• Encouragement, For Christians, Holloween, Jesus Church, Rob Robinson, The Occult

    Posted on October 19th, 2013

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    Our Choices Define Who We Are

    Our Choices Define Who We Are

    The decision to follow Jesus is continuous. Every day we decide whether we are going to remain with the Lord by the decisions that we make. It is inconsistent to claim to belong to Jesus while making choices that are incompatible with His character. It seems that we do not often consider whether our liberty in Christ is in conformity with His nature. For example, when deciding whether or not we should participate in something that the world or even the church has determined is a harmless tradition, we might ask if Jesus would participate in such a practice were He presented with the opportunity.

    The kingdom that we live in as His disciples, demands choices that a citizen of light would rightly choose. If we participate in things that come from the kingdom of darkness, then our walk with the Lord is compromised. In speaking to the church at Thessalonica, Paul encouraged the believers to make their choices in the awareness that Jesus could return for us at any moment.

    1 Thessalonians 2, 5, 6 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night… For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. (ESV)

  • Doctrine, Encouragement, Forgiveness, Rob Robinson

    Posted on October 16th, 2013

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    How Can One Life Pay For All Sins?

    How Can One Life Pay For All Sins?

    How can the life of one man be sufficient to pay for the sins of all other men?

    The premise of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that His death has paid for the sins of the whole world. The reasonable question that should be asked then is: “How is this possible?”

    If Jesus were just a normal man, mortal with a limited life span, and possessing the defect of a sinful nature, how could His life be valuable enough to pay the great price of redeeming billions of other mortal, sinful people? The obvious answer is—He could not.

    The Book of Colossians declares that Jesus is not an ordinary man.

    Colossians 1:16-17 For by Jesus all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

    Jesus is the eternal God dwelling within the body of a man. It is from this basis that the claim is made that His life is sufficient to pay for the lives of all other men. What is the value of the life of God? If we can agree that because He is eternal and the Creator of all things that His life is of infinite worth, then it would certainly be reasonable that He could redeem all human beings.

  • Encouragement, Forgiveness, Salvation

    Posted on October 14th, 2013

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    It’s Never Too Late To Start Over

    It’s Never Too Late To Start Over

    If you want to know how much God loves you, imagine how hard it would be to give the life of your own son for someone else’s sin. God must have loved you as much as He loves His own dear Son, or He would never have allowed Jesus to die for you. On the opposite side of this love is God’s hatred of sin. If you want to know how much God hates sin, we again look at the cross that Jesus suffered upon and died. God hated sin so much and the effects that it has on human life, that He felt compelled to do something about it. The Biblical definition of true love is the giving of a life for another.

    John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

    1 John 4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

    God loves you so much that He felt compelled to demonstrate it to you, by giving up His Son to die for your sins. God’s justice required a great and eternal sacrifice to pay for the sins of all people. Only Jesus’ life had the eternal worth necessary to pay for the great debt owed by all people for their sins.

    The good news is that Jesus’ death and His resurrection fully paid for all of your sins. You do not have to live in regret and guilt for your past mistakes. Everything you have done in your life that is wrong has all been fully paid for, when Jesus suffered and died for you on the cross.

  • Encouragement, For Christians, Forgiveness, Jesus v. Religion, Rob Robinson

    Posted on October 14th, 2013

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    The Laws of Sin and Death are Cancelled by God’s Mercy

    The Laws of Sin and Death are Cancelled by God’s Mercy

    We may not like the way that God has chosen to save us, but that is really none of our business. Saving people is His business and since He created us, He has the right to determine the method of our redemption. The person who has wisdom will listen to what the God of the universe has said, and submit to His authority. We do this knowing that God is truly Good and that He genuinely loves us, for He was willing to give His only Son to make our salvation possible.

    It is our choice to conform to God’s requirements, or we can stubbornly refuse. If we do refuse, then we will be the ones who suffer loss, not God. If we agree with Him and do what He requires, we will be able to enjoy the blessings of a perfect life, forever and ever. God has the right to decide who He wants to live with, since this is His universe. We all make similar choices during our life. We chose to be with people that we like and who add to our quality of life. We also reject those who live in such a way that their behavior would severely harm our way of life. God has the right to set the rules for who can live with Him and who cannot. He bases His acceptance of us by what we do with Jesus. If we agree that we are sinners, with no hope of eternal life apart from God’s help, then He will receive us. If we come to Him with a humble heart and a willingness to turn from our old life of sin to a new life governed by Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then He will graciously pardon all of our sins and grant us admission into His presence where we see Him face to face.

    The Lord made His goodness pass before us in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is by looking at Jesus that we see what God is truly like and discover what He requires for us to be qualified for heaven.

  • Abiding in Jesus, Encouragement, Jesus Church, Rob Robinson

    Posted on October 12th, 2013

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    Faith is the Descendant of Abraham

    Faith is the Descendant of Abraham

    As Abraham went through the mental preparation of taking his only son to the mountain, constructing the altar, and raising the knife to take Isaac’s life, he did so with great faith. Abraham understood that God had already promised that through Isaac and his future descendants, He would make a great nation. Abraham believed that in order for the Lord to fulfill this promise, He would have to raise Isaac from the dead.

    This experience that Abraham went through, was intended by God to be an example for us.

    More than a thousand years later when Jesus was crucified, He was taken to the exact same place on this mountain that Abraham had brought Isaac for the sacrifice. The offering of an only son by Abraham was a picture for us, of how God would bring His only Son and offer Him as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. In order for the promise of God to be possible in both of these examples, a son would have to be resurrected from the dead. Although Abraham was prevented from taking his son’s life, God would not spare His only Son when He was offered for us on the cross.

    Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all…

  • Prophecy of the Messiah’s “Little Flock”

    Prophecy of the Messiah’s “Little Flock”

    Luke 12:32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

    The words of Jesus in describing all of us who are a part of His church as a “little flock,” are intended as a term of endearment. How greatly the Lord loves us all who have placed ourselves under His care. When the Lord describes us as His “little flock,” He uses this term affectionately and with great compassion. Sheep are the most helpless and often the dumbest animals in the world. They will follow each other single file, right off the edge of a cliff, to their death. Sheep must have a shepherd to lead them, otherwise they will not be able to find water or food; and they will die. It is well known among shepherds that if a sheep falls over, it often cannot get back up without help. A term that shepherd’s frequently use to describe a sheep that has fallen over and is unable right itself is downcast. When David wrote in Psalms 42:5, “Why are you downcast O my soul,” he was remembering the many times that he had to help one of the sheep turn itself back onto its feet. In David’s personal hour of discouragement, he was referring to a moment when recovery seemed impossible.

    Psalms 43:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

    As a shepherd who had spent many days and nights alone with the sheep, David was well acquainted with their frailty. He had see the sheep who had fallen over and felt deep compassion for their vulnerable condition. In observing the sheep, David likely considered his own helplessness when times of discouragement arrived and he felt hopeless. As he prayed, the Lord would turn him right side up and remind him of the Love of God.

    Have you ever fallen in this world and found it hard to get back up again? David was in a place of discouragement and despair when he was asking this question of his soul: Why are you cast down? Get back up and trust in the Lord.

  • Abiding in Jesus, Encouragement, Forgiveness, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Rob Robinson

    Posted on September 19th, 2013

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    Prophecy: Messiah Will Come From a Long Line of Sinners

    Prophecy: Messiah Will Come From a Long Line of Sinners

    I believe that God chose the line of David because of his heart after God. David genuinely loved the Lord, although he was a terrible sinner. David’s love for God commanded his spirit to worship and praise Him from a sincere heart. In every sense of the phrase, David worshipped God “in Spirit and in Truth” (John 4:24).

    If the Bible only contained examples of men and women who were perfect, then none of us would be able to identify with these servants of God. Because most of those who are listed as “great men and women of faith” are also terrible sinners, we can understand that God will accept anyone who has committed any sin, as long as they are willing to turn from those sins and come to God in sincere repentance.

    If we examine the people who are described in Hebrews Chapter 11 as men and women of great faith, we see that they are often fallible and unqualified individuals whom God uses to accomplish His will.

    From Hebrews 11 and the Old Testament:

    Noah: a drunk
    Abraham: fearful, doubting God, a liar
    Sarah: doubting God
    Jacob: a deceiver
    Moses: a murderer, anger problems, doubting God
    Rahab: a prostitute
    Gideon: fearful, doubting God
    Samson: lustful, prideful
    David: an adulterer, murderer, liar

  • Doctrine, Forgiveness, Fulfilled Prophecy, Is Jesus the Messiah?, Rob Robinson

    Posted on September 18th, 2013

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    Prophecy: Messiah Will “Swallow Up Death Forever.”

    Prophecy: Messiah Will “Swallow Up Death Forever.”

    In order for our sins to be forgiven by God, they must be atoned for. This is to say, a penalty must be exacted against the sinner. Ezekiel 18:4 describes the method by which sins are atoned for by the death of the offending party. According to the Old Testament law of sacrifice, an innocent animal could be brought to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle or Temple (See Prophecy 332). The sinner would lay his hand upon the head of the animal and figuratively transfer his guilt to the innocent sacrifice.⁠3 In this way, God was illustrating the time when the Messiah would come as the Lamb of God who would offer up His perfect and eternal life, for the sins of all people.

    All of the stories and examples found in the Old Testament are intended as illustrations of spiritual truths that are revealed to us in the New Testament. Jesus came as the Messiah in fulfillment of all these real-life stories from the Hebrew scriptures, in order to give us an understanding of their true purpose.

    Those who brought their animal to the priest for a sacrifice, did so by faith. They believed that if they came with a perfect sacrifice, God would transfer their gilt to the innocent animal as he was put to death and their sins would be covered. These sacrifices were intended as a temporary solution that would last only until the Messiah would arrive and make His life the one perfect sacrifice for all sins, forever.⁠4 Once Jesus died, all sins were fully atoned for and there remained no need for the former sacrifices of the Old Testament to be continued.

  • Forgiveness, Homosexuality, Judging Others, Rob Robinson

    Posted on September 5th, 2013

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    Are Some Sinners Worse Than Others?

    Are Some Sinners Worse Than Others?

    Luke records an event that is otherwise unknown to us from anywhere else in the Bible. Apparently Pontius Pilate had ordered the death of certain individuals who were attempting to offer sacrifices. In the process, the tower at Siloam fell and many innocent people were killed. Jesus asks the question: “were these people who died as a result of the towers fall, worse sinners than any other people in Galilee?” Jesus answer is “No”. There was no connection between this accident that happened, which resulted in their death, and their own personal sins. This tower at Siloam may have been a part of the wall of Jerusalem, near the pool of Siloam. When it fell and killed many people, God was not personally targeting these individual persons for judgment. Their sins were no worse than any of the others in Israel, or any other person throughout the world.

    Luke 13:1-5 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

    We have this idea that some sins are worse than others. In this example of those who were killed by the collapse of the Tower of Siloam, Jesus taught that all sins are equal before God. All sins separate us from our Holy God. Jesus said that “unless we all repent, will all perish (eternally).

    Jesus describes this story of the tragic death of eighteen people, as an example that all of us are equally guilty before God for our sins. Every one of us needs a Savior, and none of us are worthy of heaven by our own efforts. Only the blood that Jesus has shed for us on the cross, is sufficient to pay for the sins of the whole world.

  • Prophecy: Messiah Will Make Us As If We Never Sinned

    Prophecy: Messiah Will Make Us As If We Never Sinned

    The process of justification is a singular act of God whereby He removes the sins of a person and causes them to exist as if they had never sinned before. Justification and the resulting effects of this legal procedure declares a person “not guilty.” In the very essence of the word, “Justification” carries the Idea of perfection. If we dismantle the word, we see that it states within itself what it does: “Just-as-if-I-had-never-sinned.” The complete process of Justification transforms a guilty sinner into a morally perfect being, resulting in a standing before God that causes them to exist as if they had never sinned at any time throughout their life.

    Justification is the only means by which a Holy God can accept a sinner and cleanse him of his sin so that he is fit for heaven. When anyone places his complete trust in the finished work that Jesus accomplished on the Cross, God justifies him and makes that person completely and perfectly righteous forever.

    The process of justification does not mean that the sins of a person are swept aside or ignored. In order for justification to occur, a penalty must be executed upon the guilty person who has committed the sins. The penalty for sin is death. Therefore, no sin can be forgiven or removed until the death of the guilty has taken place.

    The process of justification does, however, allow an innocent substitute to assume all of the failures of the guilty person and take the penalty himself. A large part of the plan of God in allowing Jesus to suffer for the sins of all men was that God would have a righteous basis to forgive our sins. The pronouncement of God was that the soul that sins will die.

    Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.”

  • The Prophecy of a Shepherd

    The Prophecy of a Shepherd

    “I shall not want”.

    Once we have submitted our life to Jesus as “Lord”, He then can lead us. The results of being led by the Lord is that we will have no “want”. We will be content, and the longing of our heart for love and a purpose in our life will be satisfied. All the needs we have will be taken care of, as long as we keep the Lord first as Lord and Shepherd of our life.

    Though the Lord is our Shepherd, we will still suffer losses during our life. Those we love will die, friends will come and go, and material blessings will be gained and lost. There will be suffering, pain, and sorrow, but in all these things, there will be a knowledge that we are loved by God, and that we have a Shepherd who is caring for us, tending to our injuries, and comforting us in our losses. There will be no “want” for answers to life’s problems and difficulties, if we abide in and stay close to our Shepherd. There will be a confidence about us, though doubts will come, and fears will never cease. If the Lord is our Shepherd, we will always come back to a place of peace, knowing that God is for us and the He will never leave us or forsake us. In these things we will have no “want” for answers, for the Shepherd will be our abiding provider and will guide us through all of life’s perils.

  • Abiding in Jesus, Encouragement, For Christians, Jesus Church, Rob Robinson, Sanctification

    Posted on February 14th, 2013

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    The Prophecy of the Narrow Path

    The Prophecy of the Narrow Path

    Is there blessing in not walking through this world in the same way that everyone else walks? David wrote these words, perhaps on a morning like this one. Maybe he felt a tug on his heart, and he wrote these words to encourage me today, nearly 3,000 years later, to make a deeper commitment myself.

    In the same way, I am writing these words to you, some from David, some from my heart, about a day of revelation. A day to make a decision to walk in the path of Righteousness as an expression of our love for Jesus and desire to be His own special people who have set ourselves apart from this world, to belong more fully to Him.

    Each one of us has to decide just how far we are willing to go with the Lord. Jesus had to make this decision Himself, before He gave His life for us. The Lord decided that He would give up everything for the Joy of seeing us forgiven and free of sin, and living finally in His glorious and perfect home in heaven.

  • Doctrine, Encouragement, Forgiveness, Fulfilled Prophecy, Rob Robinson

    Posted on January 17th, 2013

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    Prophecy: The Curse Has Been Removed

    Prophecy: The Curse Has Been Removed

    The Bible is clear that all men since Adam are under a curse. From the moment that Adam disobeyed God, he was under the judgment of sin and death. Because all men are descended from Adam, all human beings have inherited this curse.

    We are not sinners because we sin, we sin because we are sinners.

    The propensity towards sin comes from the fact that we are inherently flawed in our basic spiritual DNA. We commit sin because that is what we do best. It is not really possible for any human being to not sin. Although we may try very hard to be a better person, at some point we will always fail. This is true for those who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, as well as those who do.

    The advantage that a person who has come into a relationship with Jesus possesses, is that Jesus is now dwelling within us, giving us the power to overcome sin. Before a person comes into a relationship with the Lord, the Bible describes this person as being “slaves” to sin. After we come into this new relationship with Jesus we can become slaves to righteousness.

  • Prophecy: When Sin is No Longer Sin

    Prophecy: When Sin is No Longer Sin

    Some of those who read the words of Paul were formerly “fornicators, nor idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners”, but they had repented of their sins, and come to Jesus Christ for salvation: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”

    Paul makes it clear that none of those who practice the gay lifestyle will inherit eternal life.

    The sin of Homosexuality and Lesbianism are in the same category as all other sins. Jesus had to die for the liar as well as the gay. All sin is equal before God and requires either the death of the violator, or a substitute. Jesus blood covers the sins of the gay, the liar, the murderer, the fornicator and all other sins. God did not give special dispensation to some men who chose to have sex with each other or women with women. All sexual sin is considered particularly grievous to God because they are sins against our own body, to which Jesus dwells within us.

  • Prophecy: Eternal Life Comes by the Shedding of Blood

    Prophecy: Eternal Life Comes by the Shedding of Blood

    The difficulty for the hearers of Jesus teaching was that they did not understand the spiritual meaning of the words; “eat my flesh and drink my blood”. They heard only the physical act of eating Jesus flesh and drinking his blood.

    John 6:53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

    John 6:61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you?

    Many of the things that Jesus spoke in the presence of larger crowds of people, were veiled in illustrations. When the Lord spoke privately to those who had already received Him as the Messiah, He spoke plainly and directly to the point. Why Jesus hid the true meaning of his teaching to large assemblies, is certainly important. In a large crowd, many would come just to see what all the activity was all about. Others had heard that Jesus was giving out food, healing, or other miracles. Some came simply for the spectacle, others to get something. There were however, a few who were looking for truth.

  • Prophecy: “The End of All Flesh is Before Me”

    Prophecy: “The End of All Flesh is Before Me”

    When every new day brings news of a shooting or some other act of violence, we wonder when it will all end. It seems as though the world has become sick and there is no cure. All around us there is so much pain and suffering, it feels like the world we live in is a dark planet in some distant corner of the universe, not our home.

    There was a time when the earth also became dark and evil and the people of our planet were far from God. The Bible records that there was one man and his family who were righteous, amongst the entire population of earth, Noah.

    God told Noah that the end of all flesh was before Him. The earth was filled with violence and the wickedness of man was great on the earth. The Lord instructed Noah to prepare himself and his family for a judgement that was coming. He and his family alone, would be preserved through the darkness of what was coming upon the earth.

  • On Making New Year’s Resolutions

    On Making New Year’s Resolutions

    Paul said that he really wants to do right things. The problem was that when he sets out to do them he found that it was nearly impossible for him to perform them. Paul said that it was the sin that was dwelling within his heart that prevented him from keeping his resolutions.

    Since it is so hard to keep our New Year’s Resolutions should we just not make any resolutions at all? Even if we did whatever we wanted to do, many of us have already have tried, that and it made us even more miserable that if we tried not to do them and failed.

    The answer is to go ahead and make the resolutions, and determine to do them. Then pray and ask the Holy Spirit to enable us to perform all of our good intentions. Then when we fail, we repent and get back up and try again. We continue to try and be better, with the help of the Holy Spirit, for the rest of our life. Over the course of time we will get better at overcoming sin and temptation. Eventually some of the most troublesome sins will fall away. (only to come back when you least expect them).

  • God Loves Us So Much, He Will Allow Us to Suffer

    God Loves Us So Much, He Will Allow Us to Suffer

    It is worth noting that the some of common people perceived that Jesus was the LORD, while the religious leaders, and a majority of Israel did not recognize Him. The religious leaders were filled with their own self interest and pride. The poor and common people, were constantly seeking the Lord, hoping and watching for His arrival.

    It is a fact of life that a person who is suffering or undergoing a deep time of trials, is more likely to be receptive to Jesus, than the person who is experiencing an abundance in their life. We seem to be more receptive to the Love of God when our life is severely lacking. This is the primary reason that Jesus said that the poor are “Blessed” because the kingdom of God is theirs.

    Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Notice that Jesus does not necessarily say that a person must be poor to obtain the kingdom of heaven. He says that a person who is “poor in spirit” can obtain the kingdom of heaven. To be poor in spirit is to be humble and broken over the reality of sin in our life. To have an awareness that we are a sinner, and that we need a Savior. This kind of “spirit”, allows a person to come to God, repent of their sins, and obtain forgiveness and the blessings of eternal life, “the kingdom of heaven”.

    A person who has been living a life of material blessing, can also have a “poor spirit” that cries out to God for mercy and salvation, but it is much more unlikely that this will occur. There is something about being self sufficient in having enough money and accumulated material possessions, that prevents many people from searching for God in their life.

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