Good Works Not Enough

John 5:28-29   Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

This passage, of course, speaks directly to the future judgment of all people. There will indeed be a resurrection at the end of the age. This Bible doctrine is plain enough for everyone to understand. The fact that I will be resurrected into one realm or the other should be motivation enough to learn what it means to live a good life.

However, many are trusting in only their good works. Let us remember that without a living relationship with the Living One, our good works are meaningless:

Isa.64:6a But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;..KJV

Mt 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.             KJV

A life of doing good works, of being a good person, means absolutely nothing if those works are not born from the Spirit. They cannot be born of the Spirit if you are not born again.

Jn 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.                                                                     KJV

If you are not sure whether you are born again, write me at dale@practicalbibleteaching.com and let me help you to know for sure.

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Settling In

We are settling into our little house in Coal Township, PA. It is less than half the size of what we left in Missouri–both land and house. And, true packrats that we are, we returned to MO to retrieve some of the ‘necessities’ that we left behind. I think the trip cost us more than it would have to simply replace the things we thought we needed. Lesson learned.

We are busy trying to unpack and place things into this house that we are now making into our home. I built a wall of shelves before we left and we’ve brought back our books. I’ll need to build more shelves! Gracie and I are both readers, and we don’t like to part with our books (2 Tim. 4:13).

My dog, Timber, went with us on this last trip. She is glad to be back here and settling in with the two cats. I am not happy with the fact that we can’t let Timber run loose like we did on the farm. She has to be tied out whenever she wants to go outside. However, it seems that she is quite content becoming a housedog. She’s getting old and likes to sleep most of the time anyway.

We have not yet had much of a chance to get out and meet our neighbors, or to learn about the town in which we live. That time will come soon enough. I’m looking forward to it.

I am scheduled to preach again in the little country church we met in before. I have asked the Lord specifically to call me as the pastor of that group. It will be an interesting challenge. They have a heart for the Lord, and are willing to hear His Word.

We had opportunity to meet with some of the saints in Harrisburg. Nothing but a blessing!! Looking forward to more times with ones from my past.

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