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Free Ebook – The Godhead – By W.R. Starr

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Many years ago, my father-in-law, Pastor William Richard Starr preached a masterful Bible Study in Grand Ledge, MI. The Church was then pastored by his brother-in-law, Bro. Doug Stephens.

I believe Bro. Starr’s sister, Sis. Gloria Stephens transcribed the lesson and published it in the Michigan District news. She was also the editor.

I have taken the liberty to make it available as an ebook. How do you copyright the Word of God? This is free, for His glory. Enjoy.

1. For PDF, click the link below.

The Godhead A Bible Study

2. For Epub (iPad), click the link below:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=O2UPQH0A

If you need assistance adding the epub ebook into iTunes, follow this tutorial. (Just drag and drop into “Books.”)

http://convert-dvd-ipad.com/dvdipad/add-ebooks-ipad-itunes/

 

3. For (Mobi) Kindle, click the link below:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5WC5H0CN

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm

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Sally’s Magic Car

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Sally’s Magic Car

Sally drove her new car down the city’s eight-lane interstate loop. She didn’t know that the car she been given for her birthday had magical powers of sorts. She was totally unprepared for what happened next.

The loud muffler on an old van, which had Harley Davidson stickers, roared raucously beside her in the next lane. It was then she realized that her new car was making the same racket as the motorcycle guy’s van. Sally was shocked! Besides that, her radio began to blare some kind of wild music with horrible lyrics.

In the other lane she saw an older sedan that had been in a fender bender. The car evidently had never been to a body shop for collision repair. Rust spots showed near the wrinkled wheel wells and on the hood. It also had a dented door panel.

When Sally looked back into her lane, she noticed that the beautiful sheen of wax on her car’s hood was gone. Dents, rust and wrinkled metal covered her car. Her dents looked like the ones on the car beside her.

A pretty new car was in front of her, driving a little slower than her. She soon caught up to it and then felt change come over her again. This time, the engine ran smooth, the muffler noise was gone, and the fenders had no more dents. The paint on her car looked perfect. Her radio began to play soothing gospel music. Peace filled her car.

Before long she exited the highway with her fellow drivers and stopped at the red light. The sound of a rod knocking in the engine of the car behind her caught her ear. That’s when she heard her car’s engine making noise too. The Engine Warning light came on in her instrument panel. Her car was becoming everything that the cars around her had become. Sally was beginning to get scared.

She was also totally unprepared for what happened next. Her light turned green and she entered the intersection. She almost hit some drunk driver who ran the red light. Fortunately, he swerved just in time and turned recklessly into the lane beside her. Sally’s car began to weave all over the road just like the drunk driver was doing. She could not control her car.

She began to swerve from lane to lane. Cars honked at her. She couldn’t seem to help herself. What was going on? What was happening to her? Her car was doing what the other cars around her were doing. What if they wrecked? What if someone got killed?

She carefully pulled into the church parking lot and made her way into the sanctuary. When her pastor preached that night, it all became clear.

He talked about how friends, and those we hang out, with influence our lives. He said it wouldn’t be very long before we start acting like the friends we hang out with every day.

The preacher said that a companion of fools would be destroyed. He also said the Apostle Paul warned us that bad company ruins good character and changes behavior. “Bad friends, will destroy us,” he said, “so we need to think about those we are spending our major time with.”

The preacher concluded with a thought about the friendship of Jonathan and David. He said that Jonathan was seventeen years older than David, and that as long a Jonathan was alive, David never messed up. It was only after Jonathan was dead, that David sinned. Then he looked at the audience and said, “Good friends won’t let you get in trouble with God.”

Sally began to think about her friends and how they talked and dressed. She knew the things they constantly talked about were not good for her spiritually. She realized that, little by little, she had begun to dress like them and was now doing the things they did. She knew in her heart she had changed for the worse because of their influence.

If friends made that big a difference, she had to change her friends, among other things, if she wanted to be saved.

Sally went up to the altar to pray. If she was going to have the right kind of friends in her life, she knew where she needed to start. The Lord had to be the first, and the most important one of all.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 25, 2011 at 9:30 am

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I’m Thankful

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November 24, 2011 at 1:31 am

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Esse Quam Videri

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Esse Quam Videri

This year, Thanksgiving time finds us with family in Raleigh, North Carolina. My wife and I are trying to catch up on hugs from seven of our grandchildren, that live here.

No words can describe how complete a grandpa’s or grandma’s heart feels when they hold one of their precious little one in their arms. Besides, I love North Carolina, the country, the people and the food.

I toured downtown and went by the state capital building today. I loved what I saw. I was surprised when I walked out of “The Pit” BBQ Restaurant and saw the state motto inscribed on their window. Esse Quam Videri.  It means, “To be, rather than to seem.”

The founding fathers of North Carolina, evidently, were impressed with men and women who were the real deal. They respected those that talked the talk and walked the walk, those that either put up or shut up.

When the world looks at the church, they also can easily spot those that seem to be, as opposed to them that really are! If it is that evident to the world, then we surely are not fooling God. Pastors and the church family can readily spot these religious actors as well.

Paul and James both wrote Epistles to local churches dealing with this subject, as well. It tells me that these same kinds of folks have been hanging around our churches for 2,000 years. Some things never change. They seem to be godly. They seem to be Christians. They seem to be living for God, but they are just acting.

Galatians 2:6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

In the above two verses, they that “seemed” contributed nothing of value to anyone. Their religion was in vain.

May our walk with God be one that is genuine and filled with the Spirit.

Esse Quam Videri.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 24, 2011 at 12:14 am

You’ll Never Be Happy, Until God’s Happy With You!

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You’ll Never Be Happy, Until God’s Happy With You!

Almost everyone has laughed and nodded in agreement at the old adage: “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!” Evidently, we humans can put two and two together and all arrive at that conclusion pretty quick.

Why then can’t we see that if God is not happy with us, we have absolutely no chance of being happy in this life?

Esau never valued his birthright. The covenant relationship with God that he could have inherited from his father, wasn’t worth more than a bowl of beans to him. The writer of Hebrews called Esau a “profane person.”

Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words claims one of the definitions for “profane” is “common.” In other words, Esau treated the birthright as commonplace, or as if it was nothing special. Imagine God’s displeasure when He saw how little Esau valued a Divine relationship.

Yes, Esau tried to fix everything with God, later. But the Lord would have nothing to do with him. When Esau sought for a place of repentance, God never let him repent. When he cried tears of regret and sorrow for his actions, God still rejected him. God wasn’t happy, so Esau died an unhappy man.

Remember this Scripture?

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Look at that verse again!

Great peace! When God is happy with you, He’ll give you not just peace, but Great peace. Without peace, there will never be lasting happiness in your life.

How is Great peace achieved? It comes when we fall in love with the law. It comes when we fall in love with His Word, His ways, and His precepts.

It boils down to this… If you fall in love with His Word, (His law), He gets happy. He gets happy enough to give you Great peace in your life. When you get Great peace in your life, you’ll be HAPPY!

You’ll Never Be Happy, Until God’s Happy With You!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 23, 2011 at 12:10 am

Preaching Is

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Guest Article By

James Groce

 

 

PREACHING IS

Preaching is truth on fire.

Preaching is the Word of God in the hand, the fire of God in the heart and the zeal of God in the soul.

Preaching is the gift of God wrapped in an excited voice.

Preaching is the soul of the church.

Preaching is teaching with a tear in the eye.

Preaching is demolition of error.

Preaching is doubt’s healing balm.

Preaching is the Holy Ghost’s amplifier.

Preaching is worship’s entree.

Preaching is the adornment of the Bible.

Preaching is the power of God unto salvation.

Preaching is revival’s forerunner.

Preaching is the church’s heart.

Preaching is doctrine clothed in excitement.

Preaching is love’s smile.

Preaching is sin’s greatest adversary.

Preaching is frustration’s funeral.

Preaching is doubt’s demise.

Preaching is fear’s failure.

Preaching is depression’s death.

Preaching is disappointment’s decline.

Preaching is faith’s food.

Preaching is vocal light.

Preaching is profundity delivered in simplicity.

Preaching is the mender of broken relationships.

Preaching is the healer of broken hearts.

Preaching is the revival of broken dreams.

Preaching is Hell’s greatest enemy.

Preaching is the sinner’s best friend.

Preaching is the saint’s dinner.

Preaching is a rebel’s doom.

Preaching is genius with a halo.

Preaching is fire in the pulpit that melts the ice in the pew.

Preaching is God’s chosen vehicle of salvation.

Preaching saved Nineveh, ignited Pentecost and turned the Judean wilderness into a Holy Ghost revival.

When the man of God approaches the pulpit, let angels stop flying, let Heaven’s hosannas hush, let adults hearken and children listen, let young people be alert, let all ears pay attention, let Heaven respond, let Hell tremble, let the church wait in holy expectation, let all eternity tremble, let Satan and his angels be anointed with fear! As the preacher opens his mouth as he opens the Book … to preach!

jlg

Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 17, 2011 at 8:43 am

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“I’m Going To Live So God Can Use Me”

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“I’m Going To Live So God Can Use Me”

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/recorded-live-in-memphis-tn/id207324815

Thinking today as I drive home about an old chorus I have of Bishop G.E. Patterson “Singing The Old-Time Way”. One of my favorites of his two album series of choruses is, “I’m Going To Live So God Can Use Me.”

 

 

I’m going to live so God can use me, anywhere Lord any time.

I’m going to live so God can use me, anywhere Lord any time.

I’m going to walk so God can use me anywhere, Lord, any time

I’m going to walk so God can use me anywhere, Lord, any time.

I’m going to talk so God can use me anywhere, Lord, any time.

I’m going to talk so God can use me anywhere, Lord, any time.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 16, 2011 at 9:35 am

Posted in Christian Living