THE PERMANENT RECORD

Columnist Bob Green of the Chicago Tribune has a theory about what’s wrong with the world. He blames it on what he calls the “Death of the Permanent Record.”

He recalls that grade-school children once lived in fear of having their bad behavior noted on The Permanent Record. Because of this, people learned in their youth to stop before they did something deceitful or unethical. They didn’t stop because they were so good but for fear of having their actions written down.

Today, according to Bob Green, people have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as a permanent record. In fact, they believe no one has a right to keep track. Green says that with today’s emphasis on our rights of privacy, if a school child were ever threatened with something going on his permanent record, he would probably file suit under the Freedom of Information Act and gain possession of his files before recess.

Behind Green’s humor is an excellent point. Where there is no fear of a lasting record, people tend to do what they think they can get away with. The problem for mankind, however, is that a permanent record does exist – and it is kept by God. “But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Rev. 21:27). Friends, the Almighty keeps record! Will you be in the Lamb’s book of life?

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
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“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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PSALM 23

The Lord is my Shepherd … That’s Relationship!
I shall not want … That’s Supply!
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures …  That’s Rest!
He leadeth me beside the still waters … That’s Refreshment!
He restoreth my soul … That’ s Healing!
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness … That’s Guidance!
For His name sake … That’s Purpose!
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death … That’s Testing!
I will fear no evil … That’s Faithfulness!
For Thou art with me … That’s Protection!
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me … That’s Discipline!
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies … That’s Hope!
Thou annointest my head with oil … That’s Consecration!
My cup runneth over … That’s Abundance!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life … That’s Blessing!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord … That’s Security!
Forever … That’s Eternity!

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
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SUFFERING SHIPWRECK OF THE FAITH

SUFFERING SHIPWRECK OF THE FAITH

1 Timothy 1:18-20

INTRODUCTION

The Christian is engaged in warfare

  1. It is a good warfare… 1 Timothy 1:18; cf. 1 Timothy 6:12
  2. It is a spiritual warfare… Ephesians 6:10-12
  3. It is a battle for “the” faith… Jude 3
  4. One that requires faith and a good conscience on our part… 1 Timothy 1:19

It is possible for Christians to do poorly in this “war”

  1. 1 Timothy 1:19
  2. By rejecting their faith and conscience
  3. Suffering shipwreck concerning the faith
  4. Such was true of two men mentioned by Paul
  5. 1 Timothy 1:20
  6. 1 Corinthians 5:1-13

Could this be true of us today?

  1. Might we become guilty of “Suffering Shipwreck of The Faith”?
  2. Indeed, we can suffer shipwreck, first…

DISCUSSION

BY REJECTING ONE’S FAITH

What is faith?

  1. Faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true
  2. Its primary idea is trust
  3. A strong conviction or trust in something
  4. Hebrews 11:1

It is a strong conviction or trust in Jesus:

  1. Who Jesus is…
    • That is what He claimed
    • That is truly the Son of the living God… John 8:24
  2. What Jesus did…
    • That He died on the cross for our sins
    • That His death is truly a sufficient propitiation or sacrifice for our sins
  3. What Jesus said
    • That He alone provides the way to eternal life
    • That He alone is the way to God, the Father… John 14:6-7

How do we develop proper faith?

  1. Comes through the Word of God
    • Romans 10:17
    • John 20:30-31
  2. Strengthened through fellowship with other Christians
    • Hebrews 3:12-14
    • Hebrews10:24-25
  3. Confirmed through obedience… John 7:17
  4. But, faith can be destroyed…
    • Weakened by neglecting the Word of God!… Hosea 4:6
    • More likely to turn to unbelief by forsaking fellowship with other Christians!… Hebrews 3:12-14
    • Becomes a dead faith in the absence of works!… James 2:20-23, 26
  5. When you neglect the Word of God, forsake fellowship with brethren, and cease to do the will of God, you reject your faith, and make shipwreck of the faith.
  6. One also suffers shipwreck of the faith…

BY REJECTING ONE’S CONSCIENCE

What is the conscience?

“that process of thought which distinguishes what it considers morally good or bad, commending the good, condemning the bad, and so prompting to do the former, and to avoid the latter.” – Vine

Our conscience cannot always be reliable

  1. Paul had served God with a good conscience throughout his life… Acts 23:1
  2. Even at a time when he was persecuting Christians!… Acts 26:9-11
  3. Our conscience is like a clock, which works properly only if set correctly
  4. Even so, God desires that we have a good conscience… 1 Timothy 1:5; cf. 3:9

How do we develop a proper conscience?

  1. A good conscience is made possible through Jesus’ blood
    • Old Testament sacrifices and ordinances were insufficient… Hebrews 9:9; cf. 10:1-4
    • The blood of Jesus can cleanse one’s conscience… Hebrews 9:14; cf. 1 Peter 3:21
  2. A good conscience is maintained by obedience to God’s will
    • Failure to do what we know is right is sinful… James 4:17
    • Conduct with godly sincerity makes for a good conscience… 2 Corinthians 1:12

But, a good conscience can be destroyed

  1. Much harm can be done to our conscience
    • We can violate our conscience, which is sinful… Romans 14:22-23
    • We can defile our conscience, leading to unbelief… Titus 1:15
    • We can sear our conscience, leading to apostasy… 1 Timothy 4:1-2
  2. Whenever we ignore or violate our conscience, we are in dangerous territory!
    • A guilty conscience soon leads to a hardened conscience
      • E.g., once our conscience is hardened regarding attendance
      • …it is more likely to become hardened against doing what is right in other areas
    • Can we say what the writer of Hebrews did?… Hebrews 13:18
      • “…for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably”
      • If we make it a habit not to attend all the services of the church, can we really say “we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably”?

CONCLUSION

The Faith (the gospel) is designed to develop and nurture one’s faith and conscience…

  1. The gospel makes known what to believe and provides evidence… John 20:30-31
  2. The gospel provides the means to purify our hearts and conscience
    • Hebrews 9:14
    • 1 Peter 3:21
  3. If we reject faith and a good conscience, then the Faith suffers shipwreck in our lives!

Note how Paul felt as he came to the end of life… 2 Timothy 4:7

  1. That was because he strove to have a good conscience… Acts 24:16
  2. That was because he lived by faith… Galatians 2:20

Are you fighting the good fight?

  1. Are you keeping the faith?
  2. Or have you suffered shipwreck by rejecting faith and a good conscience?
  3. If so, then come back to the Shepherd of our souls!
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LET IT FLOW THROUGH

There was a beautiful lake that lost its zesty freshness. The water formerly had been clear. It was alluring to animals and people alike. But it became covered with a green scum. The farm animals became ill from drinking the water. Finally someone came by the lake who understood the problem. Debris collecting from the hard spring rains had stopped up the dam and prevented the free flow of water, not into the lake, but out of the lake. The spillway was cleared, and soon the lake was fresh and clean again. The flow in and out was necessary to keep the water pure!

Doesn’t the same principle apply to you and me as human beings? The blessings of life flow to you and me, but we fail to realize that most of these blessings are not meant just to flow to us, but through us, for the good of others around us, especially for those in need.

Remember, “So then, as we have opportunity, let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith” (Gal. 6:10). “All things therefore whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do ye also unto them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Mat. 7:12). May our blessings always flow through to others.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
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http://www.harrisandmoore.org
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WHERE THERE IS HOPE THERE IS LIFE

A few years ago the psychology Department of Duke University carried on an interesting experiment. They wanted to see how long rats could swim. In one container they placed a rat for which there was no possibility of escape. He swam a few moments and then ducked his head to drown. In the other container they made the hope of escape a possibility for the rat. The rat swam for several hours before finally giving up. The conclusion of the experiment was just the opposite of our common conclusion. We usually say, “As long as there is life, there is hope.” The Duke experiment proved, “As long as there is hope, there is life.”

Beloved, we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and stedfast and entering into that which is within the veil; whither as a forerunner Jesus entered for us, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek” (Heb. 6:19-20). That is why our Hope declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (Jn. 14:6).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
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A PATTERN FOR THOSE WHO WOULD BE SAVED

A PATTERN FOR THOSE WHO WOULD BE SAVED

1 Timothy 1:12-17

INTRODUCTION

Are you someone who has contemplated becoming a Christian, but wondered…

  1. Would God forgive you for the terrible things you’ve done?
  2. Could you live the kind of life God desires of you?

There is a man who serves as an example for you…

  1. Of the grace and mercy that is available for you
  2. Of the faith and love that you can have in Jesus

His name is Paul, and in 1 Timothy 1:12-17 he describes how his own conversion is “A Pattern for Would-Be Christians.”

DISCUSSION

PAUL GIVES US A PATTERN FOR THOSE WHO WOULD BE SAVED BY DEMONSTRATING THE GRACE OF OUR LORD

Note Paul’s former life…

  1. He was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent (violent) man… 1 Timothy 1:13
  2. Approved of the death of Stephen… Acts 7:58; 8:1
  3. Making havoc of the church in Jerusalem… Acts 8:3
  4. Persecuting Christians even to Damascus… Acts 9:1-2
  5. Persecuting even to the point of imprisonment and death… Acts 22:4
  6. Enraged against Christians, compelling them to blaspheme… Acts 26:9-11
  7. His goal was to destroy the church of God… Galatians 1:13
  8. He was indeed “chief” of sinners…1 Timothy 1:15

Yet the grace of the Lord was “exceedingly abundant” and he obtained mercy! … 1 Timothy 1:14, 16

  1. What about your life?
  2. Yes, you have committed sin
    • Romans 3:23
    • James 2:10
      • Perhaps you are a good, moral person like the Eunuch, Cornelius, or Lydia
      • Perhaps you are a murderer and blasphemer like Paul was

In either case, Jesus came to into the world to save sinners… 1 Timothy 1:15

  1. The grace of the Lord is exceedingly abundant… 1 Timothy 1:14
  2. The Lord is long-suffering
    • 1 Timothy 1:16
    • 2 Peter 3:9

Will you not let Paul’s pattern move you to obediently believe on the Lord for everlasting life? … 1 Timothy 1:16

  1. There is no sin too great, no crime so heinous, that cannot be forgiven by the grace of the Lord!
  2. The conversion of Paul serves as evidence that no matter who you are or what you’ve done, you can be saved. 

PAUL ALSO GIVES US A PATTERN FOR THOSE WHO WOULD BE SAVED BY DEMONSTRATING THE FAITH AND LOVE IN JESUS

Note Paul’s service to Christ…

  1. The Lord put Paul into the ministry… 1 Timothy 1:12
  2. To bear witness to what he had seen… Acts 26:16
  3. To turn people from the power of Satan to God… Acts 26:18
  4. He became a pattern of the faith and love that is possible in Christ… 1 Timothy 1:14
  5. He cooperated – was obedient – with the grace of God… 1 Corinthians 15:9-10
  6. Striving to be the best he could be… Philippians 3:12-15
  7. Learning contentment, finding strength… Philippians 4:11-13

Paul provides the example of a life of faith and love that leads to peace… Philippians 4:9

What about your life?

  1. If you are already a Christian
    • Are you experiencing the faith and love that is Christ?
      • Faith that comes from the Word of God?… Romans 10:17
      • Love that comes by being taught of God? … 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10
    • Are you following the pattern of Paul?
      • Cooperating with the grace of God to turn from sin?
      • Ever pressing onward toward spiritual maturity?
      • Faithful to whatever ministry the Lord places upon you?
  2. If you are not yet a Christian
    • Why not take the step of faith like Paul did?
      • He did what the Lord commanded him – Acts 22:16
      • He started anew, walking by faith and not by sight… 2 Corinthians 5:7
    • Why not accept the love that is available in Jesus?
      • The love of God, your heavenly Father… 1 John 4:10-11; 5:2-3
      • The love of Jesus, your wonderful Savior… John 15:9-10

Will you not let Paul’s pattern move you to grow in faith and love? … 1 Corinthians 11:1

CONCLUSION

Note that Paul was moved to respond to the grace of the Lord in two ways…

  1. He thanked Jesus Christ… 1 Timothy 1:12
  2. He praised God… 1 Timothy 1:17

Shall we not respond to the grace of God in the same way?

  1. Thanking God by rendering obedience to the gospel of Christ?
  2. Praising God by growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ?

Then perhaps the Lord can also use us as “A Pattern for Would-Be Christians” … 1 Timothy 4:12

Tom Moore
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http://www.harrisandmoore.org
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“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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MOTIVATION

Have you ever felt that you just didn’t have the heart for something?

Late one night, a man had gone to a party and had too much to drink, so he decided it would be best to walk home. He found a shortcut through a poorly lit cemetery and, in the darkness, stumbled into an open grave. He tried to climb out but the walls were too slippery. Again and again he fell back into the grave. Finally, in exhaustion, he settled in a corner to wait for sunlight.

A few minutes later, another man in the same condition was cutting through the cemetery and fell victim to the same grave. He, too, tried desperately to climb and claw his way out, and he was equally unsuccessful.

As he was about to give up in hopeless resignation, he heard a voice from the darkness of his pit: “You may as well give up. You’ll never get out of here.”
But he did – with lightening speed!

Spiritually speaking, fear can motivate us to do the things we think we do not have the heart or the desire to do. The Hebrew writer declared, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31). Shouldn’t the fear of meeting the Almighty in the Judgment cause one to want to be prepared for this day? Shouldn’t it motivate us to want to be faithful unto the Lord? “The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling hath seized the godless ones: Who among us can dwell with the devouring fire? who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?” (Isa. 33:14). My friends, “fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccl. 12:13).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
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WE NEED LAUGHTER

The average child laughs 400 times a day.

The average adult laughs 15 times a day.

What happens in life that makes adults lose their laughter?

Do we quit laughing because we are old, or do we get old because we quit laughing?

Inspiration says, “A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” (Pro. 15:13).

Tom Moore
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“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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USING THE LAW

1 Timothy 1:8-11

INTRODUCTION
A. A major problem in the early church was a proper understanding of the law of Moses
1. Some Jewish Christians sought to bind it upon Gentile Christians… Acts 15:1-6
2. Some Jewish Christians continued to observe certain elements of the Law… Acts 21:20

B. The issue prompted several epistles from Paul
1. To the church at Rome
2. To the churches in Galatia
3. To the church at Colosse
4. To the Hebrew Christians in Palestine (if Paul be the author)

C. It was evidently a problem in the church at Ephesus…
1. Where Paul left Timothy… 1 Timothy 1:3-4
2. Where some strayed as in their use of the Law… 1 Timothy 1:5-7

D. A similar problem often exists today, where people…
1. Fail to understand the purpose and limitations of the Law of Moses
2. Use the Law of Moses in ways that are not lawful

E. But as Paul writes, the Law of Moses is good when used lawfully… 1 Timothy 1:8-11

F. From his words in this text and elsewhere, let’s examine first…

DISCUSSION
A. THE LAW OF MOSES USED LAWFULLY
1. The Law of Moses is used lawfully for wisdom regarding salvation through faith
a. As Paul wrote later in his second epistle to Timothy… 2 Timothy 3:14-17
1) Referring to the Scriptures Timothy knew from childhood
2) An obvious reference to the Old Testament, including the Law of Moses

b. Appeal was often made to the Old Testament in discussing the nature of salvation
1) As when Philip preached Christ to the eunuch… Acts 8:30-35
2) As when James spoke at the conference in Jerusalem… Acts 15:13-17
3) As when Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome… Romans 4:1-8

c. We can learn much about our salvation in Christ from the Law of Moses!

2. The Law of Moses is used lawfully for doctrine
a. There is much we can learn about God in the Old Testament
1) His omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience – cf. Psalm 139
2) His longsuffering and mercy, His justice and righteous indignation – cf. Psalm 103
3) His providential workings in the affairs of nations and men – cf. Daniel 2,4,5

b. There is much we can learn about mankind
1) The origin and fall of man – cf. Genesis 1-3
2) The weakness of man and need for redemption… Psalm 51

c. We can learn much about God and our need for Christ from the Law of Moses!

3. The Law of Moses is used lawfully for reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness
a. The Law contains principles of righteousness that remain true throughout time
1) Condemning such sins as murder, fornication, homosexuality, kidnapping, lying, etc.
2) When admonishing Christians regarding basic principles of righteousness, the apostles often appealed to the Old Testament
a) Romans 12:19-21
b) 1 Peter 3:8-12
c) Hebrews 12:4-7

b. The Law reveals much about sin
1) The nature and spread of sin… Galatians 3:19
2) The condemnation of sin… Romans 3:19-20

c. We can learn much about sin and its terrible consequences from the Law of Moses!

4. The Law of Moses is used lawfully for learning and admonition…
a. As Paul in his epistles to churches in Rome and Corinth
1) Romans 15:4
2) 1 Corinthians 10:11-12
a) The Old Testament was written for our learning, that we might have hope
b) The Old Testament was written for our admonition, that we might not fall

b. God’s dealings with Israel serves as an example for the church today
1) As God’s elect, corporate Israel received the promises, but some individuals did not
2) As God’s elect, the church as a whole will be saved, but as individuals we must make our calling and election sure
a) 1 Peter 2:9-10
b) 2 Peter 1:10

c. From the Law we can learn much about the very real danger of apostasy! – e.g., Hebrews 3:8-4:1

5. Yes, “the law is good, if a man use it lawfully.”

6. What then would be some examples of the Law of Moses being used improperly?

B. THE LAW OF MOSES USED IMPROPERLY
1. The Law of Moses is used improperly for foolish arguments
a. What Paul described as “vain talking,” the result of ignorance… 1 Timothy 1:6-7

b. What he described as “foolish questionings, genealogies, strifes, and fightings about the law” (Tit. 3:9)

c. Have you noticed how often false teachers appeal to the Old Testament to broadcast their false doctrines?

2. The Law of Moses is used improperly for justification from sin
a. This was the error of the Judaizing teachers, who demanded that Gentile Christians must be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses… Acts 15:1, 5

b. It renders the death of Christ meaningless… Galatians 2:21

c. Seeking justification (salvation) by the Law separates one from Christ! … Galatians 5:4

3. The Law of Moses is used improperly for binding such things as its feasts and sabbaths
a. Paul evidently had no problem with Jewish Christians (including himself) observing various elements of the Law as a personal matter while the temple was still standing
1) Acts 16:1-3; 18:18, 21; 21:18-26
2) 1 Corinthians 9:19-20

b. But he drew the line when attempts were made to bind such on Gentile Christians
1) Galatians 2:3-5
2) Colossians 2:16

c. For the death of Christ broke down the Law which divided Jew and Gentile… Ephesians 2:14-16

d. Some have sought to bind various Jewish feast days, the Sabbath, dietary restrictions upon the church; this is an unlawful use of the Law of Moses!

4. The Law of Moses is used improperly for authority in worship
a. Some have appealed to the Law to justify various practices in their worship
1) For example, separate priesthood, special clothing, building of temples
2) For example, burning of incense, instrumental music, even animal sacrifices

b. Yet the New Covenant ushered in a more spiritual worship
1) As Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well… John 4:20-24
2) The worship under the Law of Moses:
a) Was “symbolic for the present time” … Hebrews 9:9
b) Contained “fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation” … Hebrews 9:10

c. To appeal to the Law of Moses as authority for any practice in worship fails to recognize that the time of reformation has come!

CONCLUSION
A. As Paul wrote to the brethren at Rome… Romans 7:12

B. Even so, the Law had its limitations…
1. It was designed to be temporary, until the coming of Christ – Galatians 3:19, 23-25
2. It could not provide true redemption from sin… Hebrews 9:9; 10:1-4

C. Thus, the Law of Moses today is not designed to make one righteous (1 Tim. 1:9), for true justification and sanctification comes only through the work of Christ

D. Our understanding and application of the Law must be governed by and in harmony with the sound doctrine and gospel teachings of the apostles… 1 Timothy 1:10b-11

E. Appreciate the lawful use of the Law of Moses, and benefit thereby, while being careful of its unlawful use!

Tom Moore
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http://www.harrisandmoore.org
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IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

The story has been told, many times, how that at dawn an old man was walking along the beach. He noticed, at a distance, a young man throwing starfish into the ocean.

After a while the old man caught up the other and asked, “Why are you throwing the starfish back into the ocean?”

“Because they will die if they feel the midday sun.”

“But there are thousands of miles of beach and thousands of starfish. How can your puny efforts make any real difference?”

The young man stopped and looked at the starfish in his hand. After a moment, he threw it into the sea and said, “It makes a difference to this one.”

Friends there are millions needing the gospel – millions who need to hear the saving message (Mk. 16:15-16). There are hoards of people who need an encouraging word (Heb. 10:24-25), and many others needing our prayers lifted in their behalf (Phil. 1:4). Let us not be discouraged and give up due to the vast numbers. Try to make a difference in the life of someone each day. It will make difference to them.

Whose life will you make a difference in today!

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
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“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”

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