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New Year’s 2018

Posted in Uncategorized by jameshknight on December 31, 2017

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Amos 8:11
“Behold the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.“

We can look around us today and see that this is exactly the shape that the church is in. Too often in our time the Old Testament is avoided, ignored, even for the most part unknown in pulpits across the globe. There are far too many super-spiritual misinterpretations of scripture; there are too many foolish misrepresentations of ministry; and there is a great deal of dishonesty and unrealistic expectation of churches, the people, and the preachers.

Church was once seen and understood to be a holy, sacred place. Even non-Christians once revered the church and church property. The general public once held the church in a sort of reverential awe even if they did not attend. The word of God was once respected, as well as the men who preached it.

But in our day, The church has become a business. It is looked upon by the world as a business and it ought not be so. Preachers are writing books, booking meetings for the highest bidder’s, making for themselves speaking dates that amount to no more than further opportunities for financial gain. And we find the church and the greater portion of those who claim to be Christian totally without spiritual discernment. And this is cause for great alarm.

There is no doubt that we are in a famine in our day, just as God has promised that Israel would be in our text. And if we notice this famine, we have looked at it in the past… it is not a famine of preaching, but of hearing.

The Hebrew word for hearing in this verse is H8085 in the Strong’s concordance and it is the same word for hearken in numerous passages throughout the old testament. It means to listen with attention and obedience. “To hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.) this means that it is a voluntary famine, a famine of hearing! People refusing to partake of that which God has prepared for them through the preaching of his word. We see that they do that in our text. We see also in our text what they do besides, “And they shall wonder from sea to sea, and from north even to the east, they shall run to and fro and seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.” (Verse 12)

There could be little doubt that we are in a famine in our day because this is exactly what people are doing. Church folks, not necessarily Christian though they claim to be, will wander from church to church and search for what they want. About the time they feel they have been preached to, they may be offended and move on to another. Most people want to find a church where they can continue in the sin which they refuse to give up, and still be comfortable. And that is absolutely not right! If a person can live in sin and still be comfortable at church then that church is not a house of God!

We are at the point in the church as a whole that this is what we have all across America.
And it is especially present in larger churches because it is so easy to hide in a large crowd.

We live in a time when people are selling out on God and following the worldly wisdom of modern snake oil salesman who pedal their brill cream religion. “Just a little dab will do ya.”

Many of the modern day preachers are so good at what they do they should be in politics. And you wonder just how good they are. Dr. James Dobson is one of the most recognized names in Christian study in our day. Most everyone has heard of him or listened to him, or even read a book or two by him. And they will give his work the respect that they would give the word of God. And most people will say that he is a preacher and he does not even claim to be one. He will deny that and will say that he is not a minister but that he is a Christian psychologist. He is a psychologist! Psychology is a man-made science.

The definition of psychology-“the science of behavior in mind, including conscious or unconscious phenomena, As well as thought. It is an academic discipline of immense scope and diverse interests that, when taken together seek an understanding of the emergent properties of brains, and all the variety of epiphemonia they manifest.”

It is a social science which aims to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and reasoning specific cases. Psychology is a science. It is man-made. It is of human origin. And psychological manipulation is very big business today. To sum it up, it is a means to an end. And to many it is just a career choice.

We also see that many people are being maintained, or they keep going by hanging on to past blessings. This is what keeps many people going and it’s also a way to become stagnant, inactive, and useless. It is good to testify of past blessings. It is good to share precious memories and rejoice. It is good to brag on Jesus and all that he has done for you. But we can’t live tomorrow by continuing to cling only to past blessings. Good memories are precious, and they are encouraging but they are not the end of the story.

Too many Christians have found a comfortable place to stop in their walk and they have settled down. When there’s no forward movement it is easy to begin depending on past blessings and you will die in this shape if you’re not careful. We have got to keep moving. Yes, we should celebrate God’s blessings in our lives, but we should not consider that, or those, the end of the story. We keep moving and keep walking and keep being faithful, so that we can enjoy further blessing. We should live our Christian lives actively pursuing another blessing, chasing the next blessing. Never settle down. Never be so satisfied that you don’t want more from your relationship with God. We cannot survive tomorrow on what we partook of last week. We must have nourishment for every day of our lives. And such is our spiritual life. We need a steady diet, and we must labor to receive further blessings to keep us strong, and to keep us going.

Every time someone comes up with a new manner of worship a new method of worship or a new means of worship, it seems that the masses are suddenly excited. Religion and religious activity have always held a special place in the hearts of men. Many times what is considered a spiritual awakening is no more than a fleshly arousal. Anything that men will do, though, soon becomes routine to them and will become more of a chore than a blessing over time. There will again arise the desire for some new thing, and that makes for big business. Today “New Age“ Religions are always coming up with more “new age“ Bibles and “new age“ doctrine, and they appeal to a “New Age” crowd.

We don’t need anything new. We need a fresh presentation of the old. We need a fresh demonstration of the old. We need revival! We are on the edge of a brand new year. The world is caught up in making resolutions that won’t be fulfilled, promises that won’t be kept, and goals that won’t amount to much even if they are achieved. Everyone focuses on the new year, new goals, new dreams etc., and that is not what we need. What is it that we need most?

(Jeremiah 6:16) “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”

We all need a fresh commitment to be what God would have us will be. We need a fresh determination to do what God would have us do. We need a fresh resolve that we will strive for the next blessing by living a life of faith and personal holiness. We need to get back to that “Old Time Religion” that the modern age deems archaic and outdated. Then and only then shall we be fit to face the new year with the expectation of further blessing from God.

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Disciples, A Forgotten Responsibility

Posted in Uncategorized by jameshknight on December 31, 2017

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Did you know that the word Christian is only in the bible once? And the plural form of that word, Christians, is only in the bible twice? People all around us claim to be Christians every day and don’t even know what a Christian is.

In Acts 26:28 King Agrippa told Paul, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”

In 1 Peter 4:16 Peter said, “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.”

In Acts 11:26 It says that “the disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.”

Yet most do not even know what it means to be a Christian. Can I give you a little hint? The word disciples is in there 244 times in 232 verses: the word disciple is in there 29 times in 27 verses. Knowing this, what is it that made the early church such that it was known as, “having favor with all the people.”?
If you read these verses in Acts 2:42-47 you will find that they had favor with all the people because they practiced what the Lord had taught them. They were faithful to the word…. “the Apostles’ doctrine,” and to the assembly…. “and in fellowship” and in the communion with the Holy Spirit, “breaking of bread,” and in their mindfulness of our responsibility to love our neighbor, and this is best shown in our prayer life…. “and in prayers.”
In these verses they were living Christ’s example, as disciples, and they were going about doing good.
One of the greatest problems in our day is this: The word Christian has come to mean next to nothing, simply to identify someone as one who holds or claims to hold to a belief system or a doctrine. We are supposed to be disciples, and therefore we are to live a life resembling the life that Jesus lived here on this earth for all to see.
He preached truth, identified and condemned wickedness, forgave the repentant, and went about doing good. Yet never did Jesus once get the slightest shadow out of line with God’s word. When He drove the money changers from the temple, it was necessary. That is needed in our day. When He warned that bunch of devils that they were going to hell, that is needed in our day. When He pointed out false doctrine and hypocrisy, that is needed in our day. We are not to be passive when it comes to truth, sin, and hell, we are to carry the truth. And the truth is that this religious and ungodly world is going to burn in hell one day and soon. If you are in Christ, you will be gone, if you are not in Christ, you will burn in hell.
Well, how do you know if you are in Christ? If you have never come to the realization that you are lost and going to hell, then called out to God for salvation; Then you are not saved. Hurt feelings, baptism, and church membership are not what save a soul from an eternity in hell. It is calling out to God with a true heart for salvation that brings a soul to the realization of new life in Christ.

“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

If you have not come under Holy Ghost conviction and called on God to save you, you are not saved. And one who is not saved can not live the life of a child of God. Yet one who is saved can not help but live the life of a child of God. The Spirit within us constrains us to live for God.

If you can live like hell, then you are not going to heaven. You know that it is wrong to shack up, you know that homosexuality is wrong, you know it is wrong to be an extortioner, a drunkard, an adulterer, a drug addict, a thief, a murderer, a whoremonger or a harlot. Don’t lie to God and say you don’t know better. You have not been a drunkard for 25 years as a Christian. You could not do that if you were a Christian. Get real, get honest, get right; And get saved before it is too late. You could be dead before morning, where will you be? What if the gas is in the hearse now that will soon take you to the cemetery? Are you ready to meet Jesus? You soon will.

An Awesome Day

Posted in Uncategorized by jameshknight on December 19, 2017

 

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We live in an awesome time in this world’s history. As God’s children, we know that time is short and the Lord’s eminent return is so near that we can almost see Him coming in the clouds already. We that are the church are almost at the crossing if we just open our eyes to see it, PRAISE GOD! We are about to leave here together for that other world where we will never again suffer need, want, pain or fear of any kind. Yes, this is an awesome time to live.

Prophecy is being fulfilled all around us. Israel is again at the top of the list of the world’s issues, one disaster after another is taking place all over the world like we have never seen it before, wars are ongoing, wars are threatening, and we see exactly what the apostle Paul describes in 2 Timothy 3 at a never before seen level. Praise God we are about to go home!!! Are you ready? Are you prepared? Now is the time to consider, now is the time to prepare, because to put it off til tomorrow may be too late. Please examine yourself and know for yourself in your own heart if you are a child of God. There is a popular lie covering this over religious world that “We are all God’s children.” This is not true. When you are born into this world you are one of God’s “creatures.” But you must be born again, (John 3:3-8), and then you become a “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Are you saved? Have you been born again? Have you called on God in realization that you are lost and in need of a Saviour, asking Him to save you from hell? Well, friend, if you have not, then you are not. Please, if you are not saved and you know it, don’t let another moment pass without repenting and calling on God for forgiveness, you will never be sorry that you did.

Too Tired To Show

Posted in Uncategorized by jameshknight on December 14, 2017

 

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After being a preacher for more than 21 years now, I find it hard to understand why so many people use work or being tired as an excuse for missing church. I don’t mean those that may have to work during church time. I mean those that get off work at 4 or 5 o’clock on Wednesday evening and say that they are just too tired to go to church. Those that worked with me in the factories and out on the job sites with ESG for four years know how I worked and they know how hard the work was that I did while working at Action in Verona and I had to drive 30 to 45 minutes home and then I had to get ready for church, then, about 20 to 25 minute drive to church but I still made it to church, yet I was always there. There have been some who have lied and said that this is not true, but, as I said, they are liars. Don’t tell me you can’t be there because you were tired if it is not true. I worked full time, and a lot of overtime until less than four years ago. Now I work part time. While working full time I still did the maintenance work, the lawn work, and took care of church business for years. Many a preacher has been or is in that very situation. If you just don’t come, just don’t lie about it. Not feeling good? Many times preachers mount the pulpit sick or in pain and try to hide it from those before them. After working forty to sixty hours and still visiting, getting four messages together while at the same time trying not to neglect their families. Many a preacher will be in a practically empty church tonight because after struggling all week, themselves, the folks are just too tired to show up. Praise God for His encouragement. At times that is the only thing that keeps us going.

Try something different, try to be at church every time your pastor is. See what a difference that will make in him, you, and the church. You may be gloriously surprised what a little faithfulness can do.

Lack of Understanding

Posted in Uncategorized by jameshknight on December 14, 2017

 

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Christians have come to the place in this modern age in which repentance and a life-changing relationship with Christ are no longer believed to be part of salvation. In reality, these are a result and evidence of salvation. In this age the majority of those Who choose to call themselves Christian feel that it is just as simple as that. Put on an ID tag and pretend to be one, but in the eyes of most so-called Christians no restrictions or requirements that scripture may place on us as God’s children apply to Christians in our day. We must step back and take a fresh look at scripture. Numerous passages, especially in the gospels, teach us how to live as Christians. No one seems to be all that familiar with Christian living anymore. Instead, there is the decades old attitude of “live and let live.” This is the state of the modern religionist. They will say “ you can’t judge me!“, Or “I’m free of that law!”

We live in a day when people think that being a Christian means that there are no more rules to follow, no standards to be governed by, and no ramifications for sin. In every walk of life there seems to be a breakdown of morals and a decline in respect for law.

A generation which has abandoned the Bible is paying for it now. Everywhere we look even among the church there seems to be the old attitude of, “if it feels good do it.“ For decades now we know that in our country the lawless attitude of society has allowed, tolerated, and sometimes even encouraged criminal activity and immorality.

We need to once again show a willingness to be taught how we ought to live our daily lives according to the word of God and when we do begin this trend it will change our lives, our communities, and our nation. Only when Christians are willing to be what the Bible teaches us to be will we ever make a difference! Are you willing to try?

And before I start getting a lot of comments on loving and forgiving let’s get this straight. If we truly love one another as Christians, we will tell one another what we need to hear. Whether it be a rebuke, correction, reproof, or exhortation. If we are not willing to warn a drinker of the evils of alcohol, a drug addict of the dangers of drug abuse, a pervert of their need of mental help, then we are failing. If my friend see’s me lapsing into a life of sin and remains silent because he thinks “It’s none of my business”, then that friend does not love me. If you disagree, I forgive your ignorance and will be praying for you.

2 Corinthians 13:5

Posted in Uncategorized by jameshknight on December 5, 2017

 

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(2 Corinthians 13:5) “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”

Many forget that Paul is writing this to a church. He is dealing with a possibility that noone seems willing to in our day.

In our day the church as a whole has been overtaken by a generation of weak little men that are scared to death to tell people that there are still a lot of lost folks in the church. Sadly, a lot of lost church members are full of the devil and a far past the point of no return. Yes, there are many claiming to be Christian that God has already turned over to a reprobate mind. God has given many over to their sin of religious pride and they are headed to hell with no hope. Multitudes are following with them. But God forbid that any man preach on this! This kind of preaching is unacceptable, it is politically incorrect, it is offensive! One of the most damnable heresies of the late twentieth century that has carried over into the twenty first is the popular “live and let live” philosophy, and this philosophy has evolved into an open condemnation of all who will speak the truth. But this is not a new problem, it was also prevalent in the church at Corinth. And when a man declares this kind of truth there is immediate condemnation from all sides, and accusations of being unloving, unkind, and ungodly. “You ought to preach more like Jesus,” they say. I would to God that these people knew what they were talking about! Jesus preached hard hitting hell-fire and brimstone more than anything else. He named and pointed out ungodliness and sinners. Oh yeah! Preachers are challenged to preach the same truth that Christ and His apostles preached. Well, the ones who do are usually the ones accused of not doing so.

 

Preach The Word Part 1

Posted in Uncategorized by jameshknight on November 15, 2015

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Preach The Word Part 1

2Ti 4:1,2 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Preaching The Word of God

In the day and age in which we live there is a great and growing need for the preaching of the word of God. There is a great deal of preaching going on to be sure, but very rare is the man who will preach the whole counsel of God’s word. Too many are worried about the possibility of losing the crowd or even being asked to leave the church if they take a stand on the word of God. God help us to be willing to stand in the face of opposition. There is a greater reward that awaits faithfulness than we could ever receive from our fellow man here in this life. It is time to search our own hearts, to call upon God, and to prayerfully seek and preach that which He would have us too; And this, in spite of adversity. God help us to make up our minds to do so.

There was a young man who had not long surrendered to preach the gospel. He sought advice from many older men of God as to how to execute the office to which God had called him. One of the men told him to be prepared for the worst that men had. He said, “Twenty years ago people wanted to hear preaching, real preaching. People expected to be told how to live when a man of God stood up. Now they are doing just what Paul wrote to Timothy about. They are ‘enduring’ sound doctrine. The time is soon coming that they will no longer ‘endure’ and they will heap to themselves teachers having itching ears.” This preacher advised the younger preacher to be prepared to work a job for the rest of his life because he did not believe that churches would be willing to support a full-time pastor in the near future. This seems to be the case in most quarters.

Now, ten years later, it is just as the older preacher said. “Churches are not going to want anyone who will stand.” Sadly enough, the “endurance” is about gone. Churches are heaping to themselves teachers having itching ears. However, all seem to have itching ears. The majority of church members have ears that itch for the “feel-good” non-offensive preaching of our modern day pulpiteers which is ringing across the airwaves and from the pulpits across our nation. And most preachers are plagued with ears that itch for praise from the people that they preach too, as well a palms that itch for the rewards for their feel-good sermonettes. One deacon in particular actually told his pastor that there is no need to preach in the mid-week service but to give a short “sermonette” and let everyone go home. Not long after that meeting the pastor was told that the church was not going to follow him and he was asked to leave. It is time to dig in, prepare for the fight and preach. Preach the whole counsel of God as we are commanded. Preach the Word of God in it’s entirety. Teach our people how to live. And if you have to suffer being chased away, then leave with the satisfaction of knowing that you have done what God has called you to do. Leave with dignity and pity those who have abused you. It is going to get worse before the Lord returns. Look again at what Paul said to Timothy…..

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

…and take heart to do what God would have you too. It may not always feel good, but it is right.

“I Charge Thee”

Paul was not simply advising Timothy to preach. He was commanding him to preach. When he said that he “charged” him, he was telling him that he was placing a great responsibility upon his shoulders. Paul was placing a great burden on this man Timothy; and that before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Judge of the quick and the dead. This is no small matter to be entered into because of a simple desire. It is a command to be met with a determination that cannot be swayed. A man of God can not escape the desire to preach the word of God. Paul said “woe unto me if I preach not the gospel.” Jeremiah said that when he made up his mind to be silent, the word of God was as a fire in his bones. If a man has any preach in him then he must preach.

Bring Back The Good Old Days

Posted in Uncategorized by jameshknight on November 4, 2015

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Bring Back The Good Old Days

When:

Sunday meant going to church.

I remember as a boy that my grandmother would get all of her grandchildren together and walk us to church. She could not get her children to go, but no one had the courage to disrespect grand-maw and tell her that she couldn’t take the grandchildren. I believe that if they had, there would not have been a second time. She was a good woman who did good for all and too all that she came in contact with. My grandmother loved people, and she loved her community, but overwhelmingly loved her family. Most of the children in our little town know her as another of their own grandmothers. We will never know, in this lifetime, all the good that she did or all of the lives that she touched in her walk here. Most of all, I am grateful to her that she took us to church every time the doors were open. My grandfather was a drunk, and a calloused, hard man in those days, he would not let her use his vehicle or his gas to go to church. He saw no use in wasting his possessions in such a way. But, rain or shine, maw- maw, as we called her, herded her little brood of grandchildren to church. I remember my wife’s face once when I was preaching and in town and a lady came up to me and spoke of what a good friend my grandmother was: and she spoke of how she used to watch as we were all walked to church down the road in front of her house, rain or shine. My wife realized then that I was not exaggerating the story. My grandmother remembered that when she was a child Sunday meant going to church. We walked to church many times in the rain or the snow, and in the sweltering humidity of the summer heat of Northeast Mississippi.

She grew up in a day, and many of our church members remember these times, that a person may have had only one pair of shoes. Your shoes were for school or church and that was all. Everywhere else you went barefoot. Most folks had two suits of clothes; One for every day and every place, the other was their Sunday-go-to-meeting suit. They were special, and were for a special day, Sunday. There was no wondering what they were going to be doing on Sunday morning. Everyone knew they were going to church. It meant something to go to church. It also meant something when a person was not at church.

In our day, the generation that is, for the most part, raising kids has the attitude that church is something that you do when you have nothing else to do. My generation has raised a generation shoving them on a bus to go to church, if they sent them. But rare is it to find families in our day of my age group that attend church together. It is no wonder that the nation has turned from God. The question is often raised. “Is America a Christian nation?” Well, I may emphatically say no, not if you go by what you see. There was a time that she was. That simply means that most of her population was Christian and tried to live like it. Today that is not the case. We have a generation that is religious but not saved. Today we are surrounded by people who call themselves Christian because they claim to believe a certain thing or two. They have a form of Godliness yet they deny the power thereof. America has gone so far away from God that she has become an anti-Christian nation. The only religions that are being restricted in the public performance of their rites, practices or demonstration of their beliefs are those that are built upon a faith in the Holy Bible as the Word of God. Even our national holidays are being taken from us. Was America built as, and intended to be a Christian nation? If you will look at our national holidays, you can see the obvious answer to this question. Christmas is a day set aside to celebrate the birth of the Precious Son of God. Easter is a day set aside to celebrate the death the burial and the resurrection of the Son of God. Thanksgiving was set aside to fast and pray and give thanks to the God of Heaven who had prospered the early settlers. There was once a law in most of our country that businesses shut down on Sunday. That hellish liquor could not be sold on Sunday. Once upon a time, Wed. night prayer service was a time that school activities and sports were prohibited so that people could be in church. Businesses once closed early so that employees could be at church. Today, because big money and politics talk, nothing is any longer sacred. Not even the fact that there IS a God and He is real. Is He real? Only God could have known thousands of years before man made the discovery that the world was round, it says so in His book. That the earth hangs on nothing in space, it says it in His book. Only God knew that every star was different, is was written in His book before the astronomers ever figured it out. Only God could have known thousands of years ago that there were “paths” or currents in the seas. It was written in His book thousands of years before they were discovered. And only God would have been able to know that if Abraham had not waited eight days to circumcise his son Isaac, the child would have bled to death. God knew and had his word written down with men never knowing why until my own life time. I will say that America was once a Christian nation. And should be again. The fact that God’s book proves Himself is reason enough that we should be allowed to continue with our worship. I do not believe in violent action to carry the word of God. But what God called sin thousands of years ago, is still sin today. What was abomination to God thousands of years ago, is still abomination today. Prayer is “commanded” by God, not simply allowed. Homosexuality is condemned by God, not simply disapproved of. Sodomy is still against the law in most of our nation even today and we have laws on the books now protecting those who practice it. And I personally don’t believe in atheism. It is a lie. All men know that there is a God, there are simply many who choose to deny Him in rebellion to the very soul that lives within them. I do not choose to require anyone who does not believe as I do to prove their beliefs to me. I do not feel that we as Christians should continually be required to state our beliefs. It is no new story. It is the oldest story known to man. Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Godhead, created all things. He made man, watched man throw it all away, and then gave Himself to die on a cross to give man the chance to come back to God. God loved you so much that He showed that He would rather die than see you go to hell. I think we all owe it to Him to read His book and find out how He feels about some things. I am a Christian, I will live by the book. Everyone else has to make their own choice. To be otherwise minded would make me a hypocrite. Read the book, cover to cover, and you may begin to understand why Christians feel the way they do. Don’t be a hypocrite, as most preachers are today, and try to preach what you are not familiar with. If I must continue to study secular history, and philosophy, poetry, the sciences, and other religions in order to preach accurately. Then others should read the book that I live by to try and understand what I preach. Want to learn of God and what the Word of God says? Get to church. The average community in America doesn’t have a thimble full of bible knowledge in it. Yet everyone is willing to make a fool of them selves arguing over the truth because they have kept themselves ignorant and can’t recognize it. People don’t go to church, don’t read and certainly won’t be quiet long enough to listen therefore they can’t know.

Bring back the good old days, when Sunday meant going to church. At least there, most people will listen, even if they don’t like it. At least there a preacher can speak without a great deal of interruption. It is usually only in the pulpit that a preacher can actually finish a statement and show you exactly what he is trying to say. When people did go to church regularly at least most were familiar enough with some of the word of God to be honest in their daily lives about what is right and what is wrong. And that because they got off their behinds and got to church so they could hear the preaching of the word of God.

Daniel 3:16-18

Posted in Uncategorized by jameshknight on November 4, 2015

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Daniel 3:16-18

“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy Gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

I know that it seems like things are looking bad. In reality, here on earth, they do look bad for the near future….

Christianity is being persecuted,

The Bible is under constant attack,

Devilish teachings are being defended and protected,

And ungodly practices are being allowed,

For years we have known that the time of the Lord’s return has been close, and with every day that passes that seems more clear. And for years we have known that the church is going to see persecution in the last days.

In 2 Timothy 3:1 we read that in the last days “perilous times shall come.” And in verse 12 of that same chapter we read that all that will live godly in Christ Jesus “shall suffer persecution.” These days are upon us all over the world. It is getting progressively worse and it is quickly becoming dangerous but we have got to remember that we are not alone. As far as this world and it’s hatred of the Church, God, and the Bible; and the persecution of God’s people, we ain’t seen nothing yet. And as far as life and our relationship to God and His blessings on us, that is another area where we ain’t seen nothing yet.

You can just hang on honey because if you’re a child of God the best is yet to come. We have got a better home waiting for us and it’s not gonna be long before the Lord comes back for us and we bid this world goodbye. And when it looks bad just remember He promised us….

“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:18

With these thoughts in mind, I want to remind you that according to the teaching of the word of God, History does repeat itself.

“there is no new thing under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9

What God’s people have suffered, we shall suffer again, there is no escaping it and the church has done the same thing that Israel did many times through the Old Testament. As Israel turned away from God, so has the church in our time: Especially in America. We have enjoyed the blessings of God and we have turned away from God. Historically, when God’s people turn away, they are judged, chastised and turned back to God in repentance. This cycle has begun in America. And we need to understand that one of two things is going on…..

…..either God is about to judge, chastise and purge the church, or Jesus is about to come back for the church and take us out of this world. Either way, it is probably going to get worse before it gets better. This brings us to our text in Daniel 3 again.

Dan 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.

Dan 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

Dan 3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

We see these men are surrounded by their enemies, outnumbered, seemingly alone, and still they stood for God. They stood out in the crowd here when the ungodly and unfaithful were bowed, even among their own countrymen. Not doubt, as the church is today, there were many Jews in the land with them that were brought captive from Jerusalem, and they had families and houses in Babylon and they were obviously willing to go along with things in Babylon without protest. Yet these three stood. And because they stood they stood out. Do you know why so few Christians stand out today? It is because so few are standing. You are an odd-ball if you are willing to stand for what is right in our day. You are an outcast and labeled as a trouble maker if you will stand against wickedness and sin. But we must learn to stand as these men did, and trust God to take care of the outcome. They exercised faith in a faithless generation. They showed faithfulness with no regard of the outcome to themselves, and they would not turn away from the God of heaven for the world or for their own safety.

They believed God and His word and would stand faithfully trusting God to reward their faithfulness. That is one of the greatest problems of our day. Very few people who claim to be Christian know anything of God’s written word. People don’t know what to stand for or against because they are not being taught and they are not willing to read the word of God for themselves. These men knew God and were familiar with His word and were willing to stake their all on it. Because they knew God’s word, they knew they could trust Him. Therefore they stood.

These men were definitely not the only Jews that had been brought forth to Babylon by the king: Many who were Jewish by birth, by practice, and in name, were there with them in the captivity. And many were exactly what we just said, Jewish in name only. That same problem is prevalent in Christianity in America today. Too many professors of the faith that don’t even know what they profess. There are too many that are claiming to be Christians that have been taught a sweet, pacifist, liberal, and weak religious system of beliefs that has no teeth or backbone. And they will not stand for or against anything except true Christianity. If you claim to be a Christian and you will not stand against wickedness and what is wrong, you are nothing. If you won’t stand for or against “something” then you have “nothing.” Face it. If you can’t stand against what God’s word teaches against then you don’t have anything from God. Read the book that God gave us to live by. You will, to the shock and amazement of the religious world, find that God is a wrathful and righteous judge of sin and wickedness. You will also find that there are some people that God hates. Think not? Then you don’t know and have not read the book. Don’t try to tell me what it says if you have never read it. I will continue to stand on that book, if you won’t, then you have nothing to stand on. Good luck in your fall.

These men were the only ones persecuted. Out of all the hundreds of thousands of Jews in Babylon, these three were cast into the fire. Where were all the others? Where were the faithful? The same place they are today: Hiding like cowards that didn’t have enough of God to help them stand. Guess what, if what you have won’t help you stand, then it probably won’t get you into heaven. Think about it. And who persecuted them? The very king that had just recently thought so much of them did. That is just like the world, if you will just quietly let them do what they please and go along with the crowd, you will be loved and accepted. The moment a Christian says, “wait a minute now, this is going too far, this is wrong,” that world that you are working so hard to stay friendly with is going to turn on you and want to get rid of you at all costs.

Are you a Christian? Try learning what God’s word says, then trying standing on that. If you are not willing, then don’t try and tell someone else what is wrong or right, because you are willingly ignorant already. Trying to tell someone else how to do something just because you have a preference is just a ridiculous as calling yourself a Christian and not trying to live like one.

Zeal Without Knowledge

Posted in Uncategorized by jameshknight on October 28, 2015

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As we begin another day let’s make our minds up that we are going to live for God from the start. Start the day with prayer. Start out the morning mindful of God, His blessings, His word, and His promises. Most of us never even think about God until someone else says something or does something that goes against what we claim to believe and love. Yes we are to be always ready to give an answer for what we believe, for that hope which we have but that is not supposed to be what we live for. I see on facebook so many people who are quick to respond to wickedness and lies and yet their responses betray their own complete lack of knowledge of the bible. While at the same time I see truth attacked in the name of God and with the misuse of scripture or simply a total lack of knowing what the bible says. If you don’t know what the bible says keep quiet. Read the book that God wrote and you will begin to know and understand Him better. Get to know the word of God if you are a Christian. Start at Genesis 1 and read all the way through Revelation 22. Once you do, you begin again, and again, and again. This is part of the life of a child of God. If you are not willing to do this, then don’t take it upon yourself to educate the world on theological issues. Just stick to what you know. And, know this…..If you are claiming to be a Christian and you don’t have a desire to know God and His word better, maybe all you are doing is “claiming” to be a Christian.