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 CHOOSE LIFE WHILE THERE IS TIME!
By Bishop Dale Collins
 
         Moses, a great man of God, said in Deuteronomy 30:19, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”  Everyone must make a choice concerning JESUS.  There are four reasons listed below as to why YOU should choose life while there is still time.  The first reason you should not delay in surrendering your life completely to CHRIST is that God really gives His children the good life.  People living in the world cannot even imagine how happy real Christians are.  We have God helping us, blessing us, healing us, moving for us in every way and in every situation that arises throughout our life.  Yes, we have some problems and we have obstacles to overcome; but the difference is the real child of God has got someone to help them in the time of need.  In Psalm 71:3b we read, “Thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.”  Jesus is more reliable to us than even our own families.  He is always here to help us in time of need.  This is one benefit of turning to God NOW so you can become a child of God and receive His help.
          Psalm 34:15-16 says, “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open until their cry.  The face of the lord is against them that do evil, to cut off remembrance of them from the earth.”  What is it going to take for you, my sinner friend, to wake up to the fact that you need the Savior?  To those who have once known God and have backslidden, you will find Him right where you left Him.  “The way of the transgressor is hard” Proverbs 13:15b.  Now you know why things are hard for you and you don’t have real peace or joy.  It is all waiting for you when you repent and become old-time Christian.  Another fact is that most of those who put off salvation will never be saved. 
          Over a period of time sin is constantly hardening your heart and you will from this time on after reading this tract, drift farther from God.  Millions of tombstones could be marked “I MEANT TO.”  Why waste your life, talents, money etc. in the world when you can come to Jesus now and repent of your sins?  Don’t let your heart get so hard that you will never be able to find God and live for Him.  The Bible says in Genesis 6:3, “My Spirit shall not always strive with man…”  so you need to heed the Gospel call TODAY!  Many people wait until it is TOO LATE to turn to God.  Will you be like that and ignore the pleading conviction of the Holy Ghost that is dealing with you right now?  In Exodus 7:4A the Bible says, “And the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened.”  Pharaoh had seen some of the greatest miracles of the Bible, but even that was not able to penetrate his hard heart. He died lost WITHOUT GOD.  In Revelation 9:20-21 we read that after God had poured put all the plagues upon the earth that “the rest of the men…repented not of the works of their hands…” They had seen all the plague that God had poured out, but their hearts were too hard to repent, and they, too, died lost WITHOUT GOD, and I feel like that today if they could send you a message from Hell, they would say, ‘REPENT, AND TURN TO GOD WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME.”
          Another reason to make this decision to come to Christ and REPENT is that “Death is coming, and its arrival at your house is unannounced.”  It may come in the morning or at noon.  Death might arrive at your door during the night.  We never know exactly when death will arrive, but we know from the Bible that it is surely coming for you and for me. Hebrews 9:27 says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment…”  It is a fact that billions of people that have lived on the earth have had to face death, and ALL WILL HAVE TO FACE THE JUDGMENT OF GOD.  ARE YOU READY TO FACE DEATH AT THIS VERY MOMENT?  ARE YOU REALLY READY TO STAND BEFORE GOD AT THE JUDGMENT LIKE YOU ARE LIVING TODAY?  Many have been taught that they will get another chance to turn to God, but my dear friend, when you die, you will never have another chance to REPENT and turn to God.  It will be TOO LATE!  Some think that their friends and relatives can pray them out of purgatory or pay them out, but this doctrine is not found on any page in the Bible.
          God’s Word says in Revelation 22:11-12, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.  And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”  You will never get another chance to repent, and you will spend all eternity in the lake of fire.  Many people are caught out of the ark of safety by death and they die lost.  People get sick and die.  They are killed in accidents.  We do not know how or when we will depart from this life, but I do know that the door of mercy today is opened to you.  Death is coming.  Judgment is coming.  ARE YOU REALLY READY?
          The last reason for not putting off Salvation is that the end of the world is coming.    It will catch people by surprise since most people live as if they expect to live in their sin forever and be alright, but the Bible tells us that there will be an end to this world and to sin.  Multitudes will wait until the end of the world has come and it will be too late.  In Revelation 16:17 we read, “…It is done.”  God pronounces that the chance to be saved is over.  The end is coming, and it will catch many unaware.  Matthew 24:14 says, “And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and THEN SHALL THE END COME.”    We are sending these tracts out by the thousands to many different countries to be a witness for the Lord.  God’s work is almost over on the earth, and the harvest is ripe.  I plead with you to come to God today while there is still time.  Jesus is coming, for in Luke 12:40 we are to “Be ye therefore ready also; for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.”  Jesus is coming at the end of the world, and it will be a surprise to the unprepared people.  But He has told the Christians to be watching and praying lest  “…that day come upon you unawares” Luke 21:34. 
          You now know that the longer you wait the harder your heart will become and the statistics show that you probably will never come to God.   You now know that you are in a race with death and that death may catch you at any time thus ending your opportunity to become a child of God.    You now know that time is running out because the end of the world is coming and Jesus is going to return to get His SAINTS, and the angels of God will reap the harvest of the children of the world.  You will in one of these two groups and I am pleading with you to come to god and repent of your sins while you still have the time to do so.  Hebrews 3:15 says, “…Today if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts…”  Jesus is calling to you sinner friend.  Please heed His call to come to Him.  The Bible says that “Today is the day of Salvation, behold, now is the accepted time,” II Corinthians 6:2.  Isaiah the Prophet was moved on by the Holy Ghost to call unto you my dear friend.  Please hear his voice in Isaiah 55:6-7, “Seek ye the lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near:  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:  and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him, and our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”  My dear friend, won’t you please turn to God today?  You will be glad you did!
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THE KEYS TO HEAVEN’S DOOR
 
By Bishop Dale Collins
 
         We are living in a time when just about everyone wants to go to heaven.  It seems like everybody is talking about being born again.  Most folk’s talk like it is going to be a free ride right through heaven’s door and people seem to think that everybody is going to be allowed through the door that leads to Heavens Holy City.  The truth of the matter is much different.  The way to God’s holy heaven is strictly laid out in a roadmap called THE HOLY BIBLE.  The popular belief that everybody is going to end up in heaven is a false doctrine.  The Bible says in Matthew 20:16, “…for many are called but few chosen.”   We read clearly that a lot of folks feel God dealing with their soul to come to Him and to work for Him, but only a very few ever do.  I trust that you, dear Reader, are interested in being born again like the Bible says so that someday you will be allowed into God’s Holy City.  If you are interested in finding out how to become a real born again Christian, and you can unlock Heaven’s door, then I want to encourage you to read on further. 
         My dear Readers if you plan to go to Heaven with the Saints of God then you will have to enter in through the door.  Eternal life with joy and peace, living with God forever is no different.  Heaven has a door but it is not like most doors made of wood or metal.  Heaven’s door is the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  God has a specific plan of Salvation and He expects you and me to obey it if He is going to let us into the Holy City.  Let’s look at John 10:1-9.  (1) “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.  (2) But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.  (3) To HIM the porter openeth: and the sheep hear HIS VOICE: and HE calleth HIS OWN SHEEP by His Name, and leadeth them out.  (4) And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.  (5)  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.  (6) This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which He spake unto them.  (7) Then said Jesus unto them again, verily verily, I say unto you, I AM THE DOOR OF THE SHEEP. (8) All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. (9) I AM THE DOOR: by me if any man enter in, HE SHALL BE SAVED, and shall go in and out and find pasture.”
          We read in verse #1 that if any man tries to enter into the sheepfold by any other way other than the door he is considered the same as a thief and robber.  We all know that no thief or robber will ever be allowed into God’s Holy City.  God is simply saying to us that if we plan to have eternal life with Him then we are going to have to obey the plan of salvation in the Bible.  In verse # 7 Jesus said, “I AM THE DOOR OF THE SHEEP.”  Jesus clearly taught this in John 14:16 when He said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: NO MAN cometh unto the Father but by me.”  Jesus Christ is the only door or way to eternal life.  We all know that most doors have locks on them and in order for us to open the door we must have a set of keys.  It is the very same when it comes to unlocking the door of eternal life!  You must have the right set of keys to open the door to eternal life.  We read in Matthew 16:13-19 about the Keys to Eternal Life and about the great apostle that God gave the keys to the kingdom to.
 
(13) “When Jesus came into the coast of Caesarea Phi-lip-pi, He asked His disciples, saying whom do men say that I the Son of Man am?  (14) And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Eli-as; and others, Jer-e-mi-as, or one of the prophets.  (15) He saith unto them, but who say ye that I am?  (16) And Simon Peter answered and said; Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  (17) And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jo-na; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  (18) And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  (19) And 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 shalt be loosed in heaven.”
          Jesus was asking His disciples who the people thought that he was.  Different ones said different things until finally Simon Peter spoke up in verse # 16 “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  Jesus replied that Peter was blessed because that most folks did not realize who Jesus really was.  Most church folks today fail to realize who Jesus really is.  Jesus said to Peter, “flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which art in heaven.” I am so thankful that I received this SAME REVELATION just like the apostle did and you can too my dear friend.  Jesus also said to Peter in verse #18 “…upon this rock I will build my church.”  A lot of misguided folks believe that the church was founded upon the apostle Peter but this is also false doctrine.  God’s true Church is built on the Rock and the Rock that He is speaking about is THE PERSONAL REVELATION from God of who Jesus really was and still is today!  Jesus is the Christ, the Saviour of the world.  In verse # 19 we read “and I will give unto thee the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven…” Jesus was saying to Peter that He would be the very first one that God would use to reveal THE TRUE PLAN OF SALVATION.  Jesus had already taught in John 3:5 “…EXCEPT a man BE BORN OF WATER AND OF THE SPIRIT HE CANNOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD.” Jesus was soon crucified but He told His disciples to “tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem…”  (Luke 24:49) until the New Testament Church was born.  They waited in the upper room until the great day came.  ACTS 2:1-4  “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  (2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  (3) And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  (4) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  We read here that they were “ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST”… AND THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH WAS BORN!  We read in this chapter where the man Jesus had chosen to give the keys to the kingdom of heaven preached the first message under grace.  Let’s read the closing part of this first and great message in ACTS 2:36-42.  (36) “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, BOTH LORD AND CHRIST.  (37) Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, WHAT SHALL WE DO?  (38) Then Peter said unto them, REPENT, and BE BAPTIZED EVERYONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins, and YE SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.  (39) For THE PROMISE IS UNTO YOU, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as THE LORD OUR GOD SHALL CALL.  (40) And with many other words did he testify, and exhort, saying, SAVE YOURSELVES from this untoward generation.  (41) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.  (42) And THEY CONTINUED STEADASTLY IN THE APOSTLES DOCTRINE and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”  We read in verse #36 “that God hath made that same Jesus…both Lord and Christ.”  We read in verse #37 that “they were pricked in their heart, and said unto PeterWHAT SHALL WE DO?  These people was asking how that they could unlock the door so that they could enter into eternal life.  God used Peter just like He said he would to reveal THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.  In verse #38 Peter preached THE ONLY TRUE PLAN OF SALVATION ever revealed from God to mankind in this time of grace.  If you ever enter into the kingdom of heaven you will have to come the Bible way.  Peter preached in verse #38 … “REPENT.”  True repentance is the FIRST KEY to heavens door.  You MUST BE SORRY FOR YOUR SINS and be willing to FORSAKE ALL OF YOUR KNOWN SINS.  He continued to preach “BE BAPTIZED EVERYONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins.”  This is the SECOND KEY to heaven’s door and we see clearly that the Bible teaches WATER BAPTISM BY IMMERSION IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST (not some titles such as Father, Son or Holy Ghost).  We also see clearly from the Bible that WATER BAPTISM IS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION because Peter said EVERYONE OF YOU.  Peter also preached that WATER BAPTISM WAS FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS.”  It is not just for a symbol or for a public example but IT IS WHEN YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN AND WASHED AWAY IN JESUS NAME!  Peter being filled with the Holy Ghost preached later on in ACTS 4:12 “neither is there SALVATION IN ANY OTHER: FOR THERE IS NONE OTHER NAME under heaven given among men WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED.”  Peter went on to preach the THIRD KEY to Heavens door when he said, “Ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”  A lot of folks are all confused about the Holy Ghost.  Many teach that it is not for us today but my dear reader this is another false doctrine.  Peter continued to preach in verse #39 “for THE PROMISE IS UNTO YOU, AND TO YOUR CHILDREN, (The Next Generation) AND TO ALL THAT ARE AFAR OFF, EVEN AS MANY AS THE LORD OUR GOD SHALL CALL.”  The Holy Ghost is for everyone that will believe and YOU MUST HAVE IT to enter heavens door.  Please notice in verse #41 that “they that gladly received his word were baptized and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”  God’s TRUE CHURCH started in an UPPER ROOM in a HOUSE located in JERUSALEM and NOT IN ROME like many blind folks are teaching.  Most Church folks are following the ANTI-CHRIST CHRIST from Rome instead of preaching THE TRUE PLAN OF SALVATION found in Acts 2:38.  This was the first gospel message UNDER GRACE and GOD HAS NOT CHANGED HIS PLAN SINCE THAT DAY.  (SEE Hebrews 13:8 and Malachi 3:6).  Dear reader, PRECIOUS NEVER DYING SOUL, I plead with you today as the Apostle Peter once did to take these THREE KEYS TO HEAVENS DOOR so that you may “SAVE YOURSELVES from this untoward generation.  ACTS 2:40.  Dear Reader YOU CAN HAVE ETERNAL LIFE just like the Bible says IF you will do it just like the Bible says.  I plead with you TODAY to REPENT and BE BAPTIZED in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins and SEEK GOD FOR THE REAL HOLY GHOST like they got in ACTS 2:4.  Remember, if you want to go to God’s holy heaven then YOU MUST OBEY GOD’S HOLY WORDIf you try to enter in the kingdom of God ANY OTHER WAY you are just like a thief and a robber and we know that NO THIEF OR ROBBER WILL EVER ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
 
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WHO IS THE GREAT

“I AM”?
 
By Bishop Dale Collins
 
          In the Bible we read about the great “I AM” and people wonder who He really is.  This list of Scripture has been compiled and we shall let the Bible speak for itself.  The Bible says;   I AM thy Shield” Genesis 15:1; I AM the Lord;” Gen. 15:7; I AM the Almighty God” Gen. 17:1; I AM the God of Abraham” Gen. 26:24; I AM the LORD GOD” Gen. 28:13; I AM the God of Bethel” Gen.31:13; I AM God Almighty” Gen. 35:11; I AM GOD” Gen. 46:3; I AM the God of thine Fathers” Exodus 3:6; I AM the LORD YOUR GOD” Exodus 6:7; I AM the Lord that healeth thee” Exodus 15:26; I AM the Lord that doth Sanctify you” Exodus 31:13.  He said “Ye shall be holy for I AM Holy” Leviticus 11:44; In Deuteronomy 32:39 He said, I AM He, and there is NO GOD WITH ME.”  I AM HE” Isaiah 43:10; I AM the Lord, your Holy ONE” Isaiah 43:15; I AM HE that blotteth out your transgressions” Isaiah 43:25; I AM the first, I AM the last, BESIDE ME THERE IS NO GOD” Isaiah 44:6; I AM the Lord that Maketh ALL things” Isaiah 44:24; I AM the God of Israel” Isaiah 45:3; I AM THE LORD and THERE IS NONE ELSE” Isaiah 45:5-6; I AM He that comforteth you” Isaiah 51:12; I AM merciful saith the Lord” Jeremiah 3:12; I AM married unto you” Jeremiah 3:14; I AM the LORD, the GOD of all flesh” Jeremiah 32:27; I AM a great King” Malachi 1:14; I AM the LORD, I change not” Malachi 3:6.
          In the New Testament we read in Matthew 11:29 I AM meek and lowly in heart.” He said I AM come to send fire on the earth” Luke 12:49-50; I AM come in my FATHER’S NAME” John 5:43; I AM the Bread of Life” John 6:35; I AM the Living Bread” John 6:51; I AM the Light of the World” John 8:12; I AM ONE that beareth witness” John 8:18; I AM from above” John 8:23; Jesus Himself said I AM HE” in John 8:24; He also said “BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS, I AM John 8:58; I AM the door” John 10:7; I AM the Resurrection and the Life” John 11:25; I AM the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE” John 14:6; I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending” Revelation 1:8; I AM HE that liveth and was dead” Rev. 1:18; I AM the root and offspring of David, the bright and morning star” Rev. 22:16.
          It is very clear from reading the Bible that the Lord in the Old Testament is the very SAME as the CHRIST in the New Testament.  We find in Acts 2:36 “God hath made that SAME JESUS …BOTH LORD AND CHRIST.”  Many people are confused as to who the GREAT I AM really is but the Bible gives the answer in Acts 9:5 when it says “I AM JESUS who thou persecutest.” Jesus Christ is the GREAT I AM and He is still calling out to people today pleading with YOU to be born again.  We read in John 3:5 “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he CANNOT ENTER into the kingdom of God.” Peter preached the ONLY TRUE PLAN OF SALVATION on the day of Pentecost and it is found in the book of Acts chapter 2 and in verses 38 and 39. “Then  Peter said unto them (1) REPENT and (2) BE BAPTIZED EVERYONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins, and (3) Ye SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.  For the Promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD OUR GOD shall call.”
          I plead with you today in the Name of Jesus Christ to consider your dying soul.  Won’t you please seek the Lord while there is time left for you.  You can have old-time SALVATION just like the Bible said if you will do it just like the Bible said.  WRITE FOR OUR CURRENT LIST OF MATERIALS IN CLUDING BIBLES, TAPES, BOOKS, and TRACTS.
 
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A SPECIAL
THANK YOU NOTE
By Bishop Dale Collins
 
We often write thank you notes and send them to people that have done good things for us.  So, today I felt that it would be in perfect order and proper for me to write a thank you note from my family to someone very special that has done more for us than anyone else could ever do.  I wanted to say Thank you for making such a beautiful world for us to live on and for the stars and for the moon for us to look at while it is night.  I want to thank Him for turning my life around and for saving my soul when I was lost.  I was a very unhappy person, but He took away all my unhappiness and gave me peace and joy.  When I felt like it was time to get married, He sent me to a precious woman who later became my wife.  I wanted a life in politics, but He had a better plan.  My desire was to help people but He knew all about the corruption in politics, so He called me to preach instead.  He also healed me of ulcers when I repented of my sins and He has never let me down since.  Many times while my wife and I were traveling we almost had wrecks, but He reached down His hand of protection and saved us.  When the enemy tried to kill us, He protected us.  When my wife was cooking, the grease splashing out and nearly covering her hand, we called on Him and again He helped us and she did not even have a blister.  When I was working and stepped on a nail that nearly went through my foot, I called on Him and He told me what to do.  When I obeyed, there was no pain, scar, nail hole or blood.  When I had blisters on my feet so bad that I could not wear shoes, we called on Him.  In the middle on the night He woke me up as He touched my feet and the blisters were gone.  He has helped us to have wonderful, healthy children that also love Him.  Many times He has sent a special peace and joy right in the midst of trouble. Many times when our vehicles broke down, we talked to Him about it and He fixed them.  Once He even aired up a flat tire while I watched.  When my wife was sick and nearly died, He came to see her and helped her.  The doctor’s said that medically speaking she could not live.  Our Friend was a Doctor higher up and He said different! When my wife had bled for weeks without stopping, He told us when it would stop and at that very minute it stopped.  The doctor said that she could not eat for six more weeks, but my Doctor sent one of His faithful representatives that told us different.  She began to eat that next morning!  Thanks to our Friend, today she is fine!  Our little girl got sick and almost died.  She lay sick for weeks while our Friend waited for some in the family to straighten up their lives.  They refused to repent so finally our friend told us what to do and when we did our daughter began to get well.  When I was driving nails, one flew off to the side and hit our son in the eye.  I grabbed him up and we ran to the house where the family gathered to call on our Friend who quickly came by and all was well.  When I fell and it looked like that I had broken my toe, the pain was so bad that I passed out six times.  When we called on our Friend, He was there and within thirty minutes all was well. 
 Out Friend is so great and wonderful that we love Him above everything on earth.  He has led us out of the old lifestyle that we used to live and He has helped us in so many ways that a whole room full of books would not have room to tell it all.  There are many people that would give almost everything they own to have a Friend like ours.  The TRUTH IS that you can have this same Friend in your life no matter where on earth you are.  I felt like writing this to say, “THANK YOU FATHER FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR OUR FAMILY and to let you know that we still love you and we are joyously awaiting your return to earth.  WE RECOMMEND OUR FRIEND HIGHLY TO ALL WHO READS THIS!  Here is what our Savior has done for you if you will accept it from Him by FAITH:  (1) He died for you on a cruel Roman cross to shed His life’s precious blood to pay for your sins.  (2) He allowed them to beat His precious back with a whip that you could be healed of every sickness and disease.  SPECIAL NOTE:  Dear Reader, You CAN BE healed of any and every kind of sickness that the devil has by FAITH in the Lord Jesus Christ.  I encourage each of you that are sick or those of you that know someone that is sick to put your FAITH and TRUST in Jesus AND PRAY TO Him and ask Him to heal you or the person you know that is sick.  Then I want you to command the devil to leave your body in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST and if you believe it with all of your heart you shall be set free in Jesus’ Name.  Remember, ALL THE POWER IS IN JESUS’ NAME!!  (3) He will come and live inside of you in the form of the Holy Ghost so you can be born of the Spirit of God and have the power to overcome the sin in your life and even the devil himself.  You can have the power of God working in your life to heal the sick and to see many signs and wonders once you are born into the Family of God.
 Here is how you can meet our SPECIAL FRIEND, JESUS CHRIST and how you can get started to eternal life by becoming a REAL TRUE HOLINESS CHRISTIAN:  JESUS TAUGHT the true plan of Salvation in John 3:5 when He said…”EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN OF WATER AND OF THE SPIRIT, HE CANNOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”  The Apostle Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost in ACTS chapter 2.  He preached the clear, and only true plan of salvation just like Jesus taught them.  In verse 38 he preached “REPENT” to the great crowd that day.  In the same verse he preached ‘BE BAPTIZED EVERYONE ONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF YOUR SINS.”  He went on to preach “YE SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.”
 This is the only TRUE PLAN OF SALVATION and WOE BE UNTO ME if I should knowingly lead you astray. I plead with you today, dear reader to consider what our special friend, JESUS CHRIST can do for you and HOW HE CAN TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND.  Please obey the plan of Salvation found in the BIBLE (KJV) ACTS 2:38 TODAY!!
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LAST CALL
By Bishop Dale Collins
 
     There are many people on earth who think that they can go right on living just like they please and pass the chance to get born again up as many times as they choose, reasoning within themselves that they will repent of their sins before it is too late.  Unfortunately, for them most will wait until it is too late.  My dear friend, as you read this tract, please, with all diligence, pray and seek the face of God as He leads and deals with your heart.  Let me tell you about three different stories of people who got THE LAST CALL.  Some took heed to the message and repented of their sins while others went on in their sin and turned a deaf ear to THE LAST CALL and died lost.  HOW WILL IT BE WITH YOUR SOUL?
 
     I remember how it was with me.  I had repented of my sins and felt the call to preach while I was just in grade school.  My folks soon quit church, so I found myself back out in the world in a sinful condition.  Still God, would deal with me, but I would always say no to God.  This is a dangerous thing to do, but it is what I did.  Many different times while I was growing up God would send His Spirit by to deal with me, but I would always say NO!  Several years passed by and I was in high school.  I started going to church but they were so worldly that I just fit right in with them without being born again.  It was the same while I was in college.  I went to church just like millions of Americans do each week, but I WAS LOST!  I was still lost without God.  Today, I no longer fit in with these worldly church folks because I really did converted from a life of sin and shame and worldliness.  Finally, the Spirit of God moved on me and pleaded with me.  I promised to live for God and preach His Word, but I wanted to finish my first year at college and then fully turn my life over to God.  This was very foolish of me for putting God off since I now know that God was trying to give me His best, but I was so hooked on a steady diet of the Hellish Rot and slop of the world that I wanted to put God off a little longer.  If I had just surrendered then, God would have spared me many hurtful heartaches and bad scars on my life.  We, as human beings, have the privilege of setting many dates and appointments, but God has reserved the right of setting at least two dates, and we had ALL BETTER TAKE HEED TO THEM.  He has set the date and time when you will die and be judged.
      The great day finally came when I promised God that I would turn my life over to Him.  The Spirit of God moved on me and again I said NO!  The devil had been for months trying to get me to kill my own self which would have doomed my poor soul to hell.  God began to deal with me differently now, and He started by pouring His wrath out upon me.  Everything went wrong for me, and finally I had worried about this condition so long that I came down with ulcers real bad.  The medical doctor could not help me but Jesus could!  I was so low that I had to turn to Him.  He dealt with me one night while I was out on a date.  The Spirit of the Living God dealt with me so strongly that I began to cry.  He dealt with me that it was MY LAST CALL!  He wanted me to live for Him and preach Holiness or Hell.  If I refused God could always find someone else.  It really woke me up as I had to choose between Jesus or the world.  Holiness or worldliness,  heaven or hell.  I took my date home and went to the church where I was attending at the time and poured out my heart to God on the door steps.  Later on, in the middle of the night I went to some friend’s house where I finally surrendered my life to the will of God and He granted me true repentance.  It scares me today to think of what might have happened to me if I had not heeded THE LAST CALL. 
      There are others who have received THE LAST CALL from God.  Some took it, while others rejected it, and today they are according to God’s Word, (The KJV Bible) in the flames of hell instead of shouting with the saints of God.
      One of my preacher friends told me of a true story of a man that used to come to a church that he had pastored many years ago.  The man did not seem to be interested in spiritual matters very much, so the pastor asked him about it.  The mans reply is one that ought to ring in the ears and hearts of a lot of people today (even church folk).  He said, “I started out for God, and He told me to put my snuff upon the shelf (not to use it any more).  Things went well until I took the snuff back down off of the shelf and then God put me up on the shelf.”  What a terrible thing for someone to choose the world over God and His lifestyle of Holiness.  The preacher said that to his knowledge that this man lived to be an old man but DIED IN THIS CONDITION (on the shelf by the hand of God).  Has God dealt with you with His voice or His Word about something in your life?  You could find yourself rejected by the Spirit of God like this man did.  Please be obedient to Jesus and His Word (the Bible).
    There is one more group of people that I feel led to write about that received many calls from God, but there can a day when they received their LAST CALL!   When they rejected it, they soon found out that it was their LAST CALL and that they had waited TOO LATE!  The people of the world had multiplied to the point that there were a lot of people on the earth.  God looked down and saw that their minds were on evil continually.  The people of that time had gone so far from God and His ways that He decided to destroy the whole world with a flood.   He looked the whole earth over, and it had been defiled, all except one man.  This man was named Noah, and He found grace in the eyes of Lord.  He was a preacher of righteousness and was very different from all of the other preachers that lived in his time.  He was a Holiness Preacher without a doubt.  God told Noah about the great flood (which modern science has confirmed really happened) and that He would save Noah and his family in a big Ark (a big boat) that Noah would have to build.  Noah began the great building project because HE HAD FAITH IN GOD AND BELIEVED HIS WORD, that judgment was coming upon this sin sick world.  Noah’s day was not any worse than our own, and the few real men of God that have not backslidden or watered the gospel down are still preaching and blowing the trumpet in ZION warning both small and great because the judgments of God are about to be poured out on THIS GENERATION like never before seen.  Real men of God still have faith in God and His Word too.  They are still preaching the old time gospel straight and loud, crying out to the people to REPENT OR PERISH!  The time to REPENT IS NOW for the Bible says in Second Corinthians 6:2B “Behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, NOW is the day of SALVATION.”  The difference between Noah and the people of the world around him was that Noah believed God and had FAITH in His Word.  Noah built the ark, and I am sure that He continued to preach and warn the people of the judgment of God that was coming as we today are continuing to warn both small and great about their sins.  They laughed and mocked.  They scoffed and made fun.  They DID NOT HEED THE CALL UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE!
      Finally, the ark was finished, and God told Noah to go inside with His family and all of the animals.  When they were all safe inside of the ark, GOD SHUT THE DOOR!  IT WAS TOO LATE!  The folks outside were still mocking and making fun when the sky grew dark with clouds and it begin to rain.  Please remember that it had never before rained on the earth, so IT TOOK REAL FAITH IN GOD FOR NOAH TO BELIEVE.  It was not long before the people began to believe when they were able to see with their eyes.  Noah, just like the men of Faith today, could see with his heart.  The Bible says that we walk not by sight but by FAITH!  Can you just picture in your mind the water getting deeper and deeper and the scoffers and mockers were no converted believers as they scratched and beat on the ark, BUT IT WAS TOO LATE!  They begged for mercy and pleaded to get inside but they had waited TOO LATE to get inside.  They now would give anything and everything that they had to get aboard the ark so they could be saved, but they had waited TOO LATE to change their lives and live for God.  All that they had to do before was to believe and to repent, but they refused their LAST CALL and then it was TOO LATE!  The Bible says, “BY FAITH YE STAND.” 
      It rained for forty days and forty nights and every living thing upon the earth was drowned BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLES SIN!  It was, and still is, a high price to pay for sin!  They had a chance but they refused their many calls.  One day they found out that they had gotten their LAST CALL and that it was TOO LATE!  I plead with you, dear reader, with the presence of the Living God upon me as I write this to you, asking you one more time on behalf of God, to REPENT OF YOUR SINS and turn to God while there is still time. When God deals with you, please seek Him with all of your heart, for God said, “My Spirit will not always strive with man.”  “He is long suffering to usward not willing that any (that is to you, too) should perish…” Please turn to God today.
      You don’t have to die in your sins and be lost and go to hell when you can heed God’s call and REPENT OF YOUR SINS TODAY!  This tract was written with Divine sanction, and the burden has been real as I was asleep when the Spirit of God woke me up to write this warning to you.  Somebody reading this tract may very well be getting their LAST CALL!  IT MAY BE YOU.  Please turn to God if you do not feel Him dealing with you then you really need to pray for sure, that He will move on your heart.  REMEMBER, “GOD IS THE REWARDER OF THEM THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM!”  REMEMBER, there is a prayer for everyone, “Come into my heart Lord Jesus.”  I am reminded of that old time holiness camp meeting song.  All that I remember of it is this: “PLEASE DON’T LET THAT DOOR OF MERCY CLOSE ON YOU.”  Dear friend, Jesus is calling to you today!  Will you take heed? 
      Dear Reader, I encourage you to consider the destiny of your soul.  Jesus is calling to you today dear friend and many people are praying for the readers of these tracts.  Since Jesus is calling to You, why don’t you call out to Him today.  You’ll be glad you did.  Here is how: (1) CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.  Isaiah 55:6 says, “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near.”  CONFESS and REPENT OF YOUR SINS.  1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Luke 13:3 says, “I tell you, nay: but, except you REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish.”  God used the Apostle Peter to preach and reveal the only true plan of salvation on the day of Pentecost.  It is found in the Bible in Acts chapter TWO.  He preached in verse number 38 “REPENT.”  He preached and commanded them all to “BE BAPTIZED EVERYONE OF YOU in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins.”  There is something wrong with any persons experience with God when they will do everything in the name of Jesus except get baptized in His name.  SEE ACTS 4:12 and COLOSSIANS 3:17.  He went on to preach that “YE SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.”  Dear friends, this is what it is going to take to make it to heaven when your life is over.  I encourage you to seek God today in prayer and look to Him with all your heart because this could very well be your LAST CALL from God.
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THE TRUTH ABOUT HALLOWEEN

By Bishop Dale Collins

 

         Many unaware Christians and just good moral people celebrate holidays such as Halloween without thinking about their origins or the true meaning of what they are doing.  I hope that in this tract that I will disclose some of the history behind the Halloween celebration that will be a help to the young and old alike.  To most people Halloween is a lot of fun and excitement.  To many people it is simply just a time to pull cranks and to dress up in costumes to go out on the town trick or treating.  Is it a TRICK or a TREAT?  You decide.  Most people seem unaware of, and some even seem unconcerned about all the EVIL THAT IS BEHIND HALLOWEEN!  They are persuaded in their minds that it is just a lot of fun; but to glorify foolishness which the very thought of is SIN in the name of fun for the children, comes way short of making it right and it certainly doesn’t change the consequences any.  For thousands of young children and teenagers, the warning in this tract comes way too late. 

 

         Many people say that it is okay to let our children dress up as ghosts, goblins, witches and monsters and go out on the town. I strictly disagree.  There is more to celebrating Halloween than meets the eye.  It is impossible to separate Halloween from Druids and their cult because they started the “holiday.” 

 

         Several hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ, a people called the Celts lived in what is known as France, Germany, England, Scotland, and Ireland.  The Celtic priest were called Druids and were the overseers over this ancient religion.  The Celtic people were over the years overcome by the Romans.  Greek and Roman writings about the Celtic people and the Druids can be traced back to Caesar and to 200 years before Christ.  These records often tell of frequent and barbaric HUMAN SACRIFICES.  They tell of the Druids’ use of magic to raise storms, lay curses on places, kill by the use of spells, and of many other ungodly things that ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS STAND FIRMLY AGAINST.  Most of the people who are reading this are probably thinking that all of this came to a stop hundreds of years ago.  I wish it had, but the sad truth is that it didn’t.  Halloween is not a treat-Halloween is a trick to get you and your precious children more involved in the Druids’ Satanic Worship.

 

          A few years ago many people could laugh off the traditions of Halloween as just being a lot of fun but not anymore.  Devil worship and Satanism is having a field day on the ordinary, common young people all over the world.  The devil is running out of time and he is working harder to stop the Saints of God and our children.  I remind you that the devil came for to kill, steal and to destroy and this is exactly what he is doing under the cloak of a lot of fun and observing Halloween.  Around AD 47, Rome finally defeated the Druids in England and outlawed human sacrifices.  The last few Druids that were left fled underground.  Today a growing number of people claim to be direct Druid descent and claim to STILL PRACTICE THEIR RELIGION, INCLUDING HUMAN SACRIFICES.  Those in England still perform ceremonies at Stonehenge and they are being performed in covens all over the United States of America.  Satan is dead serious about his fun and games and it is dangerous to allow the seemingly harmlessness of Halloween to blind us the treachery of the satanic influence.  November 1st was the Celtic New Year.  October 31st was celebrated by the Druids with many human sacrifices and a big festival honoring and worshiping their sun god and Samhain, the lord of the dead.  They believed that the lost souls of those who died during the year were in a place of torment, and will be released only if Samhain was pleased with their sacrifices.

        

           The Druids also originated the custom of Trick or Treating when they visited farmers to collect money for the gods.  If the farmer gave, he would be blessed and prosper in the coming year.  If they did not give, then the gods would get revenge. It was also in medieval Europe that black cats were sacrificed to the sun god because the people believed that they were witches.  In many areas the Roman Catholic Church has a mixture of religion.  Instead of changing its converts, it converts to them and just mixes another religion right in with the rest of it.  This is exactly what happened with Halloween.  There are Irish records that tell of the fascination of the Catholic monks toward the powerful druids’ holiday into the church. He made the following proclamation, “they are to no longer to sacrifice beast to the devil, BUT they may kill them for food to the praise of God, and give thanks to the giver of bounty.”  The same religion BUT just under a different nameIt was Pope Gregory III who moved the church festival of October 31st to November 1st and called it ALL HALLOWS or ALL SAINTS DAY. It was Pope Gregory IV that decreed that the day was to be a universal church observance. The term Halloween comes from All Hallows Eve and the Church originally chose October 31st because it was already associated with a thronging of the spirits of the dead.

 

          In ancient times people greatly feared the spirits of dead people.  They thought that these spirits would harm or even kill them if they didn’t give and offer sacrifices to Samhain.  This is the origin of the Jack-O-LanternThey would carve DEMON FACES into pumpkins and large turnips and would place a candle in them to keep the evil spirits away from their home.  The tradition of bobbing for apples and giving out nuts came from the Roman addition of the Druids New Year’s Eve. The Romans worshiped Pomona who was considered the goddess of the harvest.  They simply combined their harvest festival to Halloween.  You may be thinking that all of this is just a fairy tale but it is all a fact of history that anyone with just a little effort could look up in the local library.  You may think that the Druids died out along ago but that simply isn’t true.  They are still around and they are still active.  They continue secretly today with much of their same traditions.  More and more in recent years we are finding out the hard way and far too late for many that Halloween is not really the treat that it was supposed to be.  HALLOWEEN IS A TRICK OF THE DEVIL!  In recent years the fun and excitement of a Halloween night out on the town has turned into local sadness for many of our youth.  The widespread problem of harmful substances such as razor blades, drugs, poisons, needles, implanted in apples and other Halloween Treats is NO ACCIDENT!  Besides it’s pagan heritage, Halloween is one of the holy nights of witchcraft.  Throughout the world thousands of devil worshipers meet in covens on Oct. 32 to conduct and perform weird and strange rituals involving every conceivable sacrilege.  Testimonies of several EX-Satanist show that these precious children that were killed and injured by the devils treats were really sacrifices to Satan (or Samhain).  Their ungodly, devil worship still continues today in every area of the country.  Satanist throughout the whole world still continues to perform human sacrifices on Halloween night.  Many times they are using our children!  IS THIS SOMETHING THAT YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN? 

 

         The founding fathers of America refused to permit Halloween celebrations to be observed because they knew even then that it was an ungodly, pagan holidayHalloween was not widely observed in America until 1900.  In the 1840’s there was a terrible potato famine in Ireland, which caused thousands of Catholic Irish people to come to America.  Sadly, they brought Halloween with them!    It is past time for the Holiness people and good moral people everywhere to stand up for God and our children and end our part in the ungodly celebration.  Many churches still hold Halloween parties each year for their young people. You can’t hide behind the excuse that you didn’t know because NOW YOU KNOW! The real Church of God still stands against all such ungodly activities as the Halloween holiday. We are still to “Abstain from all appearance of evil (I Thess. 5:22).  How can Churches and parents continue to participate in Halloween’s pagan traditions of black cats and evil spirits and uphold at the same time the Blood stained banner of a resurrected Saviour who gave His very life to save us and deliver us from the very hell that Halloween symbolizes?  Halloween in reality is very far from the fun and games that the devil has got most peoples minds on.  They really are just a smokescreen to cover up his wicked work that is taking place everyday but especially every October 31stThe war between sin and righteousness is far too serious to make light of it once a year on Halloween thru activities that glorify the devil.  I would to God that no church or Christian parent would purposely expose their children to evil, but the good motives that you may be hiding behind don’t change the facts that the symbols of Halloween speak of spells and trickery, mystery and death.  PLEASE DON’T BE DECEIVED!  These glorify evil and the devil, not our Lord Jesus Christ, and they have no place in the life of a born again Christian.  The truth about Halloween is that there is nothing holy about it.  There is really not any treat.  It is all the devils trick. 

 

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HEART HOLINESS 

 

By Sheryl Barnard Collins

 

         If God commands us to be holy, He will give us grace to obey.  As we look at this Scripture in I Peter 1:15-16, “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”   We notice that God commands holiness because He is holy.  He wants us to be like Himself, and we must seek it from that motive.  Not only does God command that we be holy in heart, and life, and in the church, but in our business and in our everyday lives.  We must be holy to walk with God.  “Holiness” implies our likeness to, and harmony with the nature of God.  “Righteousness” implies our harmony with the law of God.  Holiness refers to the life and experience of the soul.  It starts on the inside.   What is on the inside will come out!  We cannot live holiness until we first get it in the soul.  To please God is to be holy.  If Enoch had the testimony that he pleased God, then he had the witness to heart purity.   

         “And every man that hath this hope in Him purified himself, even as He is pure” (I John 3:3).  The Scripture idea of purity is not merely freedom from the actual commission of sin, but also freedom from the inherent body and seed of sin as well.  This Scriptural purity means to be freed from all pride, envy, jealousy, resentment of feelings, malice, deception, and secret wrath; to have clean lips; a tongue free from unclean words, backbiting, evil speeches, and foolish or trifling talk; it is to be cleansed from all impure desires; from all secret, unholy desires; to have no division in the desires and tempers of the soul; to be purified from unholy affections such as the love of money, love of praise, earthly ornaments, display, and worldly greatness; the love of place, rank, station, and human honor; it is to be freed from high-mindedness, self-will and self-seeking; it to be delivered from all moroseness or bitterness of feeling, from harshness of spirit and temper; it to be liberated from all the stony hardness or coldness and lukewarmness of spirit; it is a heart washed from all rebellion toward the will of God, and from all evil and unholy affections toward our fellow creatures; it is deep contrition and circumcision of spirit through the blood of Christ and by the Holy Ghost whereby there is ceasing in the soul from the body of sin; from both sinful acts and sinful purposes.  Such a soul is cleansed from all sin, outward and inward, and according to the Scriptures, it is perfect in moral purity, and is entirely sanctified. 

         It is important for us to get straight on the principles of holiness.  We can be holy on the outside and have all the features of being holy, but unless we are holy on the inside, in the heart where it counts, it does no good at all and IS NOT TRUE HOLINESS! 

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PREPARATIONS FOR THE SABBATH

By Sheryl Barnard Collins

April 25, 2005

  Due to the overwhelming requests I have received from various Saints across the nation, I have been compelled to put this down in tract form, thereby making it easy to read and hopefully just as easy to digest.  There is, in my mind, no set way of actually doing things as long as things get done in a pleasing manner to our Father.  It is hard to just put a certain set of guidelines on a subject as important as this one, but I am going to try to shed as much light on the subject as I have as far as getting prepared for the Sabbath and spending our time with God on the Sabbath. 

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”  Exodus 20:8.  In order for us to keep the Sabbath holy and be pleasing to God, we must go into a great deal of preparations on Friday, Preparation Day, to be ready for the Sabbath.  We must remember that the Sabbath begins at sundown on Friday, which means that we must have everything prepared by sundown.  We must not be preparing after sundown on Friday.  This is when the Day of Rest or God’s Holy Day, the Sabbath Day begins. 

         First of all, we begin on Friday.  All day long we prepare for the Sabbath.  We try to keep in mind that we are preparing for God’s Holy Day and we want to be sure to do all that we can to please the Lord on His Day.  “For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.”  Matthew 12:8.  We clean house, do laundry, wash dishes and basically make sure everything is done so that we do not have to wash clothes or dishes, etc, on the Sabbath.  It will all be ready.  I make sure on Friday that everyone has clothes to wear for casual and for church on Saturday.  If everything does not get done, at least we still have clothes to wear.

 

         Preparing food is important.  Whatever we are going to eat on Saturday, we fix on Friday.  Then there will be no cooking on the Sabbath.  For those who want breakfast, I always have plenty of milk and cereals and fresh fruit.  Sometimes I will prepare muffins on Friday to have for breakfast on Saturday.  Also having Pop Tarts and snacks on hand are good.  For Sabbath Lunch, we usually have sandwiches, chips, different types of dips if desired, or cold salads such as, potato salad, macaroni salad, fruit salad, green salad, coleslaw etc, that have been prepared on Friday.  Also cold Baked Beans opened right out of the can are good with sandwiches.  We use the vegetarian baked beans, put them in the fridge on Friday and they are ready for the Sabbath.  If your family enjoys cold chicken (which a lot of people do), the chicken can be prepared on Friday and put in the fridge for Sabbath lunch or even for the evening meal.  If we want to have dessert such as cakes or pies, these will be prepared on Friday.  Some things can even be prepared on Thursday.  The idea is by doing all preparations before sundown on Friday, no one will be doing labor on the Sabbath.  A lot of times I will try to have paper products such as paper plates, bowls, cups etc, so these can just be thrown away.  If I do not have these products on hand, we will just empty our dishes and stack in the sink to be washed later. 

 

         We usually wait until after sundown for our evening meal.  If we desire to eat earlier, we usually either eat leftovers or whatever was especially prepared for the meal.  A person can always be creative in fixing whatever their family enjoys. 

          “And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath:  Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.”  Mark 2:27-28.  This is a special time that was set-aside for man so that man could get his rest.  It is exactly what we need to get ready for the week of hard work that is usually in front of us.  It is a good day to refurbish our Spirit, relaxing and meditating on the word of God, listening to tapes, being with family and remembering the things that God has done for us.  It is not a day for our own pleasure, doing things that we consider play or for catching up on things that we normally don’t find time to do.  Neither is it a day to do yard work or housework, or anything that is considered work or labor.  Our family is always so happy for the Sabbath to get here.  It is a day of delight!  It is so nice to be able to just sit down and meditate on the Lord, to share with family and friends what He means to us.  To clear our minds of all the cares that life puts upon us.   

“If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”   Isaiah 58:13-14 

         God has a special blessing for those who delight themselves in Him.  Remember, the Sabbath begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday.  This time will vary throughout the year because of time changes and the going down of the sun.  May God bless you as you endeavor to follow Christ in obeying this important commandment that He said in his Word to keep forever.

 

                      

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