• 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…

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Abiding in Jesus, Jesus v. Religion, Rob Robinson, Thinking About His Love

    Posted on January 9th, 2013

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    How Can You Resist Jesus?

    How Can You Resist Jesus?

    Have you ever wanted to have a friend who knows you completely, and loves you immensely? When you are at your worst, a friend who will not give up on you. In times of difficulty and despair, a friend who stays close and truly cares. This is Jesus.

    Although He created the heavens and the earth, He is interested in you. He always has time to listen. He is never bored with your endless conversations. Always willing to forgive, never impatient or condemning. And when you realized that you wanted to live forever and be forgiven for all your sins, He came to you and offered His life in exchange for yours. Two thousand years ago, He allowed evil men to brutalize Him and tear His body to pieces, all so that He could take the punishment for your sins, removing any chance that you would suffer judgement for them in the future.

  • Abiding in Jesus, For Christians, Fulfilled Prophecy, Prayer, Rob Robinson

    Posted on January 6th, 2013

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    Prophecy of the Messiah’s Prayer

    Prophecy of the Messiah’s Prayer

    As the Messiah, Jesus defined the true meaning and intent of prayer in a way that none of us had know previous to His instructions to us. It is certain that a large part of Jesus ministry was empowered by His voracious prayer life. When all others were fast asleep, Jesus was on His knees before the Father, interceding for us.

    The model for effective prayer is found in the habit and method of Jesus as He demonstrated how, and to who we should pray.

    The Pharisees were known for their pretentious public prayers that they conducted before the public eye. The fact that the religious leaders felt it necessary to let the public see them praying gives us an indication of where their hearts were at. Jesus defined those who pray in this manner as “Hypocrites”. He said that they conduct their prayers in public so that they will be seen by others. He then contrasted how the true servant of the Lord should pray; “go into your room and pray to the Father in a secret place.” Secondly, when we speak to the Father, we talk to Him as if He is an intelligent being, who hears us the first time we speak. We do not need to conduct our prayers in repetition as is the practice of the pagan nations who do not know God.

  • If December 21, 2012 is The End of the World, Are You Ready?

    If December 21, 2012 is The End of the World, Are You Ready?

    It is just one day before the world is supposed to end, according to some not-so-experts. Survival gear, Ready-to-Eat meals, guns and ammunition are selling at a brisk pace. Many people are taking the threat of Earth’s end seriously.

    Scientists say that there is no chance that the world will end tomorrow. Theologians postulate that there is no indication in the Bible that December 21, 2012 is the end of the world.

    I have written extensively on the subject, and I am certain that there are no Biblical prophecies that define 12-21-2012 as the final day of the existence of life on earth.

    The Bible does say that the end of the world will come at a specific time, and it actually tells us the precise moment that the end of the world will occur. First Jesus will return to the earth in an event called “The Rapture”. This will happen quickly, violently, and without any warning. Suddenly, perhaps a Billion people will disappear from the earth and be seen no more.

    The Bible describes the Rapture with these words:

    1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

    Verse 18 encourages those who understand the meaning of these words, to find “comfort” in them. If we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, and are awaiting His return, then these words can bring us great comfort. If on the other hand, we have not committed our life to Jesus Christ, then the thought of a Billion people suddenly vanishing from the face of the earth is very frightening.

  • When Bad Things Happen, People Turn to God

    When Bad Things Happen, People Turn to God

    Friday, December 14, 2012, 20 children and 7 adults were gunned down by 20 year old, Adam Landa in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Answers to why this young man committed such a horrific act are still not known.

    Every news agency, every newspaper and online news agency is covering the details of the shooting and searching for a reason for why so many died senselessly.

    When horrific and unexplainable acts of violence and the resulting deep despair and suffering that come from these tragedies, many people turn back to God for comfort and answers. Thankfully, no matter how far we may have been from God up to that point, He is always eager to welcome us and come to us in our times of need.

    It is in these moments without answers, and the intense suffering that plague our heart, that we often feel the need to return to a close relationship with the Lord. Tomorrow, it is certain that churches all across America will be filled by people looking for answers and comfort. After the tragedy of 9/11, and Columbine, all over our nation, churches were packed with eager listeners.

    The reason that we turn to God when our hearts are broken, is that we know inherently, deep within our hearts, that God is real, He cares for us, and that He alone can comfort us in these terrible moments of suffering.

  • Abiding in Jesus, Daily Walk, Encouragement, For Christians, Rob Robinson

    Posted on March 10th, 2012

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    The Blessedness of Brokenness

    The Blessedness of Brokenness

    To live our lives in relative peace with the absence of trouble, is the hope of many. To avoid pain, sickness, disappointments, and failures would make life fuller and richer. Or so we think.

    Those who have lived four or five decades on the earth will tell you that first of all, it is impossible to live without experiencing all of these things. Second, the presence of life’s difficulties, makes for a fuller, richer, more rewarding life.

    It is coming, to, and going through the troubles of life that we learn to most. About ourselves, those we are closest to, and the simple joy that is felt when a new lesson of life is being learned.

  • Signs of the “Last Days”: A Departure From the Faith

    Signs of the “Last Days”: A Departure From the Faith

    The Last Days will be characterized by a great departure from the Christian faith, with many who were formerly believers, falling away from Jesus. Paul wrote to the Christians at Thessalonica that this would be one of the ultimate “signs” of Jesus arrival to remove the church from the earth, and the beginning of the seven year Tribulation.

    Paul warned: “That day” (the Day of the Lord), will not come unless the falling away (Greek: “Apostasia”, Departure from the faith) occurs first”.

    Reent books by authors such as Kenneth Daniels, who claims to be a former believer and missionary in Africa, but left the Christian faith, are an example of just such a departure that Paul was writing about.