PEACE BE STILL


Even The Wind and Wave’s Obey Jesus 

Mark 4:35-41 NKJV

On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”

[36] Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 

[37] And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 

[38] But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 

[39] Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 

[40] But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 

[41] And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

HOW DOES MAN REACH GOD?

John 3:3,13-21,35-36 NKJV

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 

[13] No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 

[14] And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 

[15] that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 

[16] For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 

[17] For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 

[18] “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

[19] And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 

[20] For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 

[21] But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” 

[35] The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. 

[36] He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

The Truth About Hell (Selected Scriptures)


JESUS WAS A HELL FIRE PREACHER !

Matthew 5:21-22,27-30 NKJV

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ [22] But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. [27] “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ [28] But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. [29] If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. [30] And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

JESUS Preaching again about hell fire.

Luke 16:19-31 KJV

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: [20] And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, [21] And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. [22] And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; [23] And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. [24] And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. [25] But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. [26] And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. [27] Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: [28] For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. [29] Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. [30] And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. [31] And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

Horatio G. Spafford was a successful lawyer and businessman in Chicago with a lovely family — a wife, Anna, and five children. 

However, they were not strangers to tears and tragedy. Their young son died with pneumonia in 1871, and in that same year, much of their business was lost in the great Chicago fire. Yet, God in His mercy and kindness allowed the business to flourish once more.

On Nov. 21, 1873, the French ocean liner, Ville du Havre was crossing the Atlantic from the U.S. to Europe with 313 passengers on board. Among the passengers were Mrs. Spafford and their four daughters. Although Mr. Spafford had planned to go with his family, he found it necessary to stay in Chicago to help solve an unexpected business problem. He told his wife he would join her and their children in Europe a few days later. His plan was to take another ship.

About four days into the crossing of the Atlantic, the Ville du Harve collided with a powerful, iron-hulled Scottish ship, the Loch Earn. Suddenly, all of those on board were in grave danger. Anna hurriedly brought her four children to the deck. She knelt there with Annie, Margaret Lee, Bessie and Tanetta and prayed that God would spare them if that could be His will, or to make them willing to endure whatever awaited them. Within approximately 12 minutes, the Ville du Harve slipped beneath the dark waters of the Atlantic, carrying with it 226 of the passengers including the four Spafford children.

A sailor, rowing a small boat over the spot where the ship went down, spotted a woman floating on a piece of the wreckage. It was Anna, still alive. He pulled her into the boat and they were picked up by another large vessel which, nine days later, landed them in Cardiff, Wales. From there she wired her husband a message which began, “Saved alone, what shall I do?” Mr. Spafford later framed the telegram and placed it in his office.

Another of the ship’s survivors, Pastor Weiss, later recalled Anna saying, “God gave me four daughters. Now they have been taken from me. Someday I will understand why.”

Mr. Spafford booked passage on the next available ship and left to join his grieving wife. With the ship about four days out, the captain called Spafford to his cabin and told him they were over the place where his children went down.

According to Bertha Spafford Vester, a daughter born after the tragedy, Spafford wrote “It Is Well With My Soul” while on this journey.

  1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
  2. When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well with my soul.

    • Refrain:
      It is well with my soul,
      It is well, it is well with my soul.
  3. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blest assurance control,
    That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
  4. My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
    My sin, not in part but the whole,
    Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
  5. For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
    If Jordan above me shall roll,
    No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
    Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
  6. But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
    The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
    Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
    Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
  7. And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
    The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
    The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
    Even so, it is well with my soul.
  8. By: Horatio G. Spafford, 1873

MORE ABOUT JESUS

  1. The author of this hymn text, Eliza Edmunds Hewitt, was an invalid for an extended period of her life. 

    Out of this experience, she developed an intimate relationship with God and the Scriptures and a desire to share her feelings with others through writing.  She became a prolific author of children’s poetry and Sunday school literature.

    In later years, Eliza’s physical’s condition improved and she was able to be even more active in her Christian ministries. She was a close friend of Fanny Crosby.  “More About Jesus” was first published in 1887.

    Miss Hewitt’s prayer—“Spirit of God, my Teacher, show the things of Christ to me”–was beautifully answered in her many Christ-centered hymns.

  2. More About Jesus Would I Know

  3. (1) More about Jesus would I know,

    More of His grace to others show;

    More of His saving fullness see,

    More of His love who died for me.

          More, more, about Jesus,

    More, more, about jesus;

    More of His saving fullness see,

    More of His love who died for me.

          (2) More about Jesus let me learn,

    More of His holy will discern;

    Spirit of God, my teacher be,

    Showing the things of Christ to me.

          (3) More about Jesus; in His word,

    Holding communion with my Lord;

    Hearing His voice in every line,

    Making each faithful saying mine.

          (4) More about Jesus on His throne,

    Riches in glory all His own;

    More of His kingdom’s sure increase;

    More of His coming, Prince of Peace.

Are You Being Persecuted For Jesus Christ ?


Do you ever get discouraged by the negative reactions to the gospel?

You shouldn’t. According to the book of Acts, the religious leaders tried to kill Paul and other believer’s many times. All for proclaiming The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just as it is and continues today. Throughout the world many Christians are still dying daily for JESUS and The Gospel. Let’s look in the book of Acts and see what happened to Paul when he preached The Biblical Gospel.

The crowd began contradicting and blaspheming .

Acts 13:44-45 NKJV

On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. [45] But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul.

Paul and Barnabas were persecuted and thrown out of the region.

Acts 13:50-51 NKJV

But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. [51] But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium.

The crowd plotted to stone them, forcing them to flee.

Acts 14:4-7 NKJV

But the multitude of the city was divided: part sided with the Jews, and part with the apostles. [5] And when a violent attempt was made by both the Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to abuse and stone them, [6] they became aware of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding region. [7] And they were preaching the gospel there.

Paul was stoned and left for dead.

Acts 14:19-20 NKJV

Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. [20] However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

Both Paul and Silas were beaten down with many stripes and thrown into prison.

Acts 16:22-24 NKJV
Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. [23] And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. [24] Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

Pauls hearers opposed themselves and blasphemed .

Acts 18:5-7 NKJV

When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. [6] But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook his garments and said to them, “Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” [7] And he departed from there and entered the house of a certain man named Justus, one who worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue.

Pauls hearers were full of wrath and seized Paul’s companions. 

Acts 19:26-30 NKJV

Moreover you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods which are made with hands. [27] So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana may be despised and her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worship.” [28] Now when they heard this, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” [29] So the whole city was filled with confusion, and rushed into the theater with one accord, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, Paul’s travel companions. [30] And when Paul wanted to go in to the people, the disciples would not allow him.

The Holy Spirit warned Paul that bonds and afflictions awaited him wherever he preached The Gospel.

Acts 20:18-24 NKJV

And when they had come to him, he said to them: “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, [19] serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; [20] how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, [21] testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. [22] And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, [23] except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. [24] But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Paul’s listeners called for his death.

Acts 22:22 NKJV

And they listened to him until this word, and then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he is not fit to live!”

As soon as Paul began to speak, he was smacked in the mouth.

Acts 23:1-2 NKJV

Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” [2] And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.

After Paul spoke there was great dissension in the crowd and he was nearly pulled in pieces. 

Acts 23:10 NKJV

Now when there arose a great dissension, the commander, fearing lest Paul might be pulled to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the barracks.

More than 40 Jews conspired to murder Paul.

Acts 23:11-14 NKJV

But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.” [12] And when it was day, some of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. [13] Now there were more than forty who had formed this conspiracy. [14] They came to the chief priests and elders, and said, “We have bound ourselves under a great oath that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul.

Paul was called a ringleader of a sect of Nazarenes, a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition.

Acts 24:5 KJV

For we have found this man a pestilent fellow , and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:

So the next time someone gives you the stink eye for speaking up for Jesus Christ, remember what Paul and his companions went through and what Jesus Christ himself has prayed for us. Remember His Word is Truth.

Philippians 1:29 KJV

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

John 17:14-19 NKJV
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. [15] I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. [16] They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. [17] Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. [18] As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. [19] And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.