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Is Global Warming Real?

Sitting in my chair, I have a clear line of sight to the back yard. As I gaze through the windows, I am reminded of God’s continuing grace in my life. The pine trees still have some color and the squirrels are bouncing off their limbs. As they pounce from limb to limb, the snow falls from the trees softly to the ground. Also, the birds are in our backyard by the feeder eating some bird seed that Cindy (my wife) generously gave them yesterday. How are these pictures of nature a reminder of God’s grace?

The Lord reminded me of a great truth this week. I was reading Genesis 8:23, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” The debate may linger whether global warming is reality or fiction. The pundits may eloquently debate the economic forecast for this great nation. Politicians may even share their great strategy for healing whatever doomsday rhetoric is being proposed by their party. When I listen to these people of influence, I try to always remember the person who has done more for me than anyone else. His name is Jesus Christ. And I know whatever happens to me, my family, our church, and this country in 2018 will be filtered through the divine will of God. And Jesus will be with me every step of the way (Heb.13:5).

So, what is the will of God concerning global warming? The answer is simple. Global warming is a prophetic reality!! Please understand when God shares that an event is going to happen, we can believe it. The Lord has never been wrong when telling us the future. His track record is perfect!  It just won’t happen in the manner many scientists are leading us to believe. In our text, Genesis 8:23, God has promised the seasons will be here until Jesus comes back to claim His bride (Read 1 Cor. 15:51-58 & 1 Thess. 4:13-18). The seasons will remain, the harvest will remain, the day/night schedule will remain until God claims the bride (the church) for His Son (the Groom). Shortly after the bride is taken from this world, there will be a time of judgment. Then the Lord will create a new heaven and earth. You may ask, “What will happen to this earth?” This earth will be purged by fire, (global warming indeed) and the Lord will make a new earth (2 Peter 3), a world reserved for all who place their faith in God’s son.

God’s Word is so encouraging to me. It reminds me of an old saying a preacher friend shared years ago. He said, “This is the worst it gets for the Christian, and it is the best it gets for the unbeliever.” As we consider the year 2018, the future looks awesome for those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. I hope that is you! May I ask you a personal question: have you been adopted into God’s great family (Romans 8, 1 John 5:11)? If you are confident that you are a Christian, then we can encourage each other as we stand on the promises of God’s eternal Word. We have a bright future together! Maybe you are reading this blog and aren’t sure you are a Christian. Let me encourage you to read the Gospel of John and ask God to reveal His love to you. Ask God to show you He is the God of the Bible. Ask God if you can join His family. Of course, I and our church family are always here to help if you have any questions. I hope you enjoy a great, grace-filled year. Thank-you for taking the time to read this short blog.


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Weekend Services Cancelled

Saturday, January 6, 2018.

Due to the below freezing temperatures, and icy road conditions, all church activities will be cancelled for this weekend.   White Oak Hill will be hosting an online church service at 10:30 am. Please Join Us!!

Find the online service at:   https://www.facebook.com/hal.jones.96995


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Quit “Huggin” Hate

The Bible (in the Olivet Discourse) teaches Christians a host of things to watch for in the last days. But did you know that in the end times intentional un-forgiveness will abound in the world? Matthew 24:10 “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.”
I believe this is speaking, not only of the world, but of the condition church. Christians will get offended in God’s house and instead of forgiving their brethren, they hold a grudge. If we read carefully the inspired Word of God – this grudge turns them against each other leading to the dead end of hatred. What happens next is significant!
Matthew 24:11-12 “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

Take Notice!!! A Christian cannot fellowship with God while possessing a heart full of hatred and un-forgiveness. Forgiveness is so important to God that He commands us to seek reconciliation with our brethren before we attempt any type of worthy worship.

Matthew 5:23-24 “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

Trying to worship God while holding onto un-forgiveness is unacceptable and unbiblical worship to the Lord. Again, if we read the Word correctly, this particular sin will lead the unforgiving Christian to embrace false prophets. This type of pseudo-preacher will not preach against sin, but promote a plethora of secular ideologies or social themes. These superficial services will lead many to love sin which will cause the heart to harden leading to a rejection of the Truth.

I wanted to take a moment in this blog to share a tremendous truth.

Many churches are being destroyed or are spiritually anemic because Christians are justifying a lack of forgiveness. In God’s house – it doesn’t matter who’s right!! We are to try to make peace with the whole body of Christ. Remember the words of our precious Savior as He hung suspended between heaven and earth, “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do…” Luke 23:34. Jesus was innocent and still forgave His persecutors. Can we not follow our Savior’s example?!

Let me encourage everyone to examine their hearts. Jesus said the world will know us by our love for Him and each other. John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Is there anyone or anything you have not placed at the feet of Jesus? Let go of un-forgiveness and “love one another” looking to Jesus “the Author and Finisher of our faith.”  The church will be stronger and (like David) you will have the joy of your salvation returned. A peace and joy we possess when we “quit Huggin” hate.”

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