CHRONICLE'S PEN

Be an Example by Bill Brinkworth 

“Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.” II Thess. 3:8-9 

One very important task every Christian is responsible for is to be a good, Christian example  

to others. Many do not read the Word of God for themselves, have not learned what God has for them to do, and are more reliant on a godly example than they should be. It is dangerous to their spirituality to totally follow someone else, but it is common. 

For this reason, Paul the Apostle, was very aware of eyes attuned to his behavior and actions and wrote some important points to be “… an ensample unto you to follow …”. In II Thessalonians 3, he pointed some of them out: 

That obedience and understanding of God’s Word would be seen in his life, and that God would get the glory. If we are a godly example for someone, it should always be God and His work that gets the glory, not us! 
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:” II Thes. 3:1 
Keep your distance from others that are not doing right (“disorderly”), even if they are Christians (“brethren”). He defines “disorderly” in verse 11 as those that are lazy and not working, and those that are meddling in other people business (“busybodies”).  Association with those type of people may give others the impression that you are also like the crowd you are with. 
“Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.” II Thes. 3:6 
Do not stop living and doing right. Others around you, even Christians, may be acting worldly, not obeying God, or not involved in reaching others for Christ, but that is no reason for you to abandon your post!  Keep on keepin’ on, no matter what others are doing.  Do not get tired of doing it alone. 
“But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.” II Thes. 3:13 

It would be better for all if each Christian would faithfully read God’s Word, and obey all that he is shown in its preserved pages, but not many do that.  They often follow the actions and behavior of those they associate with.  With this reality in mind, our responsibility to be a proper, godly “ensample” is thrust on us.  Lead those that are watching or following your example down the right paths.  There are eyes on your testimony — constantly!

2 Peter 3, 3-14 KJV “The Day of The Lord” 

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 2 Peter3, 3-14

Beware of How We Treat Others 

The Bible says to love our enemies and to do good to others that may have done us wrong..sometimes this is hard but we must pray for them... ask God to give us love for them...yes and this can even come from fellow Christians... Does this mean they aren’t saved? No ... but sometimes the flesh can get in the way... We can do a lot of good but we have to watch out for the little foxes...that spoil the vine.. and that is why we must pray and be on guard for satans tactics... 

Paul said he had to die daily. We can minister and do a lot for God but we need to be on guard to the little things that can ruin our testimony...  

God is no respect of persons, so how does He feel when we treat His children differently? Or make them feel less than...  or maybe just ignore them... there is no big “I’s” or little “You’s with our Lord.. like the saying goes, people will REMEMBER how you make them feel.. so let’s try to sow seeds of kindness and love not to some, but all.. not just to the ones we feel is worthy... we can’t say when someone is worthy enough for something.. no matter what it is... that is Gods job...just love without partiality... 

 Romans 2:11 

For there is no respect of persons with God 

Matthew 7:12  

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. 

Matthew 5:11 

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 

Romans 12:17 

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 

Matthew 5:43-48  

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Repentance a word from our friend Bro Calvin Robinson 

I have been giving my thoughts on Isaiah 5, yesterday was regarding the six woes of this chapter. Now we come to  
  Is. 5:24 Therefore as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel. 
The word "therefore" means for this reason, or consequently. This verse begins with this word, so what it is saying is because of all these things which were listed here, greed, drunkenness, mockery of God, calling evil good and good evil, pride, perversion and bribery. Because of these things God says now rottenness from the very root begins to take place, because that you have throwed away God's laws and despised His Word. 
  In verse 25 He says the anger of the Lord is kindled against His people, and their carcases were torn in the middle of the street. We are seeing this happening every day on the evening news. But this is just the beginning of what God is going to bring against our nation. You might ask Calvin what makes you believe that God is going to bring these things against our nation, we're a Christian nation. We have long since been able to regard ourselves as a Christian nation, there are some Christians which live in this nation, but our nation cast away the Word of God when we banned it from our schools, we have despised the Words of Jesus Christ when we outlawed prayer in public assemblies. There-fore in verses 26 -30 the prophet Isaiah says the Lord of hosts will call for nations from the end of the earth and they shall come speedily. The prophet Joel gave us a real good look at this mighty army which God is going to call up. The apostle Paul told us in 1 Corinthians that all the examples are given to us of whom the end of the world is come. We're coming to the end of this dispensation and we are beginning to see these things, I hate to think of other nations coming and destroying what God has blessed us with but when people refuse to recognize God, to worship Him, to fall in love with His Word then we have it laid out before us what God will do to a person or a nation that forgets Him. 
   Joel says in the 2nd chapter of his book, that this is a great and strong people. The land in front of them looks like the garden of Eden and behind them is desolate wilderness. They will leap from mountain to mountain in their chariots with a flame of fire devouring. Joel says that this is a day of darkness and gloominess. Isaiah says that they will be roaring like the roaring of the sea and behold, darkness and sorrow, the light is darkened in the heavens thereof. 
   I believe in God who is rich in mercy, I believe that God is still looking for people who will call upon His name. There is no access to God but by Jesus Christ, He is the way, the truth and the life. John said that He is our advocate with the Father and if we ask He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. All these warnings are given to hopefully call a nation, an individual, just people to turn back to the One, the true and living God. Punishment is coming if there isn't repentance. Call upon Him while He may be found.

Sowing Discord 

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. 

What does it mean to sow discord among brethren? Is it something that one should take lightly? Of course not! Rather, it is something that every saint of God should be aware of and avoid. Sowing is defined as planting seeds on or in the earth.  The word discord means a lack of agreement or harmony between persons, things or ideas.  It represents something out of balance.  When put together the two words mean to initiate ill or corrupt thoughts in the mind of someone, (that can later develop in one’s heart).  They mean to create ungodly or negative thoughts about someone else. 

When a seed is planted, it does not remain a seed, but it germinates or goes through a growth process. It takes root, grows until it emerges through the top of the soil, and continues to grow. Although starting small, a seed can grow until it becomesas large as the largest tree. The same can happen when evil spiritual seeds are planted into someone’s heart. They grow the same as natural seeds grow. They do not remain seeds, but they germinate, and sometimes turn into very large issues such as bitterness, animosity, ill feelings, hatred, and many other venomous things. 

Sowing discord is a deceitful act because it is done through sneakiness, lies, and using gossip in a way that makes the guilty party appear to be the better person. It alters how people think about others and creates mistrust. It can initiate bad judgements, can cause one to voice disparaging comments about a person who was once a devoted friend. It can spoil sound relationships among family members and close friends. 

There may be times when jealously creeps into a person’s life, causing them to resort to sowing discord. There may also be times when a person feels threatened by another and discord is sown to try to discredit the individual. These acts are unacceptable with God. 

There are many reasons why discord is sown but there is never a good reason to do it.   It is so much better to use wisdom and talk to the person or persons involved, rather than use maliciousness and create chaos for self-satisfaction. The positive way to handle a situation is to first pray for spiritual guidance, then communicate with the person, discussing the matters of concern. God hates sowing discord among brethren, and He condemns it (Proverbs 6:19). It is more favorable when a discordant spirit has been detected to immediately discardit. Don’t let ‘it’ become enflamed! 

Let us Pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for allowing us to understand what sowing discord means. I pray that You will help us to keep an understanding so that we will never fall prey to doing the very thing that You hate. Help us to recognize its presence, wherever it may appear, and denounce it quickly, in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Be About The Father's Business 

Time To Be About The Father’s Business 

***Now is the time to do what God has called you to do, do not wait for there are those that only you can reach. Be about the Father’s business for truly this is the only thing that will matter in the end. Not how much money we make, what position we hold, what awards we win, but what have we done for HIM?*** 

~~ And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. Luke 14:23 

~~I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. John 9:4 

~~Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35 

~~And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. Revelation 14:15

We Are The Light Of The World 

The Bible says, 

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:14,16 KJV  We are here after we are saved to win others to Christ Jesus, also of course to give Glory, Honor and Praise to Our Lord and Savior. 

And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. Luke 14:23 KJV

What does Compel mean:? bring about (something) by the use of force or pressure.... So that means to try very very hard... We need to be about The Father's business.. We can see by the signs of the time, that we are running out of time.. Bring someone JESUS, for truly the fields are white and it is Harvest Time..

Think On Him This Morning 

As you get out of bed in the morning, be aware of My Presence with you. You may not be thinking clearly yet, but I am. Your early morning thoughts tend to be anxious ones until you get connected with Me. Invite Me into your thoughts by whispering My Name. Suddenly your day brightens and feels more user-friendly. You cannot dread a day that is vibrant with My Presence. You gain confidence through knowing that I am with you—that you face nothing alone. Anxiety stems from asking the wrong question: “If such and such happens, can I handle it.” The true question is not whether you can cope with whatever happens, but whether you and I can handle anything that occurs. It is you-and-I-together factor that gives you confidence to face the day cheerfully. Psalm 5:3. Psalm 63:1. Philippians 4:13

Love 

1 Corinthians 13:1-8 (KJV) 

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Matthew 22:36-39 says,

Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 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. This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Jeremiah 31:3 says,

The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Matthew 5:43-45 says,

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

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.