You’re Invited!

December 28, 2021

Good morning brothers and sisters!

Here we are, about to begin a new year. These past two years have been difficult to say the least. Our country is teetering on the edge of ruin if the LORD does not intervene. Yet we know that we are just passing through this world and a better one awaits those who have come to know Christ. That’s why I am extending an invitation to you today.

There is something about an invitation. I remember as a child in school when it came time for a birthday party we would bring invitations into the class to give to our friends never realizing what it was doing to the ones we decided not to invite. I was one of those kids a few times that were slighted for whatever reason; feeling like an outcast and undesirable. Sometimes it is tough being a kid! My point is that an invitation makes you feel special that we are wanted and accepted by those around us.

An invitation is a powerful way to reach out to others. A business man may ask a prospective client out for lunch, or the new family in the neighborhood may feel welcomed by the invitation of another established family. I remember years ago the Welcome Wagon used to be quite active welcoming new families to town. On a personal note; where would I be if David had not invited me out on a date?

The Bible is full of invitations as well. One of the first invitations was from God to Noah and his family.

Genesis 7:1 And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

This was the first call of the righteous to salvation; not an eternal salvation but from the wrath of God upon an unrighteous world.

The book of Isaiah extends an invitation that is a predecessor of the invitation of Christ. Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

For the New Testament witness to this we find Jesus telling the woman at the well of the pure water that He offers the thirsty soul.

John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The song “There Is A River” describes this fountain of life that flows through the Master. It is a spring that will never run dry or lose its healing power. There is a thirst of the human soul that cannot be quenched but by this water that Jesus invites us to partake of.

Jesus gave His disciples what we call the great commission in Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

We too are to invite people into the kingdom of God but often we are apprehensive about extending the invitation. Why do we feel this way if we enjoy all that fellowship with God brings? Shouldn’t we be eager to have new friends enjoy this blessing from God?

I am as guilty as anyone about this. It is not that I am ashamed of the Gospel, but I have always had a hard time talking with new people. I know that I have missed many opportunities to witness but have let my own feelings of inadequacies get in the way.

I have noticed in churches that we have attended that the invitation time is VERY important; if not the most important time during the service. But often the “saved” are anxious to get out the doors and can be disruptive. If a person is feeling the pull of the Spirit and may be apprehensive about it, the slightest distraction could break the conviction for that day, but the LORD will keep convicting until His will is completed. Jesus tells us in John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

Many lives have been completely transformed by the invitation extended by someone in the love of Christ. We are not the ones that soften the heart but we are the ones that the Lord uses as vessels to carry His message. It may take several people and several occasions for His work to be completed in the heart. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. The LORD may use several people to present His message, but it is always in His perfect timing.

Have you accepted the invitation? Have you ever been invited? If not I am inviting you now. Come to Jesus, surrender to Him and your life will never be the same! I will not promise you that all your problems will be over; far from it but they will be easier because you will have help. Galatians 6: 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

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Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.

~Terrie~

Charles Spurgeon

It is a blessed thing to put your ear down to the promises of Scripture till you hear God speaking
through them to your soul. It is truly profitable to read a Gospel commandment and to listen to its voice
until God Himself speaks it with power to your heart. I pray you, do not regard anything that is preached
here unless it agrees with what is written there in the Bible. If it is only my word, throw it away. But if it
is God’s truth that I declare to you, if God Himself speaks it through my lips, you will disregard it at
your peril
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For Unto Us A Child Is Born!

Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

In the Love of Christ,

David and Terrie Isom

Can I lose My Salvation?

December 21, 2021

Good morning!

I have heard many debates on this issue; one side just as adamant as the other on the subject. Just as quickly as the question is asked the answer is quickly given in an “absolutely!” or an “absolutely not!” It amazes me how one book can lead to so many different opinions.

Imagine being a child and your family standing depends on your behavior. If you are good today, you can stay; but if you misbehave tomorrow, you have to leave. The love of your parents is then conditional. As a child you would be a neurotic mess; teetering on a tightrope where one misstep would be fatal.
Unfortunately, there are some Christians today who are walking that tightrope, in near despair because they fear losing their salvation, and being kicked out of the family of God.

If you have been born again, you are part of God’s family regardless of your behavior. But, by the same token if you are truly born again, it will show in your behavior. If you belong to Christ, you are part of the family of God and can enjoy the emotional security our Heavenly Father wants us to experience.

Jesus said in John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me, and I give unto them eternal life; 28 And they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Believing that one can lose one’s salvation is like saying that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was inadequate; that all His suffering and His dying was not enough to provide eternal security. On the cross, Christ said in John 19:30 It is finished. These words mean that our sin account was paid in full. He paid the full price. If you truly have accepted the gift of salvation, you are fully forgiven – for sins past, present and future sins. There is a difference between having a relationship and true fellowship with God. Relationship is established by birth, and fellowship is established by life. A Christian out of fellowship may be chastened, but he cannot lose his relationship established by the new birth. Jesus wrote that in blood on the cross.

Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Notice that Paul places our works in 2 categories; ones that are nonflammable and those that readily burn. Our works on earth will be tried and what things are good and pleasing to God (gold, silver, precious stone), will stand and only be purified by God’s refining fire, but those that are of not edifying to ourselves or the kingdom (wood, hay, stubble), will be burned and we will suffer some sort of loss but we will still be saved. However, any form of loss when it comes to the kingdom is a dear loss indeed!

This is not a blanket grace that can be thrown over a multitude of sin; but it is knowing that if we INADVERTENTLY sin we can come to God with a repentant heart and receive fellowship again.
1 John 5: 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

So how do you know that you know? If you believe on the name of Jesus you are as good as there! You cannot then go out and willfully commit sin without suffering loss, but your salvation will be secure in Jesus.

The Apostle John wrote of our Advocate in 1 John 2 beginning in verse 1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

In the middle of these verses there is an “if”. If we keep his commandments. Jesus summarized the commandments when asked by a Sadducee which was the greatest commandment. Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Paul gives us a second witness to this in Romans 13 beginning in verse 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Jesus is our Advocate in the times when we do not follow Him as we should; we all need Him in this role as our Advocate!

Noah Webster defines advocate as: “One who defends, vindicates, or espouses a cause, by argument; one who is friendly to; as, an advocate for peace, or for the oppressed.” We would call Him our lawyer today. He stands for us when we are accused by the evil one; pleading His own blood as our covering. For a detailed look at the word propitiation, visit our page The Vocabulary of Salvation on our WordPress site http://www.bloggingfortheglory2 it is number 4 in the list.

If you are not sure of your salvation and that Jesus died for you, ask Him into your heart today, turn from your sin, and trust Him for the rest. If you need someone to pray with you, please leave your contact information with us and we will get back to you soon.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory forever.

Jesus and Isaac

Good morning!

Today I’d like to share the comparison of the stories of Isaac and Jesus and how the love of their fathers saved us all.

Genesis 22:1 “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.”

The word “tempt” here actually means to try. God was testing Abraham’s faith in Him. Image what Abraham must have been thinking at this point. He had always known God to be a God of mercy that was repulsed by the pagan religions that sanctified human sacrifice, but now God was asking the unthinkable of Abraham. Isaac was the product of a miracle and God had already promised Abraham that through his descendants He would be the father of many nations. But Abraham did not question God. Just as Isaac was Abrahams beloved son so was Jesus God’s beloved. Here too is the first mention of the word love in the Bible.

Matthew 3:17 “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” God was not asking Abraham to do anything that He Himself was not willing to do.

Genesis 22:3 “And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up , and went unto the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.”

Without hesitation or trying to put off the day Abraham rises “early in the morning” to be about the business of God’s command to him. Notice that Abraham tells the men with them that “I and the lad” will be back! Abraham may not have known how it would all play out, but he had faith that God would be true to His word. It is said too that this very spot, called “the land of Moriah” in verse 2, would later be the place where Jesus was crucified for us all. Abraham could see the place “afar off” where sacrifice would be perfected; far off in land, and far off in time, but the shadow of that great day of sacrifice had already been cast. This is the first mention of the word “worship” in the Bible as well.

Genesis 22:6 “And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.”

The wood is placed on Isaac’s shoulders to carry just as Christ carried His cross. Just as Abraham stayed by the side of his son as he walked up the hill to be sacrificed, God was strengthening His Son for the time appointed to Him.

Genesis 22:7 “And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 And Abraham said , My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.”

Again, the faith of Abraham shows that He trusts God to provide a fit sacrifice even though he had already been told Isaac was to be the sacrifice. Isaac’s only question in all of this is, where is the lamb? They had undoubtedly performed this ritual several times together, but this time was different.

Genesis 22:9 “And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.”

Notice that Isaac never struggled or cried out to his father just as our LORD Jesus did as the Bible tells us in Isaiah 53: 7 “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” Even though Abraham was well over 100 years old at this time and Isaac being in his youth could have struggled and fled, yet in obedience to his father he laid down as commanded.

Genesis 22:10 “And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.”

Perhaps Abraham knew that God was able to raise Isaac again unto him, or perhaps he believed all along that God would somehow stop him. In either scenario Abraham was acting in great faith, and this great faith was about to be rewarded. We cannot overlook the parallel here between Abraham’s “only son” and the sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son. In mercy God stopped Abraham; in mercy He completes the sacrifice of His Son. Only the blood sacrifice of Jesus is sufficient.

13 “And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.”

Imagine the relief they must have both felt when the ram appeared. Once again Abraham’s faith in God to provide the sacrifice as he had told Isaac verse 8 held true.

Genesis 22:15 “And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16 And said , By myself have I sworn , saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore: and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies ; 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”

How was it that Abraham’s “seed” or descendants blessed the entire world? From his only son Isaac came Jacob and his twelve sons that would be the twelve tribes of Israel. One of the sons of Jacob (Israel) was Judah, and out of Judah came the Messiah, Jesus Christ our LORD.

God still demanded a sacrifice that day, but He provided the perfect sacrifice on that day. Through this Old Testament story, we can clearly see the story of the Perfect Lamb of God and the love of the Father that completed the task.

Isaac’s picture of Jesus becomes even clearer when we consider these points:

· Both were loved by their father.

· Both offered themselves willingly.

· Both carried wood up the hill of their sacrifice.

· Both were sacrificed on the same hill.

· Both were delivered from death on the third day.

God expects obedience from His children; obedience is love. If faced with this, could I do what Abraham was asked to do? I shudder to think of it. This was given for an example for us, to show the love that God has for us that he would give His only begotten Son for us.

John 3:16 “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. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

Abraham so loved Isaac, but the love of God for His children surpasses any notion of love we may even consider.

Take my word for nothing, go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory for ever.

Praying for the Tornado Victims

We are praying for all those families who have lost loved ones and all their possessions in this terrible tornado outbreak. We have heard folks say that it all happened in a matter of seconds and they did not have time to prepare. Everything they held dear in this life was gone in an instant. Our hearts break for them.

We cannot help but to compare this to the reality that Christians live with; we are always to be prepared. As the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 6:1 “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”

Faster than the winds of any tornado, our LORD will return one day for His Bride. I Corinthians 15:51 “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

Tornado sirens blared in the night, but how many heard? When the last trump sounds, how many will hear? We are sounding the alarm right now in this evil day. The signs are all around us if we have our spiritual eyes and ears open to see. Don’t wait. Be prepared. Watch: for the day is fast approaching.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself. And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.

~Terrie~

The Seasons of Life

Good morning!

As you can see from the archives, David and I have had this page for a long time. It has been a blessing to find that it is still here after all this time. I have been reading through some of my old posts on Facebook as well and came up with this post from 2011. It is a personal one for me and brought back a lot of memories that I would like to share with you all.

August 18, 2011

August has been a month of changes for me. At the first of the month I was coming to grips with my mother’s health issues as she approaches the winter of her life. She has always been there for me when I have needed her, without fail, but now there has been a shift in our roles with each other. As our parents age there is a slow releasing of the reins that steer their lives and we as their children pick them up. At first it is that both of you have a rein and you try to both steer, then you find that they rely on you more and more until finally they agree that it is time for you to take over. It is still early in the winter season for mom, but we see it coming and are preparing.The middle of the month has found me having one of those milestone birthdays and I realize that I am in the early stages of autumn. Every morning there is an older woman staring back at me in the mirror. As the outside is aging, the inside has recently gone through renewal. Even though the outside is in fall, the inside is in a glorious springtime! More on that later!August has found my daughter, Courtney still enjoying mid-summer. We are waiting for her to have our first grandson. She has already been the bearer of 3 daughters and is as healthy and vibrant as the best part of summer. The shift has already started with our relationship too. Where once I was needed by her, now I am watching her soar from my safe spot on the ground.The end of August our middle granddaughter will be starting kindergarten and our oldest will be in second grade. They are in the springtime. They are just little sprouts starting to shoot forth into life, with all the potential and possibilities that it holds. It is the natural order of things, but it has a way of creeping up on you. You are so busy with your own life and then you begin to realize that a good chunk of it is behind you, but you are right where you are supposed to be!

Ecclesiastes 3: 1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born , and a time to die ; a time to plant , and a time to pluck up that which is planted ; 3 A time to kill , and a time to heal ; a time to break down , and a time to build up ; 4 A time to weep , and a time to laugh ; a time to mourn , and a time to dance ; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together ; a time to embrace , and a time to refrain from embracing ; 6 A time to get , and a time to lose ; a time to keep , and a time to cast away ; 7 A time to rend , and a time to sew ; a time to keep silence , and a time to speak ; 8 A time to love , and a time to hate ; a time of war, and a time of peace. Yeah, just add the Turn! Turn! Turn! and you have the Byrds song from the 60’s! There is indeed a time to every purpose under the heaven. Embrace life at whatever season you find yourself in!

And as always to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be all the Glory for ever.

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We’re Back!

It’s been a long time since we were on this site, but we are breathing new life into it! Come and join us for Bible Study, singing and a whole lot more!

We look forward to being with you again!

David and Terrie Isom