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That ye may know

Our hope and prayer today is that you know that you are His and He is yours.  There are many people that cross our paths who either do not think about their eternity or are uncertain of the how, the why or if they may be able to know for sure what awaits them on the other side of the veil of death.  Let’s talk about knowing

This week I had the opportunity to lead several young people to the Lord in salvation.  They were all ‘church kids’ who had been under conviction.  Some ran full speed toward salvation and were gloriously and joyfully born again.  But, a couple of them seemed to really struggle with the knowledge of whether they were actually saved or not, even after sincere prayer.  They were not drug addicts, alcoholics, philanderers or felons.  They had been taught about Jesus.  They knew about heaven.  They sat under preaching and sang hymns of the church.  But, when it came time to do business with God over the condition of their eternal soul, it seemed harder than it should have been.  They just did not know.  I John 5:13 says, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”  We can know.

One young man seemed to hold on to some things and was embarrassed at the proposition.  But, when he prayed through the Holy Spirit gave the peace that only salvation can.  He KNEW that he was saved.  He had been under conviction, admitted he was a sinner, called on God for salvation as the scripture commands and was gloriously saved off a church pew surrounded by friends and family.  It was precious.

Another young man was under the same conviction, believed that Jesus is the Son of God, that He lived, was crucified and rose again, but, after struggling in prayer just did not know if he was saved or not.  The same scripture was used to show how God instructs us on how to be saved but when we asked this precious young man if the Lord had saved him he shrugged his shoulders and shook his head.  He did not know.  It broke my heart to leave him and the Lord alone to deal with it, but another preacher and myself did all we could do.  It was up to this young man to know for sure.

Two admonitions.  First, salvation in individual.  It is not our job to save anyone or force anyone into the loving arms of grace.  We could have coerced that boy into saying something or admitting something that he did not actually believe.  Each one must deal with the Almighty for themselves.  Secondly, I believe that young man wants to know and because of that, he will in the very near future.  When we have been fed a steady diet of God since birth, the head knowledge can overshadow the heart knowledge.  Pray for little ‘E’ that he will KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is saved.

Finally, I will leave you with this thought.  If we fall under the conviction that the Bible explains, and we believe as the Bible explains, and we call on God for salvation as the Bible explains then we can know that we are saved, not because of anything we have done but because of what God has done and said He would do.  If we follow what the Bible says about being saved then we are saved.  Tell someone today that they too can KNOW!

God Bless You,

BroAdamB

evangelistadamborden.com

Fathers and Future Generations

Happy Father’s Day!  Our hope and prayer is that your earthly father has been an example of the Heavenly Father.  If not, there is still hope for the generations that follow.  Let’s talk about that. 

 Psalm 78 is a chapter that encourages the generation of today to remember the teachings of our fathers in their original form so that we may pass those teachings in their original form to our children and then further, our children might pass it to their children and grandchildren. The oral tradition of the Israelites was the primary scriptural education of the common people. The scribes were assigned to rewrite the writings of Moses and the prophetic works in those Old Testament times. The Pharisees were to memorize the Old Testament from memory. It was a responsibility that every father undertook with much gravity.

 There are lots of things that are said about fathers on a day like today. The greatest thing that can be said of a father is that he showed his children the example that God gave in the Word. What a blessing that it would be for children to say that their father told them what the Bible said and he showed them the same by his word and deed. It would be even more glorious for those children to tell their children how their grandfather lived what the Bible said. Those stories of faith, trial, tragedy, and victory are what it takes for an unlearned generation to be molded for a future faith of their Own.

 It is unfortunate that some have no goodly heritage, no Godly heritage of faith. Such is the case of many people that I know who are first-generation Christians. All they have is a past family life of sin, self-satisfaction or simply living till they die with no hope on the other side of the veil of death. But for those first generation Christian these words in Psalm 78 are a hopeful beginning for a heritage of faith for their own future generations. 

 If you have a father that has you a Godly example you ought to thank him, not for teaching you how to throw a ball, or for taking you fishing, or paying your way, but you ought to thank him for giving you the Bible as the foundation that you live upon. That’s what I’m going to tell my dad today when I talk to him on the phone and wish him a happy Father’s Day. And that is what I’m going to strive for as the father of Abigail and Adelyn. And if the Lord lets us live and they have children of their own, we will tell them that Jesus saves and that God is faithful. That there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. That living right is the only way. That taking care of your neighbors is as important than taking care of yourself. We will tell them that they not only carry our family name but they carry the name of our Lord.  God help Godly fathers.

God Bless You!

BroAdamB

 evangelistadamborden.com

Hiding

Our hope and prayer for you this week is that you have hidden yourself in Christ and not from Him.  There is a distinct difference.  Let’s talk about that…

In I Samuel 9 & 10 we read where the high priest, Samuel, is directed by God to anoint the first King of Israel.  He is brought providentially to a young man who is looking for some runaway mules that belong to his father, Kish.  Samuel spots young Saul and the Lord says That’s him.  It appears that God had a plan, a purpose and priority for the life of Saul that Saul unaware of, unsure about and ultimately unwanted by Saul.

In chapter 10 when it is time to reveal who God had chosen in the presence of all of Israel that the name Saul, son of Kish, was called.  But Saul could not be found (v21-22).  The word says he hath hid himself among the stuff.  When they ran and fetched him out from hiding from them, hiding from the call of God, Saul stood head and shoulders above anyone in Israel.  But, it was not his looks or stature that made Him the choice.  It was the anointed appointment of God that made Saul the man for the job.

I would submit to you that many in the church house this Sunday morning are doing the same thing that Saul was doing, hiding in the stuff of church when the Lord has a purpose for them to fulfill.  Folks find themselves a low-profile, passive, pew position to hide in and just hope that the Lord will let that be enough. People hide themselves in the stuff of the activities of church. They might sing in the choir, work at VBS, attend every service and come to revival and hope that they can hide in that stuff from the purpose that God is calling them to.  It happens everywhere.

The late great college basketball coach, John Wooden, said, “We will never substitute activity for success.”  We might be doing things around the church house but being active may not be accomplishing the successful purpose that God has tapped us for.  I know it can happen, because it happened to me.  I recounted just this week how that God called me to preach in December of 1994 but I hid in the stuff of gospel music until I surrendered to the call in November 2008.  For fourteen years I hid myself by doing something good but I was hiding from a calling that would not leave me alone.  I just stayed busy and never gave the voice inside me an ear thinking I could ignore it away.  If I just went on hiding in plain view everything would be ok.  Not so.  God kept calling my name and the Holy Ghost kept pointing me out as I hid in the stuff.

You cannot hide from God.  Let the Lord fetch you out and put you where He wants you to be.  You will be relieved when you do.  Hide In Him and not From Him.

God Bless you,

BroAdamB

Using God’s Name In Vain

Well, how about that blog title.  That is an eye opening Good Morning to our Gospel music friends.  Our hope and prayer is that the Lord has been honored by your use of His name in all you do.  Let’s talk about that…

Undoubtedly, the most disgusting use of language, especially to a born again child of God, is someone who says the word ‘God’ or ‘Jesus’ or ‘Christ’ in any combination of profanity, slang or off handed use.  But, have we ever considered the fact that placing the identification of anything we do under the banner of God, Jesus or Christ puts the value and standard of that name directly upon what we are doing In His Name.  For example, the fraudulent obligatory televangelist who begs their followers to plant a seed that ends up being a new house in LA or a shiny Benz, all in the name of Christ.  Or the person who says “I am a Christian who is gay and that’s okay because God loves me just the way I am.”  How would you like it if your name was used that way?

The third commandment in Exodus 20 verse 7 says “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Why are we talking about this?  Because there is a caution that we MUST MUST MUST pay close attention to when we put The Lord our God’s name on anything.  Many today who call themselves “Christians” are openly living the sins of Romans 1:18-32.  [Stop and read those verses now]  I want to make a stand right here that some of you may not be willing to take.  And, it is going to make some of you uncomfortable at the least and flaming mad in the literal and utmost extreme.

I am only going to use biblical terminology and not societal language to clarify what we are talking about.  Anyone who makes their living or proclaims to operate under a calling from the Almighty God of Heaven or attaches ‘Christian’ or Gospel to their identity, and yet lives in the immoral sins of adultery, fornication, sodomy, lesbianism, or alcohol consumption, is taking God’s name in VAIN!  Moreover, anyone who aligns with, supports, or ignores such sin in light of personal gain or business interest [i.e. Lot in Sodom] is complicit and accountable unto the Almighty.  Ephesians 5 verses 1 through 17 spells out what our position as Children of the King of Glory is to be.  Paul writes that we are to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.”  After condemning the sin of whoremongering, fornication, and filthiness, verse 6 and 7 says, “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  

If we are willing to align in agreement, a business venture, or especially ‘ministry’ with someone who is a sodomite or lesbian, an adulterer or fornicator, a drug or alcohol abuser, then we are operating in complete rebellion to the written Word of God which is Jesus Christ embodied in the pages (John 1:1, 14).

With that said, no one is beyond the grace and mercy of God, for without it we would all be without hope.  God gives us the avenues of repentance, reproving, and restoration through the scripture so we can rejoice in the knowledge that no sin, whether outward or inward is beyond the blood that Jesus shed.

WARNING!!  Our sinful society is very soon going to impose its’ will upon Southern Gospel music.  Mark my words.  The guilted societal forced acceptance of sodomy and lesbianism is soon going to foist itself upon the fandom and industry of this music that we love.  I fear that the tentacles of this ‘lifestyle sin’ has already worked it’s way to the core of every part of what brings our beloved gospel music to your radio, mp3 player, screen or stage.  Make no mistake, industry leaders, promoters, record companies, radio stations, internet entities, groups and fans of gospel music will be forced to make a choice to either accept or reject the open air display of a vulgar immoral anti-biblical lifestyle as a visible part of this music we love.  It will be accompanied by a thoroughly  embarrassing exposure to a national news media which now would doubt the existence of such a musical genre as Southern Gospel.  But, CNN and MSN would love nothing more than to bring another level of shame to the name of Jesus Christ by touting members of the Southern Gospel music community as members of the sodomite and lesbian community.

It would be wise to make your choice now based on the truth of scripture concerning these sins and your attachment with or detachment from them.  Will you knowingly hire, sing a song written by, employ a producer, or enter into business with someone who is using God’s name in vain?

GOD BLESS SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC!!

BroAdamB

evangelistadamborden.com

615-785-5682

Pour Water

Our hope and prayer is that the Lord has poured out blessings on you today.  We know that all of those manifold blessings are not intended for us just to hold onto, but we ought to do something for others.  Let’s talk about that…

In II Kings 3 verse 11, King Jehosaphat was looking for someone who could help him find out the word and will of the Lord for a problem he faced.  The word in verse 11 is that Elisha had poured water on the hands of Elisha.  Interesting that Elisha was not known to the Kings advisors for what he himself had done but for what he had done for a man of God.  It was not Elisha which had defeated the prophets of Baal and the prophets of the grove in a battle of Gods.  It was not Elisha who had prophesied 3 years of no rain.  It was Elijah who had been taken up in a God’s chariot up to heaven.  Elisha was only known, and called to the Kings court for one reason.  He poured water on the hands of the Man of God.

That custom meant that Elisha showed honor to Elijah by this act of cleansing the prophets hands.  It also pointed to the belief that now that Elijah was known to be off the scene, that Elisha might just be next in line for this time.  In fact, we know that Elisha asked for a double portion which he received over the time of his ministry.  It is doubtful, however, that Elisha would have been granted that request if he had been a pretentious petulant protege’.  Humility resulted in promotion (I Peter 5:6)

Lesson:  God blesses those who bless God’s man.  Find a way to bless your Pastor, an Evangelist, a Missionary, a Preacher.  Know that an humble act of kindness or service has the attention of the Almighty

We Love You,

BroAdamB

Be sure to tune in to the Riches From The Pages radio broadcast this week.  I have attached a message to give you an idea of what you will hear.

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Memorial

On this national Memorial Day my spirit was drawn to an upper room in old Jerusalem on a night to celebrate the Passover where a soldier shared a commemorative meal and gave a charge; Remember.

Luke 22:19-20.  “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper saying, This cup is the new testament of my blood, which is shed for you.

It was a preparation for battle; not against a dictator, a regime, a rebellion force or civil conflict.  This battle would be faced by one warrior who would defeat the entirety of all evil ever conceived in the past, perpetrated in the present and laying on the horizon of all of the future.  The only way to defeat it would be to become it (II Corinthians 5:21).  The Holy Warrior spilled all His blood and sacrificed His body “for you” and your freedom (John 8:36).  Remember.

As we pay tribute today to the soldiers of America’s past and present, let us also find meditative moments to Remember the Soldier of the Cross who gave all for all.  God Bless the Soldier.

BroAdamB

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Understanding

Our hope and prayer for you is though you may not know how everything is working out, you can still have the Understanding of the Word of God when it proclaims His promises.  One of the top complaints of unbelievers is that ‘the Bible is hard to understand.’  But, that should not be the case for the believer.  Let’s talk about that…

In Nehemiah chapter 8 we find 2 things that confirm the structure of a modern pattern for how we should approach a church service.  First, there was Unity.  In verse 1 it says that the people gathered themselves together as one man.  Their desire was for the Word of God to be preached by a man of God [BTW… there was only one transcription of the direct Word, no other versions suited to their cultural preference, or language of their captivity].  There was a raised pulpit of wood (v4).  There were 13 men who stood with the man of God; 6 on Ezra’s right and 7 on his left.  The priest opened the book to read and all the people stood (v5).  Ezra blessed the Lord and all the people answered AMEN, AMEN! (v6) lifting their hands.  It says they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.  Ever wondered why we do all the things we do at church?  Here is a biblical precedent for a lot of it. It is historically consistent evidence of what the Word of God did for them and now does for us when we are attentive (v3).  BTW… it says Ezra preached the Word for 4 straight hours.  Better hope your preacher doesn’t read that part…

In those verses the word Understanding is used 6 times (6 is # of man=man can understand the Word of God).  Verse 2 says that the gathering was made up of men and women and all that could hear with understanding.  Now, that tells us several things.  All ages who can understand basic conversation can understand clear Bible teaching and Preaching.  No need to water it down for the youngsters or segregate them to a worldly ‘service’ attuned to their desires.  Get in there together and develop an appetite for the Word.  Kids of all ages need good preaching and can understand just as well as adults.

It said they were Attentive (v3), not scrolling past their Bible app to check their social media or ruminating on future lunch plans.  There was no tuning out during 4 solid hours of preaching.  WHY?  Because they understood.  It convicted them and they mourned their sinful state but were instructed of a gracious merciful God.  In verse 12 it said they went away rejoicing because thy had understood the words that were declared unto them.  I believe that Ezra and those teachers (v7-8) did nothing but give straight scripture and it made the difference.

To be fair, there are portions of scripture that we must analyze and compare with the context of other scripture, pray for the discernment of the Holy Spirit, and then spend more time with it in order to understand.  The great news is that, though there may be some things that we will understand ‘bye and bye’, the great majority of it can be understood right now, today.  

Got Understanding?

We Love You,

BroAdamB evangelistadamborden.com

 

Wedding Rehearsal

Our hope and prayer is that on this Lord’s Day you are headed to Wedding Rehearsal. What, pray tell, are you talking about Preacher?  I’m glad you asked.  Let’s talk about that…

One of my prized reference books is by Alfred Edersheim, a Messianic Jew who found the Messiah in the mid 1800’s in Vienna, Austria.  In his book, Sketches of Jewish Social Life, Edersheim describes the process of a Hebrew wedding ceremony and all of it’s preparation.  As we study the wedding at Cana in John 2, we can envision a wedding day in the not so distant future where Jesus will be the center of attention instead of simply attending. Malachi 2 verse 14 tells us that the union of a bride and groom is one of companionship and a covenant.  That covenant was established before family, friends and the Father in heaven.  It was preceded by a betrothal.

As the father of two beautiful, Godly daughters, I am personally interested in the idea of being integrally involved in the selection of a groom for my girls and would be happy to arrange a husband of my choosing. Before the hate mail begins, Edersheim explains that any bride had the prerogative to refuse an intended groom before a betrothal engagement would become official.

When the engagement was settled the bride would go home and assemble a wedding party of attendants while the bridegroom would go to prepare a home for his bride.  In the middle of an undisclosed night, the groom would come with a band of attendants who would precede the groom carrying 10 staves with lights attached to the tops of staves to display the fact that the groom was on his way (Matthew 25:1).  They were called ‘friends of the bridegroom’ (John 3:29, Exodus 19:17,Ezekiel 28:13). He would come to the door of the bride’s house and knock on the door, retrieve her and take her away to her new home where the wedding proceedings would begin.  Edersheim further explains that the bride and groom would wear crowns (Isaiah 61:10, Ezekiel 16:12). Hallelujah!!

On Sunday’s, and Wednesdays for good measure, and any time a ‘meeting’ is taking place, I love to gather with fellow members of the Bride of Christ as we learn more about our groom, sing songs about Him, and read His love letters to us.  We discover his care for us and learn of the promises of the home that He is preparing.  In the distance we can hear the footsteps of a glorious gathering of a heavenly attendants and can see the lights of announcement, He’s coming.  It is almost time for a wedding. We seek to make our wedding garments spotless and white and keep our lamps trimmed and burning so that we may not be ashamed when He takes us from this house into our new home in Heaven.  What a wedding it will be. The halls of heaven outshine any cathedral ever conceived down here and that bride will be perfect, because of her groom.

Until then we will just keep rehearsing for that time when Jesus comes for his bride.  The anticipation of that moment requires no media pump or generated mania.  There will be no thought of, “Will it last…”  It is and shall be an eternal union of bride and groom.  Glory to God!  Enjoy your rehearsal today.  Keep looking up for the lights of the Groom who is soon on His way.

God Bless You!

BroAdamB evangelistadamborden.com

Tune in this week to the Riches From The Pages radio broadcast. [Both are Eastern Time]

Monday:  8:30am wecoradio.com WECO 940am & 95.5fm Wartburg, TN

Tuesday:  12:30pm wordchristianbroadcasting.com WNEA 1300am Newnan, GA

UPDATE: Riches From The Pages radio broadcast

Good morning.  Guess what… It’s almost Preaching Time!!! We are back on the air today at wordchristianbroadcasting.com today at 12:30 Eastern Time, WNEA 1300am in Newnan, GA. After our last announcement the Lord provided a supporter for 13 weeks of the WNEA broadcasts. “If it be of God…” We would love to see someone take up that support through the remainder of 2018.

I want to share our vision for this broadcast ministry. Currently we are on the air and online on Monday and Tuesday in TN and GA.  Our vision is to have a program broadcasting in 7 States on 7 days a week. We need to finalize our broadcast in FL so that only leaves 4 more days in States like AL, NC, SC, MS, KY, VA, WV MO…  If an individual or church would pray about taking on the Riches From The Pages radio broadcast ministry for an average of $100 per month in one of these States we can spread the preached word of the Gospel every day of the week. Please prayerfully consider this burden to be a blessing.  Contact us by phone or email if you have questions.

Stay Tuned!

BroAdamB

evangelistadamborden.com

615-785-5682

broadamb@gmail.com

Two Mothers

Our hope and prayer is that the mothers in our lives will be celebrated as they deserve to be.  The Bible is filled with examples of good and not so good mothers.  As I think about my two favorite mama’s today, I reflect on how their lives reflect scripture.  Let’s talk about that…

In I Samuel chapters 1 & 2 we read two of the great prayers of the Bible.  It is not from a prophet or a king, but rather a lady who longs to be a mother.  Unless the Lord would intervene, that longing would never be living.  Hannah was a praying mama.  She prayed for her child, Samuel, before he was conceived and continued to pray as she gave him back to God for His service.  She did her part and then trusted the Lord to do His part.  I know two mothers who do the exact same thing.

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It was not a rare occasion as a child at home to interrupt my Mama on her face in prayer, especially before the day was in full swing.  Mrs. Debra did her part by feeding, clothing, correcting, and most of all loving.  I remember a time when we were moving from one part of sweet home Alabama to another and were searching for a new home church.  My Mama made sure that the transition would not cause a lapse in Bible instruction.  She located workbooks and gave us ‘Sunday School’ assignments every week.  I remember one Sunday morning in the car as I was finishing my lesson that a complaint arose… I think it was my sister, but I’m sure she thinks it was me. It was made clear to us in no uncertain terms that our mama was going to make dead sure that we were going to learn from the Word in those in-between days and all the others as well so one day we would not lay out or fall out of church someday.   I am very thankful for that. I never heard my mama rail on my daddy or use slop jar language.  She is modest and a mediator.  She is grateful and a constant giver.  All I have ever seen her do is work past her physical energy, love far past the extraordinary, and live exclusively for her Lord. She has always been a lady, a lover of hospitality who laid down the law. She is a learner’s best friend, and the Lord’s best example in so many ways.  Happy Mother’s Day, Mama.

IAngelGirls never knew all that my Mama went through raising me and my sissy until I began the path of parenthood with Mrs. Angel.  We never knew love could be that strong.  We learned very quickly that it HAD to be that strong in order to retain our sanity through sleepless nights, fevered brows, and the horrific screaming aversions to the car seat that our eldest experienced [picture a 9 hour trip to Florida stretching to 13].  Through it all, the mother of my children, two in Georgia and one in heaven, has proven that she is much tougher than I am.  She works through pain, prays through uncertain days, and protects fiercely.  She teaches our girls what it means to be a good friend every day and a great wife and mother someday.  Lord willing, they will look back like me and think, “Wow, she really did know what she was talking about.” She, like Mary the mother of Jesus, ponders things in her heart and possesses a scary dose of discernment.  No monkey business gets by her.  Her gut-feelings soon reveal themselves as reality, so watch your step.  Angel is self-aware and constantly seeking to improve as a person, a child of God, wife and a Mommy.   Happy Mother’s Day, Chikadee!

God Bless the God-fearing mothers of the world!  Pray that those who need Christ will call on His name.  Their children need a saved mama.

We love you,

BroAdamB   evangelistadamborden.com