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March 2, 2007

Some comments:

by on March 2, 2007. Filed under God / Bible

 

I get what you’re saying, it is a strange paradox; but God is so far above us and I think both are true.  If the Bible says it, we do have free will and God does choose us, His Spirit ‘woos’ us.  Hard to understand but easy to Trust HIm and not fret.  If great theologians can’t grasp it (and have been arguing for centuries)I’m not going to worry about.  God has given me enough things to dwell on (my husband,children, mortifying my sin and living a righteous life that will glorify my Father).  It is very thought-provoking, though.

That’s exactly my point–both are true! Just like the suffering servant and reigning Messiah!

You know, Calvin was just a man, a godly man non-the-less,
the main thing really is the Gospel. Jesus dying on the cross for a sinner like me; is overwhelming and allows me to have a grateful heart so that I can serve Him and obey Him, live for Him, die to my flesh, to truly pray for humility so that He won’t oppose me, but give me Grace(one of my pastors says we should agree that “we are the worst sinners we know”); these seem to be some of the main themes of the Bible and living a life pleasing to HIm?  Don’t you think so?

I have absolutely nothing against Calvin. Just like Wesley and Luther, Calvin was appalled that followers called themselves by his name. He was a great man and I, myself, might even be a “5 point Calvinist” although I’m not entirely sure I understand the tenants fully.

My point is that Calvinists have made a religion of their own apart from God’s Word. The Bible is profitable for doctrine; doctrine is not the source. “Some say I follow Paul, some say I follow Apollos.” It wasn’t Paul’s fault or Apollos’. It was the followers who were the problem. Paul ends by saying, “follow me as I follow Christ.”

Paul instructs me here because as a Dad I could begin to think that my children should follow me. That’s true when they are young. But as they grow older I must help them to see that they are to follow me only as I follow Christ.  I will follow Calvin as he follows Christ. I will even follow a Calvinist as he/she follows Christ. But I would never call myself a Calvinist. I am a Christian.

Most, (not all), Calvinists that I know tend to be legalists in varying degrees. Maybe I, too, would be considered a legalist by some. With all their “correctness” of doctrine Calvinists sometimes seem to miss the sweet, sweet grace of God.

It is almost humorous to alternate attending a Wesleyan and a reformed church. Although I tend to agree with the Calvinist doctrine a little better than the Wesleyan, I would much rather attend the Wesleyan church! They are more relaxed (sometimes contributing to their downfall), and more fun to be with. This, of course, just my opinion! ..and it isn’t always true. Some of my best friends are Calvinists (no kidding). But really, this is not the point.

Some Calvinists can be arrogant and oppressive. Usually their children hate it and rebel. There are many exceptions. Actually, one of the more humble men that I know is a Calvinist, but the humble ones are still the exceptions, IMHO.

I have nothing at all against Calvin or his followers. But I have a problem when someone puts their doctrine above God’s sovereignty (how ironic) or His love. And I’m pretty sure that Calvin would agree.

March 1, 2007

What am I?

by on March 1, 2007. Filed under God / Bible

 

I’ve been asked, “if I don’t believe in Calvinism, then what am I?” Great question!
First, I never said that I don’t believe in the tenants of Calvinism. I do but only with qualifications.

As for the question, “What am I?”, I am a disciple of Christ! I am His servant!

I love what Paul wrote to the Corinthians, how when he came to them “I resolved to know NOTHING except Christ and Him crucified.” When all is said and done, (and I do mean all in the very broadest extent of the word), that is where I stand, that is what I believe, in Christ and Him crucified.

I won’t say that everything else is fluff, meaningless. But we will have our disagreements and often we will argue even when we are in agreement. (Come on! You’ve seen that happen before, too! Haven’t you?) I won’t and can’t disagree with Calvinism but I won’t accept that as all there is. God can have it both ways and we are blinded to it.

Consider the reigning Messiah and suffering servant problem in Isaiah. The very teachers of the law, those who hold the very oracles of God, they missed it big time as did Jesus’ own disciples even after Jesus said that He would be crucified and rise in three days. I just don’t believe that I’m smarter than the Pharisees of Jesus’ day and so rather than hold to a doctrine which could cause me to miss the grace of God; I will follow Christ, not a doctrine.

Do I sound harsh? I don’t mean to. I feel the same about when Jesus will come back. I have a viewpoint but my opinion is meaningless. Jesus will come back according to His plan, not my perception of it. I trust Him in life; I trust Him in death, and I trust Him in the rapture whenever it happens to take place. Discuss it if you want. Maybe that’s fun for you. I’m hanging on to my Savior and I know that I’m not going to miss out on that great and terrible Day.

Choices, changes

by on March 1, 2007. Filed under God / Bible

 

I am completely, utterly amazed at how God preserves us constantly giving us opportunities either to obey him or not. I believe the concept of free as essential to my faith in an almighty God. I cannot argue with the tenants of Calvinism. (Not meaning to offend any of my esteemed Calvinistic friends, but perhaps I have no choice. That is, maybe God chose me to believe this way.)  I agree that man is utterly depraved, unable to choose God. Yet when I read the Word of God I see an unmistakable doctrine of free will. Although amazing considering all the previous choices of my life, seemingly exclusively bent on sin, in his mercy God calls, “whosoever will.” I will not attempt to reconcile this paradox, this enigma with anyone. All I know, as in the words of John Newton, former slave trader, “I once was blind but now I see.”  Who better than John Newton, purveyor of the most despicable industry of all time, to willfully claim that glorious status found in John chapter 3, “unless a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  I am born again and thus have the capacity to see God’s kingdom. And praise God, as Paul prays in Ephesians chapter 1, the eyes of my heart are being opened to see God’s glorious inheritance in the saints.

I’m not sure exactly where this journal entry is going. But too often I believe I have something to say and, because I want to say it well, I delay. Organizing, outlining, refining my thoughts, I end up never making a journal entry at all and eventually the inspiration passes. I’m tired of that happening. God continually inspires me. His creation inspires me. His Word inspires me. His people inspire me.

A quick side note regarding Calvinism. There are of course many problems associated with any viewpoint not rooted in Calvinism. But there are, I believe, similar problems ignoring the gift of free will. Maybe I shouldn’t go here because this isn’t what I want to talk about. Read on if you dare!

Every moment I have a choice. To deny that would be to deny Genesis, God’s very creation. Every word that I’m reading into my voice recognition software is a matter of choice. I’m really not trying to discuss Calvinism at all. But I do have a point to make that, unless I’m mistaking, flies in the face of Calvinism.

Every instant God lays a path before me and draws me to obey him. In every same instant, our adversary the devil, is attempting to lure me away from God’s perfect will. Even as the angels observed, God gives me the gift of choice. I choose. Me. Either I glorify him in eternity or indulge my flesh which is mortal and corrupt and corroding as I write. This idea of choice, the concept of free will, is ever in front of me. Any and every instant I can either praise God or deny my Heavenly Father.

To take yet another detour, let me say that not only do I believe in eternal security but I am completely confused by anyone who does not believe this way. God has sealed me until the day of redemption. I am His and as Jesus said, no one can pluck me out of His hand. Okay, so that sounds like my choice been taken away from me, you say. The Calvinist point, as I understand it, is that I cannot choose God but that God chose me. Hmmm. Only God can make a perfect paradox, a completely unsolvable situation, and then solve it. He’s done it before–in Christ: Mercy and Justice. You see, I want it both ways and I believe that it’s possible. I can’t choose God and yet he calls me to choose him and thus I do.

You know what? I am so completely off my subject. This isn’t at all what I wanted to talk about. So let me try to get back to it.

I believe that at this very moment you are reading these very words you have a choice. It is a privileged and precious gift. Although I say it is privileged, it is given to every human both believer and unbeliever, but it is still a privilege. What I do with this moment, this time, this hour before me, is entirely up to me no matter what my situation is. Even in the midst of a bad situation, oppressed by external forces, even within the scope of that situation and those external forces, I have a choice. I don’t see how anyone can say that I don’t. One can oppress my body but they can’t stop my ability to choose no matter where that choice will take me. It is given to me by God and He preserves it.

Oh, there’s so much more that I like to say. But I am desperately trying to get back on my subject of choices and changes.

What do I want to allow controlling my life? There is a verse in Colossians, I think, that says, “since then we walk by the Spirit let us keep in step with the Spirit.” I like the idea of keeping in step with the Spirit. I don’t want to allow anything to rule me thus I must constantly choose God. That’s the way I see it. If I want good changes in my life and in the lives of those around me then I must constantly choose God. What that means is that even as moment to moment varies I have a choice: There are temptations yet God is faithful and makes a way of escape; There are trials yet sometimes the right choice is to go through those trials rather than avoid them; I have a choice moment by moment.

I choose God now and always. And I trust all the changes are according to his perfect, loving will.

I apologize for this fragmented, lengthy, disorganized journal entry. I still feel as if I didn’t get out of me what God has put in me to say. I seem to keep digressing into this or that. My hope is to encourage, not argue with my brothers and sisters in Christ.

I wonder what you think. Should I throw this journal entry into the trash as I have so many others? Or should I post it, as it is, and see if God uses this jumble of words I chose to make.

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September 19, 2006

Kingdom Perspective

by on September 19, 2006. Filed under Christian life / church, God / Bible, culture

 

The first time I saw the movie “The 10 Commandments“, I was impressed with the special effects. Remember though, the movie came out in 1956. I don’t remember how old I was when I saw it, but it was long before I accept Christ as my Savior. Thus the movie had no spiritual significance to me at all; it was just an entertaining movie.

Many years later, now born again, I watched the CleanFlicks edited version of another special effects movie, “The Matrix“, and thought that it had profound spiritual connotations. (As an aside, it’s really too bad about the judgment against CleanFlicks.)

The difference is easily explained by Jesus in John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” A more detailed explanation for this difference is found in 1st Corinthians Chapter 2:11-14.

This difference in perspective is dramatic, to say the least. It can change a blade of grass from an object to be studied into evidence of the Creator. (Reference Romans 1:18-20) It transforms despair into hope and death into life. (Reference John 5:24) (By the way, in case you haven’t noticed, IE users can hover over most Scripture links to view the Scripture.)

Today I heard someone comment that they’ve never seen a miracle. I’ve never lived a day that I haven’t seen a miracle. The way I see it is this: within every second that ticks throughout all created time there are an infinite number of instances for which we can glorify God.

The practical side of this is the difference between “not another day, I can’t take this anymore” and Lamentations 3:22-23 which says, “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

I choose life, for the unborn and for myself. I figure the longer I live the more I’ll have to glorify God. I choose to live life as a joyful servant of my Lord, my King, and to praise Him with every breath. For me, to live is Christ. (Reference Philippians 1:21)

August 15, 2006

Foundations & Truth

by on August 15, 2006. Filed under Christian life / church, God / Bible

 

Our church community has an adult Bible study (ABF) called Foundations which runs during the school year every Sunday. It was a privilege for me to go through the course – twice so far. It isn’t just that I’m slow and needed to repeat it, I’m excited about this study and plan to take it again.

The full title of the study guide we used is this: Foundations: 11 Core Truths to Build Your Life On   –You can see one chapter of this excellent study guide including an outline of what is taught in this PDF file. You can also purchase it yourself from cbd.com by clicking here. (My goal isn’t to advertise on this website, but I do like to be thorough and including a link to the book seemed a good idea. Our youth group does get a percentage of income if you use the link.)

The 11 core truths presented in the book could be considered essentials of the Christian faith. In other words, for a true Christian, one who is born from above, that person must gain an understanding of certain basic truths in order to appreciate their new life in Christ. How can a believer live their faith if they don’t have an understanding of the foundations of their faith?

Here are the 11 topics covered in the curriculum:

  1. The Bible
  2. God
  3. Jesus
  4. The Holy Spirit
  5. Creation
  6. Salvation
  7. Sanctification
  8. Good and Evil
  9. The Afterlife
  10. The Church
  11. The Second Coming

Most of these may appear so basic as to be an insult to suggest that a seasoned believer should take the study. Allow me to share some of my thoughts about the study guide.

Many of us learn our doctrine by a process of osmosis. (Webster’s has this definition: “a subtle or gradual absorption.”)  By just hanging around and talking with other believers we learn bits and pieces about what the Bible has to say and we put all that together in our mind. But there are several problems with this.

People too often either misquote the Bible, quote it out of context, repeat something they heard, or make something up. In all four cases the information is often wrong – a deception. Learning this way causes serious problems. We need to be in the Word ourselves and not believing hearsay. It is possible that we don’t have things exactly right and that might be important to correct.

Remember that Satan doesn’t always whisper contrary ideas. He whispers something only slightly askew from the truth. Deception begins with a slight variance. That’s all it takes because he knows that it is easier for a person to accept it if it isn’t too far off and that even a slight deviation from the truth causes error that could be destructive to ourselves or those around us. Deception will restrain or prevent us from living out our faith.

How many of us go to the Bible like the Bereans who “examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true”?  They were double checking everything the Apostle Paul said to them! Paul had an excellent education and reputation and more importantly he had the power of God in him. Yet the Bereans made sure that what he said was true.

So many times I receive emails from well-meaning Christians who passed on something that just isn’t true, things like how Madalyn Murry O’Hair and atheists are petitioning the FCC to get religious broadcasting banned from American airwaves. Not true! Besides, Madalyn Murry O’Hair disappeared in 1995 her body eventually found. She is deceased yet this email still circulates. It has become so bad that Dr. Dobson and Focus on the Family, (mentioned in the email), and the FCC released official statements ([1] [2]) addressing the falsity of the email on their websites. Another source says “Nothing else at the FCC rivals this rumor, in both its longevity and its bizarre ability to withstand the commission’s repeated attempts to convey the truth.”  I personally use Snopes as my primary source for dispelling such urban legends.

On one occasion an email was sent to an entire group of believers on an email list, I responded to the entire group for the purpose of protecting preserving the integrity of those who claim to believe in God. In the email I said this: “We all must be careful to speak and email accurately as we are people of the Truth, and what we believe matters to those who have not yet recognized the Truth.”  If we who claim to believe in the resurrection also claim to believe in what is clearly a falsehood, we become laughable and the Gospel is compromised. I feel bad for those who were embarrassed for spreading the email but I could not stand by and watch the distortion and destruction.

Let’s get back to the subject.  Without a foundation of beliefs understood and practiced then I doubt that we live the holy life that we are called to live. How can we know who we are in Christ if we don’t accurately understand Who God is? Are we able to list doctrinal positions that we believe? Can we defend them with Scripture?

In fact, the Bible lists 8 areas that we must improve as His disciples. In 2nd Peter 1:3-11 we see that we must “make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind…”   Paul goes on to say that “if you do these things, you will never fall…”

One of the areas that we need to increase is our knowledge. The Apostle Paul prays several times for believers to increase in their understanding of God and their calling in Christ. Paul says, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints…” (Ephesians 1:17-18)

“…that you may know the hope to which he has called you…”  –This is a great “for instance.”  As we solidly know the hope to which God has called us, we will become powerful, immovable disciples of Christ. How do we know except we are taught?

Foundations: We build good houses – and homes – with good foundations. Shouldn’t our faith be built on a good foundation, too? I sure think so.

Someday I really must make my own Statement of Faith using my own scripture references. (Watch this space for it!) Here is an example of a Statement of Faith.  I didn’t make it; I just found it somewhere on the internet and thought it was a sufficient example. Making and having my own will help me to have a solid foundation in my faith that I can pass on to others. But before you endeavor to make one yourself, you may want to invest your time reading through the Foundations study guide that I mention here. It really helped me and others in the class to develop and establish our own faith.

I’d like to address how understanding and able to defend our faith and doctrine helps prevent deception. I’m thinking of the entire chapter of Colossians 2 and at least a dozen other places in Scripture.  But I think that I need to wrap this up.

One final thought. I didn’t mention the great value that I gained from going through the Foundations study guide as part of an adult Bible study. The good discussion and fellowship we had encouraged each of us participating to grow. You may want to consider going through this study with your children, at a Wednesday night Bible study class, or as part of cell group/core group/small group (whatever you call it), — it will be well worth the time. The Teacher’s Guide that can be purchased separately appeared useful to those teaching the class. (My wife and her good friend were the teachers. I was just a student in the class.)

Find out what you believe and why you believe it. Build a good foundation on Jesus Christ.  In my opinion, the Foundations study guide is a good resource to begin with.

Love rejoices in the truth.  Purpose to walk in the truth.    The truth will set you free.

With Love, Truth, and Alive In Christ,  :~)

July 25, 2006

Sermon on the Mount

by on July 25, 2006. Filed under Christian life / church, God / Bible

 

I just love the way that Oswald Chambers puts things. Today he says this: “The Sermon on the Mount is not a set of rules and regulations— it is a picture of the life we will live when the Holy Spirit is having His unhindered way with us.”

As I am being conformed to the image of God’s Son, then I will show these godly, gentle, powerful characteristics in my life in increasing measure.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
  (Matthew 5:3-12)

We tend to misunderstand that it is the life He lives in us which is the abundant spiritual life which results in fruit of righteousness in this world. Just yesterday Oswald said, “No one can make himself pure by obeying laws.” Also “God doesn’t change human nature but that He changes the source of our nature by giving us a new heredity.”

That’s how we are able to do it. That’s the only way. It is HIS Life in us. How much more clearly does it have to be said? Yesterday’s devotional verse is this:

“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matthew 5:20)

That is one of those “crushing” verses that can make an unbeliever (or an uninformed believer) want to just throw up his hands and give up.

Praise God for His Holy Spirit in us who is able to make us into the holy creation that God has called us to be.

Are you demonstrating the character of God’s Son in increasing measure?

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (2 peter 1:5-8)

June 30, 2006

How Not to Pray – An Object Lesson

by on June 30, 2006. Filed under Christian life / church, God / Bible

 

How Not to Pray – An Object Lesson
by Ed Rodatus, 1992

Praying with Empty Words
[Take an empty pitcher and “pour” into a cup.]
Matthew 6:7
“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling [empty words] like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.”

Praying Without Faith
[Pour water next to a cup, missing the cup.]
Mark 11:23-24
“I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Praying Apart from God’s Will – Praying Amiss
[Pour water onto the bottom of a cup spilling it over the sides.]
James 4:3
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

Praying Without Love
[Sprinkle water onto to the side of the cup.]
1st Corinthians 13:1
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”

Praying Without Honoring Wife
[Sprinkle water onto my wife.]
1st Peter 3:7
“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”

Praying to be Seen of Men
[Sprinkling water onto the audience.]
Matthew 6:5
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.”

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Praying Onto God – Accepting His Will
[Pour water into cup.]
Luke 22:41-42
“He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

Mark 10:38-39
“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”
“We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with…”

[Drink the cup of water thus accepting God’s will.]

Priorities of life

by on June 30, 2006. Filed under Christian life / church, God / Bible

 

Priorities of life

I often need to remind myself of the priorities of life. Does what I am doing really matter? It can be a difficult question to answer. When we don’t bother to ask…we’re too busy. But it will become important sometime in our life. We are wise to assess our priorities sooner rather than later so we can make necessary changes.

These three remain

First Corinthians 13 defines love in a profound and poetic manner. It finishes with this: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”  Trust God to best define priorities of life. Let the question become, “how well am I living out my life in faith, hope, and love.

Live by Faith

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”  The Source of faith is God. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”  God gives us faith and the choice to exercise it. We must choose between cowering under our own anxious fears and trusting in God’s faithful promises. “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.”   Live by faith. “Live by faith, not by sight.”

Overflow with Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  God is also the Author of hope. Do I overflow with hope? We are called to hope. “There is one body and one Spirit-just as you were called to one hope when you were called.”   Live in continual hope. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”  Overflow with hope. “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

Express God’s Love

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.”  As we receive love from God we can truly love others. We fail in our attempts to love because we have not sufficiently taken hold of it ourselves. Rather than rely on feelings or become dependent on others we must recognize our own need to receive God’s love.  “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Accept God’s love. Then, express God’s love.  “Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Glory that lasts!

“How much greater is the glory of that which lasts!”   The Eternal correctly define priorities. God has given us faith, hope, and love. We reflect God’s glory when we take hold of these and then demonstrate them in our lives. “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”  Live a live of faith, hope, and love.

Whosoever will…

by on June 30, 2006. Filed under God / Bible

 

Whosoever will…

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:13

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Matthew 7:24

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 10:32

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 16:25-26

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:4

And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Matthew 23:12

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Mark 11:23

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
James 2:10

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Revelations 22:17

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