Power of the Cross Blog

A Christian blog with articles to inspire and edify.

All posts are created from the belief that faith in Christ and Him crucified is how we receive every good thing from God. When our faith is in the correct object, the Holy Spirit can work through us, bringing out the Power of God in our life. 
 
 
 
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Evil Alcohol or Christian Cocktail

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Our society for the most part condones the consumption of alcohol. The makers of strong drinks will market it as a “good time” and “lets all party” all for the sake of money. It is nothing uncommon to see people drinking beer in family TV programming. Even from years gone by, the media was training our world through light hearted comedies like the Beverly Hillbillies. Everyone would laugh as Granny would break out the rheumatism medicine or Otis Campbell in the Andy Griffith show would come into the jail staggering drunk.
 
In this article I am not trying to judge anyone’s salvation nor motives but I have no problem saying that the Bible teaches Christians to be a teetotaler, period. Most of the reasoning for acceptance by a Christian to drink in what is called “moderation”, I perceive as flat out deception within Christianity. The problem started infecting the church when the ministers of God stopped taking a stand for total abstinence in lieu of better attendance.
 

No drunks in Heaven 

Full blown alcoholics did not start out that way, it was one drink at a time until they eventually lose control and no longer care. Don’t be fooled, drunkards will not 

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America’s Modern Holocaust

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There is the testimony of a Christian that lived in Germany during the Holocaust. He said they heard the stories of what was happening to the Jews but they tried distancing themselves from it because, what could anyone do to stop it? 
 
A railroad track ran behind his small church and each Sunday morning the church could hear the whistle of a train as it approached and then the wheels coming over the tracks. As the trains would pass, they could hear cries and screams coming from the railcars as the trains passed by. They soon realized it was Jews like cattle in the cars! Week after week the whistle would blow.
 
They soon come to dread the blast of whistle and the sound of the train wheels because they knew soon they would hear the cries of Jews en route to a death camp. The screams tormented them. As time went by, when they would hear the whistle of the train, they would begin to sing hymns. By the time the train would pass the church they were singing at the top of their lungs. If they heard screams they would sing even louder and soon they heard them no more.
 
The man telling this testimony said that no one talked about it anymore but he could still hear the train whistle in his sleep. He said “God forgive me; forgive all us who called ourselves Christians yet did nothing to intervene” . 
 
Now we have our own modern day holocaust in America. The murder of innocent unborn children. The latest laws passed in our country our unthinkable. Some states allow abortion up to birth, full term 9 months. Some have even considering allowing the mother to decide a child’s fate even after birth! That is infanticide.
 
How much longer will the church try to ignore the silent screams of the innocent? We must stand up for the unborn child. There should be more choices for the mothers, not just one of death. It is truly a modern day holocaust that history will look back on as one of the most vile atrocities of the human race   
 
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Does the Bible Really have answers?

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I have heard most of my adult life that the Bible contains all the answers to life’s problems. Although that is true, most Christians fall short of telling the whole idea behind that statement. 

Simple Answers

Books in the Bible such as Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations and Matthew teach us how to live. But we should not expect simple and easy answers to problems of life. The people in the stories of the Bible had hard struggles. They tried desperately to hold onto their faith in God but yet failing in many cases. They often acted out without knowing if their actions were right or wrong. As we join this “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb 12:1) we can learn from their mistakes and victories.
 
The “champions” of faith had one thing in common. They understood that the proper sacrifice pleased God.  Although the men and women of God that preceded Jesus Christ did not fully understand what was going to happen for the human race at the Cross, they still comprehended that the shedding of innocent blood through the proper sacrifice coupled with their faith was what brought them into right relationship with God. We have been blessed with the teachings of Paul, who brought the Glorious Message of the Cross to the Jewish and gentile world. The same simple faith in Christ and Him Crucified that saved us also sanctifies us (Col 2:6) to live for God as we are empowered by the Holy Spirit.
 
We should accept the trials of life with the courage and faith like the Great Patriarchs demonstrated in the worst and best times of their life. The victory and answers of life will be before us as we run this race and finish the course to eternal life with Jesus.
 


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Looking Unto Jesus

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“Looking unto Jesus.” — Hebrews 12:2
 
It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.”
 
All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: he tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.” Remember, therefore, it is not your hold of Christ that saves you -it is Christ; it is not your joy in Christ that saves you -it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that is the instrument-it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to your hand with which your are grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to your hope, but to Jesus, the source of your hope; look not to your faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith.

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These Are The Last Days

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This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  ( 2 Timothy 3:1-4  KJV)
 
When most people think of the “last days” or “end of times”, images of Bible scripture from Matthew Chapter 24 or Revelations come to mind. We envision earthquakes, wars, famines, plagues, and disease. Although those things are beginning and will only intensify, Paul told the young pastor Timothy what the people of the last days would be like before Christ returns. The Bible clearly shows that we are in the last days.
 
Paul said the people of the last days would be lovers of themselves. Have you noticed how the love of many waxes cold? How divided the masses have become? Natural affection for fellow human beings is disappearing, bringing with it no value for human life.
 
The Bible says Last day people would be covetous. More than ever people have forsaken the righteousness of God for the material gains of this world at any cost. Many are boasting of how good they are and how proud they are of their “toys” they have stacked up for the world to see. Many blasphemers shake their hands at the church and say “I don’t need your Jesus”. They love the pleasures of this world more than sacrificing and serving God and our communities.
 
It seems many children have become disobedient to parents as the idea of Biblical families has been trampled underfoot for the sake of political correctness. Entertainers and politicians have become high minded thinking somehow they know better than God and dismiss the Bible as a fable.
 
One certain entertainer recently went so far as to say Christians are mentally ill if they have heard the voice of Jesus. That would make most of the Bible great’s people with metal illness. It is nothing more than being despisers of good.

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