Why Don’t We Talk About Hell?

There are some passages we don’t like to preach about or even talk about. But Jesus didn’t avoid them. He loved us too much not to warn us.

In Matthew 25, He talks about the end of the world, telling us there will be many who won’t go to heaven, but to a place prepared for the Devil and his angels. It is a place of fire, darkness, separation and regret. Jesus knows no one truly wants to go there.

How cruel would it be to know someone is headed there (knowingly or unknowingly), and we never warned them or tried to turn them back to God? Even the rich man of Luke 16 wanted to warn his brothers not to come to where he was.

The time for us to snatch people out of the way of hell is shorter now than ever before. Our hearts need to be filled not with fear, but love for anyone who is headed to Hell without knowing the way to avoid it.

Sunday morning we will talk about teaching and preaching about Hell. Please come and study with us from God’s Holy Word.

Joseph D. Chase

North Loop Church of Christ
1000 N. Loop 485 Gladewater, Texas 75647

Making A Great Change

“And ah for a man to arise in me,
That the man I am may cease to be!”
— Alfred Lord Tennyson

Paul gave us the keys to this very thing happening in our lives…

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Romans 8:13).

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20)

“And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24).

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

This process takes place by conversion to Christ by believing the message of the gospel, repenting of sins, confessing Jesus as Lord and being immersed for the remission of sins. Paul tells us that we rise to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:3-4).

This is the beginning of the new person who walks in the steps of Christ, striving for maturity (1 Peter 2:21). We add daily the graces found in 2 Peter 1:5-9.

This new man will be renewed day by day growing stronger as you grow closer to the Lord (2 Co 4:16).

📖 Joseph Chase
North Loop Church of Christ

Sinning at Least Twice Every Time

Jeremiah 2:13 (ESV)
For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me,
The fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
Broken cisterns that can hold no water.

When you give thought to this passage you find that sin is really a two pronged hook. First, we reject God and second, we embrace Satan and his diabolical ways. Both of these things break the heart of God. You see, God is of such holiness and purity that our sins separate us from Him (Isaiah 59:1,2). Note Habakkuk 1:13

“You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?”

In His holiness God must punish wickedness, surely rejecting God is wickedness. But, embracing the archenemy compounds our sinfulness. Yes, choosing sin over righteousness puts us at enmity with God (James 4:4).

God is calling us to repentance and righteousness today. We must seek Him while He can be found (Isaiah 55:6). Today may be the only day we have to seek the Lord. Let’s not waste it.

Unless the Lord Builds

Psalm 127:1–3 (ESV)
Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.

Oh how I long for men and women to see the value of letting God rule the home. Many of the heartaches would soon end with God at the center of any home. For years now we seem to have done all we can to put our own desires on the throne of our hearts. Husbands forget their role of caring for their wives as Christ does the church. Wives put self over the needs of husbands. Parents seem to see children as a burden and not the heritage God intended.
Can you imagine how beautiful the home would be when each part of it is treating the other parts as God has treated us? The love we need is kindly demonstrated for us as we receive it from the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Sacrifice and selflessness are key to truly letting the Lord build the house.
Let me encourage you to look to the Scriptures to find how God loves you and emulate that love for those in your family.

More Marvelous News About Grace:

“He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:10

Grace is truly unfathomable. Why should God be kind to me who has broken His will and sinned against Him? Why would He send Jesus to died for me (2 Co 8:9; Ti 2:11)?

“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)

Robert Harkness penned the words of this song that expresses the wonderful grace of God.

“Love sent my Savior to die in my stead;
Why should He love me so?
Meekly to Calvary’s cross He was led;
Why should He love me so?

Nails pierced His hands and His feet for my sin;
Why should He love me so?
He suffered sore my salvation to win:
Why should He love me so? [Refrain]

O how He agonized there in my place;
Why should He love me so?
Nothing withholding my sin to efface;
Why should He love me so?

Why should He love me so?
Why should He love me so?
Why should my Savior to Calvary go?
Why should He love me so?

Let us all praise the God of all grace (1Pt 5:10) for His lovingkindness toward us. Remember always that it was all God and none of us that procured the salvation of all people (Ti 3:5).

📖Joseph Chase
North Loop Church of Christ

Lessons Too Hard to Learn, Once Learned

Sometimes we see a terrifying side of the just God. Even in the New Testament writers warned “Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences” (2Co 5:11). “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (He 10:31). This just side of God must punish evil and wickedness…”The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty” (Nahum 1:3). 

A sobering view of how God deals with those given over to sin is found in Genesis 19. The people of Sodom, Gomorrah, and the cities on the plains were wiped out due to their wickedness. But do you realize the reason for such action from God? It is because they reject God’s mercy and kindness and love the wickedness in this world. Notice the warning from Moses in Deut 29:24-28

““All the nations will say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land? Why this great outburst of anger?’ 25 “Then men will say, ‘Because they forsook the covenant of the LORD, the God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt. 26 ‘They went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods whom they have not known and whom He had not allotted to them. 27 ‘Therefore, the anger of the LORD burned against that land, to bring upon it every curse which is written in this book; 28 and the LORD uprooted them from their land in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.’”

A stern warning for all who depart from the righteousness of God and cleave to the horrible sin sick world. There is no sadder words than saying someone has turned their back on the only one who truly loves them and wants them in heaven. Please, don’t harden your heart against the loving God who sent Jesus to save you. 

Joseph D. Chase
North Loop Church of Christ

Don’t Isolate

Romans 12:5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Why do many Christians fall away? Many do so from never developing their faith. This would include Bible study individually and with other Christians who are well grounded in the truth. Peter tells us to desire the word of God like a newborn baby desires milk (1 Peter 2:2) However, he instructs to grow more and more in grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18). Christians are to set the word of God deep in their hearts to defend against the wiles of the devil.

I think the devil works hard on believers to leave behind their love for the Bible and love for the brethren. He loves to isolate Christians from each other so they lose the strength that comes with fellowship and working together. Be very careful when you start losing the desire to be with the saints in worship and fellowship. Built into these things is the aspect of strength where people watch out for one another.

Don’t let the devil fool you into not spending time with faithful Christians. Look at these verses to see what the first Christians did: Ac 9:18-19; 10:48; 16:15; 16:33-34; 18:8, 11. We truly are part of one another for a God given reason.

Jesus Truly Loves Sinners

I wonder how many people feel they are too much of a sinner for Jesus to love and save. I would guess it is a lot. Why do you suppose it is that way?

It is a good thing to feel great guilt and sorrow for sin. Paul tells us that we should have godlysorrow that leads to repentance. You need to know that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). Each person was unworthy of the love of God and the sacrifice of our Savior. Jesus gave His life for the worst sinner that you can imagine. I am sure that Jesus sees the worst as needing His love the most.

Jesus’ blood is efficatious for all sins. There isn’t a sin that the blood of Jesus cannot sin. The Hebrews writer told us that the blood of bulls and goats couldn’t do what the blood of The Lamb of God could do. Please see that Jesus does not care what you have done rather He wants to love you and save you in fact He has already paid the price for your sins.

We who are saved must be careful not to get too prideful in our salvation and look down on any sinner. We cannot feel superior to anyone. Paul always saw himself as the cheif of sinners. We need to show our love and share with everyone the compassion that Jesus had for us.

Please, please if you feel you have sinned too greivously for Jesus to love to remember that God so love you that He gave His only Begotten Son to die for you so you should not be lost.

If you are saved by the blood of Christ share with others how that happened for you. Don’t judge or see others as too broken to be mended. As John Bradford felt “but for the grace of God there goes I.” You are only one short step away from leaving Christ yourself. Be careful for the devil is trying right now to steal what you gained in Christ.

Please contact me via PM if you would like to see how to turn your life around. I am ready anytime to study God’s word with you.

chasejoseph@yahoo.com

Faithful Children and Leadership

Have you given thought to the continuance of the leadership within the church of our Lord? The responsibility of each congregation is to have elders and deacons, teachers and preachers in every congregation. For that to happen we must rear our sons to not only become elders or deacons but our daughters to be elder’s or deacons wives. It cannot be stressed enough for fathers to train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:1-4). To be an elder his children must become faithful Christians following in the path set by their parents. Rearing faithful children does not come easily. Parents must teach and train their children to exercise a mind of faith and action that shows faithfulness to the Lord.

This training should be so ingrained in one’s children that it goes with them throughout each child’s life. If we read the Bible clearly, we learn that God wants our children to be faithful adults. Think about how God’s anger was kindled against Eli’s sons. Did Eli instill in his own children a love for God and His laws? Unfortunately, no!
I beg parents to use all their strength and power and mind to share with their children the importance of living for God through out the entirety of life. We are not truly successful if we lose our children when they leave our homes. Yes, children have their own mind and their own homes but do you cease having influence and training just because of a child’s age? Do your offspring stop being your children because of age? Remember Jesus was under his parents leadership even at the age of 30.

We have an awesome responsibility to produce elders, deacons, preachers, Bible teachers, missionaries within our own offspring. How are we doing at this point? What do we need to change to insure we have done our part?

What Does It Take to Be An American Man?

There are so many ways to be an American man. Rich, poor, patriotic, traitorous, caring, uncaring, proud, humble. But there is only one true way to be a Christian. A man who is a Christian is the image of the Master in his speech, attitudes, benevolence and actions of all sorts.

Paul would say that he found contentment in whichever state he was in. The Christian man also finds that he can be faithful to God no matter his surroundings (Philippians 4:11). If one chooses to be a Christian he has no choice but to follow Jesus’ example, in all he does (Matthew 16:24-26). There truly is no better way to live than as a Christian. Why not choose to walk with the Master today?