, a general state of affairs, conditions. [2]

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Phil 1:6

That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Phil 1:10

But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; Phil 1:12

Do all things without murmurings and disputings: Phil 2:14

            For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.                   Phil 2:21

           But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.           Phil 3:7

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  Phil 3:8

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

(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly,               and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)              Phil 3:18&19

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.  Phil 3:20&21

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.       Phil 4:6

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Phil 4:8

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.  Phil 4:9

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  Phil 4:12

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Phil 4:13

But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.  Phil 4:18

[1] W.E. Vines Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words – copyright 1984, 1996  Thomas Nelson, Inc. Nashville, TN

[2] American Heritage Dictionary – copyright 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975 by American Heritage Publishing Co., NY, NY

God Leads Us Along

In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.

o Refrain:
Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.

Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.

Though sorrows befall us and Satan oppose,
God leads His dear children along;
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,
God leads His dear children along.

Away from the mire, and away from the clay,
God leads His dear children along;
Away up in glory, eternity’s day,
God leads His dear children along.

George A. Young, 1903 – Copyright Status is Public Domain 

Courtesy of Timeless Truths Publications – Copyright © 2002-2020 Free Online Library

(A Psalm of David.) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.  Psalm 23

As A Burning Fire

Then I said, I will not make mention of him (God), nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. Jeremiah 20:9

And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he (Jesus) talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? Luke 24:32

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29

…let the word of Christ dwell (take up its life) in you richly…