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As ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. KJV Matthew 10:7 -- I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. KJV Matthew 16:19 -- Ye are come … unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, KJV Hebrews 12:22 On my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: KJV Acts 2:18 -- That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. KJV 1 Corinthians 2:5 --

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Would you be able to communicate the Gospel successfully if you had all your bibles, notes, and books taken away from you tomorrow by flood, fire, or governmental oppression?
It is a question that we often never look at; certainly, not directly. Instead we say to ourselves, "tomorrow I will read my bible, tomorrow I will study out those verses, tomorrow…"
I wonder sometimes if we keep saying that because deep inside we know that there will always be a tomorrow, because we know that we are eternal beings. Our sense of eternity is warping our sense of temporal urgency.
The older I get, the more keenly I am aware that the ‘tomorrow’ argument just doesn’t hold water. It is a bag with holes. It is a vanity of the mind. If I don’t do it today, then I won’t do it when tomorrow comes; for, after all, then it would be ‘today’ again -- and I have a habit of not doing things today.
Have our longer life spans lulled us into sleep. World conquerors of the past often times completed their destinies by the time they were twenty-five years old. But today, we start life at thirty-something. We have been given more time, and yet we only use it half as well when it comes to accomplishing our futures.
Do you know how long it takes to become an ‘expert’ on something? About 5 years. That means that in your lifetime you could become an expert on 16 different fields of endeavor; assuming that you live to be 90 years old.
Is it really the case that we ‘do not have enough time’ or is it just that we have become cracked hourglasses that let the sand slide out of our lives onto the ground?
Is it possible that God has given us the knowledge to expand longevity because we need longer to come to the shocking realizations of the truth? Bright kids you can teach early, but slow students often have to spend more time in class. The more I think about it, it is not that we are waiting on God but rather that God is STILL waiting on us.
Jesus died at 33 years and 6 months. His ministry only lasted 3 years. His death on the cross only lasted 3 hours. He saved a world, conquered an enemy, and cared for millions in that short time. Now he is in heaven working on our behalf. Perhaps, if we hurry up and complete our callings and destinies, God will let us come home too.
Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 6/18/2000

The wages of sin is death. That is what the bible says. Most of us do not believe this to be true; certainly we act as if we ‘hope’ that it is not true. I think that I know one of the reasons why we act this way. Can you guess what that reason is?
The reason is that we do not see death strike immediately! We don’t even believe a warning of eventual death when we see it on the side of a cigarette package, when it is OBVIOUS! Why should we believe the Manufacturer’s warrantee when He says, ‘DO THIS AND YOU WILL DIE’? Because death comes LATER -- sometimes much later -- after we sin, we feel that somehow we have cheated death.
Eve ate the fruit of the forbidden tree. When she did not die instantly she concluded that God must have misinformed Adam when he said, ‘In the day thou eatest thou shalt surely die’. So, she offered DEATH to him. The bible says that through Adam’s sin DEATH entered the world. But even he did not die that day!
There is only one way to UNDO the wages of sin. Yes, I did use the word UNDO. There is a reset button on the keyboard of life. There is an ESCAPE key for when you get trapped in a routine that you never intended to activate. There is an UNDO button. The scriptural answer is very clear. It says, "But the gift of God is eternal life".
That’s right. GOD is the undo! GOD is the way of escape! And God’s word clearly states that sins can be FORGOTTEN and erased. What most people don’t realize is that forgiveness from God is not some kind of platitude that says, "I know you did it but I am going to pretend you didn’t do it, but you will still have to suffer the consequences." What the bible shows is that through God THE CAUSE is eliminated. And if SIN is removed then there is no more WAGE to be exacted. It is not God withholding the Wage! It is God overturning the LAW of which He is the executioner. A PARDON is a free gift. It can be given to a man falsely accused OR to a man rightfully accused but RELEASED OF THE DEBT he owes for his crime. And that is called MERCY AND GRACE.
Sin is the snake in the grass, that bites you on the leg, and fills you with the poison that will eventually cause you to die. GOD, through Jesus Christ, is the ANTIDOTE to the poison! Stop the poison and you stop death!! God does not bring death immediately after you sin because He is longsuffering and not willing that any should perish. If he holds back death then he buys time to administer the antidote and save a life. When you sin… RUN TO HIM!! Get the antidote and LIVE!.
Anthony J. Massotti Th.M., Th.M. 6/25/2000

Original Quote by Pastor Anthony The older and spiritually smarter we get, the easier it is to forget what we learned in the spiritual 5th grade.
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