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Archive for September, 2007

-The POWER of God’s Word!

Posted by Scott on September 27, 2007

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As men we often may wonder how to combat the sinful, fleshy everyday life we may live in and how to teach our kids to combat the flesh as well.  If we look at the world for the answers it would seem there is no weapon we have to fight off bombardment of scenes, excuses, attacks, and lies we are faced with daily.  It is amazing to me how absolutely weak the church in our day has become.  The dumbing down of God’s word is one of the many culprits.  People are fascinated with prosperity gospels that are heresies for the most part.  People want more of life….privileged lives!  

“Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, that no one fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”   (Hebrews 4:11-12 RSV)

The word of God has Penetrating Power….it can penetrate the heart of the most vile of sinners.  It penetrated my heart years ago and is still penetrating it today.  It has the power to bring about forgiveness for those that read God’s word, repent of sins and believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  God’s word has the power to penetrate the most burdened heart of those of who are believers.  It can provide comfort and guidance in such times.  Our first response should be to cry out to God and spend time in His word.  The word of God tells us that His word is “living and active“.  If His word is living and active then no matter what time in history we are living, His word is still just as powerful and true as the day it was breathed into mans heart and mind and printed on paper.  His word requires action on our part….we can either reject it or obey it, but we will take action one way or another. We find that although the new life of Jesus Christ is in us we are still caught up living partially in the old life.  We catch ourselves reacting towards people with bitterness, impatience, anger, frustration, anxiety, worry, fear, and uncertainty.  What can assist us in our transformation into the new life that Jesus has given us?  The word of God!  The Holy Spirit uses the word to strip away falseness of our lives.  It penetrates deep into our hearts to areas we had no clue was infected by the old virus of sin we had prior to knowing Christ.  Something I have discovered in long-time believers and even in my own life is that the power of the flesh can be entrenched deep within us…..it doesn’t raise its ugly head all the time, but at crucial times it can surface. 

God’s word is here to strip away the pretenses in our life.  Not only does God’s word strip away the scales of sin that has flaked up in our lives, but it will unveil that which is true.  Whenever faced with a question in our life as to what is true or not….go to the Word.  It will reveal what is true and as it is always said, “the truth shall set you free.”    It is no longer necessary to go forward in this life “doggedly, wearily, fighting a battle that is already lost”.  It is God’s will that we step out each day with His glory in our lives unto victory..the victory that is already won. 

Jesus Overcame temptations by the Power of God’s word….And Jesus answered….Get thee behind me satan; for it is written….”  (Luke 4:8Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness, tired and hungry, but still was able to fight off our adversaries darts of sin.  We need to force ourselves to spend time in God’s word in order to be able to fight off these temptations that are thrown at us daily.  It amazes me at the number of pastors and ministers that think they can stay on top of their ministries without meditating, studying and chewing on God’s word…..daily!  The falls that we have experienced around the country is due to this misguided effort to do God’s work out of the flesh rather than from a holiness that can only be developed through God’s word with the Holy Spirit’s directions.   Men, don’t think for a minute that we are immune to the same temptations that take down famous leaders.  We are equally in danger….be in the word daily!

God’s word has Wonder-working Power…..remember when Peter was out fishing and could not catch anything and as they were coming in Jesus told to throw their nets on the other side of the boat?   Peter could not believe his ears, but rather than argue at Jesus words, he throw the net over the other side and filled two boats with fish.  That is power…wonder-working power.  Another example would be Jesus calming the sea when the disciples were afraid.  The storm immediately calmed….even the weather listens to God’s word and obeys. 

God’s word has Everlasting PowerHeaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”  (Matthew 24:35)  That is a promise and very strong words.  Today we have few things that are eternal….our souls and God’s word.   Other than that, everything else is simply temporal.  Listen guys, our fine cars, elaborate houses, expensive clothes, watches, diamonds, and money will all be consumed someday by fire…what do we have right now that can survive that kind of heat?  Are we planting the word of God in our children’s hearts and minds?  Survival in the future like now will require that we plant this everlasting power into our kids minds and hearts.  Do not think for a minute the godless public institutions like public schools and colleges are going to do that.  As a matter of fact, these godless, vile institutions are going to put things in your kids minds that will go against the word of God.  Look at the drug problems within our schools now.  How about the sexual problems….kids as young as 12 having sexual intercourse at school in plain view of the students.   Oh, I understand, that is somewhere else, but not the school your kid goes to…uh huh.  Well, God’s word planted in your childs mind and heart is all that will help them in time of temptation to follow what they are being taught 40 hours plus per week.   God’s everlasting power is in His word.

God’s word has Revealing Power…through His word we are directed down a path He has designed for us to travel.  “The word of God…is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  (Hebrews 4:12)  It reveals God’s heart to us.  It shows us His mercies and kindness.  His word offers the promise of salvation for those who repent and call out to Christ to save them and believe in Him.  The Holy Spirit cleanses, empowers and directs us in our commitment to Christ.  John 16:13 tells us that “…He will guide you into all truth…”  What a way to live…in His truth.  The world is so full of lies that even believers have a hard time recognizing the truth anymore.  Our business practices and dealings suffer, because we think something is right and when placed on top of the word of God it does not stand.    

I want to encourage each of us men/dads/husbands to dig into God’s word deeper.  Allow the Holy Spirit to draw you closer to the word, and to the truth found in it…a much richer relationship with God will be found there.  Do not give in to the worlds way of doing things or get caught up in what the world calls “truth”…..match it up to the word!

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-The Providential Power of God Helps His People!

Posted by Scott on September 25, 2007

“Providence-there is a great mystery here that we may never fully understand.  Though God is not the author of sin, yet He allows for sin and directs every sin and act of evil for His own glory (purposes).  He is sovereign!”

“…the rise of the Nazi Third Reich, the death of Able, the boils of Job, even the presidency of Bill Clinton and the horror of 9/11 were all providential events.”

-Doug Phillips 2003

I know that today many of us are experiencing troubles that we never thought we would ever have to deal with.  In such a time it is such a great comfort to know and understand that we serve a providential God.  He works all things for good for those of us in Christ Jesus. 

“Our love to God arises out of our want:  His love to us is out of His fullness.”

-C.H. Spurgin

God speaks through prevailing prayer!  “He will call upon me, and I will answer HIm.” (Psalm 91:15)

In the Webster dictionary it defines prevail as “to produce or achieve the desired effect; to be effective; succeed.”  How do we achieve this desired effect with God….by being in good fellowship with Him.  In this way He speaks to us and answers our prayers.  Something that we don’t think about much is listening to God first and then pray based on what He said.  This will change the perspective of our prayers.  We might find that when we first kneeled down to pray it was all about us.  However, after listening to God and meditating on His word, we direct the focus of the prayer on Him and His glory no matter what our circumstances are.

As Christian dads and husbands we must continue in a spirit of prayer at all times.  Jesus said, “Men ought always to pray and not to faint…” (Luke 18:1)  This does not mean we walk around with our hands folded, but just in each quiet moment whether it is short or long we can simply just speak to God about that moment…whatever that may be.

God assures us through His precious promises!  “Whereby are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises:  that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature.”  (2 Peter 1:4)

Many of us tend to forget the promises of God for some reason.  We trod along daily without much thought of His promises.  He has promised not to forget about us, yet we set around whining about how God has forgotten us.  We are forfeiting the benefits of God by doing this.  Memorize the promises of God on a daily basis.

Some of His greatest and most used promises are His protection and provision.  His provision is every moment of our lives, men.  He has not seen anything that shocks Him or catches Him by surprise.  If you find yourself today without a job, He knew about it before the foudnations of the earth.  This was not an event that caught Him off guard and now He must react to it…..He is working His perfect plan in our lives at all times.  God never sleeps!

Review, reflect, and rely on the promises of God.  This is what gives us men our assurance for our families success.  He helps us at every turn of our lives. 

Our personal peace in God is calming!  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.”  (John 14:27)

Guys we are all searching daily for meaning and purpose.  We are searching for that personal peace.  If we are not searching God’s word for this peace then we will come up empty everytime.  Our world is overrun with illicit sex, drug abuse, and even terrorism.  These are unsuccessful attempts to find that peace.   Real and lasting peace is found in Jesus Christ and only in Jesus Christ.  He offers us this peace if we are obedient to His calling and trust Him for all the results of our lives.  Guys our kids will turn out alright by God’s grace inspite of us.  We are all bent out of shape trying to make sure we do everything right.  Dads we are simply to do as God would have us do and leave the results of our kids up to Him. 

Jesus said, “My peace I give to you.”  (Joh 14:27)  We need to accept His personalized peace in our lives today.  This seems much easier to say than do, I know, but it is the only way.

God assist us through His providential power!  “And we know tha tin all things God works for the good of those who love Him.”  (Romans 8:28)

All of us dads and husbands are subject to various trials, troubles, and testings just like anyone else.  We are not exempt from this.  As a matter of fact God has told us we will encounter various trials and tribulations.  Why is it that we are constantly trying to escape them as though we should be put above everyone else on a cloud?  The trial is not evidence that God hates us…He is shaping us as a tool for His kingdoms glory. 

God works by helping His people through providential means.  He works everything, good or bad, together for their benefit and His glory.   We miss out on His benefits if we do not encounter trials and testings.  This is when we see our God at His most powerful it seems.  Bringing each us through these times as we labor and suffer through the pain is a means to display His massive providential power.

Often we will experience God’s rescue of His saints.  He uses His angels to assist us and rescue us many times.  I can remember numerous times that I have been about at the end of my rope and ready to check out when this peaceful ringing in my head will calm me down so I can think rational and focus back on His promises to me.  It is a battle, a struggle.  This is not a cake walk, gentlemen.  This is life as a Christian.  (Psalm 91:11)

God is at work, guys!  You can trust this statement.  He has not forgotten any of us that are laboring here and it will not be a labor in vain.We can trust in His word at a time when the world seems to have checked out on His word, including the church.  Sing His praises.  Sing the Hymns of old and study the deep transforming testimonies that are embedded in those hymns.  God inspired those like any other song written to Him.  I encourage you to read the songs, read God’s word and meditate on His promises for a successful life in Christ.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Perseverence of the Saints!

Posted by Scott on September 25, 2007

“All who were chosen by God, redeemed by Christ, and given faith by the Spirit are eternally saved.  They are kept in faith by the power of Almighty God and thus persevere to the end.”

Once you really accept Christ as your savior nobody can snatch you out of your heavenly Father’s hand. 

I have posted all 5 points of Calvinism, because so many “Christians” today have never heard them, read them or understand why they might believe what they believe.  I for one trust this reformation to be the closest theology to what the scriptures are telling us, however, this is my belief and want each person that might accidentally run across this post to read and seek out for themselves what they believe.  One thing is clear to me is that God is sovereign, His grace cannot be resisted, and Christ died on the cross for the lost (whether it is just for the elect or everyone).

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Irresistible Grace!

Posted by Scott on September 25, 2007

“In addition to the outward general call to salvation which is made to everyone who hears the gospel, the Holy Spirit extends to the elect a special inward call that inevitably brings them to salvation.  The external call (which is make to all without distinction) can be and often is, rejected; whereas the internal call ( which is made only to the elect) cannot be rejected; it always results in conversion.  By means of this special call the Spirit irresistibly draws sinners to Christ.  He is not limited in His work of applying salvation by man’s will, nor is He dependent upon man’s cooperation for success.  The Spirit graciously causes the elect sinner to cooperate, to believe, to repent, to come freely and willingly to Christ.  God’s grace, therefore, is invincible; it never fails to result in the salvation of those to whom it is extended.”

This is the 4th part of the 5 point of Calvinism by Steele-Thomas copyright 1963. 

Take this to God’s holy word and dig deeply into this theology.  Make your own determination based upon what God’s word says and these points.  I do believe with all of my heart that God’s grace is irresistible to those ready to believe.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Limited Atonement

Posted by Scott on September 25, 2007

“Christ’s redeeming work was intended to save the elect only and actually secured salvation for them.  His death was a substitutionary endurance of the penalty of sin in the place of certain specified sinners.  In addition to putting away the sins of  His people, Christ’s redemption secured everything necessary for their salvation, including faith which unites them to Him.  The gift of faith is infallibly applied by the Spirit to all for whom Christ died, thereby guaranteeing their salvation.”

This is the 3rd part of the 5 points of Calvinism by Steel-Thomas copyright 1963. 

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In this part I must tell you to read the statement and cover the scriptures to see where you stand on this.  For me at this moment I must say this has been a point of contention for a short time.  The part about Jesus only dying for the elect and not dying for all does not fit the scriptures I read.  God is a just God and for justice to take place Christ must have died for all people…the elect and non-elect.  This was to secure the justice for those non-believers and mercy/grace for the believers (elect).  Now do realize that justice for the non-believers is eternal separation from God and eternal torment in hell, but they will have their moment in court so to speak.  The believer’s sins have been washed away and their judgement settled at the moment of their conversion to Christ.  I am no scholar and will pretend to be, but if man thinks he may have anything to do with his actual salvation then that would be works and the scripture does not teach that.  Read it and study for yourself to see if you can make the same connection.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-The Vastness of God’s Love!

Posted by Scott on September 24, 2007

I find myself these days just lost in His vastness.  When I set down to ponder on all the things of God.  What has He created?  What does He do to keep the world or even the universe in balance?  What are the complexities of His creation?  How is it that He is sovereign?  What is the elect?  What is predestination?  How could He determine before the world existed who would live with Him eternally and who would not?  How, how, how and why, why, why?

Psalm 8:3-4 “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained; what is man that you art mindful of him?”

Charles Spurgin once said, “As well might a gnat seek to drink in the ocean, as a finite creature to comprehend the eternal God.”

What a verse and what a quote.  It is just awe inspiring to set back under a tree and ponder on God.  Just think about Him.  Try to remove the world from your thoughts for a moment to comprehend God….we cannot comprehend Him nor can we put Him in a box.  So, for me to understand these complexities is an eternal adventure I am enjoying.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Dealing with Stress!

Posted by Scott on September 24, 2007

Matthew 6:34

 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.   -NLT

 34Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.    -ASV

I believe that either of those versions gives us a good idea of how we are to deal with stress in our lives.  As I look over each day, believe me it does have enough to worry about on its own without stressing over tomorrow.

 Consentrate on Things That Are Calming

Phil 4:8 says “Whatsoever things are lovely….of good report…think on these things.”

 In our world today everyone is caught up in the noise and confusion that surrounds them.  I admit I can easily get caught up in the same things.  For my families sake I have worked hard to try and slow life down as much as possible, but the hussle and bussle of our world keeps dragging us back in.  I mean the music is loud and getting louder, the entertainment explodes right in front of us….especially with the tv’s available now…wow.  This can creae stress in our lives, too.  We sometimes have a hard time separating the movies from real life or get ideas from a movie that sets us on a mission to go buy the latest greatest thing we saw or try to recreate that movie into our own lives.  It just goes on and on.

 As the Phillippians verse states for us to concentrate on the calmer things of life.  Meet with someone that is not bouncing off the walls ever now and then.  Watch a movie that is not full of suspenseful and constant action.  Drive to the country and just get out on a dirt road and walk for a ways.  Go to an old cemetary to read grave markers…now there is a quiet place!  Do anything that can help us to relax and refocus on what really matters…..our relationship with God.  If we will all think for a moment, how can we possibly hear God speaking to us and directing us if we have a constant roar in our ears and the driving force of this world has control of our actions?  It will be hard to hear Him.

 Another way of dealing with stress is to listen to some of the old hymn of our faith.  These can be calming, inspiring and revealing all at the same time.  While listening to these old hymns or slower paced worship music, pray and fellowship with God.  Just close your eyes and listen to what our Lord has to say.  He may be trying to get our attention, but everything around us is so loud we cannot hear Him.  Meditate on His promises.  The bible is full of His promises.

 Meet the Inevitable Condition(s) Head On

Romans 8:28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.”

Many us men suffer with stress because we fight the inevitable.  I know I do this.  I will find myself fighting something with all “my might”.  The key word is “my”.  We should fighting or flowing with God’s might not ours.  The greatest cause of stress I have experienced is working in my own strength.  It will literally wear you out if you make a lifetime of this.  Many suicides by Christians I believe are caused by men and women that were simply living in and fighting this life in their own strength and simply figured life was not worth it.  When we come to this place in our lives we need to let it go.  Run in the direction God is poking you in or drawing you too.  Don’t fight it.  There is something there for you and I when we give ourselves over to His will and direction.  He ultimately recieves tremendous glory from it.

Jesus is a great example of dealing with stressful situations.  He did not fret about these things.  He conquered stress by simply turning impossibilities into opportunities.  Many times we miss out on opportunities to glorify God because we are fighting against that.  I know we encounter problems that seem could have no good end, but remember our ways are not God’s ways.  He has something else greater to accomplish with that issue in our life.  You know something that I have experienced many times in my life is that I had rather be in the middle of a very trying ordeal in my life with God than living like a king without God.  That does not make sense to this world, but it is the truth for the life of an authentic believer in Christ.

Many times we must accept the situations in our lives that we are powerless to change, while doing our best and trusting that God in all of His sovereignty knows best and will take care of everything.

We Should Comfort Others Who Have Complaints

2 Corinthians 1:4 states “Who comforts us….that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble.”

When going through trials in our lives and very stressful moments we can find ourselves not being a comfort or inspiration to anyone.  We become too concerned with our little or big tribulation to care for anyone elses.  I have encountered this with other people that always talk about their issues as though nobody else has any problems.  I am always happy too share what God has done for my family, but many times I cannot get a word in edgewise. 

We are living examples of Christ here on earth.  He cared about the trials other people were having.  If we see someone that has a need and we can fill it, then we should do it immediately…no matter what our problems are.  If we cannot fill that need personally, but have a way to get assistance for this person(s) issues then we should do what all we can with the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  He will guide us on what to do.

In many ways we can become mentors to others that may be in earlier phases of the same types of problems or even other issues and we can help.  Be on the lookout for people God has placed directly into our lives in order for us to minister to them.  Being a comfort for someone else can assist in healing on our issues.

Finally, Trust God with All Concerns

Pslam 62:8 says to “Trust in Him at all times.”

Conquering stress requires that we acknowledge God’s presence at all times.  He is with us, drawing nearer, and working His perfect plan always.  Now, we may not always feel Him as being there, but He promises that He is, so we need to rest in that promise.

God has told us in Hebrews 13:5 that “I will never leave thee, or foresake thee”.  We need to practice the presence of God.

Finally, something that all of us men have a difficult time doing is yielding ourselves to God’s will.  Let Him do His perfect work in, around and through us.  He is responsible for the outcome not us…..we just simply need to be willing to follow Him and obey His word.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Just Rambling On!

Posted by Scott on September 20, 2007

Hey Guys,

Today, I just wanted to lay out my heart.  If it encourages some to stay the course great…the course we run in this life is not easy or painfree.  If it bores you to death, then I totally understand…I have endured many a boring speech or sermon.  This blog site is to encourage dads and husbands to stay the course and grow in our devotion to Christ.  The theological portions are only to prick at your curiosity to help anyone who is drawn to grow.  Be encouraged, guys…stay the course.  Life is short and we will all soon be before our heavenly Father praising and honoring Him.

Right now in my life I have never experienced such hunger for God’s word, a deeper more intimate relationship with my Lord, or anything that has to do with Him than right now.  I cannot read enough of the bible and other books that bring HIm glory.  I cannot get enough messages from God’s men of faith or listen and sing enough songs exhalting our God and His glory or enough history on our reforming theology.  It is simply a fire that has taken 40 years of my life to really start to blaze…none of this is from my own “free will”, but a direct response to the call of God upon my life.  I hope it does not take anyone else that long, but the encouraging part is that if it can take 40 years to get me to this point then anyone else can rest assured that God will prompt you at such a time as He wants you nearer to Him no matter what the age.  He has a plan and He is working that plan unto this very day.

Now, I speak all this today with a heavy heart.  These days I do not even think my family really knows what is happening inside me…spiritually, health wise or anything else.  I do have days that I simply am depressed beyond comprehension.  I have become good at seeming to be alright.  Days that I really do not want to get up and go anywhere or do anything.  Days that I would like to sleep or go far away.  My body just wants to lay down and sleep you know…it is tired.  These 40 years have actually been for most people about 70 years….I have been good at craming 70 years of livign in to 40 admittedly.   I have days that just driving to my office I want to pull over and weep.  Although God has began a tremendous work in my life, I do experience many days of feeling useless to my friends, my church, my family and my employer.  So much of this may be selfishness I will admit although it does not seem that way, but alot of it I think is just the overwhelming amount of work God has had to do in me in a short amount of time that has taken my physical body and spiritual being by surprise and simply overwhelmed it.  Please, do not misunderstand and start preaching at me.  I have become very aware of what seems to be in my own strength, which is a waste of energy and that which comes from God’s strength.  I understand this all too well.  It seems as though I am pulled in many directions.  I am to be this outstanding Godly husband that fails miserably in that catagory.  I am to be this model father for my children that again fails miserably.  So much of my teaching methods are very unorthodox for my kids and wife.  Now, if you think I am speaking of legalism you are very wrong.  I abhore and detest legalism in all of its forms pertaining to Christianity.  I will fight legalism in the church and my family until my dying breath.  Simply my version of teaching the kids in different ways is teaching them in daily life.  As I have an opportunity to raise a question, speak with them alone, use a situation that prompts a lesson, etc.  I guess I simply hate too much structure and rules.  You have it….I am kind of a rebel to the status quo in everything.  When it comes to serving my local church family I fail miserably.  I fail at everything miserably, BUT God is working His perfect plan in my life and it is all to His glory.  He leads me into crisis and in the end will receive the glory.  If I know going in the glory of the Father is at the end it help to endure the process of getting to the end.  However, if I knew what was coming I would never go in that direction.  Read on the Exodus and the Red Sea event to understand what I am saying.

Today, as I was driving over here to the office with such a heavy burden on my heart as we have some issues financially that must be addressed and I am not sure where to go with it, the thought of just opening my heart up in this blog for literally the world to watch and see as it bleeds out.  It really does not matter, because as each day goes by I simply ask for God to “wash me away”.  More of Him and much less of me.  To be saturated by Jesus and washed away by Him….this is the thrill of my life today.

Well, in order to stop this rambling on I will let you know that I am going to make it in the strength of Christ my Lord.  My family will prevail inspite of me and any of my short comings.  It is true that beyond Christ the love of my life is my wife of 17 plus years and her ministry and then each one of my 10 children to be able to see them grow up serving and loving Jesus with all their hearts.  As it seems my life moves further to the back of the sideline and my wife and kids rise to the top I just need to understand and come to grips that my job is to obey God, teach His word without shame or apology, and to love my family unconditionally.  God is at work in the life of my wife in a huge way to encourage moms and women and I want to make sure that ministry is funded well in order to pass God’s encouraging words along as the Lord sees fit.  He is at work in the lives of my children as they grow and are drawn deeper into a relationship with Him.  As my teenagers become so active within our churches youth group and the desire to serve Him grows deeper.  What a tremendous legacy can be left here someday.  As I fade away into the arms of Jesus….my hope and prayer is that I have branded the cross deep into each member of my family and friends hearts.  All my hearts desire is to serve Him faithfully and to know Him intimately.  To God be the glory for the great things He has done in all of our lives!  Be encouraged guys…the Lord will not stop working on you or with you until His plan is done.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Unconditional Election!

Posted by Scott on September 19, 2007

“God’s choice of certain individuals unto salvation before the foundation of the world rested solely in His own sovereign will.  His choice of particular sinners was not based on any foreseen response or obedience on their part, such as faith, repentance, etc.  On the contrary, God gives faith and  to each individual whom He selected.  These acts are the result, not the cause of God’s choice.  Election therefore was not determined by or conditioned upon any virtuous quality or act foreseen in man.  Those whom God soverneignly elected He brings through the power of the Spirit to a willing acceptance of Christ.  Thus God’s choice of sinner, not the sinner’s choice of  Christ, is the ultimate cause of salvation.”

Steele-Thomas “The Five Points of Calvinism” 1963 Copyright

Look far beyond what we as humans think God is.  Think of the ultimate purposes of God and why we exist.  His Word is where you find the answer…dig in.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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-Total Depravity of Man!

Posted by Scott on September 19, 2007

“Because of the fall, man is unable of himself to savingly believe the gospel.  The sinner is dead, blind, and deaf to the things of God; his heart is deceitful and deperately corrupt.  His will is not free, it is in bondage to his evil nature, therefore, he will not-indeed he cannot-choose good over evil in the spiritual realm.  Consequently, it takes much more than the Spirit’s assistance to bring a sinner to Christ-it take regeneration by which the Spirit makes the sinner alive and gives him a new nature.  Faith is not something man contributes to salvation, but is itself a part of God’s gift of salvation-it is God’s gift to the sinner, not the sinner’s gift to God.”

Steele-Thomas “The Five Points of Calvinism” 1963 Copyright

I will be putting on this blog a different point on Calvinism.  However, I will not try to explain it at all.   I think each of us should develop his/her theology from God’s word and understand what they believe and why.  Take each point and measure it to scriptures to see if you agree or disagree.  It is our responsibility to know what we believe and why we believe it.  One idea I can throw out there is that to really understand these 5 points you must understand who God really is and what His ultimate purposes are.  That my friend is found in the Word of God…so, dig in!

Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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