ETS Thought 033014, Sin vs Praise, Genesis 4:7

In my last blog post, I wrote about Pastor Steve Hill who passed away on March 9th of this year. His death was the result of cancer, and at his age of sixty years, he seemed “so very young.” Steve was a very effective preacher. I have watched all three of the videos of Steve that I put with the post. I also watched other videos of Steve preaching in various revival types of meetings. One thing, that is very clear, is that Steve Hill spoke very directly to “the church” about its sinfulness. He also addressed non-believers, but his sermons to believers were greatly needed. Steve had a very captivating voice; his message could not be missed. One of the consistent points of his sermons dealt with the fact that “the church” is full of “unconfessed sin.” I would like to call that situation, “leading a double life.” That can include husbands and wives keeping secrets from each other, to include having private passwords for each of their computers, cell phones, and other things which were made secret from the mate. It can also include a pastor having a relationship with a female, in or out of his church, that has created too much of an intimate state of friendship. Steve Hill also talked about our legacies, and what people will find out about “our secret lives,” when “all of our stuff” is cleared out of “our secret hiding places,” in our homes and places of business, after we die.

The Apostle Paul realized that we will always have a problem with sin. In Romans 7:14- 24, I see Paul saying, “the things I know that I should do, I don’t do; the things that I shouldn’t do, I do.” But, the Apostle knew the reason for this inner battle of the will versus the spirit. He said, “it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells in me.” Paul recognized that even though his spirit had been born again, and that he had been saved, he still had a sin nature of the soul. God spoke directly to Cain about the same problem in Genesis 4:7, when He said, “sin is crouching at the door, and its desire is for you.” But, God said to Cain in relation to sin, “you should rule over it.” Until all of us die, all of us will have to deal with “indwelling sin,” which will continually tempt us to live and act outside of God’s will for our lives. For the pastor who is in an affair, or is about to enter one; “just end it.” For others who are “playing with fire,” just put the fire out!

A well-known pastor once said, “sin will take you to places that you hadn’t planned on going, and will keep you there longer than you wanted to stay.” This letter is being written to people who are very smart, and don’t need further clarification on sin. But, let me make one more statement, and it’s for the pastor who may be in an extra-marital affair. “Pastor, when you are standing before your congregation, and are trying to worship God, can you really worship Him with such unconfessed sin that is so deeply embedded within your soul?”

Please let me encourage you to listen to the videos of Steve Hill in my post 032914. The second one is of lesser quality, but it sends a clear message for us, to watch how we live our lives. John 4:24 tells us that we should worship God in spirit and truth. In essence, that requires “all of us for all of Him.” The following video deals with our total worship of God. Let that total worship of God go with us at all times, to all places.

Total Praise
Prestonwood Baptist Church
Southern Baptist Convention
Fort Worth, Texas USA
Dr. Jack Graham, Senior Pastor

ETS Thought 032914, Pastor Steve Hill, In Memoriam

The following words of memoriam to Pastor Steve Hill were taken from a media release of Daystar.com.

On Sunday, March 9th, Evangelist and Pastor Steve Hill went home to be with the Lord.

After experiencing his own deliverance from drugs, alcohol and crime in 1975, Steve Hill dedicated his life to serving the Lord, and led many to salvation during his time here on Earth. He served as the evangelist during the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Florida from 1995 to 2000, which drew more than 4 million people from 150 different nations. Thousands of lives were dramatically transformed through this revival as the power of Christ was ministered to those in attendance. Steve and his wife, Jeri, were also the founders and senior pastors of Heartland World Ministries Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Steve Hill was a great man of God who dedicated his life to serving the Lord, and he will be greatly missed. Please remember to keep his family in your prayers during this difficult season.

ETS Thought 032914, Pastor Steve Hill, In Memoriam

Steve Hill “January 17, 1954 – March 9, 2014”

I will not say a lot about Pastor Steve Hill, other than that I found him to be a man who was totally sold out for the cause of Christ. As you view, and listen to, the following videos, I trust that you will easily see the tenacity of speech that Steve had. That tenacity was an instrument that Steve used to cause his listeners to think seriously about their relationship with God, as to whether they would spend eternity in Heaven, or an eternity in Hell. Consider the following scriptures that should encourage all believers in Christ to seriously take the message of Christ to a lost and dying world.

Romans 3:23
New International Version (NIV)
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 5:8
New International Version (NIV)
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6:23
New International Version (NIV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:9
New International Version (NIV)
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,you will be saved.

John 3:3
New International Version (NIV)
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

John 3:16
New International Version (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:17
New International Version (NIV)
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:18
New International Version (NIV)
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Revelation 20:15
New International Version (NIV)
15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Now, for the videos of Pastor Steve Hill.

Steve Hill – Legacy Of Revival – In Memoriam

Steve Hill – The Visit – A Sermon

Steve Hill – The Legacy – A Sermon

Philippians 3:10, “That I may know Him”

ETS Thought 032314, Left Behind (?)

It has been said that the circuit riding evangelist of the 1700s, John Wesley, was preaching a five-day revival. In the first day of the revival, he preached that “You Must Be Born Again.” The second day of the revival John Wesley preached “You Must Be Born Again.” On the third day of the revival Mr. Wesley preached “You must be Born Again.” The sermon on the fourth day was “You Must Be Born Again.” To conclude the revival, John Wesley preached “You Must Be Born Again.” As John Wesley was getting ready to leave the church, he received a question from one of the people who had attended all five days of the revival. The question was in the form of a statement to Pastor Wesley, and was stated as follows. “Mr. Wesley, each day of the revival, you preached ‘You Must Be Born Again.’ Can you please tell me why?” John Wesley gave the following quick answer. “The reason that I preached each day ‘You Must Be Born Again’ is very simple. You must be born again.”

Please consider the scriptures, and the video that follows. Then ask yourself the two following questions. “Have I been born again?” Will I be left behind if the Lord Jesus were to catch up His church today?

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Coming of the Lord

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. 15 For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. 16 For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

John 3:3-8
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The New Birth

3 Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

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Philippians 3:10, “That I May Know Him”

ETS Thought, A Peaceful Sabbath, Looking To The Lord’s Day

Shabbat Shalom (Peaceful Sabbath) is coming to another close. The Lord’s Day will be appearing with the next sunrise. May God’s Holy Word bless you. May God’s people give you a rich blessing through the singing of praises to Him.

Numbers 6:24-26

King James Version (KJV)

24 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

25 The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Gospel Music Medley Parts 1 and 2

First Baptist Church Jacksonville

Southern Baptist Convention

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Senior Pastor, Dr. Mac Brunson

Corrected Post For Dates

ETS Thought 032114, God’s Watchcare Over Us

ETS Thought 032114, God’s Watchcare Over Us

Genesis 2:1-3 (4004 B.C.) – Sabbath Declared Holy By God
New International Version (NIV)
2 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Mark 2:27 (31 A.D.)- The Beneficiaries Of Sabbath
New International Version (NIV)
27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

Matthew 6:7-8 (31 A.D.) – God’s Knowledge Of Mankind’s Needs
New International Version (NIV)
7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Genesis 4:26 (3875 B.C.)
New International Version (NIV)
26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh.
At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.

Exodus 16:23-30 (1491 B.C.)
New International Version (NIV)
23 He said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’”
24 So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. 25 “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a sabbath to the Lord. You will not find any of it on the ground today.26 Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”
27 Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? 29 Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

Exodus 20:8-11 (1491 B.C.) – First Mention Of Sabbath To God’s People
New International Version (NIV)
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

In Exodus 16:23-30, and Exodus 20:8-11, no mention is made of Sabbath Corporate Worship. The focus is on the Holiness of the Sabbath Day, and mankind’s need to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. In Exodus 16:29, God gave the Sabbath specifically to the Jews, the descendants of Shem. There is no scripture reference that God made such a gift to the sons of Ham or Japheth, or of the demands of Sabbath to them. Still, God’s Holiness was present throughout His creation. Also, remember that the Jews were the torch bearers for God’ plan of salvation. (See John 4:22)

John 4:22 (30 A.D.)
New International Version (NIV)
22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.

The focus on Sabbath scriptures is on mankind’s need to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. There is no mention, or demand, for the need for mankind’s rest for man’s purposes.

Dates in this writing are taken from the Scofield Study Bible. Notice that from the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, to the first mention of mankind’s “calling on the Name of the Lord” (Gen 4:26), one hundred twenty-nine years passed and there was no reference to Sabbath during that period of time. Notice, also, that from the time that mankind began to call on the Name of the Lord, to the second mention of the Sabbath (Ex 16:23), 2,384 years passed, or 2,513 years from the first mention of the Sabbath by God (Gen 2:1-3).

It is good for God’s people to meet together in corporate worship. Such a day can be on the Sabbath Day, or on the First Day Of The Week, or on any day of the week, but no specific day is required of us by God’s Holy Word. Taking a day off from work is also good for us to do for our personal rest, but such rest does not create an honoring of mankind for the Sabbath. It is very important for us to not put our personal thoughts into God’s Word. Even when we are not aware of God’s watchcare over us, He is still watching over us with all of His love and care. There is a scripture that speaks directly about Sabbath rest. See Hebrews 4:9-10. If we are born again, we have entered that rest. See John 3:3-8.

Hebrews 4:9-10 (64 A.D.)
New International Version (NIV)
9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.

John 3:3-8 (30 A.D.)
New International Version (NIV)
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

Now, let’s worship God.

“Even So”

Philippians 3:10, “That I may know Him” (64 A.D.)

ETS Thought 032014, The Day of Preparation – The Lord’s Sabbath Day

In the morning (Friday), we will wake up to the Day of Preparation. We will progress throughout the day and enter into the Lord’s Sabbath at sundown. Begin your preparation for the Day of Preparation and the Lord’s Sabbath this evening through prayer. Pray that God will lead you through a day of Holy Communion with Him as you go throughout the day. Pray that God will lead you through the next day of, “darkness, dawn, daylight, dusk, and darkness,”and that you will be drawn into a closer and more intimate walk with God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.)

I want to encourage all of you to be present at our church service tomorrow evening (Friday), at 6:30 PM, as the Day of Preparation ends, and the Lord’s Sabbath begins. For those of you who do not attend our Church services, I am asking you to pray for God to lead us into greater intimacy with Him as we worship Him, and acknowledge that “God declared and made the Sabbath Day Holy.” The day is about God; let’s keep that truth as our focus of worship. Please read the scriptures below, very carefully, and keep your focus on the words that are written. Seek truth. Be a Berean.

Genesis 2:1-3
King James Version (KJV)
2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Exodus 20:8-11
King James Version (KJV)
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Mark 15:42 New Living Translation
This all happened on Friday, the day of preparation, the day before the Sabbath. As evening approached,

Luke 23:54 New Living Translation
This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation, as the Sabbath was about to begin.

John 19:14 New International Version
It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon. “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.

John 19:31 English Standard Version
Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away.

John 19:42 New Living Translation
And so, because it was the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

Acts 17:11 New International Version
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

Now, let’s come into the Presence of God.

In The Presence Of Jehovah

John 4:24 New American Standard Bible

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (all of us, for all of Him)

ETS Thought 031914, Old Friends, John 15:13

John 15:13

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

13 “The greatest love you can show is to give your life for your friends.”

This worship video was recorded in about the mid 1990s. It has songs of

many great Christian singers who have blessed churches with their songs

of faith in our Lord and Savior for many years. You will notice that more

than a few of the singers have gone on to heir heavenly home. The video

has a duration of about an hour and a half. Sit back, and take a load off

your mind. Enjoy the traditional hymns of the church, which are sung in

a very spiritual way. While you’re being blessed by the songs of the “Old

Friends,” of Bill and Gloria Gaither, be sure to thank God for your “Old

Friends.” You might even want to call some of your special friends and

tell them that you love them and that you appreciate their friendship.

Old Friends, Bill and Gloria Gather, and many of their “old friends.”

Philippians 3:10
“That I may know Him”